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“Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine”.

— Peter Sondergaard, Senior Vice President of Gartner Research.

Big Data from Space and the “overview effect”

“I used to tell people I was from Cleveland, Ohio, because that was where I was born. Today, I simply say I am from Earth”.

That’s the world view of former Nasa astronaut Don Thomas who has orbited Earth 692 times. Known as the “Overview Effect”, many astronauts come back from space with a completely different fundamental view of our planet. …

A SpaceX Falcon 9, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, lifts off from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., May 30, 2020. (Photo Credit: David J. Philip/AP)

“You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great — and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars”.

— Elon Musk

Making history in its purest form

Even if SpaceX’s first attempt to make history delayed, the weather finally cooperated. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are safely in orbit. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the astronauts in their Crew…

Solar to be world’s largest power source by 2050. Photo by China Daily

A monumental leap in solving Earth’s addiction to non-clean power sources

Space-based solar power (SBSP) is the concept of collecting solar power in outer space and distributing it to Earth.

A considerable fraction of incoming solar energy (55–60%) is lost on its way through the Earth’s atmosphere by the effects of reflection and absorption. Space-based solar power systems convert sunlight to microwaves outside the atmosphere, avoiding these losses and the downtime because of the Earth’s rotation, but at a substantial cost due to the expense of launching material into orbit. Solar energy derived from space is the biggest potential for Earth and humans as a race. China said in a recent…

Mercury: a tough place to live…

Mercury. The smallest planet in our solar system-only slightly larger than Earth’s Moon and the closest one to the Sun at a distance of about 36 million miles (58 million kilometers) or 0.39 AU. The Sumerians also knew of Mercury since at least 5,000 years ago. It was often associated with Nabu, the god of writing. It was also given separate names for its appearance as both a morning star and as an evening star. Greek astronomers knew, however, that the two names referred to the same body, and Heraclitus, around 500 B.C., …

Alessandro Prosperi

An Aerospace Engineer passionate about Entrepreneurship and Emerging Economies. Technical Author @ WestEastSpace.com

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