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Making Little Bets on a big future.

Are you willing to try little bets, maybe a thousand times and fail most of the time in order to succeed? I am and I have failed plenty of times. How about you? Early in my sales career, one of my mentors said No, means sell me again. The loudest NOs I hear are in my own head. Those are the ones I have to listen to first. As ...


Sitting on the sidelines is not an option.

NASA may make the announcement this week on the final selection of the private company or companies they will work with to return American astronauts to the International Space Station on space vehicles Made In America, not Russia. This is part of the NASA Commercial Crew Development program. I have written about women from New Mexico who are making a difference in the space industry. The last in ...


The billionaire space industry investors prefer going to the large space labs, like the Jet Propulsion lab to see how spacecraft are being built and meet with the lead scientist or engineers on the projects and discuss their own research. Paul Allen who is funding the construction of a small satellite launcher called the Stratolauncher at Mojave Air and Space Port, and Richard Branson were early investors in commercial space. In May, Google acquired SkyBox, ...


Tranquility Base and NMSU's role in its preservation

Every year, New Mexico Space Grant (NMSCG) issues a call for research proposals from faculty across New Mexico. As Director, I have the privilege to review proposals which range from simple to complex. A recent proposal requested support to work on development a heat transfer technology to bleed off heat from spacecraft during phases on orbit where they are blasted by the heat of the sun. Dr. Krisna ...


Co-Founder of local symposium and visionary has died

Bill Gaubatz, another pioneer and visionary in the government and commercial space programs, with ties of the heart to New Mexico, died on July 5th. "The DC-X was the perfect blending of vision, goals, experience, and expertise with passion and trust," recalled William Gaubatz, who was the DC-X program manager at McDonnell Douglas in the 1990's. I witnessed one of the test flights as a guest of ...