Transitions and Summer Sabbatical

I imagine most of you who read Selenian Boondocks probably also follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter. But for those of you who don’t, as of May 21st, I decided to move up to a full-time position at my parent company, Voyager Space Holdings, and transitioned out of my role as President and CEO of Altius Space Machines1.

This will be an interesting change, basically moving into more of an intrapreneurial role rather than the entrepreneurial role I’ve been in for most of my career. As the VP of On-Orbit Servicing at Voyager, I’ll be providing leadership for their whole On-Orbit Servicing portfolio, including helping guide Voyager investments/acquisitions in the OOS space, developing and implementing a go-to-market and technology development strategy for Voyager OOS capabilities, and generally leading all things OOS at Voyager.

As part of this transition, I’m taking a 3-month sabbatical to recharge before jumping into my new role2. As part of my “unplugging” efforts, I’ve signed off of social media, unplugged from things work related, and am planning on using this blog as my primary means of communicating with people about my family’s misadventures this summer.

High level plans for the sabbatical include:

  1. A trip to Utah to visit family for the first time in two years (last week).
  2. Packing up and moving out of our current rental (most of June).
  3. Some camping stuff (late June/early July).
  4. A roadtrip to Canada3, the US Pacific Northwest, and possibly Alaska4 (mid July/early August).
  5. Looking for a new house to buy or rent5 in the Denver North area, and getting resettled (August).

My first week back at Voyager should be just in time for Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this August. Between now and then, I’ll mostly be blogging about our travels, but I may do a space blog post or two (not work related) that had been sitting on the backburner due to running a bootstrapped aerospace startup.

Oh, and if you want to comment on the blog posts, please comment here instead of on Twitter. I’m trying to avoid getting sucked into Twitter comments while I’m gone, and will only be on long enough to post a link6.

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
  1. See blogpost here on the Altius company website: https://www.altius-space.com/blog/altius-leadership-transition/
  2. Any of you who have worked for or especially run a startup can understand the need to recharge and de-burnout-ify myself and my family after 11yrs of bootstrapping.
  3. Assuming they’ve reopened their borders, and we get our passports on time
  4. Though we decided if we go, we’ll just fly up to Anchorage from the Seattle area instead of trying to drive this time
  5. Depending on how insane the housing market still is by then
  6. That’s the plan at least
Jonathan Goff

About Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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2 Responses to Transitions and Summer Sabbatical

  1. Dave Salt says:

    Congratulations, Jon… and enjoy your ‘sabbatical’ 🙂

    If SpaceX achieve the paradigm shift in space access we’re all hoping for, I fully expect the next decade will be one of chaos but also one of fantastic opportunity for those with vision who can keep their nerve. I believe you have such qualities and look forward to seeing how things develop, both in LEO and deep space.

  2. Jonathan Goff Jonathan Goff says:

    Dave,

    Thanks man! As for SpaceX, I’m not counting their chickens before they’ve hatched, but I agree with the general sentiment that it feels like we’re potentially getting near the low-cost launch future we’ve been working towards for all these years. It’ll be interesting to see where things go from here.

    ~Jon

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