Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Kwajalein and Rockets


Hi Everyone,

I am officially in the middle of nowhere, writing a blog from Kwajalein Atholl, where Spacex, my brother's company, is launching their first rocket in a few days.

First of all, if you think you've been to a place that is fairly remote, then you should consider comparing it to Kwaj. For most of you, the best way to summarize it is that neither Fedex nor UPS deliver here. Now that's crazy.

Some Kwaj facts:
Guam is closest at 1,400 miles away, Hawaii is 2,100 miles away
It's the largest Atholl in the world
Population 2,500
It has a runway and a small military base.

Not much else to say actually. But it's perfect for launching rockets!


Kwajalein is in the middle of nowhere.


On the way in, we did a fly-by of the island where the rocket will launch from. It's about five miles from Kwajalein.
Spacex's Island



Just your basic rocket island.


Directions from the Kwajalein Airport.


The Houston of SpaceX.

All rocket management happens in this Control Room. No one is allowed within three miles of the rocket when it launches. There are no windows in this room. It's freaky.


The main view of the rocket from Control Room.


The ocean as seen from Kwaj.



The beaches aren't the big draw here.



Spacex's headquarters. Can anyone say Dr. Evil?

I don't know what the HUUUUGGGE structure is above the Spacex Control Room, but it's scary looking. You don't get a warm and fuzzy feeling when you walk outside. I feel like they should be handing out lead underwear.

That's it for today. I'm excited about trying the local restaurant. It's actually the military cafeteria, but people here like to call it the local restaurant. That should make for an interesting blog tomorrow.

Have a good one.

Kimbal

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