• Attending JPL's Open House in 2003

J E D Cline's experience of JPL's Open House in 2003

BACKGROUND: In the early 1970's, I worked as a contract employee at JPL. It started as a dream come true, finally in space R&D at long last. However, soon the feared divorice proceedings happened, my wife left me, and the rest of my many months at JPL were spent in the depths of despair. Now, 30 years later after my job there ended, once again I wandered the great Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and old memories and new thoughts were stirred up at the sights and places, as described below.


* Entering JPL's Open House 2003 event. In the background is the building I went to attempting to get Dr Pickering's interest in my Mooncable concept; the rejection's comments seemed to have guided my years since then, including my KESTS to GEO efforts. Unfortunatly, Dr Pickering passed away so I cannot now bring him the concepts he had sought back then.


* Most of my time working at JPL started with crossing this small bridge into the Space Sciences Laboratory building, where I worked in an optical electronics R&D lab. The Image Processing Laboratory is in the same building.


* This hallway, or a similar one above it, led to the doors where I mostly worked at JPL. Second door on the right.


* This display of electronics at JPL reminded me of the evolution of electronics during my career. The image at left center is a vacuum tube circuit of the type in my early years in electronics. Since then I have worked with, built, repaired and sometimes designed, circuits similar to the others shown here.


* These very stairsteps in the Space Science building were ones I would run up and down rapidly when the sadness was too overwhelming, the divorice counsellor had told me that adrenalin from exercise would dispel the depression. It only worked a little, as it did not bring mate into my life.


* From the lunchline at the Open House, reminding me that for many months the only food I had was a lunchtime hamburger and fries and coke at JPL's cafeteria 5 days a week. No food on weekends, no dinner, as I had no hunger. Eventually I almost starved, looked like a dried up mummy, bones sticking out. (One morning I had to eat tuna flavored catfood to get the strength to make the trip to JPL to work, and the reek of dead fish in my perspiration and breath all day got me to start buying food for at home meals thereafter, a turning point for me.)


* The fountain near the building I worked in, provided me contemplation the lonely lunchtimes and breaktimes. Watching the dynamic columns of water possibly planted seeds of a dynamic structure, of which KESTS is.


* The LA Sheriff had this snazzy patrol car on display, appropriate for a JPL display. No rockets on it yet, however.


* The open house had many kinds of participatory displays, in which one had to stand in long lines. This one took InfraRed spectrum photos of people and produced hardcopies for them. Visible here on the CRT shows my face as seen in false color InfraRed light, which was then hardcopied and given to me. Images behind mine are images of people standing behind me.


* The fountain again, very artful and yet also to me contain the seeds of physical structure in the form of their semipermanent columns. A structure can support things attached to it. And the upward flow of water could be used to push something upward. ... to space.....? Rod Hyde's 1985 "Starbridge" concept is an analog of this, proposed to lift electrically up from the ground vertically to the fringes of the atmosphere, to space. And the vehicle lift mechanism of my KESTS to GEO concept is a different analog of this, too; things being lifted by coupled energy from focused upward mass flow, within an earth-encircling structure itself centrifugally supported by energy stored within itself. Hyde's vertical "Starbridge" concept lecture was the catalyst for much of my subsequent space project designs. My subsequent conceptual designs are now in the form of many internet-accessable files and in three formally published technical papers of mine on space structures and transportation, such as can be found starting on my dedicated website if anyone is interested.

The rejection of my "Mooncable: Gravitational Electric Siphon in Space" lunar-electric-anchored-tether transporatation concept of 1971-72, rejected by the ailing Dr Pickering, who was only interested in two things in response to my Mooncable proposal: ways to get energy from space, and heart healing. The Mooncable conceivably could provide excess energy from the electric siphon lunar-anchored tether transportation process, but it was up there in space, not down here on the ground. Thirty years later now, I would tell Dr Pickering, my KESTS to GEO proposed project would enable the lifting up of immense amount of materials from the earth suraface to GEO, and thus (among other things) enable the construction of the huge Solar Electric Power Satellites which could provide the whole world with clean abundant electric power. Much too late to help Dr Pickering, but the seeds of his rejection-turned-request have sprouted and grown into a cohesive conceptual design, an alternate path that mankind could take, if the will and the wisdom were there.

James E D Cline

Updated 2003 06 11

Reformatted 20080319 JEDCline

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