Six days ago, one of my 1980's school classmates was announced by NASA to be one of the first two US astronauts to fly on a commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled for next April, finally returning the US to human spaceflight after the shuttle program ended.
In the NASA photo, he is 3rd from the left, giving a big smile and thumbs up like All Might (for any My Hero Academia fans out there...)
I had mentioned him months ago in the Introduction section of this project, since his achievements over the years were one of my motivations for actually building TrillSat as a self-contained satellite/spacecraft analog and not just a traditional radio station (and like many astronauts, he even has a ham radio callsign--how cool).
Thanks, Bob, for setting the bar extremely high (literally) and reminding me that it is still worthwhile to do things "not because they are easy, but because they are hard".
The TrillSat project on Hackaday has been reactivated and work has resumed. More details to follow.