Just wanted to introduce a new blogger here on Selenian Boondocks: Kirk Sorensen. The name should be familiar. Kirk is a longtime commenter here, and has been the inspiration for many of my posts (he was the one who came up with the Boom Rendezvous material I blogged about last month, and was also the one who got me thinking seriously about air-launch a few years ago). Kirk graduated from Utah State University in Mechanical Engineering about a year before I got my bachelor’s degree, and he’s gone on to get a MS (I think in Aerospace Engineering) from Georgia Tech, and is currently studying Nuclear Engineering with I think the University of Tennessee, while working, I think, with the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.
Kirk has previously been involved at MSFC for many years, working on projects and coauthoring papers on topics ranging from space tethers, to air launch systems, and other advanced transportation topics. Recently his main focus, as can be seen from his other blog Energy from Thorium has been on promoting the idea of using Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors for producing affordable and clean electricity.
Anyhow, when Kirk contacted me recently about the possibility of doing space blog posts on Selenian Boondocks, instead of needing to start a second blog for space stuff, I thought it was a great idea. Kirk will be blogging about things like tethers, lunar architectures, air launch, rocket vehicle design. Welcome aboard Kirk!