When I was young, my room was decorated with old explorer's navigational map wallpaper. I used to sit and pretend that I was an explorer, with my room as my ship. Twent five years on - the dream is now reality and my ship is my company - Delta R&D, Inc. . The company is a totally new concept that embodies objective philosophy in a vessel (ship) - through which the universe can be explored. In the form of a corporation, it takes on the role and goal of exploration. Like the explorers of old, the journey is far from certain and unique. Inspired by the age of exploration, Delta R&D, Inc., is the ship in which the world, new ideas, and the universe will be explored and charted.
To gain a better understanding of just what Delta R&D, Inc. is we need to gain an understanding of the history of exploration. From the 1500s, beginning with Columbus on - an new chapter in history was being written - the beginning of what can be called the age of exploration. The period between 1500 and 1800 can be rightly called (from the perspective of the modern world) the age of discovery. It was during this period that individuals from the cultures that make up Europe, set out to map the world. It began with Christopher Columbus, an Italian who sailed for Spain, who bumped in to the "new world" in 1492. Although, it may be argued that their were "explorers" before him, it is what resulted from his "voyage of discovery" - the age of discovery - that makes him different. while other cultures sailed it was primarily for practical purposes. The reason is that science did not exist as it did coming out of the 1600s in these ancient societies. In the ancient world, experimentation - exploration - is soley to support philosophy. Where after the 1600s experimentation - exploration, began to drive philosophy (theory) and it is this that makes the period of 1500 to 1800 the age of discovery.
While Columbus began the age of discovery it was those who circumnavigated the globe, who began the interests in exploration of the world and the various part like Africa and Asia. The first of these people was Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer who began is work in 1519 (27 years after Columbus). However, the latin powers where cresting at this time and would eventual yield to the developing power of Britian, whose entrance onto the stage of exploration and foster the British sense of adventure, began with Francis Drake. The dawning of the British empire, emerged in the age of discovery, with Francis Drake (1577) - who was the second to circumnavigate the global. It developed under Henrey Hudson (1609) and ended with James Cook in 1768. It ended, because the age of discover evolved into age of exploration (most notable of which are the voyages of Darwin), with England becoming the primier power.
As much as the age of discovery was about the explorer, it was equally about how the explorer got to where he was (his ship and equipment) that allowed for these discoveries. It is also notable that few in society believed, or understood, why the explorer was doing what he was doing - not even when he succeeded. History is never taught from the perspective of the explorer, it is taught from the perspective of society - judging from afar - the deeds and actions of their "heros". History does not record how the explorer got, or built his equipment, and such details are often ignored or treated a superfluous to the deed. As for Delta R&D, Inc. - just as the explorer took standard ships, used for trade (business) and transformed them for exploration - this vessel takes the standard form of business (the incorporation) and redesigns it for exploration. Successful development of the vessel, required an understand of the age of discovery and how it relates the age of exploration.