Anyone who ever thought the all-electric Tesla was out of this world is now vindicated.
We are so saturated with technological innovations that what happened yesterday easily can get lost in the white noise: A 15-year-old company led by a modern-age visionary just launched the most powerful rocket in the world — capable of a payload equaling the weight of a fully stuffed and loaded 737 — into an elliptical orbit around the sun. And with the whimsical footnote that Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster driven by a crash dummy listening to David Bowie’s Space Oddity will be floating for a very long time without need for a charging station.
But all that’s not the only cool part.
It’s that the two side booster rockets — the smaller cousins of which NASA always assumed had to be dunked into the sea — twirled around and landed upright at nearly the same moment on a pair of landing pads.
As a guy who grew up sitting cross-legged on the living room rug peering at a black-and-white TV wondering if Alan Shepherd was going to be a superman or a barbecued fool, what just happened yesterday is way more than cool. Musk pushed through the “sound barrier” of doubt about whether such a feat was possible by the commercial sector, but he also — at least for some of us — re-ignited our passion for new frontiers and adventure.
The zeal to be curious, fascinated, awed by change and innovation is the rocket fuel for growth — personally and organizationally. It is a profound respect for the unknown, an appreciation that all we’ve learned and done to this point is not enough. It is more than just technology; it is a humility and curiosity that keeps us prowling around with the questions in our minds — what’s that, why not, what if.
There is now a Tesla Roadster on its way to the sun. The two rockets are back on the pad ready to do it again.
Think about that for a minute.
What you do with that is up to you.