Space travel has entered a new era. Though government agencies such as NASA and Roscosmos were responsible for developing the initial technology required to fly humans into space, private companies such as SpaceX are now spearheading the development of the next generation of reusable space shuttles (in addition to manufacturing a variety of other space-bound equipment such as satellites).
Though the commercial space race has only just begun, SpaceX has emerged ahead of the competition, recently landing a $2.9bn contract with NASA to build a moon lander. This follows a $7 billion contract with NASA to ferry supplies to and from the International Space Station finalized in 2020.
At the heart of SpaceX’s success lies data. From designing a vehicle that will survive the harsh conditions of space to calculating payload size, data is fueling the next wave of space travel.
SpaceX uses an AI powered autopilot program to navigate them safely from launch to the ISS docking port. The AI works by calculating parabolic flight, fuel usage and reserves, liquid engine sloshing, weather and a number of other factors that could impact the flight. The AI uses this information to establish the safest as well as fastest flight path. Once the ship has reached its destination, the autopilot uses convex optimization algorithms and computer vision to determine the best landing spot for the Dragon capsule.
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