Tag Archives: Disruption

Define the Mission, then the Vehicle

Pat Duggins’ book Final Countdown, which documents NASA’s move to shutdown the Space Shuttle Program repeats an important aviation and aerospace maxim: The mission should define the vehicle, not the vehicle define the mission. Apollo’s mission was to put a … Continue reading

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In 2008 We Never Expected Tesla’s GigaPlant

At the outset of the most recent financial downturn in 2008 enthusiasm grew for funding materials science research into energy storage.  The thought at the time was that manufacturing in this sector could ease employment concerns.  Concerns about global energy … Continue reading

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Aviation and Aerospace Innovation

The history of aviation and aerospace is fascinating because the achievements were technically challenging and the impact on society has been so clear.  Through the major phases of the industry’s growth ideas evolved across the globe, with the pioneers taking … Continue reading

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Industrial Tours

I love walking a plant floor. Unfortunately, most of what I see from working with customers can’t go out on the Internet, and if I do have photos, they are under NDA.  My son loves the show How It’s Made … Continue reading

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Peak Cable & Peak Car?

A September article by Bloomberg coined the term ‘Cord-Never’ in line with those who are ‘Cord-Cutters’ and have surrendered their cable or satellite subscription services.  The full economic impact of Peak Scenarios hit me while listening to an expert media … Continue reading

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Peak X: Applying Hubbert’s Peak Theory Beyond Natural Resources

Shell Oil Geologist Dr. M. King Hubbert (1903 – 1989) coined the phrase ‘Peak Oil’ based on his observations about petroleum production rates for a given geographic area.  Hubbert’s “Peak Theory” would be broadly stated as, “for a given geographic … Continue reading

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