In the early 1980s, astronomer Carl Sagan hosted and narrated a television series called “Cosmos”. On the show, Sagan thoroughly explained many science-related topics, including Earth’s history, evolution, the origin of life and the solar system. Mr. Sagan stated that the carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms, as well as atoms of all other heavy elements, were all created billions of years ago in previous generations of stars. Because human bodies as well as most of the matter on Earth contain these elements, we are literally made of star material.
“We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff,” Sagan famously stated.
The future could happen slowly, or upcoming scientific advancements might take place rapidly. Science fiction writers and futurists like to suggest that discoveries are accelerating, and that there will be many changes during this century. Although anything is possible, we shouldn’t expect instantaneous scientific discoveries and radical changes. Such anticipation diverts us from investing time and resources in other projects, which would help us build a better society and mature as a civilisation, as well as find solutions to problems which we will encounter at later stages.
For example, interplanetary or interstellar communications are much easier than interplanetary or interstellar travel, and are possible with the current technology. However, the distances from Earth to other planets or solar systems introduce prohibitive delays, as the current means of communications are capped at the speed of light. Although the solution to this delay may be years away, the satellite industry faces similar issues every day, and methods of optimising high-latency communications and masking the perceived delay are being developed every year. One day the technology will improve and allow us to efficiently exchange information with other planets, space ships or deep space probes.
Thus, we should focus our scientific and technological efforts on problems that are solvable in the near-term, whilst keeping our eyes on the long-term goal of exploring and adapting to worlds currently beyond our reach.
An essential factor and major driver for economic and social development is access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). However, many regions today are lagging behind in terms of ICT services due to scarce or non-existent communications infrastructure, large landmasses, complex regulatory procedures and high costs of achieving coverage, even in metropolitan areas. In many parts of the world, due to the low consumer income and high infrastructure deployment costs, high-speed connectivity and access to information remains a luxury.
We at Kypros Satellites have made it our mission to improve the educational, social and economic opportunities for developing regions by launching a fleet of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS) to provide access to space infrastructure and offer access to ICT, uniform coverage and service quality globally. We believe that efficient and optimised space-based communications infrastructure is the solution to the digital divide and a contribution to the greater good of Humankind.
By targeting the regions with the largest deficits in communications infrastructure, we will bring our civilisation a step closer to achieving truly global high-speed communications, which will advance education, increase trade and help further reinforce peace globally by bringing the world to everyone’s fingertips.
Our mission is therefore a united Humankind unleashing its communications potential and advancing to the next evolutionary step. Today we connect the Earth, tomorrow the rest of the Universe.
As John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States said, “We believe that when men reach beyond this planet, they should leave their national differences behind them.”