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

Cricket News Hardik Pandya set to replace Virat Kohli? India all-rounder flies to New Zealand for series


first_imgHardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspension lifted by CoA.Pandya, Rahul were suspended for ‘outrageous’ comments on Koffee With Karan.Virat Kohli has been rested for two ODIs, three T20Is in New Zealand. Pandya and Rahul’s crass comments on the show ‘Koffee With Karan’, where they spoke about hooking up with multiple women, were criticised by one and all and led to a social media storm. While Diana Edulji wanted the BCCI office-bearers to be involved in deciding the fate of the two cricketers, CoA chief Vinod Rai had dismissed the suggestion as it would have been in violation of the Board constitution. The CoA said the decision to suspend the two was taken under “Rule 46 of the approved BCCI Constitution”, which covers players’ conduct that can bring the Board into disrepute.The idea of letting the players get on with the game was first mooted by BCCI acting president CK Khanna, who wanted the suspensions to be lifted pending inquiry. In fact, Khanna refused to convene a Special General Meeting (SGM), which was the demand of at least 14 affiliated units. Most of these officials have allegiance to former board president N Srinivasan. “I did not wish this issue to turn into an administrative mess. For me, it was paramount that Hardik and Rahul return to action and inquiry can also simultaneously continue. If Ben Stokes could continue playing while the court case was on, why can’t that be applicable for Pandya and Rahul,” Khanna said. “I did not convene the SGM as it was against the laws stated in the BCCI constitution. Hardik and Rahul have been punished enough and they will emerge as better human beings. For now, the focus should be on winning World Cup where Hardik might play a massive part.””The above matter and decision has been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, Mr. P.S. Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman,” read a statement from the CoA, issued by the BCCI which resulted in the suspension of the two players being lifted.Karan Johar, the host of Koffee With Karan, also pleaded for a closure. “I feel very responsible because it was my show, it was my platform. I have had so many so many sleepless nights just wondering about how I can undo this damage, who is gonna listen to me,” he had told ‘ET Now’. The CoA has also decided to introduce a behavioural counselling programme for all representative national teams. Pandya and Rahul are expected to attend these classes with the senior team which will also have sessions on gender sensitisation. New Delhi: Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspension was lifted by the Committee of Administrators on Thursday, giving them massive relief and paving the way for the duo to resume playing cricket. According to a BCCI media release, Pandya will fly to New Zealand at the earliest while Rahul will join the India A squad for the series against England Lions. If Karnataka manage to overcome Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy semi-final, it is reported that Rahul could play for the team in the final should they make it. Pandya will miss the second ODI in Mount Maunganui but he could be available for the third ODI which will be played on Monday at the same venue. However, it will be a big decision whether Pandya can immediately slot back in the Indian cricket team as he has not had a chance to play international cricket following a back injury which he sustained in the Asia Cup in 2018 which sidelined him for a couple of months.Pandya’s inclusion comes at a time when Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been rested for the final two One Day International matches against New Zealand in the five-match ODI series. He will also be missing the three-match T20 series against New Zealand, starting on February 6. The BCCI declared that Rohit Sharma will be captain of the Indian side in Kohli’s absence. In a statement, the BCCI said, “Considering his workload in the last few months, the team management and senior selection committee is of the view that it would be ideal for him to get adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia. There will be no replacement for Kohli in the squad for the New Zealand series.”With Pandya joining the squad and with Kohli being rested, the team composition for the third, fourth and fifth games against New Zealand will be interesting. Will the team management get Pandya in for Kohli? Will Rohit risk slotting Pandya in the lower-middle order and push MS Dhoni to number four? With Kohli out after the ODIs in Mount Maunganui, who occupies the No.3 slot will be vital for India in the series. India currently lead the five-match series 1-0 after hammering New Zealand by eight wickets in Napier. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more