28 Aug /19

Commercial Space Travel

Commercial Space Travel
World Aviation Festival, Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 September 2019, London

Though it may seem as if humanity’s grand dreams of commercialized intergalactic travel only began sky-rocketing in the past five to ten years, corporate and private entities have actually been working towards this for many years. In fact, it was 1982 when Space Services sent the first privately funded rocket into space, albeit without any real passengers and instead only 40lbs of water. Passenger space travel became a reality when an American millionaire paid USD 20 million in 2001 to join a Russian aircraft in outer space, making him the first private person to take a vacation among the stars.

In the wake of the first commercial space travels in the early 2000s, entrepreneurs like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos began funding corporations and missions to get more private flights into space, though the major problem always remained the funding: Oftentimes the rockets and related cost exceeded USD 100+ million- a hefty price tag and too big for making space flight commercially viable.  Even though Musk managed to get the cost down to “only” USD 50-60 million with his SpaceX force, cost remains the major problem. Both Blue Origin – Bezos’s funded company – and SpaceX seem to have their sights set on 2023 as the date to take space flight to the next level. In 2023 both companies plan major moon trips, but it seems we will have to wait a bit longer before we can get a glimpse of what exactly they have in store.

Part of the amazing technology that has now succeeded multiple times in sending humans and robots into space is of course Artificial Intelligence, which has helped design, develop and drive the space crafts employed by Blue Origin and SpaceX. As AI offers such a wide variety of uses, it is not as surprising as one might think that AI plays also a major role in the translation industry. In fact, EVS Translations has heavily invested in the same technology that has brought about such progress in the exploration of the universe. At EVS Translations, AI driven translation tools with complex neural algorithms, modelled after the human brain, help translate content faster and more effectively than ever before. These AI solutions can be employed in a variety of products, both as stand-alone translation “engines” or as a mean to support human translators.  Due to their resemblance to the thought process of the human brain these AI translation tools are capable to correctly and naturally translate words from one language to the next.

If you wish to learn more about the World Aviation Festival, read our article here. Kristy Hartless is looking forward to diving into the world of AI, space travel, and the aviation industry. If you are interested in meeting Kristy at the WAF, feel free to call her at +44-115 96 44 288 for an appointment, or contact her through her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristyhartless/