Geostellar really is rocket science made easy, or rather satellite science, and that’s what interested Doug McClelland.
A former telemetry engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, Doug helped put up geographic information system satellites like Landsat and the geostationary satellites run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that make your GPS work and bring you those beautiful color photos of the weather every night on TV. He did this all throughout the 1970s and ‘80s. So it’s safe to say he’s spent more than an ordinary amount of time thinking about how we look at your rooftop from space.
In fact, when I talked to Doug, he had just been to Google’s offices in Washington DC, where he demoed a giant room-size mapping station that showed how Google could zoom in on any spot on earth. “And it will get right down to the mailbox, pretty near,” he laughed. “It’s incredible.” Read more about Geostellar Community: Doug McClelland
Paige Johnson was no stranger to solar when she started looking up scores on Geostellar. She is the Business Manager, Solar, at Owens Corning in Toledo, where she is engaged in the development of a solar shingle for the building materials company.
But when she took on that position in April 2012, her father grabbed the opportunity to go solar himself. “As soon as my father got wind of my new job, he said, ‘Good, now you can figure this out for me,’” Paige said.
Her dad, a software engineer, is the head of renewable energy for his local homeowners association in Howard County, Maryland. He wanted to get some information about putting solar on his house, but he found the numbers confusing: would going solar save him money? If so, what was the best way to go – buy or lease? He is an analytical man and he needed answers, but he was reticent to engage anyone who might serve him a high-pressure sales pitch. Read more about Geostellar Community: Paige Johnson