Jan Jungclaus' interest in space technologies is based on the potential that space-to-earth technologies bear for earth-bound challenges. Today, space control systems and artificial intelligence systems are increasingly apt to support services and functions for decision support and knowledge management. On the one hand, such systems provide the potential for direct translation into earth-bound applications e.g. robotics or integrated infrastructure control. On the other hand, data mining and analysis techniques, as well as artificial intelligence e.g. for decision support during mission operation, are becoming more and more capable to support knowledge management, information retrieval, and computational reasoning to advance our knowledge and research down on earth.
Today, many high tech space-technologies have started to be integrated into the development of control systems, sustainability systems, or decentralized urban energy provision. For example, Bloom Energy neighborhood servers are based on former fuel cell technology used during the Mars Rover project. At a larger scale, new city developments on earth increasingly bear many of the same problems space stations at small (e.g. ISS, Bigelow) and at large provide (e.g. lunar colonies, Arctic colonies, visions by O'Neill in the past century) - resources, energy and waste need to be managed efficiently the more scarce they are. Closed-loop systems in space provide highly relevant examples due to the significant transportation/generation cost any of these resources inherit. Further, many externalities are internalized in small closed-loop systems, thus ideal for study and furtherance of understanding for earth bound systems.
With Lower Earth Orbit potentially becoming more and more accessible through an emerging commercial space industry, we might see much more of such technology translation from space to earth in a not too distant future.