The rapid pace of technological innovation continues to have a profound impact on the world around us. The following five significant technologies all highlight specific ways in which new technology, improvements for older innovations and existing concepts that have been re-purposed or applied in new ways are making changes whose true impact may not be known for several years to come.
One: Reusable Rockets
The high-cost of launching craft, satellites and even astronauts into space has been a major obstacle since the advent of spaceflight. While NASA's space shuttle attempted to utilize a reusable orbiter in an effort to reduce cost, the latest generation of reusable rockets have the potential to significantly decrease the cost of future launches. More affordable satellite launches will allow businesses and service providers to expand the scope of their operations like never before.