Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Volatile Wall In Space – Kessler Syndrome

An issue that has concerned me for some time is the proliferation of orbital debris in the skies around our planet. Will it fill our spaceways to such a degree that we lose the ability to enter orbit, or move on to other destinations? Will it lead to some sort of catastrophic chain reaction, or Kessler Syndrome event, as shown in the movie “Gravity”? Can we do anything about it?

Ever the optimist, I think we can at least answer the last question with a yes. Certainly, there are groups working on the means and mission planning now, such as the these researchers at Texas A&M University:

There are regulations and international agreements that have mitigated a lot of the sources of new orbital debris, but we now need to deal with what is already up there. We may have begun the construction of a moving wall in space, but we need to break it back down and get rid of it.

How To Be A Rocket Scientist

Brett Hoffstadt’s new blog “How To Be A Rocket Scientist” is, in my opinion, one of the more exciting and aggressively optimistic offerings in the arena of space boosterism and education. Brett is a well-experienced member of the “rocket scientist” community, and is very generously offering his career knowledge to inspire others to pursue a career of their own in the field. His daily commentary is very timely, valuable, and frankly entertaining. Given the dedication Outbound has to making space just another place for Human beings to live and work, Brett’s practical and encouraging approach is incredibly welcome.

I think everyone with an interest in in the aerospace field, whether you have a career in it already, desire to enter the field, or are even just a very interested witness, I recommend visiting this blog.

(Brett even has a book, cleverly titled How To Be A Rocket Scientist on Amazon.)


Happy New Year – Rubber Meeting the Road and All That

I am loathe to adopt “New Year’s Resolutions”, but in this case, I have to make an exception. The Outbound project, as I see in in my mind’s eye, will only work if it gets out from behind that eye and makes itself real. With that, I am pledging that for the next year, starting with this post, I will average a post a day (minimum) on this Blog, and no less than seven posts a week.

There is too much going on in the space industry to have any excuses not to have anything to write about or to plan forward the human future.

Here’s something useful to check into, to go beyond just trying to motivate myself:

The How To Be A Rocket Scientist blog:

From the About page:

Brett Hoffstadt is an experienced aerospace professional with over 20 years of industry experience and a technical specialization in aerodynamics.  He is a certified Project Management Professional PMP(c) with a strength in projects for innovation and complex engineering systems.  He is also a passionate advocate and champion for greater representation in STEM subjects and careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  More accurately, he advocates ESTEAM: Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.  He has also been a trendsetter and creative force in efforts such as 3-d printing, music composing, and crowdfunding.  He has two patents pending for commercial aviation applications.  He also has a personal life with other people and pets that will be left at that.

I’ll chime in later about this recent entry into the discussion of Space Exploration and Exploitation.

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