Space tech cuts back on expense but not on advancements

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Posted October 12, 2015

Space technological advancements have been revolutionizing in a way that has not been seen before. Often times, scientific missions and discoveries are made possible through hundreds of millions or billions of dollars. Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman A. S. Kiran Kumar said that there is a need to use space technology for social good and development, but this is a very expensive endeavour most of the time, as reported by Deccan Herald.

More often than not, these space technologies will need billions of dollars to accomplish, making them quite exclusive for nations, institutions and governments with the sufficient funding. However, recent revolutionary technologies have paved the way for dispelling the myth that only staggeringly expensive equipment can get things done.

Hi-Tech Telescopes in space

Recently, India successfully launched its first hi-tech telescope into space to study the stars. Astrosat reportedly cost 1.8 billion rupees (US$27.5 million)—a measly sum compared to other telescopes sent to the Earth’s orbit.

This launch follows India’s unmanned probe sent to study Mars in 2014, which costs US$74 million, a fraction compared to missions launched earlier by Russia, European countries and the US.

India’s Astrosat has been compared by local media to the US$2.5 billion Hubble telescope launched by NASA in 1990. While Astrosat is much smaller and will last five years, it does not disappoint when it comes to technological capabilities, including a telescope that uses X-rays. It will study parts of the universe, including black holes and the magnetic fields of stars.

Hi-Tech Grounded Telescopes

Thunder Energies Corporation (OTCQB: TNRG), meanwhile, revolutionized ground-based telescopes with the launch of its Santilli Telescope. It is the world’s first  telescope with concave lenses in all of mankind’s history.

The telescope, invented by Dr. Ruggero Maria Santilli, serves the first known systematic search for antimatter galaxies, antimatter asteroids, and antimatter cosmic rays. It has yielded results already, with scientists recently confirming the detection of antimatter galaxies, cosmic rays and asteroids using the said Santilli telescope.

The antimatter telescope is also being produced for both professional and amateur astronomers. With several optical labs coming to TNRG for the Santilli telescopes, its production and sale is a significant scientific and technological gain.

Low Cost Nanosatellites

Nanosatellites are efficient than bigger satellites since they are able to fly at lower orbits, and send more images in less time and in more detail. Because of its high efficiency, the construction of nanosatellites are usually expensive.  However, a group of engineers from Ideatech in Medellin, Colombia are building affordable nanosatellites to provide low-cost but real-time, accurate terrestrial observation data.

Julián Arenas, CTO & Co-founder of Ideatech, says “Conventional satellites, built by huge companies, can cost between 50 and 100 million dollars. A single nanosatellite, with launching included, costs 350,000 dollars. Keeping it in orbit will cost between 500,000 and 600,000 dollars for one year’s mission.”

The company uses the technology found in a smartphone’s sensors, and aims to widen science education, disaster risk reduction, and security reinforcement against drug cartels in Colombia. The low-cost development of nanosatellites has been hailed as a democratic change in accessing real-time data from space. This allows developing nations to further their progress and potential by using the technology at a fraction of the price.

Written by Emma Cox



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