All my life I had a passion for space travel. The paradox of being a creative in an engineering world made it challenging to find a role for myself. I discovered other enthusiasts, and became deeply involved in space activism.
Some groups I have been involved in over the years include:
- Students for the Exploration & Development of Space
- Space Tourism Society
- Space Frontier Foundation
- National Space Society
- X PRIZE Foundation
- McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing)
Organizer, Public Speaker
Since 1990, I have collaborated on the creation of seminars, one day events, conferences, classroom special events and global space parties. Most notable:
- Organized the 2002 and 2003 San Francisco editions of the Yuri's Night World Space Party.
- Designed the curricula and facilitated teaching a workshop on Space Tourism at 2009 International Space University.
- Coordinated the first SpaceUP un-conference in San Francisco in 2011.
Space Experience Designer
When the media talks about "space tourism" they envision tacky Hawaiian shirts and zero-G sex. My space engineer friends cringe at the thought. I see it differently.
The ultimate goal for space activists is facilitating human settlement beyond the Earth. Location varies with whom you talk. The three main areas my engineer friends focus on are rockets, robots, and satellites.
I am part of a tiny group of people interested in space experiences: how do people actually live, work, and play in habitats beyond Earth's gravity well. I'm currently focused on the fun stuff, but eventually I want to design every element of an orbiting private space cruise ship!
While working with John Spencer at the Space Tourism Society, I designed several space tourism products such as the “Snuggle Tunnel,” “Zero Gravity Cocktail Glass,” and “G-Chair,” service robots, and more. More recently I invented the COSMOBOT, a rocket ship-shaped robot that serves quality cocktails. Featured in WIRED, History Channel, Huffington Post, Discovery Channel, and TESTED.com. I was also featured in "The UNIVERSE" TV show on the HISTORY Channel on the episode called "Sex in Space." Long story.
What really stirred my interest in activism was my job at the Kennedy Space Center. In the 1990’s, I was a technical writer with the Automated Checkout Systems (ACS) department for McDonnell Douglas Space Systems at the Kennedy Space Center. Most of the time I documented systems related to the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Then the DC-X project came along. When the DC-X project started, the ACS team designed and built the Flight Operations Control Center (FOCC). My responsibilities included documented the Real Time Data System (RTDS) that monitored the DC-X activities. For three years the project had success after success, yet struggled for funding after each flight. This stirred me into becoming more involved in activism.