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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

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 […]

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 […]

Elon Musk says first Falcon Heavy launch may not succeed

By |August 5th, 2017|

On July 19 of this year at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington, D.C., SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk expressed a clear-eyed reality on the potential for success of the first launch of the company’s Falcon Heavy. He frankly admitted to the audience, in answer to a question, that getting the second […]

Cape Canaveral was and remains America’s Spaceport

By |July 29th, 2017|

In 1950, a reconfigured German V2 rocket with small second stage rocket, a WAC Corporal sounding rocket, on the tip was launched from the Florida coastal area known as Cape Canaveral. It was considered a cape because of the land mass that jutted out into the Atlantic. South of Cape Canaveral were the towns of Melbourne, […]

Man on Fire: The Strange Death of Robert Ludlum

By |July 12th, 2017|

I recently started reading Stuart Woods’ Fast and Loose. Woods is the author of dozens of thrillers and that got me thinking about one of the giants of the genre: Robert Ludlum. While researching Ludlum, I was shocked when I learned how he died and the mysterious unsolved circumstances around it.

Last year, I wrote an […]