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Nicholas De Monchaux and the History of Space Exploration


thumbnailFastCompany discusses the future of space exploration in “Is Space About To Experience A Design Renaissance?” To answer this question, they examine the history of space design with help from BCNM Executive Committee member Nicholas De Monchaux (CED), author of Fashioning Apollo. Nicholas describes the politics at the heart of early space design and argues that “the industry is once again focusing on science, and exhibiting the lightness and nimbleness that were lost during the Space Shuttle years,” when space exploration was no longer a PR battle.

Conclusion? We’re still using technology from the 1940s, so expect design iteration that does not revolutionize our capabilities, but makes the experience safer and more reliable.

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