We all are familiar with how things were going on with the SpaceX launch programs. Many famous people even criticized Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture idea by saying, “he should stop with his ideas and programs. Space missions are not a child’s dream that can be fulfilled with random tools & tricks.” Event the former space program astronauts went against Elon Musk. But, we all saw the results a few weeks ago with our own eyes.
For nearly a decade, technology experts and analysts were predicting that a huge shift is about to happen towards a remote workforce. And believe or not, it is now becoming a reality. Technology is necessary for the future of work, whether it’s related to business, or it’s a space program. Humans on Mars, recycled rockets, or a 10-minute space vacations, it seems everything is possible with the 21st-century space race. Although SpaceX was launched couple of weeks ago, there’s still a long way to go.
Life Support System Technology
A life support system is necessary for every space travel mission. Without proper life-support, astronauts can’t survive a second in space. The President and CEO of Paragon Space Development Mr. Grant Anderson workes with SpaceX, NASA, Boeing, and other companies to develop a sustainable life-support technology for astronauts.
And now, with the successful SpaceX launch, his company is opening a whole new dimension on space exploration. The idea is to develop methods that can sustain humans on long space missions. Anderson says that Paragon has multiple life-sustaining systems for space. They are working on a new spacesuit, which will give astronauts an extra hour of oxygen and will improve mobility. There’s also a system that can convert water, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide to create recyclable oxygen. The systems work together to make sleeping, working, breathing, living, and journey to the bathroom is space possible and comfortable. This matter is very important as astronauts have to be in space missions for days, months, and even years.
The current goal of space agencies is to create a sustainable human presence on the moon by 2024, then continue to go further by sending astronauts on Mars, which could be a giant leap for mankind.
Rocket Science Reshaping Space Travel
The SpaceX launch a few weeks ago has also spurred Gilmour Space Technologies to carry on with Queensland Scientists’ plans. Their eyes are firmly fixed on future space travel and are planning their own launch until 2022. They are working on rockets that can also launch people into space. Their vision is inspired by Elon Musk’s idea, who wants to make space travel cheaper so that even common people could have access to it.
It is the first time that a privately-owned space company designed, developed, tested, and launched people into space. This shows that commercial companies have capabilities to achieve a big milestone like space missions. Gilmour Space Technologies’ first test flight back in 2019 was unsuccessful. But it did not deter the group from its goal to train more Australians about space technology.
Mr. Gilmour said that in the future, rockets would bit carry only one or two people. They are working on a project that would allow twenty to thirty people to go on space travel in a single ride.
In the last few years, companies like Boeing and SpaceX started going for large-scale government projects. The ‘SpaceX Falcon Heavy‘ launch this February signifies the power of the world’s most powerful rocket since the Saturn V by placing Tesla Roadster (Owned by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk) in the Sun’s orbit.
Future Moon Missions
Although humans landed on the moon before, there are still many mysteries surrounding our natural satellite, like – investigating the presence of water ice near the moon’s poles. In the future, it would be used as a base of operations, where humans can learn how to replenish essential supplies like oxygen and rocket fuel, by creating them using local material. It will require further expansion of human presence into deeper space. Scientists and researchers think that the moon’s south pole might be rich in hydrogen, which increases the chances of finding water ice there.
An Upgraded Spacecraft
The new spacecraft being used in new NASA missions will be larger, with 3-times the volume capacity compared to Apollo mission spacecraft, and would carry a 4-person crew. Due to this, NASA officials named this mission as “Apollo on Steroids.” The new Orion capsule will be attached to a solid rocket booster and will be more safe and reliable for future space exploration, compared to the now-familiar space shuttle.
When in space, the Orion vehicles will carry astronauts to and from the ISS (International Space Station). It can easily enter lunar orbit, from which landers can visit the moon’s surface repeatedly. According to NASA, the capsule can be used up to 10 times. In the upcoming years, these spacecraft will help in assembling Mars-bound vehicles in orbit, which would take humans to the red planet.