In the spirit of this experiment, I send this message half-a-decade into the future. (Truthfully, I hope to positively litter the digital timestream with notes, showing that cyberspace may not only connect us through space, but also through time.)
First, my greeting: Hello, 2016! This is a year made nearly famous by films such as Back to the Future, Part II – where in 1989 the distant future year 2015 was depicted as a fantastic realm of flying cars, keyless entry, ubiquitous cybernetic implants, widescreen-flatscreen TVs, governmental weather control, 3D movies (without glasses), hoverboards, video calls (Skype?), video eyeglasses, and electronic roofies.
Reading the list five years out, 50% isn’t bad. Do the remaining few years close the gap? If not flying cars, do electric cars break the entry barrier at least? I wonder…
So, what preoccupies me today? Unsurprisingly, it’s space travel. The future of space travel, to be precise. In a move that some may consider pure insanity in the midst of an economic Great Depression, I decided last summer to start a spaceflight consulting firm, which I hope to incorporate and launch in the next few weeks. To that end, I’ve been building a coalition of industry professionals during the last six months who I hope to become private space pioneers with me, and I entered an abstract for one of the company’s services – spacecraft ergonomics – into the Next Generation Suborbital Researcher’s Conference next month. The meeting is only the second meeting of its kind, and one I hope will lead to frenetic networking, and ultimately, clients!
I’ve been working with a design studio, Studio Rayolux under brilliant designer Thad Boss, to develop a brand for the company, which I believe I’m calling “Astrowright Spaceflight Consulting.” We’ll see if it sticks.
So, my question to the future is simply this: Did it work? Did the company get off the ground? Did I get off the ground? Can industries be forged during a time of economic strife and emerge triumphant? Inquiring minds want to know!
Until then, take care, faithful readers. Go for your dreams and never look back!
January 7, 2011.