Every year, World Space Week celebrates the contributions of space science and technology in improving life on Earth.

Events taking place all over the world – in schools, planetaria and museums – are designed to educate people about the benefits they receive from space, encourage greater use of space for sustainable economic development, and excite young people about a wide range of related career opportunities.

As an enthusiastic promoter of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education, Inmarsat was delighted to once again support World Space Week, and encourage the space pioneers of tomorrow.

This year’s theme, “Remote Sensing – Enabling Our Future”, ties into the work we are doing with our community of application developers to build innovative satellite-enabled solutions to power the Internet of Things (IoT).

Inmarsat Enterprise Head of Innovation Philip Meyers highlighted just one of these projects in his blog on a remote sensor solution that will help large farms to monitor livestock no matter how widespread or isolated they are.

Agritech satellite services are also aiding more efficient food production, with remote real-time machine-to-machine (M2M) monitoring of vast greenhouses and hydroculture sites, and satellite-enabled drones giving farmers new aerial insights into the topography and condition of their fields.

World Space Week events, which were expected to top last year’s total of over 1,800 activities in 73 countries, highlighted a host of classic Earth Observation missions including the joint U.S. Geological Survey and NASA Landsat mission, which has been taking images of the Earth from space since 1972, and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which shares environmental data captured all over the planet.


Landsat imagery courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and U.S. Geological Survey

This data can help countries monitor climate change and even pre-warn them of impending natural disasters. Scientific research organisation The Earth Observatory of Singapore relies on Inmarsat BGAN to transmit data from 50 sensor stations on Sumatra that show early seismic activity if an earthquake or tsunami is imminent in the region.

World Space Week was established by the United Nations in 1999. It is held each year to commemorate two important events – the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, on 4 October 1957 and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on 10 October 1967. For more information, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.