Congratulations to Alan Eustace on his amazing achievement, Jump From the Stratosphere. He is an inspiration to have a dream; dream big, nothing is stopping you, you can achieve anything at any age.
What is equally inspiring is how Alan Eustace acted on and executed his dream in only three years. Alan Eustace was carried aloft without the aid of the sophisticated capsule used by Felix Baumgartner or millions of dollars in RedBull sponsorship money. Instead, Alan Eustace planned his jump in secrecy, working with a small group of technologists skilled in spacesuit design, life-support systems, and parachute and balloon technology.
I am fascinated with the adventure of space travel. When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut, but Canada did not have a space program. I would read National Geographic, Life, Popular Science to learn and follow NASA. I sat on the seat of my couch as I watched Felix Baumgartner’s Stratos jump in 2012.
We live in exciting times where dreams become reality. Space travel in no longer exclusively controlled by governments and the military. The private space industry has Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Paul Allen and Jeff Bezos that have all founded companies and spent tens of millions of their own and investors’ money to get into orbit. A cool company to watch is XCOR Aerospace, a startup in Mojave, Calif. Its founders aren’t rich, and they’re so thrifty they often buy machinery on surplus websites for pennies on the dollar. Google is reportedly considering taking a stake in Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic as part of the search giant’s plans to extend internet access to remote regions of the world.
Way to go Alan...a big thanks for those of us that share your dream.
Get Inspired. Engage your imagination, there is nothing stopping you from achieving your dream.