Space exploration has both driven and been driven by innovation from its earliest days.
Secular stagnation: a condition of negligible or no economic growth in a market based economy. Unfortunately, this is the current state of affairs of our global system.
Most eyes are focused on the re-useable rockets of the space tourism industry to carry small research payloads into sub-orbital space.
Space activity began in the late 1950s as a means of promoting the ideologies of two superpowers: America and the Soviet Union.