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From space exploration to everyday technology

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An highly technological AI powered satellite is revolving around Earth exploring space, we see deep space and stars in the background

With the conclusion of April, space month, we asked ourselves what role space missions played, not only on our cosmic knowledge, but also on daily technological innovation. The thirst for knowledge of our surroundings has contributed to the development of revolutionary technologies, many of which have found surprising applications in the fabric of daily life and business, reaffirming the indissoluble link between space exploration and technological progress.
Space exploration has captured the imagination of man ever since, but it is only recently that humanity has made significant progress in its quest for space exploration. Let’s see the milestones of this story between man and the universe, from the launch of the first satellites to the conquest of Mars and beyond, exploring the motivations behind each step and the significance of these achievements for humanity.

1957 - Launch of the Sputnik

With the launch of Sputnik, satellite tracking and communication systems have come a long way. Technologies developed to maintain and monitor the trajectory of satellites, such as flight control systems and encrypted communications, now play a key role in GPS systems and global telecommunication services. Companies in every industry rely on GPS for logistics, mapping and efficient transport route planning. In addition, AI is used to analyze satellite data, improving weather forecasts and facilitating emergency management through accurate predictive models.

1961-1972 - Apollo Programme

The Apollo program has pushed materials technology to the limit. For example, thermal shields developed to protect space capsules from atmospheric reentry have inspired heat-resistant materials used today in firefighters and other high-risk industrial contexts. In addition, air purification systems created to keep living spaces in space have been adapted to improve ventilation systems in hospitals and other indoor environments. AI here contributes to improving energy efficiency and reducing operating costs through intelligent indoor environment management.

1990 - Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope has used advanced optical sensors and image processing systems that have found applications in high-resolution cameras and medical imaging systems, such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. These systems help physicians more accurately diagnose diseases and injuries, using AI algorithms to analyze images and identify abnormalities that could escape the human eye.

Missions on Mars

Automation and robotics technologies developed for Mars rovers have greatly influenced the modern manufacturing industry. Rovers, designed to operate independently in harsh environments, have introduced new standards for robotic navigation and manipulation. These principles are now applied in industrial robots operating in high-risk or complex environments, such as chemical factories or oil rigs. AI helps make these robots more adaptable and able to learn from their mistakes, improving the efficiency and safety of operations.

2000-today - Exploration of exoplanets

Finally, sophisticated data analysis algorithms developed to discover exoplanets are now used in areas such as financial analysis and research for new drugs. These algorithms allow you to identify correlations and patterns in vast and complex datasets, improving decision-making skills in financial institutions and accelerating the process of discovering new treatments in pharmacology. AI, integrated into these processes, helps optimize research and predict results with unprecedented precision.

These examples illustrate how space technologies have not only expanded our cosmic horizons, but have also led to significant innovations that daily improve our lives and our work on Earth.

Sophisticated data analysis algorithms developed to discover exoplanets are now used in areas such as financial analysis and research for new drugs.

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