The Changing Face of Space Travel
Space travel has been at the forefront of the news in the last few decades. It is a subject that has fascinated and captivated audiences across the globe. Recent technological advancements mean there has been an increased and renewed focus on space travel and exploration in recent times. With billionaires such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos taking a keen interest in space exploration the space travel industry has seen a surge in financial investment.
The mission of recent entrepreneurs’ involvement in space travel has been to make space travel and exploration for all. There has also been an increased focus to make space travel more sustainable. Musk has revolutionized the space travel industry by approaching space travel as something more people can do, rather than leaving it for the very, very privileged few in society.
With so much interest in space travel, what does 2023 hold for the space travel industry?
Space Travel In Recent Times
Since its inception, space travel has captured people’s imagination. From the launch of Sputnik to the first moon landing in 1969, space exploration seems to really capture its audience. Exploring the universe beyond planet earth has been at the forefront of human endeavors.
Some big moments from the last few years include:
- New Horizons mission to Pluto in 2015
- SpaceX launches and landings from 2012 onwards
- Curiosity Rover landed on Mars in 2012
- Commercial Crew Program 2020
- Artemis Accords signing in 2021
What Can We Expect To See in 2023?
Commercialization of Space Exploration
One of the major news stories of the year is going to continue to be the commercialization of space travel. With companies including Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s Space X leading the way in space exploration and research, we can expect to see more news about space missions this year.
2023 will show us further technological advancements in space equipment, including the development of reusable rockets and spacecraft.
Solar System Discoveries
In addition to space tourism, many of us who want to know more about other life forms and other planets. Undoubtedly, one of the more exciting aspects of the growth in the space travel industry is the increased exploration of the planet Mars.
Hopefully, 2023 will bring forth new missions to Mars and new information about the elusive red planet. Any missions this year will focus on providing useful data and information about the planet, and this will lay the groundwork for further exploration in the coming years.
For space fans, one of the most exciting elements of space exploration is discoveries in the solar system. Everyone is hoping that 2023 brings new developments in our understanding of life ‘out there’ and our knowledge of the other planets and the solar system.
One thing we hope to see in 2023 is more collaborations. Whether that is between the different companies in the industry, NASA, and government bodies remains to be seen.
However, what we do know is that international collaboration will help further interest in space travel. What can be better for the industry than countries sharing knowledge, skills, and resources?
New collaborations will bring forth new advancements.
Some examples of recent international collaborations in the space travel industry include:
- Artemis Accords – a collaboration between the USA, Japan, Australia, Canada, UAE, and the United Kingdom.
- Moon Village Association – a collaboration between different space agencies including private companies and non-profit organizations focused on sustainability
- International Space Station – this is a collaboration between NASA, Roscosmos (Russia), ESA (Europe), JAXA (Japan), and the CSA (Canada).
- European Space Agency – a collaboration between 22 European countries to implement and develop joint space projects
Space Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
The huge advancements in AI and robotics mean that in 2023 we should expect to see more robots in space. Robots will play an important role in space exploration in the upcoming years and will provide essential data and conduct valuable research.
With some areas in space being too dangerous for human exploration, robots will be able to access areas humans have previously not had access to. We can expect to see more robots in future missions to the outer solar system and perhaps even beyond that.
Due to technological advancements, the possibilities for space travel have widened and are now endless. In 2023, what we can expect to see is further investment and research into space exploration.
Perhaps this year will finally be the year that more people are able to witness and partake in space travel. As government organizations and private companies continue to invest and compete within the industry, the boundaries will be pushed further than ever before.
This year will bring more excitement to the industry with the buzz surrounding space tourism. Whether you are looking for actual space travel, or life beyond earth, the opportunity for space enthusiasts to access a previously inaccessible area will grow. Of course, space travel remains inaccessible to the ordinary person, however, for those interested in life beyond earth, it is exciting and enthralling to witness the quick advancement we are all witnessing.
Keep your eyes on the skies above, the journey to the stars is only just beginning!