The Impact of Space Technology on Our Everyday lives
If you think space exploration is useless, think again!
“Space is for everybody. It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That’s our new frontier out there, and it’s everybody’s business to know about space.” — Christa McAuliffe
Space technology has been a significant area of research and development for many years. Some people believe that space exploration or developing technology for space is irrelevant to our lives or a waste of money.
But, space technology has had a profound impact on our everyday lives. It will continue to do so in the future.
We have been using space technology for decades, which has impacted our lives in many ways. One way is through GPS.
The US military first developed GPS as a navigation system for their aircraft in the 1970s.
Still, now it’s used by billions of people worldwide. It allows us to find directions on our smartphones and even tell us when we’re near traffic jams or accidents.
Another way that space technology impacts our everyday lives is through weather forecasts. Weather forecasting services use data from satellites to track the movement of storms and predict the weather.
This information helps us plan our days and make sure we’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature might throw our way.
In the future, space technology will continue to impact our lives in many ways. One way is through the development of autonomous vehicles.
These are cars that can drive themselves using sensors and computers. Google, Tesla, and other companies are already working on this technology, and it’s expected to be in use within a few years.
This will change the way we commute and could reduce traffic congestion and accidents.
Another way that space technology will impact our lives in the future is by developing new energy sources.
Solar panels are already being used to generate electricity, but other ways generate energy from space. This could provide a clean and renewable source of energy that would help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
So, as you can see, space technology has already had a significant impact on our lives and will continue to do so in the future. It’s essential to stay informed about these developments so we can be prepared for the changes they will bring.
What is Space Technology, and How is it Beneficial?
Space Technology is the study and development of technologies used in outer space. Space technology has many benefits. It can study climate change, track natural disasters, and discover new planets.
Space technology also helps with communication and navigation on Earth.
The first space technology was the launching of rockets. Rockets propelled spacecraft into outer space and were invented in 1792 by Robert H Goddard.
Rockets have been used in outer space for almost two centuries. Rockets can be used for many purposes, such as propulsion, scientific instruments, and satellites. Many different rockets exist, including liquid-fueled missiles, solid-fueled rockets, and hybrid rockets.
International Space Station
The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. The ISS follows the Salyut, Almaz, Skylab, and Mir stations as the ninth space station to be inhabited.
The ISS is a joint project between five participating space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA. Intergovernmental treaties and agreements establish the ownership and use of the space station.
The ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and other fields.
The ISS maintains an orbit with an altitude of between 330 km (205 mi) and 435 km (270 mi). Utilizing re-boost maneuvers, the ISS orbit is raised periodically to higher heights to avoid orbital degradation. ISS orbits typically decay by about 1 km (0.6 mi) per month.
As of April 2022, the ISS has been occupied for 22 years and five months (2 November 2000). This is the most prolonged continuous human presence in space, having surpassed the previous record of 9 years and 357 days held by MIR.
The station has been continuously occupied for 8,195 days since the arrival of Expedition 1 on 2 November 2000. This is equal to over 1% of humanity’s time in space. The ISS is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2028.
With the recent invasion of Russia to Ukraine, the future of the ISS has been put in question. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, has said that they will not be a part of the ISS after 2024. This means that the ISS will have to rely on other countries for funding and supplies.
Why is it essential to not just support but also encourage space research?
There are many reasons why space research is essential. First, space research helps us to understand our place in the universe. It can help us learn about other planets and how they compare to Earth.
Additionally, space research can develop new technologies used here on Earth. For example, the International Space Station has created new medical treatments and drugs.
Finally, space research can help us prepare for future challenges we may face as a species. For example, suppose we ever need to evacuate Earth due to a catastrophic event. In that case, space research can help us to develop the necessary technology to do so.
In conclusion, space research is essential for many reasons. It helps us understand our place in the universe, develop new technologies, and prepare for future challenges. We should, thus, encourage space research. Don’t you agree?
This article was first published on Illumination’s Mirror.