Astronáutica: Política e Tecnologia

As tecnologias mais estratégicas de uma nação são as chamadas tecnologias duais. Estas tecnologias podem ser usadas para fins civis e militares. A Astronáutica é essencialmente uma tecnologia dual, nascida durante a guerra fria. Um foguete pode botar um satélite em órbita, mas, com mínimas mudanças estruturais, pode pôr uma ogiva nuclear no centro do território de qualquer país. Por isso, a transferência deste tipo de tecnologia é tão restrita. Tudo que se relaciona ao espaço é caro, arriscado e sigiloso.  

Outro aspecto interessante da Astronáutica é o seu caráter interdisciplinar. Para pôr um satélite em órbita, não basta conhecer as leis da mecânica newtoniana. Um foguete é um prodígio de engenharia, onde ligas metálicas leves e resistentes envolvem substâncias químicas instáveis, explosivas e, às vezes, corrosivas. Se o voo é tripulado, a logística é ainda mais complexa, já que seres humanos estão envolvidos. Levar astronautas ao espaço implica levar, também, todo um ambiente propício à vida: ar, água e alimento. Isso somente para falar no bem-estar físico dos astronautas. Cuidar da saúde mental dos astronautas também é um desafio e tanto.

Por tudo isso, eu adoro ensinar Astronáutica aqui no Planetário. Neste mês eu enfrento de novo o agradável desafio de falar sobre as barreiras espaciais superadas pela humanidade. Mas não reclamo. É muito estimulante lidar com tantos temas fascinantes. Como diria Buzz Lightyear, meu personagem preferido de Toy Story: “Ao infinito… e além”.

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