Caltech AMBER Lab Tour.

Earlier this month, Caltech Ph.D. Grad Student, Jacob Reher, gave us, Base 11 AMP (Aerospace Mentorship Program) students, a fantastic tour of the Caltech Advanced Mechanical Bipedal Experimental Robotics LAB also known as the AMBER LAB.  Jacob showed us the semi-autonomous experimental robot Cassie (see photo below), prosthetic/exoskeleton designs and nonlinear and hybrid systems. Photo of […]

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Caltech Coding Experience

Today, was another beautiful day at the Base 11 Caltech AMP (Aerospace Mentorship Program).  The impressive Caltech Ph.D. Candidate, Joel Lawson, educated all of us about algorithms/coding using Anaconda in the wonderful Kármán Conference Room (dedicated to Theodore von Kármán).We also took another lab tour with Caltech Graduate, Morgan Hooper, as well as listened to […]

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Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal…T-1000?

Nikola Tesla, invented so many complex innovations that we still don’t completely understand all of them today.  Some of his inventions, could not work because the materials used or available to him at that time, were too heavy.  Unfortunately, Nikola Tesla didn’t live in the age of advanced lightweight, self-healing materials, such as the “extremely promising” […]

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CASSIOPeiA Solar Power Satellite.

CASSIOPeiA is by far my favorite Solar Power Satellite, it is both beautifully designed and highly efficient.  International Electric’s inspiring CASSIOPeiA stands for Constant Aperture, Solid-State, Integrated, Orbital, Phased Array.  Earlier this month, CASSIOPeiA Engineer, Ian Cash, presented his SPS at the 69th International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany and wowed the audience.  The CASSIOPeiA […]

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First Day at the Caltech AMP.

Out of hundreds of applications, only eleven students including myself, were selected to participate in the Base 11 Caltech Aerospace Mentorship Program (AMP).  Monday, was our first intro day and we got to tour Caltech!  Coolest people and institution ever! Here in the photo is Caltech Grad, Chris Dougherty, giving us a tour of the […]

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Red Flag Conditions = Climate Change. Where is My Solar Army When I Need One?

This morning, I spoke to Tim, a California Firefighter, and the first thing he told me was these raging fires are happening because of climate change.  He went on to explain that the highest temperature recorded in the blistering Death Valley was 134°F(57°C) and less than 30 years ago Palm Springs reached 126°F (52°C)…less than […]

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