Last week the Space X CRS-7 Rocket exploded on the second stage of liftoff.
It’s the second time on of the Dragon pod has failed right after launch, and also the second failed attempt to resupply the ISS(International Space Station). The cargo was about 4,000 lbs of food, supplies, and scientific instruments. We shouldn’t worry though, the next mission to resupply is in a day or so (Kazakhstan). This latest failure does strike a very ominous question.
Can we even make it back to space?
The answer to that is yes. Just a little slower than before.
Space X is trying to re-invent the wheel by making it more efficient and cost effective. Some of the other rockets used by other countries can use up to 3 different rockets just to get to liftoff. Elon Musk’s staff is trying to do it with one and save about $2500 per pound of cargo.
In addition, we are pioneering new technologies everyday like self- healing wings.
Scientists at the University of Bristol have been working on a special type of micro bead-type of carbon fiber steel that melts over newly formed cracks. It’s a work in progress, but even the tiniest cracks in airplane wings can be disastrous.
On top of that, DARPA is making super people.
DARPA’s BioDesign program is working on making synthetic organisms, manned robotics, and designer chromosomes. A summary of what they are doing is insane. DARPA is pushing their new division to extend the boundaries of death from the cellular level to increase the environmental threshold of the human body. This includes merging the body with robotics.
And every science fiction writer just got a boner.
The reality is that we are not far off from creating fully functioning robots. We have already created several
deathmachines types of machines that can take wireless commands. We can actually create suits of armor that, one day; could help us in the terraforming process as robotic AVATARS in harsh envirnments.
Until then, in the words of Dr. Ichiro Serizawa: “Let them fight.”
If our constant innovations in space travel, avionics, robotics, and bioengineering technologies don’t make you feel damn proud of science, then how about a Jetpack?
New Zealander Glen Martin introduced the world to Consumer jetpacks back in 2008. I was originally 100 Million dollars to fabricate, but time is a cheap bastard and production costs have been reduced to $150,000…. or the price of a home. But do you really need a house when you can call the skies your motor home?
If Jetpacks aren’t your style, try Hoverboards.