Joshua Miller: Vacuum research isn't widely known, but space research is a topic that most people can talk a little bit about. You can have conversations about it with almost anyone, from your family at the dinner table up to high-end NASA researchers, because most people understand how it can help us expand our reach in the universe. But what's lesser-known is the impact vacuum technology has had on advancing space research. Vacuum technology is the groundbreaking technology that aims to facilitate human life in space, so it is fundamental to our space-exploration ambitions. Just recently, according to Space.com, scientists used vacuum technology and successfully built a miniature sun!
By definition, a vacuum is the absence of all matter within a space. Vacuum technologists aim to help big operations like NASA and SpaceX create livable environments for humans in vacuum conditions, i.e. space. From propulsion to life support systems, we try to figure out how all these things would work in space. We consider ourselves the enablers of space travel and space exploration.