Does NASA and other space agencies create our modern technology?
I know computers, internet, smart phones, all influenced by NASA, so I wonder what will be the next major hi tech invention.....
I miss spoked, I mean't influence and not create.
- Anonymous9 months agoFavorite Answer
They're mostly from military use and eventually available for regular consumers.
- gods creationLv 59 months ago
yes. people go to school, learn how we got to where we are today, then build on that to find new ways to improve our way of life. nasa learns by hiring people who can get a job done.
- 9 months ago
traditionally military needs have been responsible for much of the technology developments we have. nasa has tended to borrow from the military then adapt it from space. The public then thinks it all came from nasa, becasue nasa is all over the media whereas the military stuff is hushed up.
Since the "space age" is essentially over, the main invention from space will be hype and fantasy. Expect the microelectronics field to start topping out soon too.
The main source of future innovation is the biotech field, because it does not rely on exponentially increasing budgets to get results. Biotech depends upon finding ways to understand and modify complexity, rather like the early days of microelectronics. Expect to see personalised medications and the cure for many genetic conditions in the future.
- 9 months ago
Definitely NASA and the other space agencies have influenced modern technology... That's one of it's strengths - NASA develops the need for a process, or an invention, or a material, and different companies bid on the project to fulfill the need. Some things may never be profitable; others may find a niche and spawn whole new industries... It's one of the few reasons I'd like to see a manned Mars mission happen - we don't know what will be needed and invented along the way.
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- AmyLv 79 months ago
In the mid 20th century, NASA had billions of dollars and a mission to figure out for the first time how to live in space. They invented a lot of things, and collaborated with companies to invent or develop things, that were also useful on Earth. These include memory foam, the cordless vacuum, and scratch-proof glasses.
Today NASA is not spending as much time or money on new inventions. There are still occasional new technologies from NASA, such as cloud computing.
- daniel gLv 79 months ago
NASAs primary charter is space research and spacecraft. The 200,000 some odd scientist that contract, come up with all the wee bits and pieces of the puzzle to make it all come together,
So effectively, they do host and endless list of technologies.
A LOT of medical breakthroughs, a LOT of little everyday things you have around the house, Automotive, locomotive, agriculture, climate, aviation, astronomy advancements only scratch the surface.
You mention smartphones, the marrying of computer and communications technology.
Advanced radio communications and satellite was my niche in this arena.
Digital communications goes back to the 60s, 40s if you include telephone terrestrial networks.
The 20 watt digital radio aboard Voyager 1 is so obsolete by today's standards.
All this technology advancement from the vast arena of engineers influenced by not only NASA, but many other such high end agencies, even the armchair amateur. The method your cell/smatphone talks globally is something from the amateur radio arena. The garage tinkerer with microprocessors spawned by Bell labs put computers into near everything, even the toothbrush. Your little game-boy has more processing power than all of NASA had in putting man on the moon, so go figure. A former roommate plays with NASAs air guns shooting projectiles at mach 6, not exactly your Daisy BB gun.
- mokrieLv 79 months ago
They may be influenced by NASA but many tech breakthroughs and inventions have come from Israel.
- NyxLv 79 months ago
Certainly. NASA for instance, has a department that actively seeks to do technology transfers for commercial usage.
- Mountain!!Lv 69 months ago
- D JLv 79 months ago
They invented velcro, to name one item.