Editorials

April 2020

While ambitious plans for off-world settlements remain in the eyes of many as science fiction, space sector professionals the world over are exploring ways to make it reality. In our overview of recent developments on page 16, we consider the sustainability factor and the importance of microorganisms, as well as ecohabitats such as the Seed of Life project.

February 2020

I read an interesting fact recently: No human has yet been killed by space junk. Five Japanese sailors were reportedly injured in 1969, and one woman in the USA was grazed by a rocket fragment in 1997, but not one human has died. How can that be possible?

January 2020

… and we’re back! It’s a brand-new year and a brand-new decade, and for the first time in 20 years, that decade is less of a mouthful – the noughties and the twenty-tens didn’t exactly roll off the tongue – the twenties, on the other hand, is pleasingly easy to say and already has a delightfully nostalgic feel to it. Or perhaps I’ve simply watched ‘The Great Gatsby’ too many times over Christmas…

September 2019

It’s nearer the end of 2019 than the start (where did the time go?), and it’s been a major year for connectivity and automation. This year, we’ve seen the first 5G networks launched in the UK – this is big news, especially for the machine-to-machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous transport sectors. The new high-speed connectivity is set to open up a whole host of new applications, and consumers and businesses are alike are getting very excited.

August 2019

Over the top (OTT) streaming services have experienced unprecedented popularity; the market is expected to grow from US$97.43 billion to a whopping US$332.52 billion in 2025, a CAGR of 16.7 percent. As more and more big names enter the fray, with Disney, Apple and WarnerMedia coming soon, the market is becoming extremely competitive. In an interesting new take on OTT services, it was announced that Steven Spielberg is preparing a horror series to be viewed on mobile phones, which can only be watched when it’s dark outside. ‘Spielberg’s After Dark’ will span 10-12 episodes and be available exclusively on Quibi, a new OTT platform in the making dedicated to short-form video, created by former Disney and HP executives.

July 2019

It was recently brought to my attention that new doors are opening for the drone industry. As satellite sector participants, we’re well-versed with drones being utilised for a number of applications; beyond-line-of-sight communications (in the battlefield, for example), intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), commercial deliveries, aerial photography, racing, as satellite simulators (for fine-tuning the installation of a shipboard antenna), off-world prospecting, etc. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

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