We choose the Moon

“Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.”
~ Scott Adams

About…

The heading quote should provide a succint explanation for this website! An integral part of engineering is to tinker around, trying to understand how things work, from the equations behind fluid mechanics1 to how a plough works2.

…me

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I’m Jorge García Tíscar, aerospace engineer and PhD candidate at Universitat Politècnica de València3. My research topic is turbocompressor acoustics4, but side projects are a fun way to deal with daily narrow-focused applied research. Also, I’d like to express my gratitude to the people who freely share their work for us to learn, and I figured out that this gratitude is best expressed by following suit myself.

…the website

Sadly, here you won’t find how a plough works (yet!), but hopefully among the seemingly random stream of self-inflicted problems you will find something of interest or, even, of remote utility. Main themes are (and/or will be) Arduino contraptions, MATLAB, Open Data, Earth Observation, GIS, Web dev… and whatever the future holds! Also, some posts are in Spanish, so you can hopefully learn a bit. All content is meant to be as open as reusable as possibly. For the curious, this website is made using Jekyll and lives on GitHub pages.

…the collaborators

Much of the work on this website wouldn’t exist without the ideas and skills of two old friends, Salvador Puig and David Ortiz, also fellow aerospace engineers who are now working in their own start-up UAVworks, which develops drone technology applied to audiovisual production, agriculture, industrial auditing, etc. Go take a look from above with them!

…the title

Comes from this simple but bold statement:

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills”
~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  1. Start from and work from there!

  2. Surprisingly enough, a fair amount of people can’t really explain its pourpose, despite ploughs being around for a few millenia! Curious, right?

  3. If you want to learn more, here is my most recent CV.

  4. Have an open access paper on the topic by me and my peers!