A short post today due to:
A) Having a lot of fun tuning the control gains on the MTF (microgravity test facility – the official acronym even though I’d rather call it the MTA: microgravity test assembly), that now has vaguely working feedback. There’s something very satisfying about the ability to move a huge crane system around by poking on it with the edge of a piece of paper.
B) A bunch of time spent at the NewSpace 2013 conference. It was quite fun to be around tons of people who also seem to be trying to do a tightrope walk along the tinfoil hat line. My response to a lot of what I saw and heard was “that’s freaking awesome … if it works.” A smattering of examples:
reconfigurable, scalable space modules,
space-certified 3D printers,
space industry video games (Sim Private Space Company)
Tea Party..in Spaaaace (no seriously, that’s what they call themselves)