I don't think this went the way burnsy thought it would.
Regardless of the venture, you can't stop striving for knowledge. For lack of a better way to put it, some technology is discovered "by accident". Bell was trying to improve the telegraph, Spencer melted a candy bar in his pocket while working with radar. Neither set out to invent something new. And, while it slips my mind, I believe I've read some things were discovered thru the early space exploration efforts.