The Future of Space Science & Its Impact
For a long time, space projects have seen funding through several government and private ventures, and most of these applications are in the space and defense industries. Before rocket technology was used to propel spacecraft into orbit, these were aimed at the purpose or rather in preparation for warfare. We have the same technology for two very different applications. On one hand we can push the boundaries of the human presence and explore space and on the other we see as a method of protection. For example, we can have manufacturers of commercial and military aircraft—The Boeing Company and Airbus—and it is their commitment to both applications that what expedites the evolution of aircraft technology.
We mustn’t think that innovation that suits creation will also promote destruction. It is more about what space and defense industries have in common, and that the space sector hasn’t yet solely become independent from the other major industries. It’s not only about defense and rocket technology, it’s everything ranging from material science to telecommunication—that’s the impact of space research—that in every career there is an application for space. For now, that has been focused on engineering, but as we explore the possibilities of terraforming other planets, we suddenly open the spectrum of sciences that can contribute to the space segment.
Seanasol Research was founded to become one of the first companies worldwide that focuses on creating the niche for space expansion scientists and plants biologists and offer the gateway to low-gravity farming. It is the mutual connection between these two very different scientific fields that we want to nurture, to help individuals strengthen their professional network and create new opportunities for researchers. Terraforming Mars, for example, is not only about developing the technology that allows to send humans and supplies there. It is about developing the right tools, using the best materials, learning to adapt to different environmental conditions and re-programming bodies to a myriad of new stimuli, to new diets, and how these new adaptations would affect the physical and mental health of individuals and how long it would take to completely re-adapt. The same goes for the biology of plants for instance; will crops grow the same as on Earth or will they also need to go through an adaptation phase, for how long and can we still comfortably rely on them and their seeds as suppliers of our food.
For us, our contributions to science are of most importance; giving scientists the opportunity to access our research, apply our findings, but more important is allowing them to build upon our findings such that we move developments forward. We are committed in bringing back this knowledge into our communities and create opportunities for the next generation of researchers. I firmly believe that the strength to develop better countries starts by working closely with local communities, giving people of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to learn and feel as part of a wider community by providing them with a medium by which they can voice their opinions and ideas.
Message from Dr Emmanuel G Escobar
Chairman and Co-Founder of Seanasol Research, C.I.C.