Thursday, October 29, 2009

Last Post before contest...

I'm waiting for the last batch of Cat screens to heat up in the toaster oven before dipping in the secret sauce. So I have a few minutes. The rest of the day is going to be crazy so I won't post again until after the contest.

Nominally this is a two person team, Myself and My son, but in reality there is a large array of people that help out.

First and foremost is my wife Mariellen, without her support and assistance in a million ways both big and small this would not be possible.

My son. Without his help and countless hours this would not be possible. It has been a real joy to spend three years working with my son on a big project.

Bob our Welder. In the past week he has put in as many hours as we have. Without his assistance we could not possibly have been ready.

Charles Pooley of Microlaunchers. Charles has spent countless days and nights out at FAR helping us test.

Carl Tedesco of Flometrics. Carl has been a help both here iin San Diego and out at the FAR site.
He has offered help with both technical, fabrication and just being there to lend a hand.

Steve Harrington of Flometrics if you need to solve a fulids, flow, valving, heat transfer, or aerodynamics problem Steve is the goto guy. His assitance with figuring out the flow and flluid " science part of the rockets has been invaluable. So if you need anyhting done in this area give Steve a call.

Kevin Baxter. President of the FAR organization. Keven has been the driving force in creating a world class rocket test facility from scratch at FAR.

Mark and Ted of FAR. The other two principals in FAR have been invaluable in their help and assistance.

Michael Carden of XL Space systems. He has been my propellant supplier and peroxide guru for all things related.

Tom and all the guys at NetBurner that have been understanding of the CTO vanishing for every increasing amounts of time.

John Carmack and all the guys at Armadillo for being open, kind and helpful to a competitor.

All the guys at Masten, they have all been supportive and helpful.

Wynn Aung and all the people at the FAA that have been helpful and professional throughout the whole process.

Will ,Nicole Bill, and all the Xprize people that have organized the event for 4 years.

All the neighbors who think I'm crazy, but are still supportive anyway.

All the readers of this blog that have offer encouragement and kind words.

26 comments:

Marcelo said...

Good luck!!!

Sebastian said...

Good luck from Poland

Anonymous said...

Good luck from Romania...! :) - a long time reader

Habitat Hermit said...

Good luck from Norway!

Anonymous said...

Good luck from Germany!

Nathan Koren said...

Good luck from England! What's with all the bloody Europeans around here anyway?

Seriously, you guys are and have been an absolute inspiration. I can't imagine there's anybody in the world who isn't rooting for you to succeed.

Anonymous said...

Good luck from Australia

Marcelo said...

Umm...best of luck from New York , in case you were wondering...you've come a long way!!

Anonymous said...

Good luck from Des Moines, IA!

James Bauer said...

Good luck from Caddo Mills Texas

Will Baird said...

Good luck from the SF Bay Area & Team Phoenicia.

Anonymous said...

Good luck from Tucson, AZ Your open narrative blog entries allow me to come along for the ride!!!

Laurent said...

Good luck from France!

Anonymous said...

Good luck from the Netherlands!

Chris Phoenix said...

Good luck from the CA Bay Area! you guys are awesome, the way you keep trying!

David said...

Wish you the best. Living the dream.
Good luck.

Anonymous said...

More luck from NY - you're an inspiration to all of us

Nate said...

Good luck on your flights! May all go flawlessly.

Marcus said...

Good luck from Austria!

C. Scott Ananian said...

Good luck from Boston! I've been reading along for a long time. Thank you for sharing this journey with us! (And there are about 400 more people watching you load propellant on the webcast right now, too.)

noel.wade said...

In case anyone wants an update: They made 3 - 4 attempts in quick succession this afternoon. Vehicle was unstable at takeoff every time. Not sure if it was a hardware problem or a software problem, but they did have a tip-over on the first lift-off. Eventually they decided there was hardware damage and they called it a night. Supposedly going to make another attempt Saturday AM. Best of luck from Seattle!

Jon Goff said...

Good luck from Mojave!

Anonymous said...

P&P - I have never doubted you two. GO GO GO GO Rocketmen

Anonymous said...

Did the teather flight of the silver ball go past the 45 sec on sat night?

Randall Clague said...

Flew the second Blue Ball L1 attempt, not enough daylight after that to do the Silver ball tether test.

Anonymous said...

good luck from new zealand