Tag Archives: Clearancejobs.com

New Space Satellites and Data

Another of my Clearancejobs.com posts.  This time it’s a bit about the opportunity for “New Space” companies to not only produce data, but also build up a robust infrastructure to shunt it around.  It might be an opportunity that will grow.  Read it here:  The New Space Data Challenge–An Opportunity for Growth?


Texas Space Jobs Increasing?

My latest Clearancejobs.com article about the movement of New Space companies and their jobs to Texas.  Perhaps there’s a career waiting for you with one of these companies?  They all appear to be hiring.  If you’re curious about which companies are making the move, please read:  Texas Space Jobs Increasing.

Some Changes Coming


Hi!  If you’re reading this, thank you!  That means you deliberately chose to read my posts, and that takes some time.  So I’m writing this to tell you there will be changes to the number of posts on this site every week.  Why?

Well, that’s the good news–at least for me.  After one year and seven months, I finally found work, which requires more of my time and dedication than this site does.  The better news is that the kind of work I’m doing will, I think, inform my writing for this site even more.  If you’re curious about where I am working, just go take a look at my LinkedIn profile.  You’ll see the place, and I think you’ll agree it’s a good fit.  I am truly excited, because it’s not just a job, but it’s in a place that I want to be, with people that I like working alongside, doing the kind of work I want to do.

So, I’m pretty happy–and I’ll be starting work next Monday.  I am not sure what this means, as to how many posts I’ll get out on the site, but I will try to eventually get it squared away.  There will be more posts, though.

In case you are wondering, this blog was also an experiment.  I think I’ve mentioned that before.  I wanted to see if I could write for my own site day-to-day.  I think I’ve done pretty well.  But this blog was also my attempt to maybe control my destiny a bit more.  If people who needed writers see that I can write, maybe they’ll at least want to interview me.  And to my shock, this pseudo-strategy actually worked.

Clearancejobs.com was the first to reach out, after my site was online for about 4 months.  I’m still writing a few posts for them every now and then.  I also had a few contingent offers for technical writing, which probably would have been just dandy, too.  And my latest job will require not only my writing, but my writing about many different topics in the space industry.  I believe the job I’m now entering will require more thought, more insight, and an interest in space and where the industry is going.  That whole enchilada sounds like a lot of fun to me.  Plus, they’re paying me to do it.

I will admit, I was unemployed longer than I cared to be.  Certainly longer than I anticipated I would be.  If we hadn’t saved up, and if my wife hadn’t been working, things would have been much more difficult.  So if you are also unemployed, believe me when I say I understand some of what you’re going through.  I am lucky, but I think I made some of my own luck.  Yes, I am happy!  Yes, I am thankful!  And yes, I’ll keep writing, if not always here, than likely on Twitter.

Keep the shiny side up, and thank you!

–John (aka, The Mad Spaceball)

When I’m Not Writing…

This post I’ve written for Clearancejobs.com isn’t space-related, except for the fact it’s to do with me.  But it gives a decent accounting of what I do to stay happy and busy since I don’t have steady work currently.  If you’re interested in how an unemployed person stays busy throughout the day, please read my post on Clearancejobs.com:  Strategies for Coping With Unemployment.  If you’re unemployed, what do you do to keep happy and busy?

McMoons: Controlling Satellites from the Drive-thru

Clearancejobs.com was kind enough to post one of my newer submissions.  Proof that an operations control center can be set up pretty much anywhere, with this one controlling ISEE-3.  Just click on the following link to read about it:  McMoons: Controlling Satellites from the Drive-thru.