So we had an idea and some broad requirements, we did a proof of concept showing that the resulting video would be pretty impressive, and now we had to start making the idea a real-world device. That required someone with design and engineering skills that could also factor in manufacturing know-how to make the device affordable. Let me introduce Richard Hardy and his work.
Here’s an excerpt from Richard’s bio:
Richard Hardy retired from Boeing in March of 1996 after a 37 year career. He joined Boeing in Seattle after graduating from MIT with bachelor degrees in mechanical and aeronautical engineering and a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering.
After three years as a flight mechanics engineer Mr. Hardy was promoted to management on the Saturn 5 moon launch vehicle program in Huntsville, Alabama. He eventually became chief of the technical staff on launch vehicles and the lunar rover program.
Returning to Seattle in 1970, he worked on the Short Range Attack Missile and was the Vehicle Design Manager on the SCAD program, which became the Air Launched Cruise Missile. He spent a year in Dayton under an industry/government exchange program where he worked in the B-1 bomber System Program Office.
Returning to Seattle, Mr. Hardy became program manager of the AFTI F-111 Mission Adaptive Wing program. After successful completion of flight-testing on that program, he became Chief of New Combat Aircraft programs.
In 1980 he established fighters as a product line objective and became program manager of the Boeing Advanced Tactical Fighter program, which eventually became the F-22.
Mr. Hardy helped put together the Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics F-22 team. After the team was successful in flying the YF-22 and winning the competition, he was promoted to Vice President General Manager Military Airplanes.
As you can see, in his career Richard pretty much covered all the most challenging and advanced space and military aviation projects over almost 4 decades. After Boeing, Richard founded Hardy Engineering and Manufacturing in the Seattle area.
At this point I should fess up that Richard is a cousin, was pretty much my role model through my school years, and I set the goal to attend MIT because he had.
We had stopped to visit his family in Seattle on our flight north to Alaska, and we got together in Boston after the flight and I showed some freehand sketches of what a pod device could look like. Richard liked the project and immediately engaged, doing an initial design and prototype, a gorgeous milled aluminum aerodynamic structure.
The design has gone through a lot of iterations since then, as we went about a program of continuous improvement before getting to the Eagle360.