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Calling all arm chair (and professional) space personnel. +Mach 30 is developing a home scale satellite receiving station called Ground Sphere. The project team is looking for input on how people want to use Ground Sphere (for example, would it be cooler to listen in on ISS Ham radio calls or download weather satellite images or something else entirely?).

Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the survey below to help the team out and show your support for open source spaceflight hardware. ad astra per civitatem

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMpjKCtJZy_Xl8RJ8ftw7_rKknMMAwDNKFRmW-zZ9O4A3t_w/viewform
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Ground Sphere Mk 3 SurveyGround Sphere Mk 3 is the 2016 Mach 30 development project. Our mission is to make it easy and affordable for anyone to listen to signals from space. Possible objects to listen to include NASA's International Space Station and NOAA weather satellites (ever want to download your own weather images?). We want to know what you think of our project and how you might use a ground station of your own. Please help us make Ground Sphere the best proje...
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VSAT style IP connectivity.
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It's that time of year again!! Going to snag this when I get home tonight.
 
Pay What You Want: NEW Humble Bundle #electronic #ebook deal http://bit.ly/HBMakeElectronics supports Maker Ed thru 6/29
Pay what you want while supporting The Maker Education Initiative!
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LOL
 
Jedi & Emails

Why can't you email a photo to a Jedi? .... Because attachments are forbidden :)

(Source: goo.gl/gtFK9J)

#StarWars #Jedi #ObiWanKenobi
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Ditto. Nothing like delivering a little impromptu lesson in rocket science, complete with memes. ;)

We should do it again sometime.
 
Had a fun time hanging out for +Mach 30  at +Catylator LLC Club with Mark Potter (from @OuroborosSpace) and Andrew Reed (from @CosmosPioneering) and J Simmons. Awesome quote of the night:
Q: What’s the deal with the Karman line?
A: Above the Karman line a plane can't "plane" anymore. So it has to "space ship"
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Last call!
 
Today is the last day to enter to win a NASA "Visions of the future" poster from Mach 30: http://bit.ly/m30-nasa-poster-Giveaway
Want a print of a NASA space travel poster? Join our contest!
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Thanks, +Mach 30 for sharing such an awesome Hubble video. That whole channel looks chock full of cool content.
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Check it out. October is OSHW month! Let's document some projects, folks!

Tagging +Mach 30 and don't forget Open Design Engine for project hosting (https://opendesignengine.net/).
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Agile can be summarised very briefly: * Only work on the most important things at any given point in time * Break those things into small...
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Very cool video about the physical limits of truly deep space travel. #beyondstartrek #spacefaringcivilization

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ZL4yYHdDSWs
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Many assumptions were made here, primarily that technologies remain static or develop in an iterative process. While this is generally true over the short term, major leaps happen quickly in isolated revolutionary advances.

Statistically, it is highly likely that by the time we need to expand beyond our galaxy, and later supercluster (on the order of millions or billions of years, we should develop the means to do so.
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Good morning +Mach 30

Here are a few SpaceX links I came across over the last couple of weeks.

* http://m.valleymorningstar.com/premium/article_13a2eabe-044b-11e6-8eba-67a7f3fe80ee.html?mode=jqm - This one also goes out to +Greg Moran (we were recently discussing/googling the state of the Brownsville launch site, turns out they are dealing with some construction issues)

* http://m.slashdot.org/story/309823 - And here is an interesting article on how the COTS program helped SpaceX move from the Falcon 1 to the Falcon 9

* http://m.imgur.com/aebGDz8?r - Last but bot least, here is a fun comparison video between 1950s scifi and the Falcon 9

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Here, here!!
 
You funded the science. You should get to know the results. Period.
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Happy #YurisNight everyone! Here's to the dawn of human spaceflight and to a future where we can all travel through our solar system and beyond.

Speaking of traveling through our solar system, don't forget +Mach 30 is giving away prints of the most awesome +NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory space travel posters - http://bit.ly/m30-nasa-poster-Giveaway
Want a print of a NASA space travel poster? Join our contest!
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Sign up by 15 April to be entered in the giveaway drawing! 
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Education
  • Air Force Institute of Technology
    Space Systems Engineering (PhD), 2009 - 2014
  • Florida State University
    Theatre Design/Tech and Computer Science (BFA), 1994 - 1999
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Aerospace Engineering (partial), 2003 - 2007
  • Air Force Institute of Technology
    Space Systems Engineering (MS), 2007 - 2009
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  • Phoenix Integration
    Lead Application Engineer, 2005 - present
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