We have been so busy with social media to help keep our doors open it’s been hard to post here.
We are back to finishing the Robot, just got back the space station. Building rockets and running our SNG Aerospace business. Also getting our NAR location lunch group together which is section #855 of the National Association of Rocketry.
So far the NAR as of late not addressed this issue with much enthusiasm although Chuck Neff did. Carol the VP of the NAR only said thanks and forwarded to the President about a week ago now. I don’t think either one read the script I haven’t had any communication from them yet.
I know this hobby isn’t the only thing in their busy lives. I understand that and it’s fine. But for me it kind of is the only thing in my busy life and I sure have one. The importance of this hobby to me is vast and wide. You have heard it before from me but getting young kids inspired with a passion to reach the stars is the only thing that will save this planet and our civilization from almost certain death if we don’t spread our wings and leave the nest of Earth. These kids are our future. Who knows what one of them will be the scientist who designs a warp capable engine making us a space faring race able to colonise other worlds.
The advances that will be achieved from space exploration will benefit everyone on this planet. It will create millions of jobs and opportunities like never before. It will break through new technologies that will extend the our life spans, feed billions, end over population and more. It will also bring us all the wonder of exploration as we discover our universe and our place in it. Most of all it will bring us hope. Have you heard even one politician running for office speak of these things?
So the new and better world starts here. A child sees their first rocket fly because we helped them do it. What can happen after that first flight will be amazing. That’s the contribution we can all make. To make a difference. To pay it forward.
I plan to continue on with this project and unless I otherwise hear back from the NAR(I would legally need their permission) the credit at the end will represent our efforts as the Ventura Rocketeers to accomplish everything I just spoke of. There is know time to waste for me and I don’t think there is much for any one else in light have our current condition on Earth.
I am looking for actors to play the two child and and the parents. The two grown up kids. We might have to build our own set for the command module at my studio and two space suits. It’s what we do but it will cost some money. Unfortunately the people that have such things on hand want to be paid for there use despite our cause and non-profit position. So there’s a lot to do to make this happen and it will happen but I’ll need all the help I can get.
Thanks for your time and your interest in this project to change the world. 😉
I wrote this letter and it was sent to JPL. I am outreaching to Aerospace firms for their support in this most important effort.
We are the National Association of Rocketry founded by G. Harry Stine in 1957 and Vern Estes of Estes Rockets. Our organization moto is”Pay it Forward”. Our goal is to create the next generation of rocket scientists, astronauts,astrophysicists and visionaries for the future of space exploration. We serve the aerospace community. Aerospace and space exploration is our mission and our passion. Our local section of the NAR is section 855, the Ventura Rocketeers. We are establishing and launch site here locally so kids involved in STEM and TARC (the Great American Rocket Challenge) can have more of a local access to test their designs. Currently we have to make the trek to Lucerne Dry lake bed a 6 hour drive both ways and a hardship for most parents. It is a difficult task we have found convincing local and state bureaucrats that we are more than a bunch of old guys launching off rockets and having barbecues in the desert. They have little vision and have to be shown the way. This why I stepped up and volunteered my years of film industry experience to make a short promo film for the NAR. I wrote a script that reflects our actual goals and shows how important our contributions can be to securing our future in space exploration. What I am seeking from the Aerospace community is support. Whether it’s just getting a letter of support we can use, a NASA, SpaceX, or JPL logo of support at the end of the film or something more.
I’m planning to start shooting and doing the visual effects soon. To me there is no time to waste. There’s and expiration date on this planet but not on the human race if we are smart enough to become a space faring race and colonise other worlds. Neil Armstrong started with models at age 3. Many other greats of aviation all started with models. They are too often discounted as just being toys. But those toys are the gateway to space. I appreciate you taking a look at our cause, I think you’ll find that it’s the same cause, the same mission. Let’s get out there, there’s a universe to explore. All the best, Steve Neill
You can read the script by clicking on the download button below.
Enterprise Rental Car produced a very powerful video supporting STEM though rocketry. I have been trying to convince NAR they should produce something similar, but to no avail. Frankly its rather embarrassing and sad that a rental car company can do a better job promoting our hobby than we can … but I digress.
Remind the bureaucrats that their failure to support the activity is NOT being “for the children”. Have the video played at a city meeting. Get your schools involved and anyone else who sees this as an educational opportunity that gets kids off their bottom, out from behind a screen, and into the world of doing something real. Have a student rocketeer speak at that meeting about the need… have 10 of them speak, more ages the better. Also remind them (maybe whisper) that the park system is failing to serve a segment of the community when it otherwise could, which could be consider discriminatory in an arbitrary and capricious way since just about every other park activity carries more inherent risk than model rocketry.
Exceptions can be made ordinances can be changed, even the most self-absorbed politicians like to be reelected, make them think twice, don’t let their administrators control them.
“Never give up. Never surrender!
Allen Hall (NAR #98014, Tripoli #16881) Vice President & NAR Advisor Music City Missile Club (NAR Section #589, Tripoli Prefecture #134)
1612 Dove Circle Spring Hill TN 37174 Office: 615.724.1463 Mobile: 615.364.7157 Fax: 615.577.3640 firstname.lastname@example.org
We are on the way to the post to send out the last f these backordered kits. After all the adversity we faced producing them I’m happy to say the shelves are stocked with parts to make up any orders without long waits.