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The Right Kind Of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation

The Right Kind Of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation

The true story of how an unlikely leader helped inspire a team of rocket scientists to achieve the near impossible: landing a two-thousand pound rover on Mars.

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ISBN 9781591846925
Barcode 9781591846925
Published 1 June 2016 by Penguin
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Steltzner, Adam
By Patrick, William
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ISBN-13 9781591846925
ISBN-10 1591846927
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Portfolio
Publication Date 1 June 2016
International Publication Date 12 January 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Steltzner, Adam
By Patrick, William
Category Organizational Theory & Behaviour
History Of Engineering & Technology
Aerospace & Aviation Technology
Astronautics
Number of Pages 248
Dimensions Width: 158mm
Height: 237mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 443g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Aerospace engineers - United States, Roving vehicles Astronautics, Space vehicles - Landing - Mars Planet, Mars Planet - Exploration, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
NBS Text Inventions & Technology: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 629.46
Catalogue Code 645154

Description of this Book

The true story of how an unlikely leader helped inspire a team of rocket scientists to achieve the near impossible: landing a two-thousand pound rover on Mars. Few organizations solve as many impossible problems as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and nobody knows more about leading rocket scientists to unlikely breakthroughs than Adam Steltzner. As the phase lead and development manager for EDL (entry, descent and landing) of the Curiosity rover to Mars, Steltzner spearheaded the creation of one of engineering's wackiest kluges-- the sky crane-- that allowed the heaviest rover in the history of space exploration to land on Mars unscathed. Steltzner is no ordinary engineer. His path to leadership was about as unlikely as they come. A child of beatnik parents, he was a daredevil and avid mountain biker, breaking thirty-two bones before squeaking through high school. He blew off college in favor of work at a health food store and playing bass in a band. After an interest in the movement of the stars led him to enroll part time at community college, Steltzner discovered an astonishing gift for math and physics. Within years he got his PhD and ensconced himself within the offbeat Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA's decidedly unbureaucratic cousin, where success in a mission is the only metric that matters. The Right Kind of Crazy is the story of the teamwork, drama, and extraordinary feats of innovation at the Jet Propulsion Lab, that culminated in landing the rover Curiosity on Mars in 2012. It also weaves Steltzner's professional life--centering on the ten years he and his team spent planning and then executing the landing of the rover--with his unlikely journey from academic underachiever to rocket scientist. Along the way, readers will learn about what makes effective teams, how to stay on task for the long haul, and strategies for solving incredibly complex problems. The Right Kind of Crazy is a book for anyone striving for excellence.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Steltzner's enthusiastic, passionately written memoir is an insider's guide to engineering wizardry and a testament to the effectiveness of team-minded engagement, rational problem-solving, and the concept of 'making ideas reality.' A motivational journey for armchair astronauts and readers fascinated by the unlimited wingspan of human potential. - Kirkus Reviews

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Author's Bio

ADAM STELTZNER is an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He worked on several flight missions, including Galileo, Cassini, and Mars Pathfinder, and the Mars Exploration Rover project. He was the phase lead and development manager for the Mars Science Laboratory and the Curiosity rover's Entry, Descent, and Landing phase; he also helped design, build, and test the Sky Crane landing system. He lives in Pasadena, California. WILLIAM PATRICK has cowritten memoirs by Sidney Poitier, Larry Flynt, Tamara Mellon, Robert Schuller, and Amy Robach

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