Jack B. Reid


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Miscellaneous Writings & Interviews

While most of my work is focused on specific projects on Earth, I can’t help but have thoughts about other topics, including our present society and our potential future in space. Sometimes these thoughts manifest in a coherent piece and are collected here.

The Mapscaping Podcast: How To Keep Your Satellite Pointing At Earth

Originally published on the Mapscaping Podcast in August 2022

After I responded to a question of his on Twitter, host Daniel O’Donohue invited me on for a discussion of how satellites manage attidue determination and control.

Available: https://mapscaping.com/podcast/how-to-keep-your-satellite-pointing-at-earth/

Move to close MIT campus to larger community contributes to the cold security of the ivory tower

Originally published in the Cambridge Day in August 2022

A short eulogy for the closing of MIT campus to the public. I wrote this for The Tech, only to find out that they don’t really publish things during the summer. Cambridge City Councillor Burhan Azeem encouraged me to submit it to the Cambridge Day instead, who promptly published it.

Available: https://www.cambridgeday.com/2022/08/15/move-to-close-mit-campus-to-larger-community-contributes-to-the-cold-security-of-the-ivory-tower/

The moral equivalent of war: a new metaphor for space resource utilization

Originally published in The Space Review in March 2022

A short piece challenging the Frontier metaphor for space and substituting it with one inspired by William James, which has far more mixed implications.

Available: https://www.thespacereview.com/article/4345/1

Student-led organizations provide robust science policy education

Written in 2021

This was a piece originally intended for the Science Policy Review. It was in fact requested of me and Erin Rousseau by the editors of SPR. Once we wrote it and it went through a couple of revisions, however, they felt that it was too anecdotal and too much of an argument piece, rather than a scientific paper. It never ended up finding a home despite me being quite fond of it.

Available here

The Engineering Commons Podcast: Existential Engineer

Originally published on The Engineering Commons podcast in July 2015

In one of their early episodes, the hosts of this podcast dicussed engineering ethics and specifically mentioned the engineering ethics class at Texas A&M, which I had recently taken. After I wrote in with some comments and a personal perspective on the course, they invited me on for a dicussion of engineering ethics and Samuel Florman’s book “The Existential Pleasures of Engineering.”

Available: https://theengineeringcommons.com/episode-87-existential-engineer/