Illustration of space infrastructure, including launching pads, rocket launchers, and abstract decorative elements.
“Softflow” by Diego Pelaia. 2021. [r].

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 space industry thrives on robust research and development (R&D). It is the very essence of how different sectors and industries operate in synergy. Bianca Cefalo, a rocket scientist with a prolific background in the commercial aerospace industry, and I discussed the need for a more integral view of R&D. Bianca has worked in complex public-private space missions and noted there is still an expendable mindset towards budgets.

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