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Martín González / The future has caught up with us

Civil aerospace projects 3.0

Imagination is the limit of man himself, "certainly an act of faith, even a vision, because we do not know what benefits await us", were the words of President Kennedy, in the now historic speech at William Marsh Rice University in 1962. And man, was able to reach the Moon (1969), and today in Voyager 1 and 2 (1977) we can see represented the infinite capacity of creation, dreams and deep feeling of the human being to discover things even if they are in the confines of the universe itself.

But, what new projects exist, what benefits do they bring to mankind, who is carrying them out? According to public information (leaving out the military issues to which we do not have access), the five main civilian projects focused on business, commercial or civilian space exploitation are the following.

5. Axiom: building the next ISS, Total funding: $150 million dollars.

What it does: The Series B start-up offers access to the International Space Station to astronauts, researchers and national and private product developers. The company has also been tasked with building the next International Space Station.

4. LeoLabs: In search of space junk, Total funding: $100 million dollars.

What it does: LeoLabs, a Series B startup, tracks items in low-orbit space to reduce the risk of space debris and support the satellite industries. By monitoring all movement in space, this is one of the space companies that aims to provide intelligence on how to make space businesses safer. With that comes the need to monitor one's own and others' space assets. Just as an air traffic controller does on Earth, LeoLabs provides the data and technology to safely operate and protect satellites in an increasingly crowded space economy.

3. Kepler: Creating the Internet of Space, Total funding: $90 million dollars.

What it does: It is creating a communications network in space using orbiting satellites. Each will need a communications infrastructure to send information from space to Earth and back. Kepler is building a constellation of CubeSat routers to act as the communications backbone for all space data.

2. D-Orbit: The FedEx of Space', Total funding: $23.6 million dollars.

What it does: D-Orbit describes itself as a space logistics company, focused on the movement, deployment and removal of satellites. D-Orbit is solving this with its last-mile delivery service. Its 'space cab' rides on SpaceX and then flies around the orbit delivering its cargo directly to the desired orbit. Once it has finished delivering your cargo, each of D-Orbit's spacecraft can be used for a wide range of different secondary missions that may include satellite servicing, debris removal, relay communications or even on-orbit data processing. It is therefore ushering in the future space economy.

1. Helicity Space: Total funding: $150,000 million dollars. What it does: Helicity Space is exploring fusion in space, with the goal of using it to power spacecraft and shorten travel time to enable further space exploration. The company says using propulsion fusion to power space travel will result in reduced exposure, agile trajectories and increased speed.

And in this process, Latin America is far from participating in them, the fortunes of space exploration will still be delayed for the Selva Lacandona (Mexico), Amazonia (Peru and Brazil), or the Jujuy (Argentina). Commercialization and development processes are already a reality for human beings in outer space. It is not difficult to predict what will be the consequence.

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