You may think I'm biased when I say investments in innovation across the space industry are growing, but the proof is all around us.
Growing by nearly 10 percent in just one year, the global space economy has reached a total of $330 billion worldwide, according to a 2015 Space Foundation report. Specifically, commercial space activities grew by 9.7 percent in 2014, while government investments in space saw a combined growth of 7.3 percent. And the part of space that's most visible to us -- rocket launch attempts -- also increased from 81 attempts in 2013 to 92 in 2014.
These are promising statistics, and we're seeing this growth in investment firsthand as we've witnessed some pretty incredible accomplishments throughout the industry over the past year.
Imagine a world with ubiquitous, affordable space travel, where getting in a spaceship is no stranger than getting in an airplane. Harvard undergraduate Nina Hooper, an astrophysics student, shows how mining asteroids for platinum could be the way to make space travel cheap and accessible to civilians.
Nina Hooper is a Harvard College student from Melbourne, Australia studying astrophysics. She loves traveling and adventure and is working towards what she believes is the ultimate adventure - going to space. She is also a private pilot, a songwriter and a major foodie. Nina intends to pursue a graduate degree in aerospace and astrospace engineering either in the US or UK.
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The CERN Superconductors team in the Technology department is involved in the European Space Radiation Superconducting Shield (SR2S) project, which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using superconducting magnetic shielding technology to protect astronauts from cosmic radiation in the space environment. The material that will be used in the superconductor [...]
It sounds like science fiction, but journalist Stephen Petranek considers it fact: within 20 years, humans will live on Mars. In this provocative talk, Petranek makes the case that humans will become a spacefaring species and describes in fascinating detail how we'll make Mars our next home. "Humans will survive no matter what happens on Earth," Petranek says. "We will never be the last of our kind."
The European Space Agency's just-issued "The Moon Awakens" video lays out multiple arguments for lunar exploration, saying flatly: “Our next destination on this journey is the Moon.” But for now, Europe’s lunar exploration plan remains “all hat, no cattle.”
Recently, amateur drone pilots have been using drones to survey epic snowfall or catastrophic floods, but a team from Carnegie Mellon University has plans to fly a drone in even more extreme situation: under the surface of Mars.
"You are here to help humanity become a spacefaring species."
So said the opening line of a brochure for a workshop that took place in August 2014. It was a meeting of some of the greatest scientists and professionals in the space business and beyond, including gene editing maverick George Church and Peter Diamandis from the XPrize Foundation. The workshop's goal: to explore and develop low-cost options for building a human settlement on the moon.
"You are here to make this moonshot a reality," said the brochure.
Space advocates have long desired a realistic portrayal of space settlement to build support for their cause. Dwayne Day says the TV series The Expanse may be the most realistic such show to date, but one that is hardly going to get viewers to embrace advocates’ space settlement vision.
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