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Joseph Barrett Bland was born March 5, 1946. Mr. Bland comes from a family steeped in the creative spirit. His father, Reginald Barrett Bland, majored in mechanical engineering at Cal Tech, and had at least 14 patents granted in his name. His grandfather, Walter Reginald Bland, was the founder of the Pasadena Symphony (1928) and invented an early synchromesh automobile transmission.
Joseph majored in theater and music in college, but also has a life-long interest in mechanical engineering. At various times he has been a prototype machinist, a programmer for computer-controlled machinery, a certified aerospace mechanical technician, and a CAD drafter/designer with a skill set in 2D, 3D, and solid modeling for both civil and mechanical applications.
Joseph was granted two U.S. patents in the late 1990’s on a novel approach to constructing a heat-driven engine. In 2000, he received a California Energy Innovation Small Grant award to explore this concept. As Principle Investigator, he designed and fabricated a prototype testing platform that indicated potential for this concept. This proprietary concept is still under development.
Since 2007, Joseph has served as the President of the Sacramento L5 Society, local chapter of the National Space Society (NSS). Since 2015, Joseph has been deeply involved with other members of the Sacramento L5 Society in developing concepts for increasing the practicality of laser-transmitted energy, especially as related to decreasing the cost of mining and colonizing the surface of the Moon. In 2017, Joseph was elected as Chair of the NSS Chapter Assembly.
Ed Kulis, to his surprise, was born before the Hefty Bag. Back in the days of small shops all within walking distance, repeating so you didn’t walk far, bakery, candy store, butcher shop, dry goods, beauty parlor, hardware store, dry cleaners, drug store, flower shop, funeral home, …, every few blocks in South Ozone Park, Queens, NY, when ozone meant fresh air from the sea and where the houses had capped off gas fixtures above the overhead lights.
Indignant, Ed sat in his high chair, attired in a checkered vest and bow tie, worrying that Gene Kranz would steal his look and exclaiming, “Whadda’ ya’ mean I gotta’ wait 60 years for an iPad?”
On to soldering irons, tubes, punch cards, paper tape, magnetic reels, to multi-windowed access requiring a wide desk with 3 VT100s and 3 keyboards. Then, Unix, Oracle, Web Admin, macOS and Apple for 2 decades supporting the systems that support you when you call with a problem.
L. Paul Turner flew jets for the United States Air Force, then spent years in real estate construction, law practice and real estate. His ideas for space investment derive from tried and true earth real estate development methods. He is a long standing member of the National Space Society. He currently builds airships at JP Aerospace in Northern California.
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Cle is currently finishing up a love story mystery, “For the Love of Maggie O’Die,” set in San Francisco. A space adventure novel is slated for 2021. Cle writes from his home in central crazyville California.
Expert in multiple areas of spacecraft design and integration, including Power, communications, and electrical integration. Also skilled in Anti-Tamper and Safety Engineering.