I have recently returned from the Advantage Conference on board the MSC Fantasia. Advantage announced their ground-breaking new technology platform Gateway 2. There was interesting insight into what impact APD, the new Travel Package Directive, Brexit and cybercrime will have on businesses in future. Daniel Levine also talked about new and interesting trends.
However the highlight for me was Astronaut Chris Hadfield. He was one of the best speakers I have ever seen at a conference. He was a prime example of someone that has followed his dreams and inspired us as an audience. He ended the session singing David Bowie's "Space Odyssey" - which was incredibly moving, not a dry eye in the house!
"You've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it's time to leave the capsule
If you dare"
“Good morning, Earth!” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield woke up the world while living months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut, three spaceflights and 2600 orbits of Earth, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible infusing a sense of wonder. In 1992, he was a NASA Mission Specialist. Three years later, he was the first to operate the Canadarm in space, and the first to board a Russian spacecraft. In 2001, aboard Shuttle Endeavour, performed two spacewalks and, in 2013, he was Commander of the International Space Station. Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, and recorded science and music videos seen by millions. He is the author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here.