Press release: ‘Pint sized’ Scottish satellites launched into orbit


first_imgExperts can use the satellite’s measurements to glean temperature, pressure and humidity information for weather forecasting and climate change monitoring.Khalil Kably, Pioneer Programme Manager for the European Space Agency said: We saw a gap in the market for what we call Space Mission Providers: companies that offer all aspects of a space mission to validate a new technology or service for the benefit of others. ESA is always looking to champion innovation in the space industry, and the idea of Pioneer is that these Space Mission Providers can help this by being a one-stop-shop for in-orbit demonstration and therefore reduce the barriers and complexity that can stifle new ideas. The two ‘first of a kind’ 5kg satellites which were designed and built by Spire Global are unique due to their function, tiny size, low cost and quick build time.This style of satellite could revolutionise work in space, which has traditionally been slow and expensive for business and science to access.Both satellites, which were developed under the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) ARTES Pioneer programme (the UK is the largest funder to ARTES), will aim to prove the value of ‘nanosats’ in weather monitoring, by using them to measure refracted radio signals passing through the Earth’s atmosphere.Graham Turnock, Chief Executive, UK Space Agency said: These incredibly clever pint-sized satellites built in Glasgow could slash the complexity and cost of access to space, presenting an exciting opportunity for the UK to thrive in the commercial space age. Through our £4m development funding in ESA’s ARTES programme, the government’s Industrial Strategy and by working closely with our international partners, we are helping Scottish businesses transform their ideas into commercial realities, resulting in jobs, growth and innovation. Spire has been focused on developing unique data sources with high frequency updates for the entire Earth and has over 60 LEMUR-2 class satellites deployed in space with a complementary global ground station network. Under Pioneer, we can offer our extensive experience in manufacturing and managing small spacecraft like these to those who cannot afford to waste money and time to do it themselves. This work with ESA helps further support the global development of commercial aerospace’s potential to make space access universal. Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire Global said: Today the satellites were launched from Sriharikota, India, but from the 2020s, these home-grown spacecraft could be launched from the proposed spaceport in Sutherland, Scotland.The UK Space Agency is also supporting a space incubation centre in Glasgow and has provided support over several years to the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, based at the University of Strathclyde and working across the whole of Scotland.The Centre’s role is to raise awareness of the potential of satellite services and data to be used in new and improved products and services in other “space enabled” markets – including, for example, offshore renewable energy and aquaculture.The UK Space Agency is driving the growth of the space sector as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy with major initiatives including the £99m National Space Test Facility at Harwell, and the UK continues to be a leading member of ESA, which is independent of the EU.last_img read more

Nassau Coliseum Groundbreaking Ceremony Starts Renovation


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With the swing of a sledgehammer crashing through a ceramic-tiled ticket booth wall, officials marked the ceremonial groundbreaking of the long-awaited, $261-million renovation of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on Thursday.Lawmakers, union leaders and other officials mostly stayed on script in saying good things are worth waiting for and not mentioning a plan took so long to finalize that the NHL’s New York Islanders skated from the 43-year-old arena—the only home the team had known.“I’ve never seen a project go so smoothly,” said developer Bruce Ratner, majority owner of Forrest City Ratner, who lured the Islanders to his Barclays Center in Brooklyn before his subsidiary, Nassau Events Center (NEC), landed a 34-year lease at the coliseum.A decade ago, Charles Wang, the Islanders’ part-owner, proposed The Lighthouse Project, a $3.7-billion plan to renovate the arena as well as build commercial and residential space on the surrounding 77 acres, but the idea fizzled five years ago. Then in 2011, voters rejected a referendum to authorize a proposed $400 million in borrowing to rebuild the coliseum. The current plan to give the arena a facelift didn’t solidify until after the team decided to move.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who thinks the team will eventually return to the coliseum—despite the team signing a 25-year lease at the Barclays Center—reiterated that the Isles will still play six games at the coliseum after its reopening, scheduled for next year.Not present at the ceremony was Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray—fresh off losing her GOP bid for Nassau County District Attorney—who Islanders fans blame for the team leaving after her administration asked Wang to downsize his Lighthouse plan. He instead abandoned the idea.“It’s tough to get big projects done here on Long Island,” said Long Island Association President Kevin Law. “It’s easy to give up.”He then sought to ease concerns over recent reports that Onexim, a Russian company led by Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, recently became majority owner of Ratner’s NEC. Law noted that National Grid is British owned and Cablevision recently announced that it is being purchased by a European telecommunications giant. He said LI should be thankful for, not fearful of attracting foreign investors.After recapping the litany of events that NEC plans to host at the coliseum, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark teased that Friday “we plan to make a major announcement about a future basketball team that will permanently play at the coliseum.”last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England, South Africa and their opening game fortunes


first_imghighlights New Delhi: After four years, the ICC Cricket World Cup returns and it is back at the ‘home of cricket’. England and South Africa will start off the tournament in the opening game at The Oval. For England, this will not be the first time where they will feature in the opening game of the Cricket World Cup. For South Africa, this will only be their second time that they have featured in the opening game of this quadrennial event. How did England and South Africa fare in when they played on the very first day of the World Cup? The answer is contrasting, with South Africa, in particular, tasting a heartbreaking loss while England has dominated.The first game of the World Cup involved England and India at Lord’s and the hosts made a great start with Dennis Amiss smashing 137. However, the match was remembered for Sunil Gavaskar’s 174-ball 36 and England won by a massive margin of 202 runs. In 1979, England was once involved on the opening day of the tournament and they registered a comfortable six-wicket win against Australia. The winning run continued in the 1983 World Cup when they took on New Zealand at The Oval, winning by 106 runs with Allan Lamb hitting a century. England has lost just once in the ICC Cricket World Cup opening day encounter.South Africa have lost once when they played West Indies in 2003 World Cup.England is hosting the World Cup for the first time since 1999. England played the second match on the opening day of the 1992 World Cup when they took on India in Perth. Robin Smith’s 91 and Dermott Reeve’s 3/38 helped them beat India by nine runs. In the 1999 World Cup opener at Lord’s, England was boosted by a knock of 88 from Alec Stewart and Alan Mullally’s 4/37 to help them beat defending champions Sri Lanka by eight wickets. In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, England took on Australia in Melbourne but they tasted defeat. Aaron Finch blasted 135 and Glenn Maxwell smashed 66 off 40 balls.Steve Finn took a hat-trick and ended with 5/71 but Australia registered 342/9. In response, Mitchell Marsh took 5/33 and England lost by 111 runs, their first loss ever in the opening game of the tournament.For South Africa, they featured in the opening game of the World Cup only once and it was when they hosted the tournament in 2003. South Africa took on West Indies in Newlands, Cape Town and chose to bowl. They had reduced the West Indies to 67/2 in 25 overs. Brian Lara, though, had other ideas and he blazed away to a brilliant century. Carl Hooper’s run-a-ball 40 and an 18-ball 40 from Ricardo Powell helped West Indies reach 278/5. South Africa was docked one over due to their slow over-rate but in response, Gary Kirsten smashed 69 and Mark Boucher put South Africa on course with 49.However, it was Lance Klusener’s knock that stole the show. The left-hander regularly cleared the boundaries and his 57, which included five sixes helped South Africa near the target but West Indies held their nerve and won by three runs. The one over which was taken away proved to be costly for South Africa. How will both England and South Africa fare this time in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup? For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more