As a Scout, I learned how to set goals and achieve them. Being a Scout also taught me leadership at a young age when there are few opportunities to be a leader. Scouting values have remained with me throughout my life, in my business career and now as I take on new challenges.
I really like the association with NASA. This is where the great things in aerospace start from.
The damage sustained to the wing last week could have been a real setback for 'The Ultimate Flight' record attempt. The repair was a job for experts, and thankfully, we have the best working on this project.
So while I've been tied up with my balloons and my gliders, I've lost considerable ground in terms of maintaining longevity in sailing records
So far there have been few problems. A broken winch was readily repaired by the crew, as was a batten problem in the mainsail. Sailing winds have been excellent and at one point we were flying a hull
Today's forecast shows good winds until Thursday -- but then there are possible headwinds to slow us up when we reach the English Channel
So this is turning into a real classic test for these boats, and we're motivated to get it back. It is a complex test, planning, meteorology and precise sailing all wrapped up together -- and we do expect to see some pretty big winds.
So far, I've been able to control descents and climbs to 500 feet per minute, ... Autopilot cannot keep up. Parachute is on in case of envelope rupture.
You have to believe that you are going to succeed with this flight because a water landing would be very dangerous, ... I'm using the same capsule I've used for seven balloon flights, and it's seaworthy.
This is the oldest form of aviation in the world -- ballooning -- and yet it hasn't been done yet
This is a Solo Flight, but I want aviation enthusiasts and adventurers everywhere to join me in the endeavour.