Like with most things, if you keep an eye on the most advanced processes and product, you can better plan for the future. You watch cooking shows to advance your knowledge even if, currently, some of those skills and tastes are a bit ahead of where you are. You watch NASCAR or Formula 1 even through the thought of reprogramming your car’s computer sends you into a sweat. Why do we want to know about things we can’t currently do? Because only by learning what’s to come can we plan for our own future or enjoyment.

Most of space and aviation innovation pushes the boundaries of what’s technologically possible. We went to the Moon with computers that today’s school calculators surpass in speed, ability and programming. Silly, lazy, journalists said that the Apollo program gave us Velcro and the heat-capable nose cone of the Saturn 5 rocket (material used in Corning Ware). The truth is, Apollo changed every single job on the planet from computers, to CT scans, to synthetic materials, to programming, to fuel changes, to the windscreen on every car (to name but a very few). 

So what’s up for tomorrow? Here are only some of the leading developments currently pressing ahead, pushing the technology envelope that will, one day soon, upend your lives again: