Rocket scientist. Professional geek. Atheist.
Charles Radley is a spacecraft systems engineer who has worked on manned and unmanned spacecraft development and operations. Professional background includes B.S. Physics, M.S. Systems Engineering, 20+ years aerospace experience. He is an EIT Engineer in Training registered in the State of California, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 1981 he started work on communications satellite systems integration, launch campaigns and range safety. Later he was instrumental in developing proposals for lunar space missions for the 1990 Space Exploration Initiative. He was a member of the subcontractor teams for the Galileo and Magellan space probes, the International Space Station, experiments for Spacelab-MSL-1 and several communications satellite projects (e.g. Intelsat-6, Olympus, HS-601, HS-376, Inmarsat-2, Marecs). He worked on the Mobile Transporter, and the power system for NASA Space Station Freedom which became ISS. He is an inter-disciplinary engineer, specializing in systems safety and hazards analysis as well as mission operations. He was principal author of the NASA Guidebook for Safety Critical Software. 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. He had a key role developing the design and perigee stage for the Trailblazer imaging lunar orbiter for . In 1968 he read about Solar Power Satellites and said ... Yes, this is THE solution. In 1976 he heard about Gerard O'Neill so in 1977 I read the High Frontier, and said, yes, finally a plan which makes sense. For the last 30 years continues to work on the original O'Neill vision with the addition of a lunar elevator. He joined the original L-5 Society in 1979. He was a regional director of the National Space Society (NSS) from 1994-5 and operated an NSS computer bulletin board on fidonet from 1990 through 1992. He has 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. He served a 2- year term as a director of the Moon Society, and later a 2-year term as its Vice President. In 2010 he became Vice President of Leeward Space Foundation, for PR and Programs. He has written extensively on space based solar power, e.g. in the 2009 McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science. He was a contributor to the 2007 Department of Defense study on Space Based Solar Power managed by the National Space Security Office. In 2008 he managed a project by the Moon Society to build a one watt desktop microwave power beaming device and obtained the first ever FCC license for operation of a power beaming device in a public place. He pursues concepts for space manufacturing using lunar resources. He is thoroughly grounded in real world practical spacecraft technology and cost issues, as well as appreciating the big picture long term roadmap for lunar development. In recent years he has been engaged mainly as a software quality engineer in commercial and government IT environments. PUBLICATIONS 1996: Principal author of NASA-GB-1740.13-96 NASA, Guidebook for Safety Critical Software Charles Frank Radley, "Space-beamed solar power," in AccessScience, ©McGraw-Hill Companies, 2009 NASA Contractor Report NASA-CR-198412 - Software Safety Progress in NASA – October 1995 NASA Technical Memorandum 106597 – “Implementing software safety in the NASA environment” – Wetherholt and Radley – June 1994 Radley, Charles, 1980, M.Sc. Thesis, Digital Control of a Small Missile, The City University, London, UK
What is it you would like to do for fun?
rock music, comedy, intelligent conversation, play with dogs, going to sci-fi conventions.
Tell us about yourself, please.
Extreme left wing Socialist with some libertarian tendencies. Passionate atheist dry sense of humor
From UK. Came to USA for aerospace job. I love the Pacific Northwest, got a job in Lake Oswego in 1996.
I have lived in Portland for 15 years, but I love to meet new people, and will be happy to share with you all my knowledge of the area. It is full of delights and surprises!
What do you like most about Portland so far?
Wine, liberal , weather (much better than UK or midwest), cheaper than California, amazing scenery, Mount St.Helens, OMSI, the IMAX at Bridgeport Village, non-stop flights to Amsterdam, Columbia Gorge, the coast (highway 101), night-life
How long have you been in Portland? Where did you move from?
Moved here in 1996 from Ohio (via Texas). I am from UK, moved to USA in 1987. I have traveled around the world and around the USA. I have pretty much seen it all, and the Pacific Northwest is paradise.
What type of events are you most likely to attend?
Anything which affords the opportunity to sit at a big communal table and chat over eats, coffee, whatever. In the summer it is great to go wine tasting in the Wilmette Valley. For the adventurous, there are interesting night-life spots.
What does being an atheist/agnostic/etc mean to you?
I reject organized religion, it is a fraudulent power play. I reject the conservative values and restriction to personal freedoms preached by most religions. I am half ahtiest half pagan....
I love animals and nature. Wicca is cool.
I love Monty Python and all comedy. I like to laugh. I am from UK and have British accent if that might amuse y'all!
I like to work out when can, like swimming most.
Energy from space using solar power satellites built from lunar resources
Was a regional director of the National Space Society (NSS) from 1994-5 and I operated an NSS BSS on fidonet from 1990 through 1992 I 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.
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