Did you know wireless earphones were designed for astronauts to talk hands-free while floating in zero gravity? The handheld vacuum was designed to collect soil and rocks from the moon in the 1960s. Artificial limbs made for space vehicles, and insulin pumps for astronauts now make lives easier on Earth.
Last year, Israeli scientists created a cheap and fast way to make optical lenses from liquid polymers. NASA hailed it as a novel way to build space telescopes in the near future. You might not know, but your smartphone cameras were also initially compressed to be embedded in a spacecraft.
Asrar also wrote how temporary field labs made for harsh climates in space could boost testing in remote areas. It’s an extension of research in microgravity at space stations that strengthened vaccines.
ENHANCING 3D PRINTING TO GENERATE FOOD
Lab-grown meat isn’t just a culinary trend anymore. It also ensures nutrition for regions not suitable for raising cattle.
For the first time in 2019, a beefsteak was prepared in space by 3D-bioprinting animal cells. The printed meat developed by Israel’s Aleph Farms for astronauts is now being exported globally. With veganism and costs to import meat rising simultaneously in the Middle East, bioprinted meat can be a gamechanger.
ELEVATING INTERNET CONNECTIVITY TO THE ORBIT
Undersea cables, which are essential for global internet connectivity, are vulnerable to disruption from earthquakes. But satellites that beam internet to receivers on Earth aren’t affected by natural disasters or extreme weather. This enables a cluster of satellites in orbit to provide uninterrupted connections to a world that does everything online.
Saudi Arabia’s NEOM needs glitch-free connectivity to ensure that smart cities function without glitches. The kingdom will launch a constellation of low orbit satellites to achieve this consistency. The collaboration between OneWeb and Neom Tech is also slated to provide high-speed internet for the entire region.
These innovations are accompanied by satellite tech that supports archaeologists exploring Egypt. Remote sensing technology is helping create maps for sustainable urban planning in the UAE.
Gadgets and tech made for space may seem out of reach for many, but they may soon be integrated into everyday lives in decades or even years.
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