by Chris Tobias
We are happy to announce that Take Back the Sky will be at the PA Browncoats table (booth #409) on the floor at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con this coming weekend, June 1-4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Our fellow Browncoats Tequila Matt Black and Bob Averell and their crew will be at the con with a petition you can sign asking SpaceX to name the first of their manned Dragon space capsules Serenity. They’ll also have templates for form letters to SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk and President Gwynne Shotwell as well as special “Leaf on the Wind” sheets that you can mail to them, all to let them know you think naming SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon Serenity is a right shiny idea!
The PA Browncoats won’t just be there to promote Take Back the Sky though. They’ll also be spreading the word about this year’s Browncoat Ball, which will be held in Gettysburg, PA in August, as well as Pennsylvania’s Can’t Stop the Serenity charity events in Philadelphia (June 3 and June 24) and Pittsburgh (July 30). So don’t be shy about approaching them and asking about Take Back the Sky, especially if they’re busy talking up the other Browncoats events at the time. If you do, they’ll be happy to help you do your part to make sure we see a real US spaceship named Serenity. After all, Take Back the Sky originated with the PA Browncoats, and like most Browncoats, they are very shiny folk who are always willing to lend a helping hand.
So if you’re going to Wizard World Philly this weekend, don’t forget to stop by the PA Browncoats table to sign our petition and pick up a form letter and a “Leaf on the Wind” sheet. And while you’re at it, be sure to tell Bob and Tequila Matt we send our regards and thank them and their crew for boosting our signal.
by Chris Tobias
“Well… here I am.” — Jubal Early, Firefly “Objects in Space”
Yes, here we are. Another year is behind us, and a new year lies ahead.
If you haven’t already, it’s a pretty safe bet that over the next several days you’ll be bombarded with all manner of retrospective pieces about the year that was 2014. That’s appropriate, of course. It was quite a year, with more than its fair share of highs and lows. Those who have been following developments in the space industry are probably familiar with more than a few of them: ISS missions and their commercial resupply flights, ESA’s Rosetta, the disastrous Antares launch and the tragic Virgin Galactic crash, the unveiling of SpaceX’s DragonV2, the awarding of NASA’s Commercial Crew contracts, etc. While it’s always good to take a moment or two to look back on where you’ve been and see how far you’ve come, we’d like to keep the focus of this first post of the New Year on what lies ahead for Take Back the Sky in 2015.
OUR TIME IS NOW
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the motion picture Serenity, the movie that was the realization of a dream for Joss Whedon and the fulfillment of Browncoats’ wishes the world over in that it provided a measure of closure to the story that was begun in the television series Firefly while laying the groundwork for future adventures of Serenity and her crew. That fact alone should be reason enough to believe that 2015 is the perfect time for those of us who want to convince SpaceX that their first manned Dragon capsule should bear the name Serenity to step up our efforts, both to recruit still more Browncoats to our cause and to convince Elon Musk and SpaceX of its worthiness. But nostalgia for the film’s tenth anniversary is hardly the only thing that will be motivating us this year.
by Jeff Cunningham
Our Online Petition to Elon Musk
One of our goals at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con this weekend is to see our online petition to SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk surpass 1,000 signatures. You can help us achieve that goal by clicking on the link here and adding your name. If you like, you can also leave a comment as to why you think Serenity would be the perfect name for the next manned US spacecraft. Thanks for helping us boost the signal!
by Chris Tobias
I can’t believe Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con is just over three days away. For some of you, attendance at a con like this might be an annual event, or perhaps attending multiple cons is even a rite of summer, but I myself have never been to a con larger than the Pittsburgh Comicon and Steel City Con here in Western PA, and you could probably fit both of those cons inside one half of the main hall at Wizard World Philly!
Of course, my wonder and anticipation are magnified by the fact that when I finally attend my first major con later this week, I’ll be attending as a presenter. It still boggles my mind a bit when I think about the fact that I’ll be there as part of the package, that I’ll be responsible for a little piece of the entertainment for the thousands of attendees that walk through the doors at the convention center. In fact, if the programming guide is to be believed (and why shouldn’t it be?), Jeff and I will actually be kicking-off the con with our panel One Small Step for Fans: Browncoats in Space. That’s right. When you look at the program guide, we’re the first thing you see, and if you walk into Room 109 at 4PM on Thursday, May 30, just one hour after the con opens its doors, we can be the first panel you see too. Continue Reading