The U.S. government is playing catch up in cybersecurity — everything from suspected election hacks and interference to major data breaches. While the variables that resulted in this current environment are endless, it’s clear that large private entities like banks and technology companies have invested aggressively into cybersecurity.

The inability to do so at the federal level has left many public agencies scrambling to play catch-up, even though they hold huge amounts of our sensitive data, withstand daily cyber attacks, and are tasked with keeping our nation safe.

It wasn’t always this way, however, the government used to be on the cutting edge but outsourcing of government’s technical expertise and the inability to invest in the long-term pushed government to the back of the adoption curve. They weren’t able to take advantage of the technology being developed in the private sector — until now.

Here at Dcode, we are NOT willing to sit back and watch space become the next cyber.

We don’t want government, and subsequently, the entire nation, to miss out on the commercial technology being developed. If nothing were to change, we feel that the writing is on the wall for space to follow suit.

Venture funding for space startups is at an all-time high, and 70% of R&D is now happening in the private sector. While we can see the space sector quickly slipping away from the government’s influence for the first time in its history, we are committed to being the bridge that continues to hold the two sides together — and this is exactly why ran our first space program last fall.

A look back

It’s really neat to take a step back and consider how much space technology has changed and improved our daily lives — it’s not always about getting to the moon.

Space travel and technology have resulted in the invention of many new things, such as:

  • Arthritis research that could lead to better treatment options
  • Infrared ear thermometers
  • Artificial limbs
  • Baby formula
  • Anti-icing tech
  • Better mattresses
  • Water filters
  • Invisible Braces

These new inventions are often a trickle-down effect or a result of research and work that’s been done to accommodate the astronauts traveling into space. You can find the full details on everything listed above here, along with the backstory of how each one came about.

A look ahead

Once upon a time, space tech was reserved for government only. Today, it’s possible for emerging tech companies to break into this field with zero government involvement. It’s become an exciting entrepreneurial space but it’s beyond crucial that the government proactively engages with and leverages these private tech companies to ensure their systems are not left behind.

It’s exactly what happened with the cyberspace industry, and we are doing everything we can to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself in the world of space tech.

The leading technologies of tomorrow’s space enterprises are being developed at private sector expense and with private sector consumers in mind. As the commercial space industry continues to blast off, it is critical for government leaders and program managers to understand and leverage these commercial innovations to better meet today and tomorrow’s mission objectives.

Dcode’s 2019 Space Tech Accelerator will bring together private sector leaders from 5-10 tech companies for a series of events and programming on breaking into the federal market. Apply now