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The World of Space in Flux

  • Joseph N. Pelton
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


The space industry is in a period of enormous change. Newly emerging space technology and a myriad of innovative space applications are both in a state of unparalleled growth and market flux. Only the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) – the so-called cyber-industries – have a similar pattern of rapid technological advancement and industrial ferment. This is not at all surprising in that the space industry has largely become a software-defined extension of the computer industry. Communications satellites, remote sensing and weather satellites, and space navigation satellites currently represent the largest space applications industries. If one stops to analyze the underlying technologies on which these space applications are based, one finds that they are essentially digital processing and sensing space systems in the skies, using specialized digital software and hardware. Digital processing is at their core.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph N. Pelton
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  1. 1.International Association for the Advancement of Space SafetyArlingtonUSA

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