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Death of the founder: Richard P. Speck[edit]

Someone edited the article in late October to note that the founder had passed away on 16 Oct 2010. I have located a few other links that may be relevant to future improvement of this article on this small NewSpace company and will, for now, just note them here. N2e (talk) 18:34, 24 December 2010 (UTC)

Located his birthdate from the searchable Social Security Death Index:

 Name                    Birth           Death
 SPECK, RICHARD P.       Oct 12, 1943    Oct 16, 2010
 Last residence:    80209 (Denver, Denver, CO)

update from a family member: -----------

  • [1] memorial at OpenLuna foundation
  • [2] Google XPrize farewell video including interview footage

The url at the bottom of the wikipedia page is correct ( -- but sometime in the month before Mr. Speck's passing, the site had been infested with a trojan. Mr. Speck's family is attempting to regain control of the site, but they have not found passwords or hosting information for it.

In addition to his work in spaceflight, Mr. Speck was also an exhibitor at the 1984 personal robotics convention in Albequrque New Mexico with his line of Hobby RobotX robots for the VIC-20, Apple ][e, and Commodore 64 computers. He was the principle engineer behind the calibration system used for the F-16 heads-up displays and helmets. He designed an early prototype of infrared backup warning system which was sold to Ford.

He attended Yale, recieved his B.S. in Physics from the University of Denver, and his M.S. in Aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

His mother was Dr. Louise Barrett Speck, PHd neurophysiology, University of Colorado 1955. She was an early scientist on the Apollo project and later worked at NIMH doing ergonomics research.

His grandfather was Frank Goldsmith Speck.

Article cleanup[edit]

I have finally gotten back to this article to start some cleanup. While the company is apparently now defunct, it was notable during its time of operation, and the article should be cleaned up. Other editors are welcome to help. N2e (talk) 16:18, 28 February 2014 (UTC)