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I've been job hunting for a while. Sent out hundreds of resumes, filled out countless applications, had phone interviews, unofficial meet and greets, official interviews, tests, take home tests.. you know the drill. Nothing seemed to be panning out.
Imagine my surprise as I suddenly found myself with not just one, but two incredible job offers both in the Commercial Space field.
I never understood why people said that when you have too many choices, you end up confused and blankly staring into nowhere.
Now, I do understand.
That is pretty much where I found myself. I mean, come on! Two, incredible job offers, each of which I would have been more than thrilled to take! Both offers arriving within days of each other.. Who could possibly think choices were a good thing?!
I went deep into 'Ponder' mode, and spent about a week there. Yea, sure, it looked like I was right there with you in the same room, partaking in that conversation.. but no, I was not. My mind was a bazillion miles away. Thinking about the alternatives.. Job 1 or Job 2..? Location 1 or location 2..? I must have made up my mind about 500,000 times, and then changed it again. Each time, clearly, had a different outcome. I must have created quite a few alternate reality lines undertaking this thought experiment. (Dunno what I'm talking about? Check out this awesome episode of Community (Remedial Chaos Theory) from a couple weeks ago.)
I gave myself a deadline, I had to decide by last night. So.. I did. My next move is going to be to the desert! Yuuup! That's right. I'm going to Mojave. No, I never thought I'd ever be moving there either, but hey, life as we all know, tends to be.. unexpected. So I took a job with TheSpaceShipCompany. I will be joining the Virgin Galactic team there, and hopefully get all of us to space, safely, cheaply, and in the very near future.
As you may be aware, commercial space is quite the booming industry. The setting for this great adventure seems to be the California desert. If it were up to me, I would have picked a far more tropical location, but I wasn't consulted on the matter.
You may recognize some of the bigger names such as BAE systems, Northrop Grumman. But there are plenty of newcomers, which are not that new anymore, but perhaps don't have as much public exposure as the well established companies out there. Some of those are XCOR, Masten Space Systems, Microlaunchers, Mojave Flight Systems, Orbital Sciences Corp, Firestar Technologies, and quite possibly several more that I failed to mention.
I'm excited to see how they all do!!
If you're interested in hearing more about the Commercial Space activities, you may want to watch this upcoming show. It airs tomorrow night Friday, November 11 at 8:30pm on KCET. If you miss it, you can catch a repeat Saturdays at 6:00pm, Sundays at 6:30pm, and Mondays at 10:30pm.
Additionally, they will be airing an exclusive sneak peak about how NASA intends to move the 180,000lb space shuttle Endeavor through LA’s concrete jungle from LAX to its final destination at the California Science Center. Should be quite a ride!!
As always, these are exciting times in the world of commercial space! If you find yourself in Mojave, CA, stop by and say hello!
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That is awesome, Evie! Good luck at the new job!
...any chance of designing personal spaceships? I mean, there are private planes.
That's freaken' amazing. I'm lost for words. Congratulations.
Thanks guys!! I find it pretty hard to believe myself. It's been a crazy roller coaster ride and it's just getting started..
I'm not sure about the personal rockets at this time, but I do know I'll be doing some integration of hybrid motors aboard spaceship2. I'll probably be involved w the upcoming drop test of the Dream Chaser next summer. And for long term, Branson has been talking about super fast intercontinental flights through space using rockets. Get ya from LA to UK in 1.5 hrs! Soo that'll be a challenge!
I'm so glad you finally found a job you'll love. Take advantage of all of the smart people around you. I'm sure it will be an invaluable learning experience! Congrats, Evie :)
Wonderful. Congrats! The desert is awesome. I spent a couple of years at grad school in Tuscon...probably my favorite place ever.
Thank you Tod! It actually is a lot prettier than I expected. Beautiful snow caped mountain view, great desert vegetation all around. Definitely pretty cool! And the air is waaay cleaner than in LA..
Awesome!It was worth the wait!Congratulations Evie :)
Did anything new happen 2 years ago at space or wherever your at. Im 17 and i am studying into space and all of that stuff. I want to know my options and advantages i can take if i do what i want. How is it?