Meanwhile interrupting my thoughts every forty seconds


I was reading a history of NASA’s spaceflight tracking and data network because … uh … … well, I don’t know how to explain this. It has to be that we are just meeting for the first time, ever, right now. I’m pretty sure that when Sunny Tsiao proposed writing this book, the pitch was, “At some point Joseph Nebus will read all five hundred and twenty-five pages”, and the NASA History Series editor said, “Sold!”

Anyway it got to mentioning how in early 1959 the Tracking And Ground Instrumentation Unit at Langley wanted someone to study radar coverage and trajectory computation requirements. So, again you see why this is a book fo rme. But then you know who they hired for it? Ford Aeronutronics. Have you never heard of an “Aeronutronic”? Me neither and I’m barely able to think of anything else. I had thought, like, a “nutronic” was the thing a spinning top does when it starts wobbling but hasn’t quite fallen over. I don’t understand what that has to do with spaceflight tracking and data. So, Sunny Tsiao, if you’re out there, could you give me a hint? Thanks very kindly.


PS: The e-Books page also has William M Leary’s We Freeze to Please: A History of NASA’s Icing Research Tunnel and the Quest for Safety. But that is only 192 pages so maybe that’s not enough of itself for me.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

4 thoughts on “Meanwhile interrupting my thoughts every forty seconds”

  1. Relax,don’t panic,Professor Nebus, you’ve simply drifted into the HHGTTG universe….Ford Nutronics is mearly another common everyday Earth name Ford Prefect assumed while hiding out on Earth. No big deal as long as you’re near a pub and know where your towel is.

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  2. Relax,don’t panic,Professor Nebus, you’ve simply drifted into the HHGTTG universe….Ford Areo Nutronics is mearly another common everyday Earth name Ford Prefect assumed while hiding out on Earth. No big deal as long as you’re near a pub and know where your towel is. If you really want to get under Ford’s skin (not literally, but jokingly)misspeak his middle name as Oreo, he hates that and prefers NutterButters.

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    1. Unfortunately, the bars nearest me are closed for the pandemic and don’t see why they should open again just to get everybody sick. There’s some more upscale bars farther away but, gads, they make such a big deal about their pizza service.

      I’d be totally up for a Ford Aero bar, but that’s probably not going to be on offer anytime soon.

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