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Dr. José Achache – The Space Race: Satellites and Drones – Opportunities for News Business Developments
Posted: 18 November, 2015

Dr. José Achache – The Space Race: Satellites and Drones – Opportunities for News Business Developments

I believe that the future of space is in small companies, this is how José Achache started his lecture.

He said that satellites provide 3 types of services: telecommunications, precise positioning and Earth observation. After that he described the applications which satellites provide and talked about the Sentinel Family.

Copernicus was another very important topic on which Achache was speaking.

José Achache talked about RIICE. It is based on: in-situ observations, space-based global observation simulations and weather prediction, (NWP) model. Afterwards José described the amazing Grace spacecraft and showed some pictures. He made a comparison between what is inside a satellite and what is inside a smartphone.

It was intriguing to learn more about POSEIDRON – a drone of search and rescue. It was actually the winner of ESNC (European Satellite Navigation Competition) 2015. The drone can carry 70 kilograms. José Achache mentioned some other applications of the drone. It can improve the weather forecast at local scale as well as sample the lower atmosphere. It is allowed to go up to 2km.

Then Achache talked about the solar powered RPAS – low altitude and high altitude.

José Achache concluded his lecture by saying that the space race means – providing global internet from the sky. He said that “If you are smart enough, then space has no limit!”.


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