Renewed, Revived, and Reusable Tech

Engineers, technicians, coders, biologists, zoologists, botanists, high school and college students are all working as volunteers, eager to be a part of the Spaceola program.

"Our cattle ranchers remember the go-go days of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, and we've loaned land and old buildings for Spaceola offices, labs, and launch facilities," said rancher Bone Mizell. "We're excited as all get out."

Donated computers and equipment was found and salvaged from old warehouses, attics, basements, and private collections.

Merritt Island launch center and cattle ranch

Recent Spaceola launch of the reusable tug, lifting off into orbit to dock with the large, interconnected passenger pods.

Spaceola Center's Launch Research Center is just minutes from the launch pad.

Volunteers working with slide rules and Vemco drafting machines at the Spaceola Merritt Island research and development center in Florida.

Computer-aided design was banished from the Spaceola design center.

Salvaged IBM computers are working behind the scenes at the Spaceola Research Center in Florida.

Spaceola acquired and installed an IBM™ 360 series computer, followed by an IBM™ 1410 for accounting and an IBM™ 7094 (pictured) for experiment control. Our computers contain about 145,000 lines of code. It takes over 2 billion lines to run Google.

Behind the scenes at Spaceola

The everyday working tools at Spaceola.

Vacuum tubes were selected over advanced integrated circuits. Vacuum tubes are simpler than their transistorized equivalents and can be easily replaced by the crew in-flight. Radiation can disrupt the atomic structure of the silicon, but not a vacuum tube.

Spaceola designs were calculated with a common slide rule. Our NASA engineers insist on using the Pickett™ N600-ES slide rule.

Carefully repaired eyeglasses worn by Spaceola volunteer engineers.

What's old is new again. Pocket protectors to save shirts and blouses from tough-to-clean ink spills. Tough tapes for broken glasses.