Space Travel: Giving Dreamers a Reason to Dream Even Bigger

Our sponsor X-1R is big in the Philippines and Brixton Aw is President of CSI, its exclusive distributor in the country. Brixton shares the awe that he experienced at the recent 35th Space Symposium, where X-1R celebrates its origins in space travel. 

 

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It’s April 2019 and Brixton Aw finds himself at the 35th Space Symposium, the yearly “must attend” event for all who are in or interested in the space industry.

Brixton is not completely unfamiliar with space tech. As the President of CreativeSparx, Inc (CSI) of the Philippines, the exclusive distributor of X-1R products in the country, he has had a hand in disseminating what was originally space tech to the masses.

When Brixton first heard of X-1R, he didn’t pay much heed to it. X-1R was being promoted on the Home Shopping TV in the USA. Even then, the programme promoted the product’s unique formulation and that cars competing in NASCAR and other major US races were using it, but teenage Brixton cared more about other things then. Still, he noted X-1R’s association with NASA.

 

X-1R’s history is rooted in space travel. In 1994, NASA was looking for a lubricant for its giant crawler transporters, which carry large rockets and their mobile launch platform from the vehicle assembly to the launch pad. The criteria were tough: have a long operating life; provide protection in the hot and sandy environment; be biodegradable, and keep the crawlers running smoothly throughout the arduous journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No such lubricant existed, so X-1R created one. X-1R is, till today, the only lubricant inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. It continues to supply to NASA, even as its range of automotive additives is becoming increasingly popular, especially in the Philippines.

VR taking centrestage at the symposium. Image source. coloradopolitics.com

In the Philippines, Brixton has guided his company to help increase X-1R’s market share. Over 500,000 cars in the country have used X-1R’s products to help reduce fuel consumption (by up to 15%), improve vehicle performance and extend engine life. CSI has won the X-1R Asia-Pacific Distributor of the Year Award in the last five consecutive years. This has led to Brixton—along with his sister, Bernice, CSI’s Head of Finance—attending the space symposium in Denver, Colorado, as guests of X-1R.

The Brixton (right) and Bernice Aw (left) with former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao. Image source: Inquirer.net

Amongst the GPS, scratch resistant lenses, fire-resistant aircraft seats, polymer resins and direct broadcast satellite, X-1R’s first product, the X-1R Crawler Track Lube, has also earned a place.

“It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the depth of ideas that the Space Technology Hall of Fame has generated through the years,” Brixton shares with Inquirer.net.

The symposium ends on a high note, with Sir Richard Branson taking the stage and sharing updates on the Virgin Galactic space tourism project. His company is set to send the first batch of civilians into orbit by end of this year.

Brixton summarises the forum as an experience that “gives dreamers reasons to dream even bigger”, as quoted by the Inquirer. Perhaps more than just sending rockets to space, X-1R will be helping ordinary folks like us reach the outer limits one day.

Read Inquirer’s interview with Brixton and coverage of the event here.

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