Greetings Moon Society friends,
I feel compelled to write a few words tonight.
I am not sure where to start, so forgive me if this rambles a bit.
Most of you know at least something about me.
Hmm. let's see.
My 2 year term as Vice President of the Moon Society expires end of June 2009, I am running for re-election to a second term. I enclose my candidate's statement at the end of this missive.
First, I wish to expressive my deepest appreciation and thanks to Peter Kokh, the President of the Moon society. At the 2009 ISDC in Orlando this Peter, Peter will receive the greatest award for a space activist, the Gerard K. O'Neill Space Settlements Award.
I had the honor of meeting Dr. O'Neil on a few occasions, the first was in London in 1979 at the BIS, then again in 1983 at the Houston L-5 Conference, and once again a couple of years later in London.
Gerry is the most important person in my life, his vision is my eternal guidance, RIP. You must read his book the High Frontier - Colonies in Space.
Words cannot express how pleased I am that Peter has been awarded this great honor by NSS, and I am delighted that NSS had the wisdom and insight to award this honor to a truly deserving candidate.
Peter is a truly remarkable individual, who I have known for nearly 20 years. He has vision, judgment, insight and determination beyond comparison.
Please review this web link.
Peter, I believe you will receive the award at the gala Banquet Friday evening May 29th, I hope I will arrive in time to see it, I am flying in from Europe to Orlando that evening. I will try not to get a speeding ticket on my way there from the airport. (Most of my family live in UK,
and I am scattering Father's ashes on to the River Orwell on Memorial Day).
The Moon Society is a truly remarkable group of people, and I have been honored to serve as Vice President, and I would be doubly honored to be re-elected to a second term, especially as Peter is continuing at the helm.
It is late and I am getting tired. So here is the candidate statement I submitted.
Perhaps I will have more energy to write further before much longer.
Vice-President Charles F. Radley #868
Incumbent VP of Moon Society 2007 – 2009 term.
Achievements prior to becoming VP of Moon Society:
Former Moon Society Director, 2005. I have been working on lunar development for 40 years. In 1968 I read about Solar Power Satellites and said ... Yes, this is THE solution. In 1976 I read about Gerard O'Neill so in 1977 I read the High Frontier, and said, yes, finally a plan which makes sense. In the last 30 years I have not heard a better plan, so I am continuing to work on the original O'Neill vision. I joined the original L- 5 Society in 1979.
I have an extensive track record in NSS, L-5, AIAA and many other organizations. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics made me an Associate Fellow of their prestigious society, because of my contributions in revitalizing their Ventura Pacific Section, as well as my professional record.
Began posting to the usenet sci.space.* newsgroups in 1989. I operated an NSS BSS on fidonet from 1990 through 1992. Was a regional director of the National Space society from 1994-5 and have been active in the following NSS Chapters: Ventura County (CA), Cuyahoga Valley Space Society (OH), Oregon-L5; as well as active in the California Space Development Council and Midwest Space Development Corporation.
My professional background includes B.S. Physics, M.S. Systems Engineering, 30+ years aerospace experience. Was a part time technical consultant for Transorbital Corporation, the first private company licensed by the U.S. government to explore and land on the moon. Was a member of the subcontractor teams for the Galileo and Magellan space probes, the International Space Station, Spacelab-MSL-1 and several communications satellite projects.
Achievements as VP of Moon Society:
Has established a Moon...