Young Australian of the Year – Marita Cheng, Engineering Visionary

The prime minister of Australia has just announced the “Australian of the Year” awards on the eve of Australia Day, 26th January. The Young Australian of the Year 2012 is Marita Cheng, who has been hailed as an engineering visionary. GO ENGINEERS! GO WOMEN ENGINEERS! NATION BUILDERS! Here’s an extract from the website of the […]

The Ultimate Seismograph + 97th Anniversary of Avezzano Earthquake

This is not only a true story, but also is timed to mark the 97th Anniversary of the devastating earthquake which destroyed Avezzano on 13th January 1915, resulting in a massive loss of life. Have you ever been in an earthquake? I have, once, and it’s scary. Not a powerful earthquake, admittedly, and most California […]

How to Survive an Earthquake – The Triangle of Life

Every year there are hundreds, if not thousands of earthquakes but the only ones to make the headlines are those that impact significantly on us humans. 2011 was a bad year for such events – I don’t need to name them as they will all flash into your mind as you read this. For a […]

Watch the VLA Antennas Dance

TimeScapes 4K from Tom Lowe on Vimeo. When I saw this short time-lapse video I was just blown away! Twenty seven 25 metre antennas of the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico dancing in unison – and to music. Thanks so much to Brigitte Bailleul (@Brigitte_Ba on Twitter)

LA Confidential – X-Band & Artichokes

I’m the sort of person who likes to plan, but despite my best intentions life always seems to be event-driven. Such is the case today, which is why I’m writing this. Let me explain: I’m on Linkedin and am a member of some 30+ Groups relating to satellite communications. Being a helpful sort of guy […]

Soyuz Launches 2 Galileo Satellites Today

Watch live streaming video from eurospaceagency at livestream.com Watch the launch preparations at Kourou, the successful launch,

Help Save Goonhilly Earth Station Complex

Everybody’s heard of Goonhilly, haven’t they? No? I’m amazed, so here’s the story of a piece of UK National and technological heritage and why it desperately needs your support right now. There’s an urgent petition to the UK Government which needs to be considered and, if agreed with, then signed by all people who do […]

Oh Deer – The MX Missile, a Flying Coffin and the Twin Towers

The anniversary of the atrocity committed against the USA has triggered memories of a day some 30 years ago which culminated in a picture-perfect flight into NYC’s La Guardia airport, the approach being down the Hudson River with a sharp turn to port across Manhattan onto the final approach. A stunning afternoon view of Manhattan […]

Deepest, Darkest Borneo

It might be a week or so before my next post as I’m about to depart from the connected world for a bit. Internet availability in Borneo is expected to be patchy – that’s why they’ll benefit from more satellite communications. If I manage to survive the jungle, the mosquitoes, leeches, snakes,spiders and the occasional […]

First and Last Launches of the Space Shuttle

Well spotted. The internal photo isn’t a picture of the Space Shuttle. It’s one of the European Space Agency‘s (ESA) first astronauts, Wubbo Ockels, inside the ESA Spacelab D1 in the Shuttle’s cargo bay (both pictures are courtesy of and copyright ©NASA). ESA’s first astronaught was Ulf Merbold flying in Spacelab on STS-9. I’m writing […]

Prologue : Satellite Spy’s First Blog Post

How do you start a blog that you know will go on for years? My answer: Dive in at the deep end! This is the book I’ve wanted to write for years, but organising a book, spending months getting everything organised and in the right order is just plain boring. When, if ever, it’s finished […]