A major disaster struck southern Germany on Thursday the 7 November, claiming numerous victims and cutting the town of Ulm off from the rest of the world. Except all the victims were actually actors and the 'disaster' was really a pre-scripted event.
Sat@Once is currently a free service that distributes, by satellite and at high speed, the most popular parts of the most popular websites and newsgroups from the Internet. In less than 6 months after launch the operators SES ASTRA and the CSP research centre in Turin (Italy) clocked 13 000 registered users.
SITEF, the annual International Fair of Innovation and Future Technologies held in Toulouse, showcased a demonstration of DELTASS (Disaster Emergency Logistic Telemedicine Advanced Satellite System) in a simulated real emergency situation.
Mary Coughlan, the Irish Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs launched the SchoolSat service for Schools in Donegal on Monday 14th October. This is the first network for schools that makes use of two-way satellite terminals.
Antonio Rodot`, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), alongside the Director General of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) Vicente Gomez, and Jacinto Garcia Palacios, CEO of Hispasat signed an agreement leading to the development of a new multimedia telecommunication system called AmerHis.