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Have a healthy disregard for the impossible.

My early introduction to computers started with a college summer job in 1968 at the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO), our equivalent of El Paso Electric. Punch cards were just starting to be used on their payroll system and I was told, oh boy, I could have a job converting customer records in the future to the punch card system. I studied programming ...


The Orion Space Capsule

America's first human space program began in 1959 with the Mercury Program. The Mercury Program's 3rd mission carried Alan Shepard in the Freedom 7 space capsule one hundred and sixteen miles to space at a speed of fifty one hundred and eighty miles per hour, mission duration was fifteen minutes. That flight took place on May 5th, 1961, fifty three years ago. The Mercury program had 3 objectives, orbit a ...


When the going get tough, that's when the tough get going.

Be Proactive, Put First Things First, Start with the End in Mind. These three directives are concise instructions for project manager. They come from Steven Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. They can apply to any project, large or small, short or long term. A key word in the book title is effective. One example an effective use of project management skills ...


Take time to show compassion to the Virgin Galactic employees here in our community.

When I started working in the space industry 26 years ago, I was unfamiliar with its vocabulary. My boss was critical of any misuse of the "technical" language which did not help me to continue to experiment with new vocabulary. Using technical language imprecisely may keep most of us from talking about the recent accident at Mojave Air and Space Port. ...


New Mexico Governor Jack Campbell was a visionary. In 1963, he sent a letter to President Kennedy asking him to "support the establishment of the first inland aerospace port." Today, 51 years later, the state of New Mexico is committed to evolving its role in the commercial space transportation industry. Spaceport America is one piece of the puzzle in creating a global space transportation industry that will be stimulated by the evolution of a network ...