“Failure is not an option.” – attributed to Gene Kranz, Flight Controller, NASA. – Jerry C. Bostick, Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO) Apollo 13 – Wikipedia.
I have in mind an Entrepreneurial axiom for critical situations, especially being one who loves Artificial Intelligence… I imagine this idea is working for me like a human machine learning algorithm! I’m sure we’re all processing such a powerful shared experience at Pitch@Palace 9.0
Personally, HRH’s inspiring Keynote lecture, as well as the important words said by Ciaran Martin, CEO NCSC have made me consider carefully BitBond.UK’s commitment to making the UK a safe and secure Country to live and work on-line. We are grateful to HRH Duke of York for the opportunity to propose building a new secure SBC digital A.I. radio network for the United Kingdom.
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NASA’s Great Pitch: Apollo 13 Movie
The legendary Mission Flight Controller Gene Kranz ordered everyone in Mission Control into a packed auditorium and delivered one of the best pitches ever scripted about the Apollo 13 mission.
After a few critical moments, when Apollo 13 transmitted the cryptic words “Houston, we have a problem” Gene Kranz (or “Flight” his Mission Control call sign) drew on a blackboard a circle representing the Earth and smaller one higher up to the right representing the Moon, loudly drawing an “x” and a “y” on the board. One in the midpoint between the Earth and the Moon and the other he drew by pushing hard on the white chalk, extending a screeching line all the way around the Moon and back to the Earth, breaking the chalk with one final “crunching punch” by striking the bigger circle and announcing at the top of his voice: “Gentlemen, this is where we are according to FIDO, in Translunar Injection Trajectory. This is the free trajectory around the Moon and back safely to Earth. This is home, where we are going to bring back this crew. Failure is not an Option!
“The Spirit of Apollo” by Dr. Sidney Newton Bremer, Ph.D. (out-of-print, but you can order one on-line from different sources) is a book that has always inspired me. It was written by one of the leaders of the Apollo Program, who worked behind the scenes to select the people and the astronauts that would eventually design, invent and build one of the most amazing works of engineering and innovation that the world has ever witnessed.
According to Dr Bremer, it was the principle of personal faith in Self, of a deeply rooted sense of destiny and the power to never give up because of their love for their Mission, which drove the men and woman of the Apollo Missions to achieve great success and overcome complexities which are difficult to imagine, even to this day.