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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 […]


Lockheed Martin Generation Beyond program launches for middle school students

If you are a parent, teacher, friend, colleague, mentor, or relative of anyone in middle school who shows any interest in space travel, tell them about the Generation Beyond program from Lockheed Martin. This article from engadget gives an excellent overview of the STEM program that focuses on aerospace technologies and careers. Here is a […]


Sacramento aerospace – my new AO! (area of operations) 4

I have big news to share with readers of this blog.  My humble thanks and appreciation for all of you who have subscribed!  You’ll still see this relates to how to be a successful rocket scientist or aerospace engineer, so I hope you’ll learn something interesting too. Times are tough for many people who want […]


Gravitational wave discovery will transform rocket science

Eventually! Sure, it will take many more years.  Probably several more lifetimes of people like those in the announcement this week that gravitational waves were discovered after two black holes collided. We know that gravity exists.  But we don’t understand it well enough yet to create a gravity engine or anti-gravity machine.  Eventually perhaps a […]


4 must-see videos after 15 years on the International Space Station

The ISS has been orbiting Earth for 15 years now, since November 2010.  It has been an incredible source of knowledge and exploration in those years.  It’s also been the source of powerful inspiration and success for many so-called rocket scientists! Enjoy these videos that show us the wonder of modern engineering, international collaboration, and […]

ISS Video

AIAA membership by gender

AIAA launches new website and LinkedIn Subgroup for the Diversity Working Group 4

Whether you live in the United States or not, if you study and work in the English language and are pursuing a career in aerospace, you know that it’s a difficult field to enter.  It isn’t easy for anyone, in my honest opinion and experience.  But for many people, there are additional challenges and barriers […]


Two girls launch a balloon into space 6

These two girls from Seattle show us, yet again, that being a rocket scientist is not as distant a possibility as you may think!  Awesome project here with their “Loki Lego launcher.”  Enjoy reading the story and watching their inspirational footage. Here is a link to the 7-minute YouTube video: If you want more background, […]

Loki Lego balloon

Chamber of Commerce

San Antonio is showing the power of Tip #3: Associate with People in the Field

Competition is fierce in the economy.  This applies to us at the individual level, the organizational level, and at the geographic level. For example, there was fierce competition between many cities to obtain one of the initial six FAA-authorized UAV test sites.  Now each of these sites is serving as a regional business incubator and […]


Pluto New Horizons arrival provides 3 career strategy insights for rocket scientists

After 9 and and half years of interplanetary space travel, the New Horizons spacecraft led by NASA, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and Southwest Research Institute has arrived at its primary destination of Pluto! My profound congratulations and admiration goes to everyone involved in the effort.  It takes a special kind of person and effort […]

Pluto photo

weeding and planting seeds

Weeding out vs growing a seed

This week I had the pleasure and privilege of having a thoughtful discussion with two leaders at a local university.  We were talking about education, specifically for aviation and aerospace. One of them, who happened to be the President of this University, made a great analogy to describe two different approaches or attitude in education.  […]