How Landing on the Moon Made Air Travel Easier

There’s no doubt that the Apollo 11 Moon Landing was one of humanity’s greatest achievements. On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong uttered the words that were broadcast across the globe as his feet stirred up dust on the surface of the moon for the very first time.

An astounding leap forward for humanity’s exploration into space, the Moon Landing also signalled a new era of advances into air travel within our atmosphere. Airport Metals explores how the successful space mission made flying around Earth a far easier feat than it had previously been.

Space travel used less power than a smartphone

Though the Moon Landing was an example of the most advanced science and technology at the time, in reality, the computers aboard Apollo 11 had less oomph than the smartphones produced today.

With more planes than ever taking to the skies, the demand for a better system of tracking and plotting flights is huge. That’s why NASA have teamed up with the Federal Aviation Administration in the US to research how they can use their combined technologies to direct flights better.

Planning flight paths through the stars and the clouds

Using the same navigational principles required to navigate crafts to the Moon is timing – a vital factor to helping launch more planes safely. Playing with thousands of variables, flight controllers must accurately estimate the positions of many different aircraft and to work with the uncertainty that all measurements contain – not unlike, and not necessarily harder, than navigating a ship through space.

Using the same mathematic principles that helped get Apollo 11 to the Moon, air traffic controllers are now more able to easily plot the paths of the thousands of flights that are in the skies at any given time.

The link between air travel and space travel

When NASA was preparing its Apollo Program, it enlisted the help of aviation company, Boeing, to manage the engineering contractors who built the spacecrafts. To this date, Boeing is the prime contractor for the International Space Station.

Airport Metals is proud to have similar relationships with aviation companies throughout Australia and internationally, providing state-of-the-art materials to construct safe, advanced aircrafts – making sure thousands of passengers can soar as close to the stars as possible.

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