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Monica Hernandez

Popularizing Space Travel

“Spaceport KSC” is the first time in my life that I’ve ever witnessed a fully-built spaceport for civilian spaceflight. It truly sets the stage to start imagining answers to basic travel questions.

Monica Hernandez

Keeping Time, The Crunch for Atomic Clocks in Space

The more we study the world at the quantum scale, including the behavior of atoms as markers of time and as exquisite sensors to probe unstudied matter, the more we might understand how to navigate to other worlds without having to depend on Earth-based antennas.

Monica Hernandez

The Complexity of Space Software, We’re not in Kansas anymore

With many early missions leveraging custom, commercial off-the shelf, and open source software packages, the issues of software complexity and lack of interoperability have been brought forth in my conversations with space engineers and CEOs.

Monica Hernandez

Designing for Space Robots, A Machine Point of View?

Design and engineering considerations must have an inclusive, participatory process between robots as partners and the broader society. And at the same, it will be critical to start designing for space from a machine point of view.

Monica Hernandez

Who is an Astronaut? Space Jobs in the Era of Frequent Space Travel

The frequency of space travel requires us to define and refer with greater precision the jobs needed in space over the following decades.

Monica Hernandez

The Thinker’s Sanctuary: Science Fiction for Space

There have been noticeable trends in science fiction. I want to share some initial thoughts in response to these space-related conversations. First, I define modern science fiction in its simplest terms as the artistic genre in literature, film, visual arts, music, and other aesthetic expressions, that addresses scientific advances of

Monica Hernandez

Round Pegs, Square Holes, And Human Behavior

Beyond survival, design thinking is at the core of our spacefaring experience, and it must become a mainstay of all conversations meant to empower us to do more in space.

Monica Hernandez

Intergalactic, Planetary, Planetary, Another Dimension… Life

The recent report from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine explains the ongoing debate in astrobiology about the distinction between a planet's organic alien life or the evolution of organisms brought by crewed missions - i.e., forward biological contamination.

Monica Hernandez

Truths and Dilemmas of Space Startups

In this endless search for home, we find adventurous startups setting a separate path. A path that yearns for innovation and an agile vision but is often irregular and turbulent. A path sometimes even fatal, cutting a startup's life short.

Monica Hernandez

What Space Can Teach Us About Representation and Robotics

Developing indigenous knowledge and regional expertise will harness the new space ecosystem.

Monica Hernandez

The Learning Mindset Needed for Future Jobs in Space

The pace and breadth of the space economy will depend on our capacity to learn and innovate.

Monica Hernandez

Reflections on Our Sustainability in Space

Space will increasingly demand us to extend beyond our limits and comfort zones. I wonder how humans and machines will evolve together?

Monica Hernandez

The Need for Investing in Space R&D and Testing

R&D and in-space testing are two integral components for reliable space technologies and systems. Thus, their need will only increase as our missions evolve.

Monica Hernandez

The Pursuit of Quantum Science and SETI

The applications that derive from quantum science and engineering will become increasingly relevant.

Monica Hernandez

Space Startup Funding: Perspectives from CEOs and Co-Founders

Daniel and Yanina offered their insights for what worked for them thus far. These snippets of advice early in their paths may inspire other startup founders that may still be figuring it out.