The year 2020 has got this decade off to a bad start. If anything, the year has been uncomfortable, unsettling yet unforgettable. As we put on our masks and distance ourselves, we’ve achieved a new feat. Yes! One of the few silver linings of the year. Saturday, May 30th SpaceX launched two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Crewdragon spacecraft. This made Spacex one of the first private spaceflight companies to send a crewed spacecraft to space. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were the crew aboard this spacecraft.
The launch of the spacecraft which took place in Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. Its live stream on Youtube was one of the most-watched live streams gaining about 2.3 million concurrent views.
Well, this is just the beginning of space innovation. We’ve just got started!
So, what is space technology all about?
Space technology itself is a technology developed by the aerospace industry or space science. The technology is mainly used in space flights, satellites, and space exploration. It includes spacecraft, satellites, space stations, support equipment, infrastructure, procedures, and even space warfare.
Why is space technology so important to us?
Well, most of you might be reading this thinking, why should we explore space and develop space technology? We have so many problems to solve on Earth itself! I agree you’re thinking rationally. It was way back in 1957 when the then Soviet Union now Russia launched the first-ever artificial satellite called Sputnik 1, since then humanity hasn’t looked back. Well, to solve the problems on earth we need to explore outer space. Satellites provide us valuable information about the earth including strengthening communications infrastructures, disaster management, education, agriculture, environmental protection, and natural resource management, which can otherwise not be retrieved.
Space technology further aims to improve space missions and strengthen satellite communications thus making the earth a better place to stay.
While we know a lot more about outer space than we did 50 years ago, there is still a lot to discover, after all the universe is infinite.