Sunday, 26 May 2024
It is our job to encourage young people who saw the sky as something inaccessible to reach Space through their knowledge"
When we were born in 2008, the world would look at the stars with a dream-inducing vision of the unattainable, which as decades went by has become a strategic reality with the ability to reach the great opportunities that present themselves to us in the realm of space.
However, these opportunities are not exempt from certain threats. And it is precisely the growing progress of space technology the reason why the physical boundaries between space and Earth must count with a series of measures that mitigate those risks and offer the certainty that all systems will perform as expected or allow for reacting in the face of the unpredictable threats that these opportunities can bring with them.
Fortunately, enough work has been done so that each of these risks is paired with critical technology that fulfills the technical requirements for safety. When we talk about a critical system, this does not merely refer to the fact that a system will work correctly, but also implies that countless factors, such as the protection of flight and ground personnel, the launch vehicle, the population at large, public and private properties, the space system and the environment, will remain insulated from the hazards associated with the space system.
This means that establishing an independence when it comes to safety features and the development of software components is essential to be able to offer innovative capabilities in critical situations. For example, having a satellite launcher equipped with a unit that verifies the correct functioning of a rocket or having a rover that, in its travels across the surface of Mars to collect and study samples of the red planet, responds in the most efficient and quickest way possible when faced with any problem. This is something that we Spanish companies are still working on in order to help guarantee progress.
At a national level, our country is a leader in the advancement of these technologies that aim to reduce the vulnerabilities that endanger the safety of our human team and of projects of the aerospace sector. Which is why our goal in the sector is to develop control software for onboard equipment, with projects such as the development of the spectrometer control (SEB) subsystem of the UVAS project and the IRCAM infrared camera that we have developed, becoming a leading company in space instruments for stratospheric balloons of CSBF/NASA.
With the spectrum of possibilities that space brings us, it will not be long until we see systems so advanced that they will themselves need even more advanced critical applications to consolidate the industrial foothold and foster aerospace safety.
The growing development that we are experiencing makes it vital to count with a new generation of talent that has enough training to face the development of software as complex as critical systems are. Undoubtedly, the growth of this sector needs to come hand-inhand with an ingenuity that is not only young, but also diverse and egalitarian, where the footprints of female talent lead the way in the constellation of challenges that this generation will face.
Therefore, our job is to encourage the young people that used to see the sky as something inaccessible to reach space through their knowledge something that will only be possible if we bring together science, technology, diversity and equality to enrich the experts of the future in a sector as attractive as this one.
With this in mind, it will not hurt to dream with the wide range of possibilities that space has to offer, but always with both feet firmly on the ground and paying attention to the needs of the sector today, so as to offer a dependable response to the advancements of tomorrow.
It is no longer enough to apply a patch to the adversities that space can bring it is now paramount to prioritize prevention in a field that is seeing an explosive growth, and that needs a set of foundations and equipment that are prepared enough to rise up to the demands of aerospace systems.
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