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Important Golf in Space Announcement from CASIS (Update)

By Keith Cowing
August 18, 2015
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Important Golf in Space Announcement from CASIS (Update)

Keith’s update: Apparently the big news is that the COBRA golf company is putting a window (“spaceport”) in their new golf club. No relevance to NASA or the ISS is apparent. When asked by a reporter to explain the microgravity applications to this technology CASIS President Greg Johnson said he could not explain the microgravity or technology aspects of this thing. The Cobra representative said that he needed a golf club design that could withstand a 7,000 G impact and that the technology associated with this golf club was different than launching something into space (i.e what the ISS is there for). He added that this golf club “did not use research done in space but did use research done for space”. Greg Johnson said that there is some other stuff going on in space but he cannot talk about it. What any of this has to do with CASIS, the International Space Station, or NASA is not at all apparent. Then again little of what CASIS does these days has that relevance. In fact there is no relevance. All Greg Johnson could suggest is that these new golf clubs will “inspire the next generation of scientists, golfers, engineers and explorers. Its a great story”.
This whole CASIS thing is a joke. A bad joke.
Space Golf Update: NASA Inspector General Has Noticed That CASIS is a Flop
CASIS Announces Baseball Raffle in Space, earlier post
CASIS Would Rather Go Golfing Than Do Actual ISS Research, earlier post
CASIS Signs Deal with COBRA PUMA GOLF for Research on ISS, earlier post
CASIS Defines Bedtime Stories on ISS as “Major Payload”, earlier post
CASIS Is Still Incapable of Doing Its Job, earlier post
CASIS Is Doing a Reality TV Show in Space (Confusing Update), earlier post

earlier posts
Joint Announcement Between CASIS and COBRA PUMA Golf (with webcast link)
“Join leaders from COBRA PUMA Golf USA (CPG) and the Center for the Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS) on Tuesday August 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm EDT for a press announcement at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Expected speakers include CASIS President & Executive Director Gregory H. Johnson, CPG President & CEO Bob Philion, CPG Director of Research & Development Mike Yagley and a special appearance from PGA Tour player and CPG Brand Ambassador Rickie Fowler.”
Keith’s note: The golf research in space thing has been one of CASIS’ favorite things from the onset of its existence. For a while, it was the only thing they could talk about. It has been 3 years since the golf in space stuff began at CASIS. Has CASIS actually published or promoted any of the research results from this ongoing space golf effort? I have seen zero evidence that it has. CASIS loves to promote these vapid press releases that promise – but never deliver – amazing return on NASA’s investment via goofy sports tie-ins – yet they ignore actual commercial research such as that being done by Ardbeg on the ISS. And of course, CASIS is so inept that they cannot figure out how to tell people about the weekly ACTUAL ISS research results that NASA puts out as part of its Spaceline updates. What is baffling is why NASA continues to put up with this inadequate performance by CASIS.

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