Science fiction is often cited as one of the catalysts for discovery. Depictions of astronomy in movies range from hilarious to meticulous, but even some of the sillier films have a lot of material that inspires viewers. Modern technology gives us some insight for what it might be like to explore the final frontier. Warm up the space Winnebago, and don’t forget your towel, as we check out some modern tech that could well be a precursor for road tripping across the universe.
While GPS technology has become almost commonplace with the appearance of smartphones and vehicle tracking, savvy space explorers are sure to find it an invaluable tool for their outbound flights. NASA uses GPS tech for everything from communications to near-earth tracking. Over time, we’re likely to see a series of communications satellites that coordinate GPS signals to keep their positions and relay information from one end of the solar system to the other. GPS could one day come to represent galactic positioning instead of global.
We’re a long way from the belief that humans would explode when exposed to the vacuum of space. But it’s still a good idea to avoid the stuff whenever possible. When it’s time to start your interstellar road trip, make sure you get your vehicle sealed tight. Everyday RV winterization doesn’t cut it. You need something to keep the air inside and the vacuum outside.
Luckily, in this generation, we’ve seen the creation of microsealant technology that makes sealing gaps and holes against moisture or air loss as simple as slapping on duct tape. This ensures you can patch up any unsightly hull breaches and make it to the nearest space service station. Just stay away from the daily special. Check please.
ISO settings are the most common use for the low-light tech that helps modern photographers film under the stars. When we get started on our galactic adventure, we’re sure to want plenty of photographs. We definitely don’t want them to look like space movies from the late ‘50s. Without the noise caused by light pollution on Earth, we can get some really out-of-this-world shots.
Technology has come a long way from simple light-boosting and digital alteration that gave ISO ranges of 1 to 100. ISO enhancements of 1,600 to 3,200 are now available, letting you catch the dark side of the moon by starlight, whether that star is the sun or distant solar bodies in Alpha Centauri. Continuing developments are sure to keep your intergalactic Instagrams looking crisp and clear.
You don’t always have to look to the future for additional advances as sometimes the oldest travel tricks are the best. Pack plenty of water along with plants or bio-algae screens that can filter your air and be sure to prepare for the unexpected. Grab a roll of microsealant duct tape and be smart about your fuel supplies.
And don’t forget your towel; you never know if your first adventure might be to the sunny shores of Santraginus V or the gaping maw of a Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.