On top of all of the other trouble I’ve been habitually getting myself into during the last several months, a series of unlikely and highly serendipitous events recently culminated in a sudden career shift. -One that, I might add, I’ve been pressing for and gambling on for some time.
–And for longtime readers, it’s a shift that strikes to the very heart of this blog. My unorthodox gambit toward the stars, it may appear, may have actually just paid off.
As of two weeks ago, I no longer make the daily drive to the deserted Nevada haunts of the former A.E.C.. Instead, I’m now under the employ of Bigelow Aerospace, LLC right here in Las Vegas(!).
There just aren’t powerful enough adjectives to describe how thrilling a development this has been for me.
(A Lack of) Details:
As a strictly private enterprise, security concerns regarding my activities at Bigelow Aerospace are paramount, so details I can reveal about my position and activities are consequently sparse. However, I can say that my assignment as a Crew Systems Scientist in the Life Support Systems group, (in addition to serving as the company’s Assistant Radiation Safety Officer), presently has me diving into materials properties in the space radiation environment, with hints of larger project management responsibilities not far on the horizon…
I’ve never enjoyed work more in my life, and suddenly, it seems that everything has come full circle.
Growing up in Vegas, I have a deep attachment to the region. That’s probably why I ended up moving back. Meanwhile, my suspicion has long been (for a couple of decades, now) that aerospace is the cornerstone industry Southern Nevada has been waiting for and that our economy now so desperately needs. (See: Assembly Joint Resolution #8, 1999, to learn about Spaceport Nevada and infer the crushing tale of the ahead-of-its-time initiative that might have changed the region as we know it…) The synergy of Bigelow Aerospace’s location here, the company’s globally-unique, NASA-derived and improved spacecraft technology, and their recent sale of a module to the International Space Station is highly coincidental.
I feel it in my bones that it’s not only Southern Nevada’s legacy, (e.g., NASA Apollo training, NASA-AEC NERVA nuclear rocket program), but it’s Southern Nevada’s destiny to become an aerospace nexus.
Let’s see if I can’t do something about it.
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Congrats Ben! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and I dig your posts. Your passion for space is obvious and I’m sure you’ll do well in your next job. Good luck!
Ben, I so enjoy reading about your adventures. I am proud to think that I once taught you Geometry. Do you remember what you did you project assignment?
I missed this note! I’m so gratified that you’ve bopped in every now and again to keep tabs! =) …I’m sorry to admit that I don’t remember my project topic… Was it something prophetic? =)
Ridiculously good news, Ben. Can’t wait to hear details as they declassify. =)