Creating business and economic value by moving humanity into the solar system is not your typical 9-5 job. Indeed, as in all other entrepreneurial ventures there is only one thing that will carry you forward during the difficult and dark days that are always invisibly lurking ahead. It is not your business plan, nor your marketing plan, nor your financials. Only that irrational passion in your soul that will not let you stop doing what you are compelled to do because it is what you are here to do will keep you going. That, and staying focused on the opportunities.
And these opportunities have increased due to NASA's reinvigorated commercial orientation and the emerging entrepreneurial NewSpace (suborbital aviation, vertical launch, orbiting facilities and destinations, etc.) industry. This, plus the fact that the ongoing expansion of the Universe is not adding more hours to the day (nor making it easier to find a parking spot, as Woody Allen once said), has led me to put my digital quill aside and focus on my consulting. It's the most effective and efficient way to continue my commitment to the exploration, settlement, and development of our Moon (the eighth continent) and the solar system beyond and the creation of new jobs and wealth at home.
Also, my work and connections within the space/aerospace community have introduced me to new friends and provided consulting engagements in the Defense industry. As government budgets shrink due to the financial and economic situation, Aerospace and Defense companies that have relied primarily on cost-plus government contracts will be forced to find new commercial opportunities. Some firms understand this and see opportunity within the uncertainty, both within their current markets and perhaps in new and unfamiliar markets. Other companies will try a "business as usual" approach and hope that the turmoil is only temporary, that the good times will return if they only stay their tried-and-true course. In either case, I look forward to helping executives and managers make the difficult strategic decisions and implement the resulting... and challenging... new tactics.
So even though the date of this entry will recede into the past, everything else on my website is current. And should some future topic create within me a burning desire to add my voice, I'll write another Op-Ed for Space News, the Raleigh News & Observer, or some other publication.
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