10 Trends That Will Change the Course of the Aerospace Industry

1. A New Renaissance In Space Exploration Bridges The Political Divide

Space exploration is enjoying a new renaissance, with the US enjoying renewed pride in its recent accomplishments, such as the recent successful flight of NASA’s Perseverance Mars Lander and the launch of five astronauts this past November aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft (powered by a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket) en route to the International Space Station.

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter spreads its wings before attempting its first-ever flight.

Additional CST-100 Starliner Flight Tests

  • NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has two companies competing against each other: SpaceX and the Boeing/United Launch Alliance partnership. While SpaceX has already had one successful flight ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station, Boeing/United Launch Alliance’s CST-100 Starliner failed a critical flight test this past November. A retest in March has been delayed but expected later in 2021.

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

  • Can we protect ourselves from asteroids barreling toward Earth? NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) intends to find out by intentionally crashing into an asteroid to change its orbital path. Expect the mission to launch later this summer, with the asteroid crash test taking place late in 2022.

James Webb Telescope

  • The Hubble space telescope, famous for needing to be fitted with corrective “glasses” after a math miscalculation in its optical lens system, will be joined by the new James Webb Space Telescope. The new telescope is expected to be launched in the fall of 2021 and will stake out a position orbiting the sun for a clear view of the cosmos.

Orion And Space Launch System Tests For The Artemis 1 Moon Mission

  • As part of NASA’s plan to return astronauts to the moon, dubbed Artemis 1, it will launch an unmanned test flight of the new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket this fall. A successful test could pave the way for the launch of the Artemis one crew in 2023.
  1. Monitoring the Earth’s climate system
  2. Monitoring asteroids that could strike Earth
  3. Developing tech not just for space exploration
mobile stainless steel shelf
Manufacturing and assembling spacecraft components often require a spotless cleanroom. Formaspace manufactured the 60″ x 24″ x 64″ stainless steel mobile cart shown above for use in such an environment at a space program facility in Florida. This design can be fitted with transparent panels and a pair of locking from doors for added security. The high-gloss finish is achieved thanks to a special electro-polishing treatment applied to the stainless steel surface.

2. Life In Outer Space Is Closer Than You Think

Thanks to recent advances in space technology, the idea of living in space or traveling to Mars no longer seems like a far-fetched idea taken from science fiction books.

What If Space Travel Becomes A Common Occurrence In The Coming Decade?

Even if space travel is widely available, the challenges ahead for our physical bodies are still daunting.

This Question About The Existence Of Life In Outer Space Has Taken On New Significance Recently.

As NASA scientists prepare to look for signs of life on Mars, they have also been surprised to discover unexpected life forms (such as mold formations) within the confines of the International Space Station.

long workbench for an aerospace research agency aerospace furniture
Formaspace manufactured a set of Basix™ workbenches for a research center at a well-known aerospace research agency. These feature heavy-duty powder-coated steel frames in a light neutral color and long-wearing black phenolic tops.

3. Airlines Fight For Financial Survival During The Coronavirus Pandemic

The trillion-dollar question facing the airline industry is how to make money again in 2021 — and keep one step ahead of bankruptcy.

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