5 Things in space tech that will simply blow your mind

The starting gun has fired on the new space race, with governments and startups aiming to visit the Moon and Mars. To celebrate Space Day, we decided to look at the most exciting space-tech happening right now.

5 Things in space tech that will simply blow your mind
  • When will we get to Mars? In around 15 years’ time. That said, Elon Musk wants to send humans by 2024.
  • Is Elon Musk crazy? Maybe, just a little. If you were being unkind, you could put the founder of SpaceX into the mad genius category.
  • How long before space day trips become a thing? Not long now. Virgin Galactic is already taking pre-orders.

We are all lucky to be living on this planet. But just as someone who lives in a beautiful house may wish to take a walk down the street, many people want to see the sights of space. With each passing year, that dream gets closer.

In honor of Space Day, we decided to look at the most exciting new developments in space tech.

Space tourism with Virgin Galactic

Although the dream of space tourism has yet to materialize, the countdown has begun.

space day - 5 things in space tech that will simply blow your mind

Space tourism with Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic recently completed another successful test flight of the VSS Unity and VMS Eve. These spaceships have been designed specifically to transport paying passengers into suborbital space. From 50 miles above the Earth’s surface, there is plenty to look at.

Although no official launch date has been set for commercial operations, wannabe space tourists can already reserve a ticket for $250,000.

Space supply chain

During the original space race, only nation states had sufficient resources to launch rockets and satellites into space. This time around, private companies are doing most of the work.

space day - 5 things in space tech that will simply blow your mind

SpaceX is supplying the ISS

Startups like SpaceX (founded by Elon Musk) and Blue Origin (the brainchild of Jeff Bezos) want to be the couriers of space. The former company is already delivering supplies to the ISS, and soon it will take over the delivery of crew.

Clearing up space junk

There are already 1,980 active satellites orbiting Earth. Some deliver TV broadcasts, some assist us with GPS, and others transport data around the world. As our world becomes ever more connected, new satellites will be needed.

The problem is, we’re running out of space. That might sound ridiculous, but Earth is orbited by thousands of objects — including more than 500,000 pieces of space junk.

[tweet_box]Earth is orbited by thousands of objects — including more than 500,000 pieces of space junk[/tweet_box]

In response, the Chinese and Russian governments are working on “laser brooms” that could sweep debris from the sky. It will be a while before such technology reaches fruition, but it could be a major breakthrough.

Mining the Moon

When you see pictures of the Moon’s surface, it’s difficult to imagine there being anything valuable up there. But dig beneath the surface, and you would find a plethora of valuable natural resources.

space day - 5 things in space tech that will simply blow your mind

The Moon contains valuable helium-3

Scientists around the world are already working on the idea of sending mining probes to the Moon. Such spacecraft could bring back helium-3, a potential fuel for nuclear reactors here on Earth. It could be worth $5 billion a tonne here on Earth.

The race to Mars

In the Space Race 2.0, sending humans to Mars is the ultimate prize. We are probably a decade away from making such a trip, but plans are already being drawn up. Elon Musk has set 2024 as the ambitious target launch date for such a mission.

space day - 5 things in space tech that will simply blow your mind

Elon Musk wants to send humans to Mars by 2024

Musk has also stated that colonization is a long-term goal. Given Mars’ weak atmosphere, new Martians would need some kind of shelter from deadly cosmic radiation. Inside a protective dome, however, it may be possible to grow plants.

Amazing space tech

Would you like to visit space? Share your dreams below!

The Gadget Flow Daily Digest highlights and explores the latest in tech trends to keep you informed. Want it straight to your inbox? Subscribe ➜

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.
Join the Discussion

You Might Also Like

The Trexo Slider helps you capture smooth shots without any jumps or vibrations

The Trexo Slider helps you capture smooth shots without any jumps or vibrations

Upgrade the way you film on the go with the Trexo Slider. This portable camera slider has a 3-axis motion control system, letting you create multipoint timelines. Then, its beltless mechanism ensures your footage is always smooth. As a content..
Fibonacci Footwear boasts NASA-certified cooling material used in space suits

Fibonacci Footwear boasts NASA-certified cooling material used in space suits

It feels like the shoe market is ravenous to sell the next best footwear. From high-end brand collaborations to multifunctional socks that you can wear outdoors, you might think you’ve seen it all. However, Fibonacci Footwear has comfort and practicality..
ClicBot fun educational robot lets kids learn to code and make robotic pets

ClicBot fun educational robot lets kids learn to code and make robotic pets

Robots are all the rage these days for with good reason. Robotics have graduated from sci-fi dreams and industrial machinery to broader possibilities. While robots are traditionally an important part of many commercial settings, they’re now beginning to reach homes..
10 gaming gadgets you’ll want if you’re serious about gaming

10 gaming gadgets you’ll want if you’re serious about gaming

You’re pretty serious about gaming. In fact, you might even game competitively or livestream. But even if you’re just an incredibly dedicated player, these 10 gadgets for serious gamers will complete your setup. From a pro-level mic to a headset..
Eliminate the spills and hassle of beer pong with this liquid-free party game

Eliminate the spills and hassle of beer pong with this liquid-free party game

Entertain everyone at your next party with Skill Pong™, a mess-free version of beer pong. With stadium-grade plastic cups and weighted catch components, this liquid-free party game doesn’t require you to fill your cups with beer or water. Beer pong..
The new Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 desktop PC has a 27″4K display, powerful processing & more

The new Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 desktop PC has a 27″4K display, powerful processing & more

Lenovo is back, and this time it’s announcing an all-new version of its Yoga AIO 7 desktop PC. You can expect everything that made the last edition great, only with new additions and enhancements. So what does this new version..