I am Dr. Lonnie Johnson. NASA Rocket Scientist. Holder of over 100 patents. Inventor of the Super Soaker. I’m now working on advanced energy technology solutions to save the world. This is my 2nd time doing this, so ask me anything.
Hello Reddit! By now you know me as the inventor of the Super Soaker, but before that I had inventions on the Galileo Mission to Jupiter, Cassini Mission to Saturn, and Mars Observer Mission. I just recently received my 138th patent from the USPTO.
This past month has been very busy for me:
I turned 69.
My robot that I made for (and which won) the regional science fair in 1968 celebrated its 50th anniversary.
We began 2 exciting new contracts for development of my battery and engine technologies. One of those contracts is with NASA and I’m very excited for my technology to return to space.
My nonprofit, the Johnson STEM Activity Center, officially received 501c3 status and partnered with the Forever Young Foundation to bring their latest 8-80 Zone into my facility in downtown Atlanta for a ribbon cutting during the Super Bowl in February.
Artists from around all over the city came to help create a 100 foot STEM mural on the side of our building that looks fantastic!
I started using twitter to keep everyone up to date on the things I’m doing. If you feel so inclined, you can follow me @LonnieGJohnson and of course here on Reddit at u/Iinex I had a few u/Biography_Official cameras have me explain what the Super Soaker and the B-2 Stealth Bomber Have in Common - watch here! Just last week, I talked about my inventions, race, and saving the planet with u/endless_thread, the podcast made by WBUR in partnership with Reddit! You can listen to the episode here.
This is my 2nd Ask Me Anything (https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/6gacna/i_am_lonnie_johnson_inventor_of_the_super_soaker/) and I’m just as excited to answer your questions!
I really enjoyed this. Thanks, guys, for tuning in. I'll try to jump back in later to answer some follow-up questions Bye!
Happy Election Day. I'm here to answer a few more questions. If you haven't already, GO VOTE!
Sorry I couldn't get to everyone, but I hope I covered most topic areas. Thanks again for your very intellectually stimulating questions. Keep pressing forward to a promising future. AND GO VOTE!