Benefits from space exploration

If you are not an aerospace enthusiast I guess that probably you have questioned once or twice the motives and the benefits for society from space exploration. Luckily, with the widespread use mobile technology the GPS quickly comes now to mind when such questions arise.

I just stumbled upon the latest outreach campaign from NASA and I wanted to share some of its features here.

Let’s go first to aviation. See in the tweet below the different contributions that NASA has made to commercial aviation and which today enable your cheap, safe, reliable, on-time flights in holidays:

Then, there is a series of videos under the theme “International Space Station Benefits from Humanity“.

The series covers, among others, water purification technologies or tooling used in neurosurgery developed from robotic arms at the ISS. Here I wanted to share a video on how the Vessel-ID System has contributed to make navigation around the oceans safer, as ships emit an Automatic Identification System (AIS) signal very much like airplanes do with air traffic control. The signal is received by the European Space Agency (ESA) Columbus module at the ISS and then sent to a centre in Norway which continuously evaluates them.

See in the video below how this technology works and has contributed make navigation safer and safe lives:

NOTE: Compare this scenario with the disaster of the Titanic.

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2 responses to “Benefits from space exploration

  1. Uwe

    Everything is invented by NASA or someone else in the US.
    Others can only steal.
    Just knew that!

    Returning to the subject:
    IMHO lots of stuff just had its time and Space was just one beneficiary.
    It just looks different when one ignores inventions and ideas until they are “blessed” by NASA.

    • Aren’t they great at NASA? 😉
      What you say is also true, on the other hands there are many other aspects in which technologies used in space are far from cutting-edge.
      I just wanted to joint the effort of doing some outreach.

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