It’s clear from everything we’ve seen, especially these last few years, that the government has made a hard shift to not only accepting but seeking out assistance from the private sector.

With everything from getting boots on Mars to disaster relief, it’s clear that private companies have the technology the government wants and needs.

This past summer, an expert panel met to discuss what it would actually take to land American astronauts on Mars, and the general consensus was that most importantly, 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, through, is the trickle-down effect of this type of long-term commitment from our government. Getting humans safely to Mars is going to require countless baby steps along the way, all of which are going to 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.

The federal government committing to the long-term initiatives required to get boots on Mars 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 story here is that as the federal government continues to prioritize stable funding and long-term commitment to space initiatives, the trickle-down effect alone represents 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’s clear that countless opportunities exist, but it’s unclear on how to position yourself as the solution government is looking for.

That’s 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 massive transformation in government. Companies who feel 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 people calling the shots.

Dcode’s programs have helped countless emerging and established tech companies get through that door, and they can help you do the same. Reach out today to see what’s possible with the right support and network behind you!