Some see it as the destruction of the Earth .. divided for space tourism
Cairo – the middle gate Tuesday 12 April 2022, 10:13 am
Some experts criticize space tourism, believing that this phenomenon will exacerbate the climate crisis facing our planet.
But this emerging sector also has its supporters, and while these criticisms are not explicitly rejected, they claim the industry can bring benefits to humanity, according to AFP.
Initially, proponents of space tourism claim that private space flights also pave the way for scientific experiments to be carried out in microgravity areas.
In the past, national agencies “took a long time to work through government grant channels, get approval and funding, and then were selected by a handful of people who could start,” says Ariel Ekblu of the Space Exploration Initiative (MIT). .
On the other hand, it took Ikblo only six months from signing the contract to sending its research project to the International Space Station aboard the private flight “Ax-1”, which launched on Friday, after private businessmen covered its costs.
Her project called “TESSERAE” is a clever initiative that forms a floating robotic clutch that can assemble itself within a space architecture approach and thus build future space stations.
A prototype of the piece flew in space for a few minutes on a sub-orbital space flight launched by Blue Origin, paving the way for the new test.
“Increasing the availability of commercial space flight companies is allowing us to undertake more risky, faster and more innovative projects,” says Ekblow.
Virgin Galactic, on the other hand, announced plans to transport scientists into space on future flights.
Spatial tourism and the private space sector in general are also a driver of innovation with the aim of bringing about improvements in space-related science.
While tax-funded government agencies risk failure, companies including Elon Musk’s SpaceX are not tempted to release rocket prototypes until they are finalized, accelerating development stages.
As NASA focuses on large-scale exploration goals, private companies seek to improve the scale, utility, and sustainability of space missions with reusable vehicles. As for the company “Blue Origin”, it launches missiles that emit only water vapor.
Even today, space flight remains dangerous and expensive.
“The more we go into space, the better we do our job in this area and the more industrial bases that support space technology emerge,” says Maesen Beck, an aeronautics professor at Cornell University and a former technology officer at NASA. .
The current situation in this area can be compared to the beginnings of aviation when travel was limited to a little luck.
“We had a lot of accidents in the beginning and there were a lot of companies that came up with different ideas on how to build aircraft,” says George Nield, former associate director of the FAA’s commercial space transport division. “But gradually we learned which ideas worked and which did not.” According to statistics, commercial air travel is currently the safest mode of transportation.
But what would be the safest and most efficient space flight?
Experts find it difficult to imagine the impact that future space flights will have on the transport sector.
“I’m sure in the next 10 years we’ll see companies with systems that make people travel from one place to the other for about an hour,” says Nield, who was present at a Blue Origin fundmi. flight.
He adds that this point-to-point travel model will probably become available anyway, but space tourism will accelerate its arrival.
Ironically, the final argument made by proponents of space tourism tourism has to do with climate.
Many of those who observed the Earth from space expressed their love for the fragility of the planet and affirmed their desire to protect it.
The specialist in space philosophy, Frank White, called this phenomenon the “general effect”.
The first completely private mission to the International Space Station
“You feel an urgent need to be part of the solution,” says Jane Poynter, co-founder of Space Perspective.
Her company plans to embark on board aboard a giant balloon at great height, with the aim of observing the curvature of the Earth from an envelope offering panoramic views.
This vehicle has been precisely developed in order to reduce its environmental impact, unlike some highly polluting missiles.
While the overall impact of rockets on the environment is currently small, it could become a problem if the number of space flights increases.
And industry advocates argue that increasing activity in space would help Earth in more realistic ways.
“Solar cells on Earth, due to advances in space technology, have become more efficient over the years,” says Maesen Beck.