Matthew Isakowitz's Blog

Change the World

February 26, 2016
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world..." -Margaret Mead

Unveiling of Planetary Resources, Inc.

May 14, 2012
Planetary Resources, Inc. was unveiled to the public on April 24, 2012.  An excerpt from our new website: "Planetary Resources is establishing a new paradigm for resource discovery and utilization that will bring the solar system into humanity’s sphere of influence. Our technical principals boast extensive experience in all phases of robotic space missions, from designing and building, to testing and operating. We are visionaries, pioneers, rocket scientists and industry leaders with prove...
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The Carl Sagan Series - The Frontier is Everywhere

April 21, 2012
Inspirational and awesome video: the "Sagan Series" is a great video that sums up the wonders of science and engineering, combined with the power of the human mind to change the world and improve humanity's standard of living.  Definitely worth watching if you have 3 minutes:
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Engineering and History

April 12, 2012
Food for thought:

 "The engineer is the key figure in the material progress of the world.  [The engineer] translates scientific knowledge into tools, resources, energy, and labor to bring them into the service of society."

  - Baron Ashby

"The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history"

  - Anonymous


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Great Quotation

March 18, 2012
My favorite Carl Sagan quote, and the essence of science/engineering in a few words, is this:

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."


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Arkyd Astronautics

February 13, 2012
I've had an amazing, rewarding, and fulfilling time at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation these past 3 years. As most of you know, my background is in engineering, and I've always been equally passionate about getting back out in the field and building some spacecraft. If I could work two jobs at once, I'd love to have both stayed at CSF and taken my new position, but who could resist the fun of building spaceships? So after some very careful consideration, including a discussion over the ...
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Commercial Spaceflight Video

November 15, 2011

Below is the link to our latest Commercial Spaceflight Federation video which we unveiled this summer:

"Commercial Spaceflight: The Great Adventure of the 21st Century"
(Video link:)
(HD version:)
Length: 1 minute 31 seconds


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Bookshelf Reviews #1: Asimov on Astronomy

November 13, 2011

[The first in a series of planned posts where I review books on my bookshelf - this always brings back great memories!]

Asimov on Astronomy occupies a special place on my bookshelf, because it was the first Isaac Asimov book I ever read. 

I grabbed this unassuming volume, with its pages somewhat faded and a few stuck together from some long-ago wear (perhaps a coffee spill?), off of my grandfather’s bookshelf when I was about eight.  I’d been drawn in by the book’s cover, which depicted S...

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