NASA Lecture: Space Is The Place (IET London Network)
Dr. Ravi N. Margasahayam, M.S., M.B.A, Co-Chair for Ground Safety Review Panel (GSRP) - NASA, gave an inspirational talk on the value of innovation and how thinking different is the best way to fix problems.
His talk described the different challenges he has encountered over the years and how space exploration has given him opportunity to create multi-tiered solution models. These innovation equations have developed into team collaboration methods within NASA, where bedrock principles help define organisational excellence. Specifically, he talked about how lessons learned are crucial in ensuring technology innovations remains relevant not only for the team but for the entire industry.
He showed many videos, one in particular was how NASA has robot teams (Yeap) and that if the land vehicle cannot navigate itself further as it comes to an edge, then a robot helicopter flies ahead to map the land and feeds data back to the vehicle.
An interesting fact presented by Dr Margasahayam was that it costs him about $10,000 to send a bottle of water (payload) into space - which is probably why his closing remarks were 'Innovate or Evaporate'.
Read his NASA Biography here