Tech Briefs Magazine - July 2022 - 17

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Frank Slazer
President and CEO, Coalition for
Deep Space Exploration
ies that aren't observable with current technology. Scientists
expect it to help us understand the origins of the
universe - almost back to the Big Bang.
At the same time, space technology enables us to look
back at Earth in new ways. For example, Maxar Technologies
provides satellite platforms that allow organizations
to observe our planet from above. They've been used to
map urban greenspace, track the movement of endangered
species, and document a Russian weapons buildup
on the Ukrainian border. These capabilities, once exclusively
available to governments, can now be used by human
rights and environmental groups.
Beyond the potential for learning about our planet
and universe, space exploration reaps practical benefits
for all of us. Spin-off technologies from NASA programs
have included computer chips and CT and MRI scanners.
More recently, we can thank NASA for wireless
air-quality monitors and robotic gloves that help workers
lift heavy objects.
The agency has spun off some 2,000 technologies
since 1976. This diffusion of discovery is largely by design.
By law, NASA must disseminate the technology it
develops via the commercial sector and startups can license
NASA patents for free.
Next-Generation STEM Workforce
We shouldn't take any of this for granted. NASA's budget
- about $24 billion for 2022 - is still at 1990s levels
when adjusted for inflation. The White House 2023 budget
request would increase NASA funding by 8 percent.
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