As you may have noticed, the Radical Moves PR team has been growing over the past few months. As we work in such an innovative and impressive fields, including that of satellite technology, we felt that it was important for the entire team to see the behind the scenes. As we are constantly writing about the remarkable abilities of satellite, why not go and see some in person? Lucky for us our client Martin Coleman, the Executive Director of the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG), offered to show us around his old stomping grounds.
We started the day off with a sunny drive up to Herefordshire where the two sites we visited are based. ETL Systems, a satellite equipment manufacturer, was kind enough to lend us their meetings room for the morning, not to mention joining us for a very nice lunch. The view of the satellite dishes making learning about them all the more relevant. In the afternoon, we visited Madley Earth Station, which is owned and operated by BT. Madley handles a great deal of uplink and downlink satellite traffic, mainly for broadcast. The sheer size and capabilities of the dishes were astounding. Between the two sites, the technology in preventing satellite interference is truly spectacular. Martin was kind enough to run us through the nitty gritty of the science of satellites. From GEO, LEO arcs, to even showing us the maths behind ensuring the right frequency to antenna size ratio. We learned a whole lot, even those of the team already well versed on the world of satellite technology. And from one of the first men involved with satellite development, what an honour. Hearing all about the early years of satellite was interesting to say the least. Seeing the photos of the giant computers and hearing all about the punch in system – goodness how technology has changed!
The part that the team wasn’t expecting though was the amazing cohesiveness of these huge satellites communicating with space, and nature. Five steps from the some of the most accurate and advanced satellites lived an entire colony of rabbits. It truly shows how technology like satellites belong. They are perfectly harmonious with nature after being such a sturdy structure for almost 50 years.
It was amazing to put our jobs into context, and get a grasp of the enormity of the satellite industry – space is full of them! If you ever get the chance, we highly recommend having a look into all of the different satellite arcs and how they all look floating around our planet. It really shows how much of a mark we humans have left on the world around us – very extraordinary.
We are back in the office now and excited to get back to our computers, but whilst we are writing articles and press releases about the challenges of satellite interference, or how broadband can be supplied anywhere by the simple inputting of a satellite dish, I’m sure we will understand just how special this technology is.