After 30 years of service, NASA’s space shuttle fleet will be retired marking the end of on era for space exploration. The space shuttle was a technological marvel that will forever change the way humans travel to space.
Now with the shuttle retired, there is much concern over America’s ability to travel to space. For the time being NASA will have to rely on Russian rockets to transport American astronauts to space. With huge budget deficits and a struggling economy, budget cuts will most likely affect NASA’s ability to develop another orbiter anytime soon. This means that private industry will take the lead in space flight.
Companies like Virgin Atlantic have already developed commercial spacecraft that will soon transport passengers to space. The price tag for a ticket is hefty starting at $200,000. Once commercial spaceflight becomes commonplace, prices will eventually drop. As private industry takes the lead in space flight, new technologies must be developed to make space travel safe, efficient, cost effective, and comfortable.
The rigors of space travel pushes the human body to the limit. This is why astronaut training is one of the most intense training programs in the world. So companies like Virgin Atlantic and others must focus on safety and maximum comfort when developing spacecraft. Cushioning systems equipped in seats, arms rests, and other spacecraft features must be able to cope with violent vibrations, g-forces, re-entry, and weightlessness that a spacecraft will undergo when traveling to and from space.
The MitiGator cushioning system by Sea Systems Group is specifically designed to absorb impacts ranging from improvised explosive devices to other elements found in land, sea, and air. The MitiGator is lightweight, flame resistant, durable, and long lasting making it an ideal material for space travel. With the end of one era, marks the beginning of another. The shuttle is a technological triumph that will have a lasting impact on future technologies. The era of private space flight has begun.
The MitiGator™ Technology is an engineered cushioning system designed to protect people and equipment from these assaults and to allow them to continue to perform their jobs or enjoy their leisure time. The MitiGator™ uses patented air control technology working with over 4,000 surfaces per square foot to dissipate energy before it is transmitted to the body and thus help alleviate the problems. For more information on the MitiGator Cushioning System email MediaRelations@MitiGatorinc.com
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