Photos: (Left) One of the challenges Harold Rosen has taken on is connecting everyone in the world to the Internet, which was his initial premise for Syncom. Paul Pinner | Boeing (Below) Rosen celebrates the 10th anniversary of the launch of Syncom, which became operational in 1963. courtesy of harold rosen AUGUST 2015 51 recalled in that interview. Today, Rosen works two days a week as a Boeing consultant. He meets monthly with Cooning and is always armed with paperwork filled with sketches and different schematics. He has plenty of new ideas to share. Rosen also tries to maintain a high level of physical fitness. An Internet video shows him on a California beach, impressively swinging through a ring circuit and back. He bounces on a trampoline at home. He talks of some day becoming the world’s fastest centenarian runner. He’s counting on others to discover a life extension for him. “I’m hoping people working on antiaging devices speed up their act,” he said. Rosen has plenty of new challenges to address. Besides offering his satellite expertise, he’s looking for ways to detect and use gravitational waves, bring more water to Southern California, use climate engineering to cool the planet, and deliver the Internet to those who don’t have it. He is convinced people should be connected, which was his initial premise when he came up with the idea for Syncom. It’s good for the planet, he said. Give everyone the Internet and who knows where it might lead. “What I find interesting about him is, even today, he’s coming up with concepts and ideas that provide value overall,” Cooning said. “A lot of times he’ll come up with things so fundamental and simple, and you look at it and say, ‘Why couldn’t we think of that?’ ” email@example.com Know of any Boeing or heritage company trailblazers you’d like to see interviewed in future issues of Frontiers? Send suggestions and a brief note about their contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frontiers August 2015 Issue
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