Art vs. Reality

Posted on 26. Nov, 2012 by in Growth, Innovation, Leadership, Productivity

I’m a long-time fan of science fiction. Hard science fiction. This means made-up stories that are based in the physical reality as we know it, or within reasonable extrapolation of the boundaries thereof: Magicians, trolls, witches, warlocks and vampires need not apply! (Oh, I enjoyed The Tolkien Trilogy ‘way back when, but that’s not sci-fi.) […]

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Sometimes, It All Just Works

Posted on 07. Aug, 2012 by in Growth, Innovation, Leadership, Productivity

As of this writing, the successful landing of the Mars Science Laboratory (aka Curiosity) is old news, but the technology that allowed it to happen and also allowed me to partake of the excitement is what I wish to address today. The night of the landing, I was exhausted—so much so that I just couldn’t […]

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Expectations

Posted on 10. Jun, 2012 by in Growth, Innovation, Leadership, Productivity

Although the guidelines have been available to a subset of interested parties since 2011, it was not until late May 2012 that the broader community became aware of and accepted “…guidelines established by NASA to protect lunar historic sites and preserve ongoing and future science on the moon.” Designed to maintain the historical and scientific […]

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Dragons Exist!

Posted on 25. May, 2012 by in Growth, Innovation, Leadership, Productivity

Activities in space and on Earth today continued the opening of a new chapter in spaceflight. An uncrewed capsule, hight Dragon, containing a nominal mass of otherwise expendable and relatively unimportant cargo, docked with the International Space Station (ISS). This it the first time a commercial construct has docked with the ISS; previously, only capsules […]

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Taking Big Bites

Posted on 09. May, 2012 by in Growth, Innovation, Leadership, Productivity

A couple of weeks ago there was much sound (and some fury) at the prospect of a group of billionaires coming together to form an entity that would seek out and mine asteroids. I loved it! That asteroids may be sources of multiple gigatons of useful materials (metals, mostly) has long been known. That mining […]

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