[eagle] Re: Notes from last summer's Rideshare Conference

Robert McGwier rwmcgwier at gmail.com
Wed Oct 6 06:57:31 PDT 2010


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On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM, Robert McGwier <rwmcgwier at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am moving rapidly towards joining the effort at the Hume Center at
> Virginia Tech.
>
> http://www.cnst.ictas.vt.edu/
>
> <http://www.cnst.ictas.vt.edu/>as you can see, I am one of its directors
> (and walking in REALLY tall cotton for a boy from Grove Hill, AL):
>
>
> http://www.cnst.ictas.vt.edu/people.html
>
> I believe I am the most likely candidate to be its first permanent
> director.
>
> I met with a DIFFERENT group of people in Chantilly, Va. last week.
>
> http://www.nro.gov/
>
> They have asked me to lead the development of 50 Kg or less spacecraft to
> ride to 400-500 km in a facility to be built at the Hume Center building on
> the campus at Va. Tech.
>
> These are pictures of the now fully dedicated SCIF on the Va. Tech. campus.
>
>
> http://n4hy.smugmug.com/Family/Virginia-Tech-Facility/8472662_3xPxb#557082751_vhvw6
>
> I feel really good about where this is all headed but I sound a note of
> caution.  I am refusing to allow my hopes to get too high until the dollars
> show up in the bank and the contract with me is signed.
>
> I have held out for the ability to use the clean room facility to go after
> Wireless Innovation Forum and Department of Homeland Security money for
> RideShare first responder communications and Intelsat is the target vehicle.
>
> There is real money for this and amateur radio and satellite service is one
> of the services to be supported because of the track record in large
> disasters.
>
> There is nothing like having money, clout, and support but again, until the
> money is in the bank, and contracts are signed, I believe NOTHING, but I
> like what I am hearing.
>
> More on Thursday and Friday.
>
> Bob
>
>
>
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