On October 4th 1957, the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution, the USSR launched the first artificial satellite in space, Sputnik 1.
Sixty years on, satellites have become an essential part of everyday life, delivering our TV, telephone and broadband data and telling us where we are with a precision which would have seemed extraordinary just a few years ago.
In this second event this year at the Science Museum and as a follow on to the satellite session at the Cambridge Wireless International Conference (CWIC) in July, the Cambridge Wireless Heritage Group revisits sixty years of technical innovation in the satellite industry and hosts presentations from four companies at the leading edge of a new era of space based communication.
The event follows the same informal format as ‘Time for Telecoms’ (March 16th).
Starting with tea in the second floor café at 4pm, a visit to the satellite and space exhibits in the Information Age Gallery hosted by Abbie MacKinnon, Assistant Curator for Technologies & Engineering followed by four twenty minute presentations in the Dana Centre and networking and drinks, finishing at 8.00pm.
There is no cost to attend though delegates are encouraged to donate an optional £5.00 to the museum as they arrive.
We aim to use the event to test the level of interest in establishing a Satellite Industry Special Interest Group within Cambridge Wireless.