25 October 2018 – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) announced today the recipients of the fourth annual Better Satellite World Awards. The awards, established in support of the industry’s global awareness campaign, honor established companies along with disruptive innovators who make the world a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, sustainable and inclusive home for humankind. An international jury selected Crisis Connectivity Charter, DARA (Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy), supported by Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. and Kacific Broadband Satellites International to receive this year’s awards. The recipients will be honored at the Better Satellite World Awards Dinner on 3 December at London’s One Whitehall Place.
“The modern world literally runs on satellite technology,” said executive director Robert Bell, “though few of the world’s people know it. With this year’s recipients, we honor organizations using satellite to spread economic opportunity and improve resilience in the face of adversity. Their work – little known to the world – is making that world a better, safer and more equitable place.”
The international trade media has partnered with SSPI on the Better Satellite World campaign to further promote the constant stream of stories produced by SSPI and its partners throughout the year.
The selection of the recipients for the Better Satellite World Awards was made by an international jury consisting of a broad cross-section of industry thought leaders and distinguished professionals. This year, the jury decided to extend an honorable mention to:
- Globecomm Hurricane Response for providing engineers, communication lines and equipment throughout the Caribbean during the three hurricanes of 2017
- Mars Balloon, supported by THALES and Thales Alenia Space for providing UK schoolchildren with high-altitude balloons capable of mimicking conditions on Mars for their scientific learning experiments
- Newtec/Intelsat Project Indigo for providing reliable, affordable broadband in rural Columbia
The jury also chose to extend a special humanitarian recognition to Speedcast for its implementation of a high-speed satellite link to restore connections for nearly 2,000 residents of Christmas Island who had been cut off from all communications to the mainland.
The Better Satellite World Awards Dinner in London is produced by SSPI and its UK and Isle of Man Chapters, with the support of international law firm Milbank as well as Globecomm, ManSat, Phasor and Walton De-Ice.