Starlink the mission in the name

Starlink logo.
Image courtesy “Starlink” Webpage 2020

Starlink is Space X’s step into the world of internet providing. Thousands of small satellites held in space at a low orbit (550kms) designed to give internet access to those who before now had been “unreliable, expensive or completely unavailable” (Starlink webpage,2020) . Internet is has become a world wide necessity. To not have access to the internet in todays environment limits the ability of the peorson to interact into days society effectively. Starlink the mission in the name.

What if?

During the week I was thinking about Space X and Starlink and had a thought that blew my mind. What if StarLink had the mission in the name?

I was listening to the “Third Row” podcast who was talking to the “Everyday Astronaut” Tim Dodd and they were discussing Space X and the recent rocket launches and the possibilities for Mars. Tim made a comment stating everything Elon Musk does is to get to Mars. 

If this is the case how does Starlink fit in? Starlink the mission in the name

That got me thinking, firstly about the name, Starlink, why call it that? Its function is to send signals back to earth not the stars. However, if you take the premise that “everything” he does is to get to Mars then the possibilities really become interesting. 

What if Starlink is actually being designed to communicate across the solar system. What if Space X is going to launch satellites that set up a communication grid out in space. Increasing the possibilities to communicate across the planets. Elon musk is a smart guy and he does things with purpose and strategy, barring some small outbreaks, but mostly for a purpose. 

That would make Starlink name make much more sense. It would be the only company thinking to do this and it would also be one of the most ambitious plans next to colonizing mars. Starship would be able to use this network to communicate from the moon, Mars and beyond.

Starlink image of earth
Image courtesy Starlink Website, 2020

Starlink, their mission in their name.

Dave 

David McCann
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Steve is to Elon………….. like Apple is too Tesla………..

 I came across an article this week from Lisa Eadicicco (Feb28,2020,10:40am) from Business Insider writing about Steve Jobs. Steve’s widow Laurene Powell Jobs was discussing a specific quote he had said once, and how people had interpreted it different ways over the years. 

The quote read; 

“At Apple, people are putting in 18-hour days. We attract a different type of person — a person who doesn’t want to wait five or 10 years to have someone take a giant risk on him or her. Someone who really wants to get in a little over his head and make a dent in the universe. We are aware that we are doing something significant. We’re here at the beginning of it and we’re able to shape how it goes. Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.”

Steve Jobs 1985

Laurene went on to say that he meant “we are able, each of us, to manipulate the circumstances”.

I have long been an admirer of Steve Jobs and have consumed a lot of information regarding him. This quote gives great insights to the mind of what Apple was trying to achieve in the early 80’s. In understanding the quote and Lauren’s interpretation of what he meant I was instantly drawn to how the correlation between at the time what Apple was doing and the work that has and continues to occur at Tesla today.  

The quote initial sentence of the quote highlighted that people worked for 18 hours a day. Obviously at the time Apple was trying to find its feet and work through challenges. Tesla has also had to find its feet as it has been challenged in the past when electric vehicles were frowned upon and most recently with the model 3 ramp. Tesla employees and Elon Musk himself worked many days with little sleep and long hours to find solutions to problems. This commitment continues to align with the next sentence when referring to the attraction of a different type of person, looking for a unique opportunity to demonstrate their unique skills set and to take a risk on them.  

Elon has always shown he looks for the best of people. Not necessarily the smartest but the best. Problem solvers, passionate about the mission. People who see the world in a different way. People who truly want to make a dent in the universe.

To truly make a dent the people who are hired, as the quote also suggests, need to be aware that what they are doing is something unlike anything anyone has done before, “something significant”. 

Tesla employees have known since the time they have driven in a Tesla, used the Powerwall during a storm when a blackout occurred or had a solar roof fitted to their home that Tesla is unusual, passionate and truly living up to its mission. 

The beginning of something revolutionary is seldom understood until after the time has gone, yet the correlation between what Steve Jobs said and what tesla are doing today would suggest that Tesla new this would be revolutionary as long as the pieces of the puzzle where stitched together. Tesla has delivered on their vision and they continue to be at the forefront of revolutionary steps to changing the face of the transportation industry and delivering on their technologies and mission to transition the world to sustainable energy. 

The quote by Steve Jobs, which he was said back in 1985 perfectly shows the exact ethos that Tesla now demonstrates. The words could just as easily have been said by Elon Musk himself. 

In recent years I have come to believe that following your passion, believing in a mission, and taking some risks can improve the world in which we live. Furthermore, by working to achieve your dreams can give anyone the opportunity to “Make a dent in the universe”. 

Steve jobs and Elon Musk are two people who have proven themselves to be visionaries. They have started from very little, expressed great dreams and strived to meet those dreams head on. Both have delivered and helped to revolutionize many areas of our daily lives. 

To make a dent in the universe it is important to remember one final thing. Whilst making your vision a reality it is important to always consider the people who helped make the dream real. This and only this will make the quote of Steve Jobs truly something worth fighting for so we can all manipulate the circumstances and achieve our dreams. 

Dave 

Written by David McCann 29/2/2020

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CYBERTRUCK……..

Someone once said if you are not pushing the status quo you are not innovating.

Innovation can come in many different variations and in the case of the Cybertruck there is no rival.

Yes it is different. Yes it is polarising and Yes it is on the cutting edge of what most people consider Strange and unusual , but…………..while it has unique styling it more than makes up for it in what it offers the buyer.

A large cabin with 6 seats, up to 3 motors and a distance of over 800kms (500+mi) and that is just to start. Large lighting systems for good visuals out in deserts, forests or driving at night, A large tray (Vault) with hidden storage, tied down adaptibility, ability to charge and use different powered tools and vehicles and a tray that folds down with a hidden ramp.

I am not a truck guy but I am sure there is not many trucks that can say they have that many features.

One of the most astounding features of the Cybertruck is the body work. A big shift away from how standard trucks are built and a homage back to John Delorian with a stainless steel body that is like an exoskeleton. This design has many benefits both in manufacturing and maintenance. An unusual selection for an exterior but a solid choice in more than one way.

Having spent many hours watching review after review of the Cybertruck and hearing all the opinions of people who saw or rode in it, I have come to a couple of conclusions.

This is not the truck for the masses. It will appeal to a number of people and it will grow on others. I am yet to decide what direction I am leaning as I need to see it up close and personal.

Like all cars that we buy it is usually with emotion. We buy with a passion for the thing of our desires that fits our budget. And if our budget is not an issue then we buy what we love.

I beleive Tesla has delivered a formidable vehicle with amazing specifications that will without equal be able to take on anything that the best gas trucks in the world could do and do it even better. And this should be the story that we are all talking about.

Congratulations Tesla for being brave, for challenging the Status Quo and for offering a Truck that will blow your mind.

Dave

Visionaries

This last week made me reflect upon many and varied different visionaries. Over history there have been some amazing people who have seen a future that does not exist. People who have looked at the parts of something and seen the connection that makes them the new future things , direction and movement.

It has been 8 years since one of the most profound visionaries passed away. He has become known as the creator of the modern mobile age. His impact helped the evolution of technology. His influence helped to grow and drive a whole new culture, workforce and future. The person of course is Steve jobs.

His impact on technology was so profound that the world changed in a matter of 10 years. His impact is not disputed but his rise was full of controversy and disarray. Those experiences gave him a view of the world that allowed the decisions he made possible.

The current world has again become the custodian of another visionary. Their passions and drive have again started to have far reaching impact on the next evolution of technology, of motion , of space travel and of course our future.

Where Steve jobs was a visionary and loved by many, the new visionary is loved by many but just as much hated for his ideas that continue to challenge the status quo.

The humble automobile is and has always been the staple of the modern family. It has always been a large purchase with good features and the biggest selling point of being able to get you from pint a to pint b in quick fashion. It has also become a symbol,an icon of the oil driven age we live in and many do not want that love to be challenged. But over the last 100 years no one thought about the impact it would have on our environment and health.

The new visionary has made a clear statement that the status quo is not acceptable. Tesla a 10 year old electric car company has given the world a new vision and new direction and at the helm is Elon Musk.

Elon is a visionary with the passion and drive to not just look at how we get around the earth but to also drive our imagination to explore the stars. His elation and childish grin when seeing his rockets take off or talking to a crowd about the latest cool thing is infectious.

He has taken a small car startup and made it into the world leader in electric car technology. He continues to drive and push the minds of those with a similar passion to do and be more then they could ever dream.

Visionaries are rare and we should help to celebrate their successes. We should learn from their lessons of never give up and be passionate about what you do.

I strive to be the best I can be and passionate about what I am passionate about. I hope that I to will inspire others to be more than they will ever dream they can be.

Just like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk.

Dave.