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About Anthony Young

Anthony Young graduated from Pratt Institute and holds a B. A. degree in Industrial Design. He has worked for both small design firms and Fortune 500 companies in the design and engineering of complex electronic and mechanical systems. He has spent more than two decades working in aerospace industries supporting projects for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, B/E Aerospace and Jet Aviation, among others.

Personal Spaceflight Advisors is INACTIVE as of 4-4-2018

By |April 3rd, 2018|

Due to the moribund state of suborbital spaceflight and the interminable wait for Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin to begin flights, Personal Spaceflight Advisors has ceased consulting services.

April 4, 2018

Goggle Lunar X-prize has no winner

By |January 28th, 2018|

A decade ago, there was a great deal of buzz about the $20 million Google Lunar X-prize conceived to inspire primarily university students and contributors to design, build and land a commercial robotic probe on the Moon. Peter Diamandis, one of the founders of the X-Prize Foundation, hoped to follow up the successful award given […]

Blue Origin one step closer to crewed suborbital flights

By |December 17th, 2017|

Blue Origin has as its motto, Gradatim Ferociter. Loosely translated, it means ‘Step by step, ferociously.’ On December 12, the company took another ferocious step and conducted a launch of the updated New Shepard booster and the Crew Capsule 2.0 complete with windows and a test mannequin, cleverly named Mannequin Skywalker. Blue Origin had not […]

William P. Lear and the Learjet

By |December 3rd, 2017|

During the 20th century, William P. Lear was an innovator and market disrupter like Elon Musk today. Lear successfully engineered and marketed automotive radios, aircraft radio and guidance electronics and servo mechanisms, and the lowest cost small business jet which became known simply as the Lear Jet.

What drove Bill Lear to conceive, engineer and market […]

Remembering designer Charles Pollock

By |November 18th, 2017|

In the fall of 1971, I began my college studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I had applied to and been accepted to both Art Center in Los Angeles and Pratt, but Art Center emphasized automotive design, and I wanted a a complete Industrial Design curriculum offered by Pratt.

My first year involved taking the required […]

In Space, No One Can Hear You Drown

By |October 15th, 2017|

Human spaceflight today holds as many risks for astronauts as it did half a century ago during the Apollo program. The European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, and the Russian space agency all know the high-risk nature of human spaceflight. Extraordinary measures are taken to train their men and women to deal with practically any possibility […]

Remembering NASA’s Ares I Rocket

By |October 8th, 2017|

Even during NASA’s mature Space Shuttle program, the space agency was exploring new means of getting crews to orbit and beyond. The Space Shuttle was only designed for and capable of delivering crews and shuttle payloads to Earth orbit.  NASA’s exploration office looked at new vehicles to get back to the Moon, and perhaps even […]

The X-15 Pilots: The Original X-Men

By |September 23rd, 2017|

There have been numerous histories of the X-15 rocket plane research program published over the decades.  It took author Michelle Evans several decades of research, writing and waiting before finally publishing The X-15 Rocket Plane—Flying the First Wings into Space. What makes this book particularly interesting and different from previous titles is the emphasis on […]

Stratolaunch rolls out its Beast

By |September 3rd, 2017|

This past May, Stratolaunch Systems rolled out the carrier aircraft from his assembly hanger at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. This is the largest single aircraft hanger in the world because the aircraft it holds–which has no formal name as yet–is the largest aircraft in terms of wingspan. That wingspan is 385 […]

My memories of coming to America

By |August 27th, 2017|

I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay to American parents. My father was working for DuPont as a sales manager for the Dyes and Chemicals division for South America. I lived there with my older brother and mother. I have vague memories of the large home we lived in. Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and […]