We’d like to thank everyone who responded to our call for enthusiastic folk who are willing to help Take Back the Sky increase its presence at cons this year. If you are one of those who answered the call, rest assured you’ll be hearing back from us very soon so we can schedule a conference call and provide you with the materials and helpful advice you’ll need in order to get the most out of your tabling experience. We here at Take Back the Sky are grateful for your support, and the support of Browncoats everywhere in the ‘verse, as we aim to make history!
The new year has brought some big changes here at Take Back the Sky–welcome ones, that is, that will allow us to do more to get our ship out of atmo. The biggest and most important change of all is that we’re expanding in preparation for the 2014 con season.
We’ve brought up this fantastic tumblr feed before, started and run by a great guy we used to work with in the X-Prize foundation who’s now with Virgin Galactic. It’s starting to make some real waves on the internet, and this recent entry is just one example why–just what does something in your bathroom have to do with the Falcon rocket that (dependent upon your writing a letter) will take up the ship we’re getting named Serenity?
Earlier today, SpaceX posted the following to their Twitter feed and other social media sites:
Okay, so it’s not exactly a formal poll–but that doesn’t mean that a throng of Browncoats loudly proclaiming “a Dragon named Serenity!” won’t be heard or noticed. Now is the time for all of you to strike while the iron is hot and exercise the power of Ridiculously Large Numbers of People on the Internet (the scientific effect observed when Nathan Fillion tweets something) and be heard.
We admit, this alone won’t get our beloved ship into the Black, but it’s just too good an opportunity to pass up. So, reply to SpaceX’s tweet or to their Facebook status to say “A Dragon named Serenity!” or something to that effect, followed by the hashtag #takebackthesky .
Good luck, and we’ll keep you posted.
On January 7, Duncan Law-Green made our New Year very shiny when he tweeted us to let us know about a post on rocketeers.co.uk dated April 9, 2013. The topic was a fascinating piece of fan art done by artist Federico Melillo showing a fictional commercial spaceliner named Serenity atop one of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Reusable rockets at Armstrong Field in Brownsville, Texas, waiting to be launched into the black on her maiden voyage. The artwork, which is titled “Serenity: Vehicle is in Startup,” was a commissioned piece, though the site did not say exactly who was responsible for its concept.
Although the fictional Serenity in Melillo’s artwork is a commercial spaceliner instead of a Dragon capsule, the fact remains that it demonstrates once again that there are individuals all around the world who want to see a manned spacecraft named after Joss Whedon’s fictional Firefly class transport ship. It is also interesting to note that, like those of us here at Take Back the Sky, the individual who commissioned the piece believes that it is SpaceX who will honor Mr. Whedon and Firefly in this way. As Mr. Law-Green said in his tweet: ”Great minds think alike. :)” What remains, however, is the task of mobilizing great minds who think as one to act as one as well, in order to make the dream of a manned commercial spaceship named Serenity a reality.
If you count yourself among the “great minds” who think as we do, but you still haven’t contacted SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk to let him know that you want to see the next manned US spaceflight be in a spaceship named Serenity, there’s no time like the present to make it one of your New Year’s resolutions. Sign our online petition, and then write Mr. Musk a good, old-fashioned, pen-and-paper letter to let him know that there’d be no better name in the ‘verse for his first manned Dragon than Serenity. Everything you need to do that is just a click away on our Take Action page. And once you’re done, you should be sure to tell your friends who are Browncoats and space enthusiasts that they should do the same, and let them know how.
With perseverance and a little luck, we may very well see a scene very much like the fantasy painted by Federico Melillo play out for real in just a few years’ time!
Howdy. Chris here. This post is going to be a little off the beaten path from what we usually do here at Take Back the Sky, but as an educator, I wanted to share something that affected me very deeply, both personally and professionally. I hope you don’t mind.
It has been a little over a year since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed the lives of 26 of the school’s students and teachers. Like many people, I was deeply affected by the event, more so than by any other like it before or since. I think this was not only because of the young age of many of the victims, but also because teachers gave their lives in an effort to protect their students.
It’s unfortunate that so much controversy arose in the wake of the Newtown shooting. All the debate about gun control vs. Americans’ right to keep and bear arms and the media’s coverage of incidents like this (and those who perpetrate them) vs. Americans’ right to free speech can sometimes cause us to lose sight of the real human tragedy. Like most Americans, I have very strong feelings about those issues, but it is not my intention to discuss them here. Instead, I want to talk about a project I undertook to pay tribute to those students and teachers who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary, a project I dubbed “The 26 for 26 Project.”
Jeff here, Take Back the Sky‘s resident rocket scientist. Those of you who were tuning in with us over the past week for the launch of the Falcon 9 and the SES-8 satellite but aren’t familiar with “the way of things” in the space business may feel a little put-out and running out of patience with the multiple false starts. Those of us who’ve always been space advocates and those of us who live in Florida understand, though, that, for rocket scientists and astronauts, re-scheduling launches, or “scrubbing,” is a fact of life. Having a rocket, whether it’s a Falcon or the space shuttle take off on the first try is actually kind of rare. Continue Reading