Authored by Craig Lebrau

To Mars and back – Space technology is out of this world

Technologies have shaped the world we now know. We have gone from roughly built shelters to small towns to expansive cities with all the trimmings, in a matter of just fifty years. Electricity, vehicular transport, and even satellite phone reviews and the like have been made possible by the energy and efficiency of varying technologies. We have been given so much at the hands of technological advancement and revolution. Electric technology gave us light and is soon pegged to bring is electric vehicles as well. Space technology is one of the grandest and most intricate technologies that we have available to us today; space technology even sent humanity to the moon and back. Now, it is believed that the technology could send us even farther than the moon…all the way to Mars.

Space technology is in a constant state of change, all the while its value continues to soar ever higher. Current projections suggest that the space industry will be worth over $1 trillion by 2040 – this is a vast expansion rate when considering the industry’s current value sits at around $350 billion. Some of the biggest concerns and investments right now lie in sustainability and data. It may sound like the average recipe to keeping life on Earth healthy and safe, and that is because it is. Life in space would require the technology driving it to mimic what technologies present on Earth have accomplished.

One of the biggest issues surrounding the possibility of life in space and on Mars is the sustainability of space in relation to human life. Human activity in space has led to an increase in orbital debris, which has ultimately resulted in a threatening level of debris floating around in Earth’s orbit. In order to make it safe for human populations to thrive in, much work is needed to make it more sustainable for possible future use by humanity. Space technology is working on ways to right this wrong committed by our species, so that by the time we are ready to venture into space it will be safer to do so on a more present basis, rather than the current sporadic movements taking place.

The other current big investment in space technology is data. Data is widely referred to as the “new oil”. What this essentially means is that space-based infrastructure – born of space technology – will prove to be crucial to life in space, and the collection and sharing of this data is how it will take place. Space-based data analytics are already proving to have a revolutionary role on the business intelligence and decision making of transitioning into a life in space. With the assistance of small space tech startups and titans of the industry, life on Mars and even beyond is closer to becoming a reality that many thought would ever be possible.

It all stems from space technology, and it all comes back to reimagining the basics. It has taken many years and hundreds of companies and industries alike (all of different magnitudes) to forge and maintain the infrastructure on Earth, and the reality is that to get to mars, it will take a whole lot more of the same to support exploration, sustainability, and habitation.

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