Well, damn. The land we were closing on could not be used since it could not be connected to the highway safely. A hill was in a position where merging would have been unsafe, so the state highway department blocked the sale.
I have to admit their fears were well founded, and am glad in a way that it didn't work out. On the plus side, we are evaluating 3 larger plots of land that promise not to have the access issues. Keep your fingers crossed folks!
I did some quick Google sleuthing and could not find the original source, but [EDIT] I have been told it was Glen Welch, to whom my sincerest thanks.
Now go. Share. Fill the internet with logic awareness. Future generations will thank you.
H/t to for bringing this wonderfulness to my attention!
It obviously works, and the next step will be to try it on a similar scale but isolate the plants from the ground. After this comes isolating the atmosphere, followed by the exclusive use of artificial lighting.
We harvested and processed zucchini, lettuce, spinach, and green beans today, and we may need to consider harvesting with a wagon rather than with a basket for the next one. It was pretty impressive.
Check out the comments in the pictures for the descriptions and more details.
- Issyroo Farms LLC.Technical Lead, 2012 - present
- Ahead Research CorporationCTO, Chief Designer, 1988 - 2013
My name is Aaron Harper, and I am self-employed. If this sounds like an Alcoholics Anonymous or other support group introduction, perhaps it is. What started out as a plan to create my own business has become a source of incredible opportunities.
As a young boy, my father took me to see the last Apollo launch. I can still remember feeling rather than hearing those five F-1 engines light off and watching those three brave men being accelerated through the night sky on a pillar of flame. So began my obsession with aerospace. I earned a degree in Electronic Engineering specializing in communications and robotics. During the eighties NASA wasn't doing much that I was qualified for and civilian aerospace didn't exist the way we know it now. I started a small aerospace company to address the needs of the civilian aerospace companies that I knew were just around the corner... but that took another 15-20 years to materialize. In the mean time, the closest I could get to space was the Air Force, so I joined. Up to this point, the business was largely used as an intellectual property holding company.
After I left the military, I moved to a sleepy little southern Colorado town in 2002. I brought that little aerospace firm with me and shifted gears. We reorganized in order to manage and develop the intellectual property I and others in the organization had worked on over the years. The low prices in the area allowed us to expand more than we would have otherwise, using several buildings and resources in the area for office, lab, and test facilities. Once testing started we quickly discovered that the relative isolation of the town was a boon to research. Things progressed much more quickly than we had even hoped. Preliminary tests of our assemblies were overwhelmingly positive, and even the couple of catastrophic failures we had in the lab and on the pad gave us much more data than they cost.
Soon after, I was appointed to the regional Colorado Workforce Investment Board to represent my region to state leadership. While performing my duties I proposed “out of the box” solutions with clear and measurable results. I was elected chairman of the South Central Colorado Workforce Investment Board, and currently serve on the Colorado Rural Workforce Development Council on the Executive, Economic Development, and Technology committees. During this time I studies economics, ran an IT shop, cultivated the aerospace business, and home-schooled my daughter through her high school years.
Finding that I need the knowledge of a Space Studies Degree, I enrolled in American Public University's Space Studies program. Over the next five years I will fully develop the aerospace products we have designed over the years into products and service offerings that will make spaceflight less expensive, less risky, and commonplace. My goal thereafter is to retire by age 60, which is coming up much faster than I had planned.
In retrospect I find that I'm not doing all of this for my ego, nor am I motivated by money. When my state's unemployment numbers drop it makes me smile, thinking I was responsible for some small part of that. When a project I have been working on for a long time works better than I had dreamed, it puts spring in my step. These all pale to the times when my sixteen year old daughter, who is a biology major in college now, looks at me and says “Daddy, I am proud of you”. That makes it all worthwhile at the end of the day.
- American Public University SystemSpace Studies, 2012 - present
- ITT Technical InstituteElectronics Engineering, 1985 - 1986
- University of ArizonaElectrical Engineering, 1986 - 1988
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