Sunday Reads: Favorite Books in 2019

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By Cindy Chin, CEO CLC Advisors

This article first appeared on Medium. You can read the full list here: Read Here

As 2019 draws to a close and we are surrounded by friends and family, it is also a time for meaningful reflection and something to do whilst lounging on the proverbial family sofa. This is my last Sunday Reads for 2019 and this decade. Part of my planning process for a new year includes a selection list of books I’d like to read in 2020. There is already 25 books on my new “Books to Read” list for 2020, but before we go there here are my favorites from this past year in no particular order: https://bit.ly/2ZwCMG9

You may recognize a few of these names on the list. Follow them if you don’t already. Happy reading in 2020!

Space is hard

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Spacesuits are not only a classic icon of human space exploration and imagination, they are also a personalized spaceship that mimics all of the protections from the harsh environment of space and the basic resources that Earth and its atmosphere provide. Yesterday, I joined NASA’s Social Media team at its headquarters in Washington D.C. at its launch event for the next generation space suits that will be worn by astronauts on the Artemis Missions and the return of human beings on the moon in 2024. In attendance were members of the media, press, and students from schools in the DC metropolis area.

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The new suit that will be worn on Artemis missions is called the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or xEMU for short. According to NASA, its history is a tale of engineering evolution, traced all the way back to the Mercury space suits that were once upgraded Navy high-altitude flight suits. The space suit engineers from NASA Johnson Space Center Lindsay Atchinson, Amy Ross, Kristine Davis who modeled the xEMU suit, and Dustin Gohmert the Orion OCSS suit were also in attendance and spoke of their capabilities. The suit is designed for high risk situations and emergencies like extreme temperatures and pressure variations so that astronauts will be able to accomplish more complex tasks on the lunar South Pole in 2024. The suit was designed not just as clothing and protective gear, but also function as a personalized life-sustaining spacecraft during EVA’s, also known as spacewalks.

The Orion OCSS orange flight suit will be worn by astronauts to the moon as well as on the return journey, from launch to high-speed re-entry to Earth. The suit is also designed for high rise situations with upgrades that include advanced mobility, enhanced communications systems and protection from extreme temperatures with its fire resistant material. It can keep an astronaut alive for up to six hours, an hour longer than previous generations spacesuits.

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As we embark on the first all-female spacewalk in history this week, we were reminded by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine that Apollo had a twin sister and her name was Artemis. She was hunter and her best friend and favorite companion was Orion. All astronauts in their return voyage to the moon will fly under the Artemis Mission inside the Orion capsule and this week, we will witness history in the making where women for the first time intentionally right in the forefront of the journey from Moon to Mars.

This is Artemis. #SuitUp

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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