Since the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik in 1957, following the first human Space flight performed by Yuri Gagarin in 1961 and then less than eight years later, successful Moon landing of Apollo 11 crew in 1969, brought mankind closer to the stars and beyond. Today we use Space technology every day without recognition, for instance, we can see it having significant application across all aspects of our lives including a Mobile phone, Satellite navigation devices, Telecommunication devices, Wi-Fi, Tv on demand and many more.
At the beginning of 2020 when humanity faced global pandemic due to a new type of Covid-19 virus, life changed as we knew it. This is the first time ever when life was impacted in every corner of the globe, affecting everyone... Space is one of the industries which was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in a unique way: More than 60 years of developments in Space technologies are utilized during the pandemic outbreak today. Those technologies helped countries to keep their people safe, provide ground-breaking solutions for education, health and communication sectors.
Ever since people were forced to work from home and students to study online, many new online platforms and technologies made an instrumental contribution to government and private sector efforts to reduce the spread of the virus. Schools and universities were able to use the video conferencing platforms for delivering online lectures, sharing the notes and materials as well as submitting the exam works. Industries and government departments used teleconferencing facilities to host the group calls and meetings enabling uninterrupted work. With people staying at home and continuing working, it was possible to minimise the spread of the virus and maintain the economy, reducing the dramatic effect of the virus.
Another fantastic implementation Space technology enabled to develop during the Covid-19 is remote medical care. Many doctors were not able to deliver service during the lockdown, but people were able to book a teleconference call with their GP to discuss the issues and get help for non-life-threatening cases. This led to the increased number of rural satellite communication platforms. Remote care also reduces the use of resources in health centres, improves access to care, while minimizing the risk of direct transmission of the infection.
During the pandemic we all suffered from isolation which kept us apart from our loved ones. The Satellite technology such as mobile phones, Wi-Fi and internet allowed us to be in touch with the family and the world by popular mobile application, TV on demand.
With the development of the vaccine many parts of the world are starting to reopen their economies and the Space industry also looks forward to returning to a version of normal operation.