The United States is currently working on a tiny colony in orbit, the space station Freedom. Freedom is expected to function for three decades, orbiting around Earth every ninety minutes at a distance of 220 miles. Countries such as the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and ESA (European Space Agency) will help the colony by furnishing smaller laboratory units. The goal of NASA is to conduct experiments into the effect of microgravity on many different materials and living creatures as well.
The future of space vehicles lies in nuclear fission and fusion technology. A fission spacecraft could be produced within the decade using research done in the late sixties and would be capable of reaching high speeds for extending periods of time as uranium is a very light fuel for the amount of energy it produces. Fusion technology would allow refueling stations to be placed on the moons of Jupiter and would give us even more efficient means of movement and energy production.
The future of space technology contains endless possibilities for the unknown has yet been conquered. One day it will be and when that happens the number of advances in space technology will greatly affect the lives of the people.