One of the benefits of space exploration is how it brings so many unique industries together to solve some of our biggest challenges.
In an effort to keep humans healthy on the way to Mars, with little to no support from Earth, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, is developing a radical new approach to healthcare in an effort to solve one of microgravity’s most painful side effects:
A diagnosis that usually requires surgery, and there’s no ER in space. At least not yet…that’s a hint NBC. Low gravity environments cause a reduction in bone mass and muscle tissue, pushing excess calcium to the kidneys, resulting in extremely painful stones passing through the urinary tract. This alone could halt our progress to the inner planets.
Fourteen ISS crew members have developed the syndrome in the last 5 years, and with longer missions on the horizon – solving this is a priority – and gaming is the answer.
At the intersection of medicine and entertainment, Level Ex is paving the way for the future of health care in far away environments. “On the way to Mars it’s likely there’ll be a physician on board but Murphy’s Law says it’s going to be the doctor who gets sick,” said Dorit Donoviel.
In the last three months, SpaceX added over 200 satellites to its StarlLink constellation, with hundreds more planned this year, eventually growing to over 40,000
OneWeb, BlueOrigin and other spacefaring nations are building similar, and even larger orbital networks.
As more objects come online, potential collisions become more likely, which could create a mega-constellation of catastrophic, impenetrable space debris, blocking rockets from leaving Earth. An effect known as the “Kessler syndrome”.
Without a global satellite traffic system in place, the only thing preventing a collision is an automated email. (You’ve got mail – check your spam folder)
An issue affecting all areas of commerce.
Recently, a Direct TV Spaceway-1 Satellite suffered a crippling battery malfunction that could disintegrate the craft, forcing it away from its geosynchronous arc, into the “orbital graveyard” – 300 kilometers above active satellites.
And just last week, there was a near-miss over Pittsburgh…tracked by LeoLabs
Some satellites aren’t so lucky. Russia’s Kosmos-2491, allegedly designed to inspect and destroy enemy spacecraft, may have disintegrated in an orbital collision event. So far the Kremlin has not commented on the incident.
As our orbiting economy continues to expand, it’s becoming a troubling trend for astronomers
In November, StarLink satellites were accused of “photo-bombing” an outburst of Alpha Monocerotid meteors. Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office said the event, was a real eye opener. Bill Cooke, – space weather