It has been made especially clear within the past few years, that the government is not only accepting but seeking out assistance from the private sector. Private companies have the technology the government wants and needs, everything from getting boots on Mars to disaster relief.
This past summer, an expert panel met to discuss what it would actually take to land American astronauts on Mars. The consensus was that it’s going to take long-term vision and funding that supersedes a single administration. Getting boots on Mars is not a government-only task — it’s going to require assistance from private companies, and maybe even other countries.
What’s really exciting; though, is the trickle-down effect of this type of long-term commitment from our government. Getting humans safely to Mars will require countless baby steps, all of which will involve technological advancements and innovation.
For example, before any boots leave Earth:
- They must find a way to land a larger spacecraft on Mars
- They will need to develop systems capable of functioning 100% independently
- The astronauts will face unprecedented mental and physical challenges from this journey — how will they be prepared and kept safe?
And to get even more granular, there will be spin-offs from the baby steps on the way to getting to Mars. Another major challenge that will require a solution is the high volume of radiation that exists on Mars. Finding a way to combat radiation has the potential to lead to other discoveries, such as potential anti-cancer advances.
Another major challenge that will require a solution is the high volume of radiation that exists on Mars. This is especially interesting as finding a way to combat radiation on mars could potentially lead to other discoveries, such as new cancer treatments.
The federal government’s commitment to a long-term initiative such as this goes far beyond the act itself and will have a drastic, global impact. And, we’re not just speculating here — there’s history to prove it.
The technological advancements that are attributed to the 1969 Apollo 11, which was the culmination of decades worth of work, include:
- Accelerated innovations in rockets and computers
- Advancements in life-support, guidance, and computer systems
- The development and advancement of space stations and spacecraft
What this all means today
The good news is the trickle-down effect alone represents a massive opportunity for tech companies of all sizes — whether you’re in the space sector or not.
Sometimes, it can be hard to decipher where your technology belongs in the wave of constant change, and it can be even harder to know what steps to take once you’ve figured that out. It can be clear that countless opportunities exist, but sometimes unclear on how to position yourself as the solution government is looking for.
This is where Dcode comes in. We exist to champion the partnership between the private and public industry, as we strongly believe that the private sector holds the key to significant transformation in government. Companies who believe their technology belongs in government need to know how to “talk the talk” and “walk the walk”, if they want a real shot at being heard and seen by the decision makers.