Design Con 2015
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 2 / 3   >   >>
jimfordbroadcom
User Rank
CEO
Another hero...
jimfordbroadcom   5/21/2014 5:28:52 PM
NO RATINGS
to inspire those of us swimming against the stream.  Thank you!

Susan Rambo
User Rank
Blogger
Re: John Houbolt's Passing...
Susan Rambo   5/21/2014 1:13:23 PM
NO RATINGS
I'm sure there are engineers today who are just as willing to risk their careers for a solution they think is right. (We call them startups.)  I would also like to compliment his choice of tie the in photograph on first page.

Great_White_North
User Rank
Rookie
It doesn't matter if your right these days
Great_White_North   5/20/2014 6:20:29 PM
NO RATINGS
The truly sad thing is that most organizations (eveyone I have seen or heard about) don't care if your right these days.  Sure being wrong will get you in trouble because most failures need a scape goat.


Being correct is typically the worst option if you try and push your ideas against resistance.  You can try going over your bosses head or even pushing your idea in a public forum having your idea critisized by your boss as not preferred.  That is a short road to the end of your job these days.  It does not matter if you are right.

 

The path to success is to suggest the correct awnser and if those in charge dont claim credit for your ideas then the idea dies a quite death.  That is a big reason why North American companies are such lame ineffective places to work now a days.

Hats off to NASA for being so close to a meritocracy that you could go 6 levels above you on the org chart and keep your job....and have the company accept your solution.  Not much of that going on around here any more.

docdivakar
User Rank
CEO
Re: John Houbolt's Passing...
docdivakar   5/20/2014 5:16:51 PM
NO RATINGS
It is refreshing to read about John Houbolt, thank you. Without the aid of computers that we take for granted (and carry one in our pockets that is much more powerful that Apollo's on-board ones!), he solved tough problems with hard-core engineering knowledge, analysis and hand calculations. It is a tragedy that we are losing the generation of these real engineers with nary a few to replace them.

MP Divakar

Bill_Jaffa
User Rank
Blogger
Re: What if you're wrong?
Bill_Jaffa   5/20/2014 3:47:23 PM
NO RATINGS
Very nice and well-written piece, thanks for bringing it to our attention.

MeasurementBlues
User Rank
Blogger
Re: What if you're wrong?
MeasurementBlues   5/20/2014 1:25:19 PM
NO RATINGS
James joberg775,

Thanks for the link. I now know more about Houbolt.

Unless today's space experts learn to emulate Houbolt's vision, courage, and soft-spoken stubbornness, the grandiose "Vision for Space Exploration" plans for resuming human flight beyond low Earth orbit may fail to be realized.

 

joberg775
User Rank
Rookie
Re: What if you're wrong?
joberg775   5/20/2014 1:04:10 PM
NO RATINGS
I'm so glad to see this story. Orbital rendezvous has been my professional specializatiom for almost 50 years, and Houbolt my hero. Here;s something I wrote:

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/392/1

 

www.jamesoberg.com

 

 

Bert22306
User Rank
CEO
Re: What if you're wrong?
Bert22306   5/19/2014 5:28:18 PM
NO RATINGS
When I hear the term "team player" being thrown about, I've long since come to think "milquetoast," worker bee, company man. In other words, pejorative terms.

Of course, anyone who does not "go along to play along" had better be right, at least most of the time. The problem is self-regulating. Anyone who has a mind and speaks it, if he isn't right overwhelmingly often, will not remain employed very long.

_hm
User Rank
CEO
Re: What if you're wrong?
_hm   5/19/2014 5:11:23 PM
NO RATINGS
Very good work both by John and also by Bill.

Bill_Jaffa
User Rank
Blogger
Re: What if you're wrong?
Bill_Jaffa   5/19/2014 2:23:55 PM
NO RATINGS
What's also amazing is how what was once almost unthinkable--rendevous in Earth orbit, Moon orbit, and even Mars Orbit--now has become routine, to the point where the public is jaded and blase about it.

It's another example of how when you perform these "miracles", you end up making your work seem simple and trivial, and thus it is not appreciated. No good deed goes unpunished, as they say, and beware the law of unintended consequences of your accomplishments.

<<   <   Page 2 / 3   >   >>


Top Comments of the Week
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Tired Old iPad 2 vs. Shiny New iPad Air 2
Max Maxfield
8 comments
I remember when the first iPad came out deep in the mists of time we used to call 2010. Actually, that's only four years ago, but it seems like a lifetime away -- I mean; can you remember ...

<b><a href=Betajet">

The Circle – The Future's Imperfect in the Present Tense
Betajet
5 comments
The Circle, a satirical, dystopian novel published in 2013 by San Francisco-based writer Dave Eggers, is about a large, very powerful technology company that combines aspects of Google, ...

Martin Rowe

Make This Engineering Museum a Reality
Martin Rowe
Post a comment
Vincent Valentine is a man on a mission. He wants to make the first house to ever have a telephone into a telephone museum. Without help, it may not happen.

Rich Quinnell

Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
16 comments
As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

Special Video Section
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...
Avago’s ACPL-K30T is the first solid-state driver qualified ...
NXP launches its line of multi-gate, multifunction, ...
Doug Bailey, VP of marketing at Power Integrations, gives a ...
See how to ease software bring-up with DesignWare IP ...
DesignWare IP Prototyping Kits enable fast software ...
This video explores the LT3086, a new member of our LDO+ ...
In today’s modern electronic systems, the need for power ...