Picture it. A launch facility on the west coast. I'd been waiting to fly the Antares all summer. Powered by a C6-5 solid-propellant single stage engine, it could achieve, on ignition, an impulse of 10 Newton-seconds, ramping to a maximum of 15 Newtons of thrust in 0.2 seconds, over a 1.6 second burn. Enough to power this baby to 1000 feet.
I was 14 then. The love for discovery that powered my model rockets also drove me here, to where I am now.
I'm Samuel Peralta, physicist and storyteller. My book projects have hit the USA Today and the Wall Street Journal bestsellers Lists, and shortlisted for Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. My poetry's been spotlighted by the BBC and in Best American Poetry. I'm the creator and series editor of the Future Chronicles anthologies - all of which have, in turn, become their category's #1 Amazon bestseller.
I've designed nuclear robotic tools, built solar cell fab plants, founded and mentored high-tech start-ups in semiconductors and software. I'm a supporter and producer of independent films, one of which earned a Golden Globe nomination. And I cook a mean risotto.
I'm always working at my craft, trying to be better at what I do. Where do we go from here? Beyond 1000 feet? To the sky? My hope is... to the stars. Won't you follow me on the journey?