One trend that will be come evident in future missions will be a significant jump in processing capability. Recent tests have shown that current cellphone SoC's are as good at resisting radiation as the specifically hardened dinosaur CPUs that NASA has been using. We will be seeing a huge jump in sophistication of missions as a result and better power utilization. That still is primarily robotic missions, but it seems like the private sector is going to start driving more and more of the ambitious exploration.
Okay the SpaceX booster recovery might not yet be a "trend", rather a recent game changing development that will alter most future space launches. Their ability to recover and reuse boosters will radically reduce the cost of launches and will give SpaceX a unique advantage over competitors for some time, until they all catch up.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.