28th National Space Symposium April 16-19, 2012

Martin Sweeting G3YJO 2012 Image Credit SSTL

Martin Sweeting G3YJO Image Credit SSTL

Among those attending the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado April 16-19 was Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO.

He took part in the ‘Societal Benefits – Space Applications in Emerging Regions’ panel.

Space News reports:

Overseas markets are expanding as more nations embrace space for communications, environmental monitoring, resource management and disaster response, according to members of an April 17 panel discussing space applications in emerging nations.

Emerging programs in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa offer opportunities to the industry but come with some challenges, not the least of which is cooperation and cultural understanding between governments. Panel members discussing the trend were Tim Deaver, vice president of market development, government solutions, at SES World Skies, David Hartshorn, secretary general of the London-based Global VSAT Forum, and Sir Martin Sweeting, founder and chairman of U.K.-based Surrey Satellite Technology.

“Space is essential to play a part fully” on the international stage, Sweeting said. While some might argue it is an extravagance in nations often burdened with dire poverty, new wisdom has taken hold that space can bolster economies and level playing fields.

Pictures and videos of the 28th National Space Symposium can be seen at http://www.nationalspacesymposium.org/

Space News report http://www.spacenews.com/satellite_telecom/120418-nations-embracing-space-apps.html