The future of space technology

Space technology is used for various purposes beyond the atmosphere of the Earth like space flight, space exploration and Earth observation.

Given it supplies valuable data and services that help many sectors, it is important to consider the future of space technology anticipate how it will develop in the future.

How has space technology already changed?

In recent years, the evolution of space technology has coincided with an increased interest in space as more human crews board space flights. For example, there has been an upsurge in the number of countries focusing on space exploration and creating space centres dedicated for launches and studying.

One huge milestone that paved the way for future space technology developments was the opening of the Kennedy Space Center in the United States. In the first 10 years after its inception, a total of 33 shuttles went to space from there, paving the way for 100 more flights in the year 2000.

Since, explorations into space became more common with missions conducted beyond the peripheries of the moon and the Earth. This paved the way for the launching of space crafts to orbit around planets such as Saturn and Mercury.

There has also been a greater emphasis on making private space missions possible and accessible to meet the growing demand for space exploration from people who aren’t part of a dedicated organisation like NASA.

In fact, for the first time, individuals interested in building their own satellite now have the means to send one into space.

How will space technology change in the future?

As technological developments continue to change society, space technology is also expected to advance further.

Thanks to a growing interest in space, as well as greater investment in the sector, new opportunities will arise.

For example, more high-tech jobs could be created that lead to ground-breaking discoveries.

Not only that, with more academic groups sending satellites into space, there will be more studies and research published.

This should be incredibly beneficial as space technology provides data that can help humanity and the planet. For example, data collected can be used to improve agriculture, protect the environment, deal with climate change and enhance communication.

Moreover, there is already a foundation laid with when it comes private missions in space for those who want to launch their own missions. Indeed, as the space industry continues to grow, it is likely we will see even more private companies launching their own rockets and deploying satellite constellations.

These activities, which were previously associated with government agencies, are now possible in the private sector. This is because modern technological advances in manufacturing, propulsion, and launch have made the process of venturing into space and conducting missions less expensive and more accessible.

As more people become intrigued by the prospect of private space missions, there will also be calls for better integration and seamless information sharing between software systems. There will also be more steps taken to solve some of the prevailing barriers to space access like cost, risk, and complexity through the creation of new solutions that will make space software development, operation and service delivery as seamless as possible.

Bright Ascension is playing a key role in catering to these demands by developing an innovative new suite of space software products that fuses together mission resources with seamless integration. The upcoming solution covers the entire space infrastructure from developing a spacecraft to delivering data and processing/adding value to provide a space-based service to an unlimited range of industries and applications on the ground..

What is Bright Ascension doing to prepare for the future of space technology?

As an industry-leading space software technology provider, Bright Ascension wholeheartedly embraces change when it comes to space technology.

Nowadays, with so many people interested in launching their own satellites, there is a strong need to produce space software quickly and at low cost.

Our scalable and flexible products cater to this global demand by taking into consideration that every satellite mission has different and unique goals. This could range from anything such as connectivity and IoT to positioning, navigation, remote sensing, or imaging with very specific and unique mission objectives.

Software is incredibly important for anyone who is planning a mission. With ready-to-use components and functions, HELIX is perfect when it comes to planning your mission. 

A large part of preparing for the future is also being able to detect shortcomings early on. Software architecture is vital and if it is done correctly, you will be able to recognise and mitigate risks early in the development process.

Thankfully, the solutions from Bright Ascension also ensure that your platform is open, scalable and adaptable, optimised correctly to enhance your performance, and created in a way to help reduce mission costs.

We also believe it is equally important to make sure your software system is futureproof to prepare fully for any changes in the field of space technology.

As we are a society that prioritises speed, our software solutions are able to help reduce development time and the time to market, meaning that more satellites can be launched in a shorter space of time and even at the same time as each other.

As the space economy is projected to grow significantly in the coming years, we can expect to see more innovations that could impact our lives and the world around us.

Thankfully, as the future of space technology seems bright, it is easier than ever to stay up to date with Bright Ascension’s upcoming software solutions for small satellites if you contact us today.

Our team of experts is always available to answer any questions you have relating to your mission and we can guide you every step of the way.