MacArthur Grant Application

INTENDED USE For the research, development, and construction of a simulator that can be used relatively inexpensively to motivate and educate the general public about the future of aviation and space travel.
   
PARTICIPANTS Jason Reskin – Graduated, with honors,CentralMissouriStateUniversitywith a Bachelor of Science in Flight Operations.  He has been involved with eight (8) similar projects since 1984.  His experience includes flight operations, networking (IPX and TCP/IP), programming (C++, DirectX API, and web design), engineering and pneumatics, astrodynamics, and computer hardware installation.  He is currently an airline pilot for a Delta subsidiary.  He will be the project manager and will oversee the programming and construction.

 

Ian Lambert- GraduatedKansasStateUniversitywith a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.  He has been involved with eight (8) similar projects since 1988.  His experience is with visual expression and is manifested physically (sculptures, murals, paintings, books, blueprints, and storyboards) and virtually (computer graphic meshes and texturization).  His creative writing and illustration skills were used to recently publish a book and he is actively working on another.  He will be responsible for the artwork used (in the virtual universe and within the simulation) and for architectural blueprints (and conceptual drawings) for construction.

 

Jennifer Riley – GraduatedSouthwestMissouriStateUniversitywith a Bachelor of Science in Geography.  Her studies were concentrated on Travel and Tourism.  She has many years of experience in sales and customer service and has excellent organizational skills and leadership qualities.  She will be responsible for seeking out and working with interested parties, scheduling the travel and utilization of the simulator itself, and for promotional merchandise,

 

Bryan Ball – Graduated theUniversityofNotreDame with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.  He has experience with C++, Visual Basic, Perl, PHP, ASP, SQL, JavaScript, HTML, database design, and application architecture.  He is currently working on a Microsoft implementation of a web-based Customer Relationship Management System for HotJobs.com.  He will be the webmaster for the informational site and will oversee the compatibility with the open standards that are currently being developed.

 

Wade Tripp – Graduated theUniversityofKansas Citywith a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.  He has experience with GUI design, software development, and has been a valuable consultant for eight (8) previous projects since 1984.  He currently administrates theParkUniversitynetwork and webpage.  He will be responsible for programming design, databases, API and platform selection, and web interface integration.

 

Kari Perry – GraduatedWilliamJewellCollegewith a Bachelor of Art in Art.  She has worked in the graphics field for nine (9) years.  Starting out as a layout artist for a newspaper inTexas, she moved to be a designer at an insurance firm inKansas Cityand was responsible for newsletters that went out monthly and biannually to agents.  She is currently the creative director atWilliamJewellCollege.  Along with all of the other marketing materials used by the school, she creates newsletters to market various departments on campus to the community.  She will be responsible for our public relations, marketing, and the weekly publication of a HTML newsletter.

   
ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE Unistellar Industries (UI) is a registered entity in the State ofMissouri.  No parent organization.

 

Argus Foundation is the original and former name which is still registered in the State ofMissouri.

   
ORGANIZATION

CONTACT INFORMATION

UNISTELLAR INDUSTRIES

14500 NW 73RD ST
KANSAS CITYMO  64152-5107

 

Phone:

Fax:

Web:

E-mail:

(816) 217-3877

(816) 741-5315

http://www.unistellar.com

macarthur@unistellar.com

   
PRINCIPAL CONTACT Jason Reskin is listed as the sole-proprietor and has the title of Project Manager.

If the organization is ultimately incorporated (under discussion), then Jason Reskin will become the President.

   
PRINCIPAL CONTACT INFORMATION JASON RESKIN

500 W AIRPORT BLVD APT 1114
SANFORDFL  32773-4978

 

Phone:

 

(407) 688-7150

 

 

Completion of Work 2

 

 

 

July 21, 2000

 

Attention: Kevin Tan

 

Prema advised that you wanted another letter regarding our completion of the work in Shanghai…

 

This is to inform you that Audrey simulator was in working condition when we left Shanghai on July 14, 2000.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Jason Reskin

President and co-founder

Argus Foundation

Completion of Work

 

 

 

July 20, 2000

 

Attention:Kevin Tan

 

Prema advised that you wanted a letter regarding our completion of the work in Shanghai…

 

1)                  We verified that the shipment of the Audrey simulator (including components and spare parts) was complete.

2)                  We repaired approximately $200 USD in damage to the frame, ceiling, and interior caused by shipping.

3)                  We successfully tested the systems, installed the software, and found it fully functional.

4)                  We successfully trained and tested ten (10) pilots and dock-masters to operate the simulation for the public.

 

We advised your staff there (Henry Lee) of the following problems…

 

1)      The temperature was out of specifications for a long period of time.  This not only delayed us in our work, but it may be the cause of numerous equipment problems that developed during our stay.

2)      The power supplied to the Audrey simulator was delayed in being hooked up and then voltages supplied were out of specifications.  This not only delayed us in our work, but it may be the cause of numerous equipment problems that developed during our stay.

3)      The staff we trained was not as good at English as we had hoped and were not technically inclined.  The training, therefore took longer but our instructor (Ian Lambert) felt that we were leaving it in “adequately capable hands.”

4)      There was some theft and vandalism that occurred while we were there.  Two cellular telephones were stolen, one from our site and one from Space Camp next door.  One morning we found that our power boxes had been smashed and needed replacement.  Our breaker box had a short when someone cut the wires, which almost resulted in a fire.  Our tape measure we brought disappeared but was replaced by your staff there.

 

The following known problems were left in the hands of the staff there…

 

1)      The flexible ducting we required was installed as flexible aluminum ducting that was not designed for continuous motion and was ripping when we left.  I advised the staff that the “flexible ducting” required was of a vinyl composition used for A/C on aircraft.  This ducting can be shipped for $200 USD.

2)      The APU failed when it was insisted that we attempt to train when temperature was out of specification.  A Mr. Wong was reportedly trying to fix it and was shown where to install it.  A temporary unit was installed from Mars Base’s spare parts collection, but this unit is only at half the capacity.  Several systems have been placarded inoperative for the crew until this is replaced.  A replacement unit can be shipped for $400 USD.

3)      The hard disk drive on the dock-master station was showing symptoms of impending failure.  A replacement drive can be shipped for $300 USD.

4)      There are leaks in the air-supported structure, which caused water damage to the top of the simulator that was not thoroughly assessed before our departure.  These leaks also destroyed a keyboard which we replaced while we were there.  Tarps were semi-permanently installed on the top of the simulator to protect it from this and the condensation that developed later on the aluminum ducting.

5)      To the day prior to signing over the responsibility to the events staff, the power problems were causing spontaneous rebooting of the computers and possibly damage to the compressor motor.  A replacement compressor can be shipped for $700 USD.

6)      The video camera for the inside of the cockpit is either damaged or there is a severe interference problem or noise problem with the power being supplied to it or EMF interference with the line to the monitor.  A new camera can be shipped for $300 USD.

7)      The motion control board for the pneumatic system is either damaged or there is a severe interference problem or noise problem with the power being supplied to it or EMF interference affecting the board.  A DAC chip was identified as being the source of the problem, but replacing it with a spare resulted in the same symptoms.  A new board can be shipped for $300 USD.

 

In summary, Argus Foundation and its staff of Jason Reskin, Ian Lambert, and Amy Riley feel that they have completed their responsibilities per the contract with the Space Shuttle World Tour.  The Audrey was in working condition when we left.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Jason Reskin

President and co-founder

Argus Foundation