chapter  2
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Space, science, and technology

ByTIMOTHY LAWRENCE , WILLIAM W . SAYLOR ,

Virtually all enterprises involving space are heavily dependent on modern technology. Space technology is developed mainly in response to the demands of missions that are deemed worthy and feasible, thus creating a “technology pull” dynamic. In some instances space technology is unique, having limited uses for other applications. In other cases, non-space technology is adapted for space use. The overall success of space technology development and application is strongly affected by a country’s “technological climate,” which includes political support, funding levels, educational opportunities, tolerance for failure, commercialization potential, remuneration packages, and scientific prestige.