It is no secret that investment in space is a priority in
In the face of increasingly complex challenges, however, the space sector will need to think outside of the box. And as two (or more) heads are better than one, it might as well cast an eye over innovations in other sectors and seek partnerships.
The ESF report, entitled Technological Breakthroughs for Scientific Progress (TECHBREAK), looks into five challenges or ‘overwhelming drivers’ the sector is currently facing: reducing mass while maintaining stiffness, building spacecrafts that can last over 50 years, deploying a 30m+ telescope into space, achieving an autonomous geophysical survey of planets and enabling humans to remain in space for over two years – and eventually reach Mars. The report is a result of the joint ESF-ESA ‘TECHBREAK’ project, the goals of which were to forecast the development of such breakthrough technologies in order to enable novel space missions in the 2030-2050 timeframe and to identify valuable partnerships through synergies with non-space specialists.
Over its 116 pages, the report identifies the current status of research in various domains and flags up innovations to keep an eye on, based on the EU’s concept of ‘key enabling technologies’ (KETs). These include current research in the likes of robotics, hibernation, synthetic life, photovoltaics, flexible electronics, nanomaterials, 3D printing and water purification technologies.
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