Space industry incorporating automotive technology
It’s clear from the frequent headlines that competing billionaires perceive space as the ultimate flex of their wealth and power. Although it’s cool to be a little churlish about these displays, there is no doubt that technologies and innovations will trickle down and drive demand for production.
A large part of space and satellite systems rely on traditional wiring systems. At the end of the day, insulated copper interconnects are here to stay. With more companies looking to broaden their market, adapting current designs and processing for space vehicles will be a logical next step.
Traditionally space systems relied on bespoke equipment, designed specifically for the rigours of vehicles exposed to huge swings in temperature, radiation and a very bumpy ride at the beginning of their journey. However, with the move away from internal combustion, the automotive industry has seen a shift in connector technology that may lead itself to extra-terrestrial uses.
A large reason that there are often issues in non-aerospace businesses supplying the aerospace and space supply chains is one of certification and regulation. But as we have learnt from the way companies like Tesla have disrupted their industry, is that these big personalities are prepared to take risks and change the status-quo when it comes to pushing their products and making profits.
Believe it or not, lot of NASA space technology has paved the way to us in the form of the improvements in our vehicles. This relationship between NASA’s ground-breaking technological advancements and the car we drive can be linked back as far as the beginning of the space race in the early 1960s.
It will not be surprising to see the space-industry starting to incorporate more automotive technology into their designs and using the more pervasive specialist harness manufacturers that have been servicing the motorsport and military sectors for decades.
Electrical design software such as Arcadia has been designed from the ground up to serve these industries and work over the internet, straight into the web browser of the design engineer using its patented technologies. For a new wave of space age developments, Arcadia is at the forefront of this technological paradigm shift.