Beyond Moonshots: Mars 🚀

img_8168-1      By Cindy Chin, CEO, CLC Advisors, LLC

This article is the first of a series of articles on design thinking and what we at CLC Advisors, LLC call “i.e.,” the “idea economy.”

This week alone, I traveled from one continent to another and down the eastern coast and back home again. All this air travel was made possible by the investment, research, and development in science and technology, some of which came from space research from NASA and the military. Some of that investment birthed technologies like satellites and GPS for air transport guidance, internet connectivity and the wide array of mobile apps on my smartphone to get me to my destinations, reminders, plane ticket bookings, wingtip technologies on the Boeing and Airbus planes, wind and jet stream resiliency for airplane stability, weather guidance for a smoother ride home, medical research on passenger comfort, and research on gravity to land safely on the ground to name a few on what tax payer dollars and investments in science, technology, and space years ago has provided for our technologies today.

This week culminated in some spending two days with IBM’s OS Earth group, a new think tank bringing together a group of designers, scientists, and coders, the more fashionable of names now for one who was a programmer mere decades ago. I was reminded again yesterday during our sessions of why we are often drawn to the impossible and tasked with finding those answers and solutions to burning questions. It is great leadership that can allow impossible to become possible and no matter who is sitting in an office in a city, territory, or country near you, that progress cannot be stifled.

“Newton explored the meaning of gravity. Last month electric lights and telephones and automobiles and airplanes became available. Only last week did we develop penicillin and television and nuclear power, and now if America’s spacecraft succeeds in reaching Venus, we will have literally reached the stars before midnight tonight.

This is a breathtaking pace, and such a pace cannot help but create new ills as it dispels old, new ignorance, new problems, new dangers. Surely the opening vistas of space promise high costs and hardships, as well as high reward.

So it is not surprising that some would have us stay where we are a little longer to rest, to wait. But this city of Houston, this state of Texas, this country of the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward — and so will space.”
– President John F. Kennedy, Jr.

As I watched a program hosted by Morgan Freeman on wormhole theories, I was also reminded that time does not always move linearly. Einstein in his theory of relativity proved that time sometimes folds and we see patterns of repetitiveness. This is one of those times, but no matter what, it is always fluid. So, take this time to move to the past for a little over 17 minutes to one of the greatest and inspirational leaders with whom we had too short of time with, but in that short time inspired a generation and the ripple effects of an incredible era of invention, innovation, new industries, humanity, and wealth creation. Believe me, it is worth those 17 minutes of time to hear those presidential words again.

The broad advancements in science in the areas of climate change, earth science, research and development, mathematics, and technology are still necessary and to echo White House Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, “not a charity case, but a prosperity case.” It is all hands on deck and imperative for the survival of many species on this Spaceship Earth.

If you are an entrepreneur or startups who are working on climate change, aerospace, data science your own Mars Shot, or market entry into the United States, our team at CLC Advisors, LLC can help you. Contact us to find out more information or go to our website www.clcadvisors.com.

About CLC Advisors, LLC
CLC Advisors, LLC is a firm of trusted advisors and management consultants focusing on development and execution strategies to build and incubate value-based business ventures, innovations, initiatives, and forward technologies. We are dedicated to finding solutions for traditional business models or expanding into the growing arenas of impact investing, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and philanthropy venture capital.

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CLC Advisors, LLC joins NASA Social at Kennedy Space Center to close out the Space Shuttle Program with Atlantis OV-104

NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey will commemorate the move of space shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy to its final destination for permanent display at KSC’s Visitor Complex on Friday, Nov. 2. The event will highlight the past, present and future of space exploration while marking the successful completion of the Space Shuttle Program.

The move will begin at 7 a.m. when Atlantis leaves Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at about 2 miles per hour on the 106-foot-long Orbiter Transporter System. The orbiter will make its way to Kennedy Space Center headquarters where at about 9:45 a.m. thousands of current NASA employees and former shuttle workers are scheduled to attend a private event that will include a ceremony to mark the transfer of Atlantis to the visitor complex.

Atlantis will then head to Space Florida’s Exploration Park, a 65-acre area that will provide a festival setting for a half-day event where guests can see the shuttle up close and “in the round.” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana and the space shuttle astronauts from STS-135, the final shuttle and Atlantis mission, are also expected to attend.

In addition, Exploration Park will feature spaceflight and exploration exhibits provided by several space industry partners and NASA, including the Orion Crew Module, designed for deep space human exploration as the flagship of the nation’s next-generation space fleet.

The Exploration Park portion of the day is open to those purchasing the special Explorer Package, which includes regular Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission.

“The final trip of Atlantis will be the very last time anyone is going to see a space shuttle in motion or out in the open, making it a truly unique and momentous viewing opportunity,” said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, which operates the visitor complex for NASA.

“Atlantis is a spacecraft that has flown 33 missions into space, logging more than 125 million miles, and it was the last orbiter in space and the last to touch down at Kennedy Space Center. Seeing the orbiter up close will be an emotional experience,” Moore said.

Atlantis will then leave Exploration Park and complete the final leg of its journey, traveling in front of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex along State Road 405/NASA Parkway before entering its new home, a $100 million interactive exhibit complex currently under construction and set to open in July 2013.

After the approximate 6 p.m. arrival, a 10-minute fireworks show will illuminate the skies of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, providing the grand finale to an extraordinary day.

The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss space exploration. NASA Social participants will have the opportunity for a special “hard hat tour” of the new Atlantis Exhibit building, witness the arrival of space shuttle Atlantis at Space Florida’s Exploration Park and see Atlantis on the final leg of its 10-mile journey entering the new orbiter home at the KSC Visitor Complex. See featured space flight hardware and other launch support vehicles from the past, present and future of space exploration and listen to presentations honoring the Space Shuttle Program. Tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center to learn about NASA’s current and future programs. Experience a host of interactive activities and exhibits from NASA Centers around the country, and discover the latest exhibits at the KSC Visitor Complex.

CLC Advisors, LLC CEO Cindy Chin is proud to return back to NASA Social to close out NASA’s Space Shuttle Program.

“I have always been a huge fan of the Space Shuttle since I was a child in school. I used to sketch the schematics of the shuttle and learned about astronomy from my father, who is a physicist and former microchip designer. The timing couldn’t be better with the movements in science, technology, green business and energy, and in the interest to combine private sector business and public government sectors, a huge focus in social impact and innovation.

Being able to welcome Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 to California and launching her final flight from NASA Dryden was an amazing opportunity. This final leg with Space Shuttle Atlantis OV-104 at Kennedy Space Center is a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of history where true innovation, dreams, and new frontiers were mere ideas and then realized. The next stages have already begun and like nebulas, stars are born.” – Cindy Chin, CEO

Follow KSC Visitor Complex and NASA on Twitter (@ExploreSpaceKSC, @NASA, @NASAKennedy, @NASASocial), Facebook (NASA, NASA Kennedy, and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex) or Google+ (NASA and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex) and hashtags #NASASocial and #Atlantis.

CLC Advisors, LLC joins NASA Social to Welcome the Space Shuttle Endeavor to California

CLC Advisors, LLC CEO Cindy Chin is proud to be selected as part of the NASA Social to welcome the Space Shuttle Endeavour to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in the western edge of the Mojave Desert. The NASA Social will welcome space shuttle Endeavour to Southern California, where Endeavour is expected to arrive at Dryden on Sept. 19 and depart Sept. 20 for Los Angeles International Airport, where it will remain in a hangar until its transfer in October to a permanent home at the California Science Center.

NASA Social guests will have a rare opportunity to see the landing and departure of Endeavour as it rides piggyback on NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Participants also will speak with experts, tour shuttle support vehicles and other NASA aircraft, and interact with fellow NASA social media followers, space enthusiasts and members of NASA’s social media team.

During the two-day event, NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

  • View the landing and departure of Endeavour as it rides piggyback on NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
  • Tour shuttle support vehicles and other NASA aircraft
  • Interact with fellow NASA social media followers, space enthusiasts and members of NASA’s social media team.
  • View and take photographs of Endeavour as it lands, stages and departs for Los Angeles

‎”There were over 2,000 people who registered for the NASA Social to welcome shuttle Endeavour to California and only 40 slots due to bus space and other logistics. The good news is that millions of people across the country will witness the shuttle flying overhead on its journey to to the West Coast.” – John Yembrick, Director of Strategic Communications, NASA

“I have always been a huge fan of the Space Shuttle since I was a child in school. I used to sketch the schematics of the shuttle and learned about astronomy from my father, who is a physicist and former microchip designer. The timing couldn’t be better with the movements in science, technology, green business and energy, and in the interest to combine private sector business and public government sectors, a huge focus in social impact and innovation. This is a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of history where true innovation, dreams, and new frontiers were mere ideas and then realized.” – Cindy Chin, CEO