Towards the end of November 2011 I got a call from Trevor Paglen asking if I was available to work on a project. He needed someone who could design, specify, and delineate a housing for a piece of art that was to be attached to a satellite. After the first conference call with the aerospace company in charge of launching the satellite, the fabricator and I agreed that this project was a long shot, and neither of us could see how we were going to manage to jump through all of the hoops (design, fabrication, mechanical testing, electrical testing, chemical certification, thermo-vac testing) necessary before the cutoff date. Anyhow, we dug in and gave it every effort — and we succeeded! This project kept me busy through December into January 2012. Now it is getting close to launch and it is in the press:
It was a real push to get everything done on time, but it was a lot of fun. It gave me a great excuse to ask Jim Newman (a friend that I know through my father) a bunch of questions — which he was very helpful in answering. So, thanks again Jim! And thanks Trevor — it was an exciting project, and I’m proud to have been a part of it.