Archive for December, 2010

Elon Musk enjoys Space X Success!

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

OnInnovation would like to congratulate to one its featured innovators, Elon Musk!.Yesterday, at 10:43 AM EST, Musk’s Space X Dragon spacecraft took off from the Launch 40 complex at Cape Canaveral. The craft entered a successful low-earth orbit and returned to Earth to make an on-target soft landing in the Pacific.

The Dragon spacecraft was unmanned this morning but is capable of carrying astronauts. The expectation is that eventually SpaceX will use the platform to carry people and supplies to the International Space Station. Phil McCalister, Director of Commercial spaceflight development at NASA, told the Associated Press today that “Getting this far, this fast, has been a remarkable achievement,” and that the achievement was, “Very, very difficult.”

Musk funded the endeavor from his sale of PayPal in October 2002. Musk views space exploration as an important step in expanding—if not preserving—the consciousness of human life.

Oninnovation had the chance to talk with Musk this past year about his values in business, innovation, and the future.

Ordinary People Change the World

Additional Video Interviews from Elon Musk:

Musk on, Henry Ford
Musk on, Hiring the Right People.
Musk on, Encouraging Innovation.
Mosk on, Is America Good for Innovation?
Musk on, Risk Failure
Musk on, Solar Power

The 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks stand for Civil Rights

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

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We talk a lot on this blog about innovation and the process of moving towards better technology, better business and a more efficient education system. As important as these goals are they would not be possible without the innovators and leaders of the past. By building on historical knowledge we are better equipped to make decisions for the future.

Have you been to the Google homepage today? (Screenshot above) If you have you will see they are paying tribute to one of the most amazing women in American history, Rosa Parks. 55 years ago today Rosa Parks stood up for her rights as a human being, a woman and an African American, refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger.

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Parks was arrested, sparking a boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus line that lasted 381 days. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was named the spokesperson for the Boycott, and the protest spread rapidly across the country, calling for equal rights for all citizens regardless of their race, color or creed.

We are glad to see that Google is honoring this important moment in history, and especially this courageous woman. No matter how far we come, we always need to remember where we’ve been, and the people who helped get us where we are today. For addition al resources on Rosa Parks you can visit these sites:

The Rosa Parks Bus at Henry Ford Museum
The Rosa Parks Bus

History Channel
Library of Congress
Rosa Parks Museum, Montgmery, AL

Google Image from Google Doodle
Rosa Parks on bus image from OnInnovation