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My first-hand account of the Alpha rocket launch by Firefly Aerospace

OVERVIEW On September 2, 2021, the first rocket from the space exploration startup company Firefly Aerospace made its first attempt at launch. It was the boldest first rocket launch attempt ever in the history of humankind: to go directly into orbit on the very first try with the first rocket engineered and produced by a […]


Goodnight Moon Base completes a successful Kickstarter campaign!

Hooray for everyone who wants to bring dreams of living on the moon to children every night for bedtime! The Kickstarter campaign to help bring GOODNIGHT MOON BASE to publication in 2021 has met its crowdfunding goal! My huge THANK YOU and congratulations to everyone who made this possible! Especially my family, close friends, colleagues, […]


Goodnight Moon Base has launched on Kickstarter!

The crowdfunding campaign to bring GOODNIGHT MOON BASE into reality is underway! When our daughter and son were little kids, my wife and I enjoyed bedtime every night by reading different stories to them. It included the classic book Goodnight Moon. My hope and dream is that when they become parents themselves, along with other parents and […]


Announcing the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for GOODNIGHT MOON BASE

A major reason I wrote and self-published my first book in 2014, How To Be a Rocket Scientist, was to help more people realize their untapped potential and fulfill their dreams for a career in the aerospace or aviation fields. It was geared toward young adults and young professionals. I discovered that it actually found […]


How Can the Aerospace Industry (and Space Professionals) Enter the Gig Economy?

Note from Brett: This is a special and exclusive guest post from Tom Cooke, co-Founder and CEO of Spacely. Two of the major take-aways I want people to understand and appreciate from my book “How To Be a Rocket Scientist” (and by extension this website) is that an entrepreneurial mindset is essential in today’s world. […]


Advancing Careers in Space with WEX Foundation in San Antonio, Texas 2

Exploring in simulated lunar caves. Launching high altitude balloons. Programming robots and autonomous vehicles. Designing and producing objects with 3-D printers. This is how advancing careers in space is done with the WEX Foundation, an educational nonprofit based in San Antonio, Texas, that happens to be founded by a sought-after space architect, Sam Ximenes. The […]


How You – yes YOU – can Build and Fly Space Experiments!

This is a special guest post from Elizabeth Kennick, President of Teachers in Space Did you know, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do your own space research? Teachers in Space has helped teachers, students, and other space enthusiasts build, fly, and collect data from low cost experiments since 2012.  From eleventh-graders […]


An Introduction to the Space Renaissance movement from its co-founder

I am thrilled to provide this guest article from Adriano Autino, the President and co-founder of Space Renaissance International. Whether you are technically a rocket scientist or not, or ever will be one, the space renaissance is open to everyone who chooses to join it. If you share the values of SRI, as I do, […]

Space Renaissance International

From rocket science to drones – this new book on drones is delivering value 2

Hello friends and champions of innovative aerospace career trajectories! If you are paying any attention at all to our world, you know that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – or drones as they are commonly called – are a revolutionizing our world much like the airplane revolutionized our world in the early 1900’s. We have serious […]