Dowd, S’14, a math and physics combined major, said advancements in commercial space flight in the coming decades are primed to have major implications for travel, global commerce, science, the environment, and clean energy, which could be drawn from the sun and transmitted back to earth.
“The world is about to get a lot smaller. Orbital travel will allow you to set foot on the opposite side of the planet in two hours,” Dowd told about 100 Northeastern students—and many others watching online—on Saturday at TEDxNortheasternU, held in Raytheon Amphitheater. “Easy access orbit will give a whole new meaning to same-day delivery—and long-distance relationships.”
All of this, Dowd said, reinforces the idea that “an abyss of unknowns” still exists in the boundaries of knowledge across all subjects, from history to science. “That can only mean one thing: the world is not what it seems. It just can’t be. There are more questions than answers,” Dowd said.