Born in 1964, in the middle of the push to land on the moon, including the Sputnik, Yuri Gagarin, Allen Shepard, John Glen, the Mercury and Gemini missions with John Young and Gus Grissom and eventually the Apollo moon landing.
Growing up outside Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, in a rich agricultural aria, on a small 50 acre hobby farm, the youngest of two sisters and one brother, the stage was set for the impossible dream.
Chester, my grandpa, who I barely remember was doubtful, amazed and totally captivated by the Space Race.
His son Rudy, my dad, was a chip off the old block.
He could not be pride away from the television during the space shots of those heady years.
Admiration and excitement in our home could hardly describe the feelings during the space race.
At 18, I left the small hobby farm and moved to the urban setting of Ottawa to start my working life and eventually start a few businesses.
The impossible dream came into a clearer focus in 1988, during a conversation with an interesting friend, she said she would like a spaceship that could take her children to the Asteroid belt to mine the rocks there, build living accommodations on location, reproduce.
She inspired me to pursue the impossible dream.
Business funds will pay start up costs if I can show them a profit upon creation.
Remembering that conversation, from that time on I paid attention as the sciences develop in all directions in many countries.
Rocket science, pluming, metallurgy, medicine, indoor gardens, communications, computers, robotics, indoor sewage, friction, and one by one the scientists around the world developed all the technology that was needed.
Many of the imaginative fictions seen on Star Trek were moving from fiction to reality like automatic doors, cell phones, iPads and video communication with language interpretation.
Talking to people about this impossible dream, most said it will not happen for 50 years but they liked the idea.
Most people said why it can never happen.
Reasons came fast and furious…Solar Radiation…Bone and muscle degradation…Fuel supplies…Food supplies…Funding…the technology was not available.
It was not possible yet but the dream lived on.
I married a beautiful woman, Hilda Makondo, from Zimbabwe, in 1991 and raised two children, Tetra Tawanda Makondo Cooper and Tasha Mazvita Makondo Cooper to the age of 5.
In 1996 my daughter Tasha, read her brother’s name on all the business mail, so she asked me to name my next business after her.
I suggested to her that after she learns much more, she find something she has fun doing, and she should open a business and call it Tasha.
In 2000, with a lot of excess time in front of a computer, remembering that conversation back in 88, research carried on.
From 1903 to 1995 people of the world developed all the technology to let people survive in outer space.
While searching the internet, the missing link was found in Japan with Magnetic Levitation technology (MagLev).
Time was spent taking all the sciences and drawing them into a doable project that fulfilled every restriction mentioned from the 80’s on.
The dream of a vehicle that could allow common people to travel through space is now possible.
For years, I watched Jay Ingram on the Discovery Channel to discover where to get what was needed.
Seeing the 1.5 million lbs Shuttle, being lifted to orbit and returning to Earth looked like a great idea but took a lot of energy.