The purpose of this blog is to be a resource for aerospace technicians and students covering various topics that relate to the profession from job issues, to a review of basic skills, etc.. We would like to invite the aerospace technicians out there to take some time and let us know what you are interested in seeing covered in Space Update. So, here is an invitation for you to send us your ideas! Remember, this blog is written with you and your profession in mind and we would like to hear from you. So, speak up and be heard!
Before you do send in your ideas please remember these guidelines:
- This is a site for aerospace technicians and students. So please no astrophysicist topics, politics, cooking questions, Dancing with the Stars applications, etc. Just aerospace technician topics folks!
- If you want to add your information/experience to the idea please do so! Just make sure you also give references if possible. We will make sure you get credit for sharing your knowledge.
- Aerospace technician instructors are welcome and encouraged to send in their ideas too.
- If you don’t see your idea show up in a blog post right away don’t worry! We are expecting and hoping for many ideas from all of you and will sort through and get your idea looked at ASAP. If you can’t wait, then feel free to join our forum and start a topic about your idea. We would love to have your participation and experienced knowledge. The Space Update Forum is also a great place to network with other aerospace technicians in your profession or just to hang out.
- Any ideas you wish to submit should be emailed to the Space Update webmaster.
So think over what it is you want to see covered on Space Update and let us know. We are looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you on the forum.
Last night Gregory N. Cecil, M.A.S., a 2003 alumni of the SpaceTec program (the Gemini Class) appeared on The Space Show hosted by Dr. David Livingston. The interview went so well that it went a half hour over the scheduled time. There were many good calls and email questions from all over the world and Kennedy Space Center.
You can download to the interview or listen online at the following link:
http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1452-BWB-2010-11-03.mp3 This is the direct URL to the interview.
You can also subscribe to The Space Show podcast on iTunes and download this interview and many other worthwhile interviews to listen too.
This is a discussion forum unlike many on the web today. It’s actually an adjunct to a serious professional development site run for the National Science Foundation, and as such, it has a defined goal and some boundaries within which we operate. Even so, we have an enormous amount of flexibility in what we do, and that’s a good thing because it’s required for our success in a very large endeavor – preparing the next generation of space explorers to reach out and touch the stars.
Blogs are many things, depending on both the people who prepare them and those who choose to tune in and contribute. I hope you find on this blog the opportunity to learn some new things about our current and future space programs, and to leave your own “mark” among the many thoughts that we hope will take up residence here. We ask only that you maintain an open mind, use decent language, and engage in respectful debate as we explore for ourselves some of the most interesting and challenging work available to humans today – the fruitful exploration of space using both manned and unmanned means.
This blog is sponsored by SpaceTEC® – the nation’s only Center designated as a focal point for education and credentialing of aerospace technicians. Although many know about the engineers, scientists, and astronauts who make the news from time to time, few know much about the lives and careers of the people who touch the hardware and operate the software that powers the machines designed to take men, women, and robotic probes into deep space and eventually on to the surfaces of planets well beyond our own small solar system.
If you want to know more about what it takes to begin a career as an aerospace technician or to join in discussions about the world of hands-on work in some very fascinating fields, this is the place for you. Sign on, join in, and let us hear from you. With a little luck you’ll find friends and ideas that stimulate your interests and cause new ambitions in your life. One thing is for sure; as quoted from Ken Blanchard, who helped author the book: “One Minute Manager”, none of us is as smart as all of us.
Let’s have some fun as we make things better, pass along what we know about this world, and reach for the stars.