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We have sympathy from our colleagues at Virgin Galactic. Last week I met with Virgin employees who were here from Mojave Air and Space Port. As the press reported, Virgin Galactic had an unveiling ceremony recently and released videos and photographs of Virgin SpaceShip the VSS Unity. The VSS Unity is being built by the Space Ship Company at Mojave Air and Space Port. There is ongoing interaction between members of the spaceport communities ...


Local columns add to community dialogue

Over the past few weeks we have learned of the resignation of some of the local contributing columnists. Like you, I read their columns. Over time, each columnist finds their voice and their audience. As I now return from vacation time with family, I reflected on how the family of columnists operated in a loose fashion to keep our community engaged in itself.

The role of a daily local paper is ...


Anticipation

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. I can tell already people are anticipating the season. Fred Rodgers, said anticipation is the pleasure of enjoying the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. I am lucky to share my anticipation of a pre-holiday season event with you. The story ...


Of course I saw the movie Martian. It was a way to for my students and staff to celebrate our accomplishments after a long year of preparation and execution of the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Space (ISPCS). I will get back to the movie, which we all recommend. It has a lot more technical accuracy than the movie Gravity. It got 3.5 stars from our group. After the show we discussed the ...


The Space Economy and its growing influence from Southern New MexicoIt's better to create the positive than try to deconstruct the negative. I heard this at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) which concluded last Thursday, October 8th. Creating a new commercial space industry has been a collaboration across many sectors of the economy which is now producing new launch vehicles, new human spaceflight vehicles, new spaceports, and new satellite systems. ...