As I reflect on the start of the year, with one month already behind us, I am once again amazed at not only how quickly time flies by, but how technology is advancing at such a massive and rapid pace.
In the last month I have engaged in fascinating technical discussions covering new space programs from around the world, organizations modifying their technology or inventing new technologies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, built-in expiration dates for electrical devices, and spectrum concerns and excitement about a move to 5G.
Of all those items, the one that I would like to particularly call out is that final frontier of space. Recent years have seen the rise of private organizations venturing into the fields of space travel and exploration. Not only are we on the verge of commercial flights to space but there are also scientific missions to Mars unfolding that most are not even aware of because they may be viewed as “lesser programs.”
With the start of the new year, and after such a troublesome previous year, I put forth the following challenge to our community: Let’s do all we can to build each other up. Spend time this year investigating some of the new space programs or new technologies being invented not only in areas around you but around the globe. Reach out to colleagues and encourage them in their work, and receive their support and encouragement in return.
Let us set up the groundwork and continue to build toward a great future both this year and for many years to come. We have the good fortune to work in a challenging, interesting field; with our knowledge and experience, we have much to contribute to the success of our companies and our society moving forward. Let’s get to work!