Space Products & Innovation

Governance, Education, and Infrastructure

Telecommunications Support For Disaster Relief Efforts

In the hours and days after a natural disaster occurs, satellite communications serve a vital role in coordinating humanitarian response when terrestrial communications systems are overwhelmed with heavy call traffic or rendered inactive due to damage.

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Tsunami Warning Systems Bouyed by Bouys

Space-enabled applications and technologies are a critical part of the global capacity for natural disaster mitigation and management. The Pacific Ocean Tsunami Warning System relies on satellite links as a critical part of the infrastructure that provides warning of potentially devastating tsunamis.

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2009 – Disaster Charter – Snapshot

Remote sensing satellites provide data to assess the scope and impact of disasters that have occurred. The information also enables planning for the mitigation of events that may occur. The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters provides a means for relief agencies to request satellite imagery of an area affected by a disaster.

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Shuttle Stress Analyzers Relieve Infrastructure Strain

Several product lines of fiber optic-based stress and strain analyzers have been created from a NASA technology spinoff developed to monitor structural strain on the Space Shuttle. The technology is unique because it can analyze stress and strain on components without requiring the disassembly of the Space Shuttle.

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Enhancing Medical Education with Satellite Broadband

The VideoSat for Distance Learning program leverages satellite broadband and broadcast capabilities to provide continuing medical education. The new system, under development in 2008 by ESA and industry partners, aims to improve upon previous satellite-based distance learning systems by innovative use of video simulation technology supported by a user-friendly set-top box.

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Pinpointing Pollution Prior to Olympics

Beijing Olympic organizers used remote sensing data from a U.S. satellite to analyze aerosol levels in and around Beijing before the games. The data enabled researchers to pinpoint reasons for the pollution and suggest ways to reduce it.

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Tagging Disaster Areas in Satellite Imagery

Scandicraft, a Norwegian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) service provider, has developed a system that “geotags,” or marks the physical location of, aerial images from a disaster area and uploads the images via satellite link within minutes.

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Brazil Uses Satellite Network for Rural Schools

Satellite communications enable a growing number of distance learning and tele-education programs. In 2007, the Brazilian education network, enabled by Hughes Network Systems’ HughesNet, completed rollout in the state of Amazonas.

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