Daily Archives: October 9, 2007

Interview with KC Space Pirates Brian Turner now online

As I wrote a few days ago, Brian Turner, the Captain and Fearless Leader of the Kansas City Space Pirates, was going to be interviewed on Zookers Radio.

This interview is now online and can be accessed here.  The actual interview runs from about 13:15 to 47:06 of the entire broadcast so you can just skip to that point if you want.

The most interesting quote from Brian (IMHO) was in regards to how fragile the Solar cells they are working with are: “The Solar Cells we’re using are more fragile than a saltine cracker.”  Perhaps he used that analogy because of their motif; they ARE the Kansas City Space Pirates and Brian IS the captain and ALL Pirate Captains have a Parrot on their shoulder and everyone associates the phrase “Polly want a cracker?” with Pirates… 🙂

It’s a pretty thorough interview and Brian acquits himself well…

The winnowing continues…

I just received this email from Brian Baca, of the University of Michigan’s MClimber team:

I’m afraid that MClimber will not be ready to compete this year. As usual there are a lot of last minute issues, but we do not have enough time to sort them out along with our classwork and midterms. The team is looking to compete next year, but nothing is official yet.

Major bummer – they did so well in last year’s competition and I was really looking forward to seeing how they were going to do this year.

Let’s hope for their return next year and, as I wrote in my last post, perhaps we’ll see them in both the Climber / Power-Beaming competition and the Tether competition.