May 10, 2011

Latest space technology aids security, environmental, economic and social benefit

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Latest space technology aids security, environmental, economic and social benefit

Expert at GSSF highlights integration of satellite applications in boosting humanitarian efforts and building business advantages of space technology

Merging multiple satellite technologies such as communications, earth observation and navigation could benefit not only businesses but also society as a whole, said senior UK Parliament Space Committee Adviser, John Yates.

Speaking at the Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF) 2011 during a session on integrated systems as the future of satellite services, Yates revealed the potential advantages of this evolving business model.

In regions such as the Middle East, a core benefit is the higher benefit-to-cost ratio of integrated satellite applications, providing accessibility even in less developed countries.

“If you want to go for the real value in the chain, integrated applications is the way to go – merging earth observation with satellite telecoms, for instance, in integrating two or more technologies.

“Businesses in the space and satellite sector have previously been busy exploiting the industry’s individual services, but now the market is maturing, it is time to look at how we can enhance these capabilities,” said Yates.

While satellites are traditionally dedicated to providing either, communication, navigation, climate, earth observation or military services, Yates highlighted the significant social advantages of merging one or more applications.

Among the humanitarian applications are clearing minefields, tracking of shipping routes for vessels of interest such as pirates or environmental monitoring such as water pollution detection.

One of the potential applications he referred to was the integration of earth observation and communication satellites. High-resolution satellite imaging, combined with positioning, could be used to identify areas for potential land-mine survey and clearance operations.

In another example, satellite imagery could be used to identify marine pollution, with satellite tracking monitoring shipping movement and a fusion of this data used in identifying the source of pollution.

About The Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF) 2011

GSSF addresses the issues facing the commercial space sector including sustainability, insurance, regulatory issues and life-saving developments in disaster management.

Headline speakers include: Ahmed Al Mansoori, Director General, EIAST; Major Dr. Mohamed Al Ahbabi, ICT Advisor to the UAE Armed Forces; Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd; Dr. Somchet Thinaphong, Chairman of Executive Board at GISTDA; Dr. Omar El Emam, Advisor to the Arab Science and Technology Foundation; Thomas Choi, Co-Founder and CEO, Asia Broadcast Satellite; Martijn Bos, Director Satellite Communications, Olive Group FZ LLC; Francois Rancy, Director, International Telecommunications Union – Radio Communications; Lt.Col.Ali Mohammad Alshehhi, Manager, Falcon Universal Ground Station, Space Reconnaissance Center; Eng. Khalid Balkheyour, President & CEO, Arabsat; Stephane Chenard, Senior Consultant, Euroconsultant; Salem Al Marri, Program Manager, EIAST; Dr. John B. Sheldon, Professor of Space and Cyberspace Strategic Studies, School of Advanced Air & Space Studies, U.S. Air Force and Showkat Ahmed, COO, Yahsat.

GSSF is now in its third year and is the only event in the region dedicated to the discussion of commercial opportunities surrounding space and satellite development.

GSSF is supported by the UAE Space Reconnaissance Centre, NASA, Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, the National Research Foundation, the Association of Specialist Technical Organisations for Space, the Society of Satellite Professionals International and the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies

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