Jay has been the Commanding Officer of the USS Continuum since January 2010.

And now: 2011
And now: 2011 avatar

Happy New Year 2011!  I hope you all had a great holiday season, even if it was hectic time.  But now that it is behind us, I, for one, am looking forward for life to return to normal.

This coming Friday, January 7, will mark our first Business Meeting of 2011.  And as we have done in years past, we’ll be mapping out this new year: thinking about the new activities we would like to do and adding dates to our calendar.

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Costuming Workshop cancelled
Costuming Workshop cancelled avatar

Due to events beyond our control, the costuming workshop scheduled for Saturday, December 11 has been cancelled.  Given the busy holiday season, we will more than likely not have another workshop until 2011.  Keep checking back for further details.

And the winners are…
And the winners are… avatar

Congratulations to all the USS Continuum award winners for 2010!

Scholastic Achievement – STARFLEET Academy: Sharon Bogart
Humanitarian Award: DJ O’Brien
Artistic Accomplishment: Sharon Bogart
Officer of the Year: Connie Fleming

Dec/Jan meetings
Dec/Jan meetings avatar

As we have done in years past, there are no Business (Command Staff) or Social (General) meetings for the month of December.  This is because the holidays are a very busy time for our crew — filled with Christmas parties, traveling, shopping, pageants, and the like.  So instead of adding two more events for our members to attend, we’ve decided to try and keep it simple.  We’ll have our Anniversary Dinner this Saturday, a Costuming Workshop next week, and (hopefully) a New Year’s Eve party.  But other than that, we’ll not meet again until January 7.

And speaking of our first Business Meeting of the year: now is the time to start looking at 2011.  At the January 7th meeting, we’ll be discussing events and  filling our calendars.

Between now and then, I want each of our members to evaluate 2010.  What did we do that you liked?  What did we do that you think we could improve upon?  What activity (if any) do you think doesn’t work anymore, and we should just drop completely?  What activities do you think we should start doing?  Or maybe there’s one we haven’t done in awhile and should start up again.  You bring your list, and I’ll bring mine, and I hope to see you all on January 7.

Seventeen years is a long time
Seventeen years is a long time avatar

In a manner of speaking, of course.

We’re about a week-and-a-half away for the Continuum’s Anniversary Dinner, and I can still remember the time we were the Shuttlecraft Continuum under the command David Brumbelow and Keith Boleen.  On December 4, 1993, we received our commission, and now seventeen years to the day, we’re celebrating our anniversary.  I was the Assistant Chief Engineer back in those days, and we’ve had our highs and lows ever since.  In fact, we’ve had our highs and lows this year.  But I am very excited about what the future holds for our group.

The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse (9006 Pensacola Blvd) with all the usual celebration features — dinner, the ship’s annual awards, and the “sneaky Santa” gift exchange.  Please bring one gift, $15 or less, wrapped with no to/from identification for the game.  Dress is Star Trek costume or semi-formal attire.

One busy month
One busy month avatar

It has been an extremely busy time for the Continuum within the last four weeks! I, for one, have had barely enough time to read my emails, much less write any blog entries. We’ve been involved with the Region 2 Summit, the Great American Cleanup Kick-off event, Festival on the Green, Yuri’s Night Pensacola, and the Hubble IMAX Premier at NAS Museum. And this doesn’t even include all the behind-the-scenes work going on.

At our next ship meeting — this coming Friday, April 16 at PJC at 7 p.m. — we hope to reflect over the last month as we offer Certificates of Appreciation for everyone who was involved and a few promotions. We’re already discussing how well this year’s Yuri’s Night went, and how we can make Yuri’s Night Pensacola 2011 even better. Next year is the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic journey into space, after all. So expect some big things!

However, for the next couple months, we’re going to be shifting gears a bit. Outside of our yard sale on Saturday, April 24, we hope to have a few fun activities, giving us all a chance to take a much-needed break. We’re planning a camping trip for early next month, a stargaze party in June, and possibly a lock-in sometime. There’s also talk of visiting Kennedy Space Center before the year’s end.

We hope to see all of our members continue to be involved, as well as getting a few members to join our ranks as well. This is a very exciting time in the life of our group!

Yuri's Night Is Coming
Yuri's Night Is Coming avatar

Yuri’s Night is coming to Pensacola!

Who is Yuri Gagarian? Yuri was a Cosmonaut that, On April 12th 1961, became the first person to go into space.

This year the USS Continuum and the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Assocation are coming together at the PJC Planetarium to celebrate Yuri’s achievement along with all of the wonders of astronomy and space science. How much will it cost to attend? Nothing! This is a family friendly and FREE event that is open to the public. Join us!

As April 12th falls on a Monday we are holding our event on Friday April 9th. We believe this will give more people a chance to attend the festivities and have fun with us.

The event will begin at 6pm at the PJC Planetarium and the areas around it. The following events are what you can expect to take part in that night.

PLANETARIUM SHOW SCHEDULE
6:15 — Earth’s Wild Ride
7:00 — Night Sky presentation by Billy Jackson
7:45 — Two Small Pieces of Glass
8:30 — Night Sky presentation by Billy Jackson
9:15 — Ringworld

DISPLAYS:
– Recruiting tables & banners
– Captain’s Chair replica based on the original Star Trek series
– Telescopes will be setup to see the wonders of the night sky
– 15+ models of various shuttles, rockets, the Hubble space telescope, etc.
– 2-5 Star Trek models.
– Solar system model (planets in scale to one another)
– Binders full of space mission patches
– Many books on space exploration for you to browse and read
– 3-4 model rockets
– Posters on space exploration and astronomy
– And more!
 
DVDs:
– The Mighty Saturns (continous play)
– Hail Columbia (36 min)
– Ultimate Space Experience (48 min)
– Liftoff! (continous play)
– Journey to the Edge of the Universe (90 min)
– Destiny in Space (40 min)
– When We Left Earth

Bring your imagination, your sense of wonder and you thirst for knowledge!

VSS Enterprise Takes Flight
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The VSS Enterprise got a taste of flight on Monday, March 22nd.

Image by Mark Greenberg / Virgin Galactic

 

From the Cosmic Log at msnbc.com

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane took to the air for the first time this morning from California’s Mojave Air and Space Port.

The craft, which has been christened the VSS Enterprise, remained firmly attached to its WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane throughout the nearly three-hour test flight. It will take many months of further tests before SpaceShipTwo actually goes into outer space. Nevertheless, today’s outing marks an important milestone along a path that could take paying passengers to the final frontier as early as 2011 or 2012.

The captive-carry flight comes three and a half months after SpaceShipTwo’s unveiling in Mojave. The project, backed by British billionaire Richard Branson, builds upon the first-ever private-sector spaceflights, flown five years ago by the SpaceShipOne prototype plane. Both SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo were designed by aerospace guru Burt Rutan.

Today’s test was the first in a series aimed at checking the aerodynamics of the rocket plane in a controlled, real-world environment. The configuration for SpaceShipTwo is significantly different from that for SpaceShipOne (which is now hanging in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum) and its WhiteKnightOne mothership. SpaceShipOne was slung right beneath WhiteKnightOne’s fuselage, while SpaceShipTwo rides between WhiteKnightTwo’s twin fuselages.

Full details available at this link:  http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/03/22/2237244.aspx