What if going to space, was as simple as flying to Europe? From satellites to hypersonic flight, technology is bringing us closer and closer to the stars.
So what’s next for the final frontier?
So the really big thing is going to be satellites with tomorrow’s satellites being smaller and smarter than ever before. This means they’ll be able to give super accurate weather predictions and internet connectivity, all delivered from space. Essentially it means satellites are going to be part of our everyday lives without us even realising it.
So how will we use satellites?
Well satellites might be used to help with outdoor pursuits such us skiing, hiking or surfing . Alternatively, a farmer will use satellites to help monitor a crop growth or predict diseases. All from a hundred miles above the Earth.
Satellite imaginary will be incredibly detailed and widely available. It will mean that you are able to see cars and people in moving almost in real time.
One of the other things we can use satellites for is asteroid mining . We’ll be able to find all sorts of precious minerals to use here on Earth.
But how would that affect our privacy though?
Privacy concerns are understandable but technology will continue to blur peoples faces or car registration plates just as they do today.
Will satellites change the way we travel?
Yes. Satellites will help with super fast trains, put more planes in the sky all of which will be running more efficiently and safely than ever. Also, motorways will have driverless car lanes where vehicle movements would be synchronised using data from space.
Flights from London to Sydney will one day take two hours as hypersonic planes will travel ninety kilometres above the Earth at five times the speed of sound. This will dramatically reduce flight time as well as unlock economic growth as spaceports open across the globe.
Will we ever live on Mars?
Leaps in technology combined with our concerns for the Earths’ future means that space colonisation is looking increasingly likely. Colonies would enable big scientific developments as researchers can carry on their studies on site. It may not be for the next decade or two but we are ready for take off.
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