is a motion constant during gas expulsion from a moving object. Sounds
like rocket science to you? That's because it is: our faberNovel team
had the immense privilege last week to get an improvised lesson from Jean-François Clervoy, the French star (space) astronaut. We are so proud, we even hung this limited edition on our wall of fame!
Mr. Clervoy left our lonely planet three times- twice on the
Atlantis shuttle, and once on Discovery- and still cannot get used to
our (boring?) ordinary gravity. So he became an entrepreneur. He foundedNovespace
, a French company specialized in weightless flights on its very own Airbus A300 (watch the amazing video here
). And he loves floating on it.
You might think he always wanted to be an astronaut. But in 1969,
when he watched Man walk on the moon, he told his teacher he found his
dreamjob and he remembers her innocently replying 'son, being an
astronaut, by the time you'll be grown up, won't be a career anymore, it
will be a regular weekend pastime. You need to get yourself a real
Ok, going to the moon for upcoming Valentine's Day may not be
totally possible (some 5 space tourists paid a $20 million ticket to
reach the International Space Station), but her vision at least had the
credit of being ambitious.
And today, 50 years later, Clervoy is doing everything possible to get more and more men and women into space.
His advice on innovation? "We astronauts sometimes feel like we
need to connect with common usages, such as social networking. Our ESA
(the European NASA) astronauts now tweet during their flight. What's
even more interesting is that we don't only look for innovation; space
agencies need to predict up to 20 years ahead future innovating uses in
order to launch our programs, especially in the TelCo sector. We
Think you could tweet from a cooler place? The challenge is yours.