Christian Long

Paul MacCready: Flies on Solar Wings

In TED Talks on April 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Reflection by DAVID K.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Paul MacCready: Flies on Solar Wings

Paul MacCready truly had a remarkable career and life. He is known as the “father of human-powered flight”. He designed solar powered airplanes that were used by NASA and designed a solar power car for General Motors. From what I could tell from the video he seemed to be very charismatic and humorous.

During his TED talk he made some intrusive points about the future of our planet.

His had a deep love for model airplanes and he couldn’t understand why other people didn’t share the same enthusiasm for airplanes as he did. His call to adventure was when his 100 thousand dollar investment into his friends business failed. He was then in debt and entered into The Crammer Prize for Human Powered Flight competition. He won the prize and was awarded 100 thousand dollars. He then could pay off his debt but the recognition he received from winning the prize was far greater than the financial benefits. He was the founder of AeroVironment Inc., a technology company that developed human powered/solar powered vehicles.

His understanding for the environment was fairly evident during his TED Talk. He conveyed to me that humanity is now in control of earth and we need to take better care of the planet.

Paul MacCready was truly a man ahead of his time and will be missed. His accomplishments as an aeronautical engineer and environmentalist were much revered. He left a great legacy of invention and discovery behind.

[R.I.P. Paul MacCready]


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