May 17, 2020

Global Citizen teams with Pepsi for virtual concert

Kayleigh Shooter
3 min
Gigabit Magazine takes a closer look at the virtual concert that will be taking place on April 18th.

Due to COVID-19, many music festivals have been po...

Gigabit Magazine takes a closer look at the virtual concert that will be taking place on April 18th.

Due to COVID-19, many music festivals have been postponed or cancelled, but that does not mean that you can’t see your favourite artists this summer. Pepsi Company and Global Citizen have teamed up to bring these artists to your screen.

The virtual concert will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel. The special event aims to support healthcare workers in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic and feature real stories from doctors, nurses and families around the world.

The event has been curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga but will feature the likes of; Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder and many more exciting acts. Even before the concert has taken place, Lady Gaga and Global Citizen have already raised a total of £28m for the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. However it is stressed that the broadcast is not a fundraiser, it is solely focusing on entertaining the nation and sending out messages of solidarity. 

This global pandemic is a new experience for all of us, nobody knows what will happen next and even if life will ever really go back to normal. Luckily, we have the technology to be able to host and partake in such an event, this leads on to what Lady Gaga said in a recent interview; “We want to highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented cultural movement, and we want to celebrate and encourage the power of the human spirit”.

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising by the day, it is important that we all stay united without risking public health, this virtual concert is the perfect example of this. Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina, who have both tested positive for coronavirus, plan to take part in the event, emphasising this message. 

BBC One will also be broadcasting a revised version of the concert on the 19th April, including performances from UK artists, however, the details are yet to be released.

 

When?: April 18th, 8 pm to 10 pm EST

Where?: Amazon Prime Video, Facebook, Instagram, TuneIn, Twitter, Yahoo and Youtube. 

Why?: To boost morale, entertain viewers and to send out the message that we are all united during this outbreak. 

 

How you can slow the spread of coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Find out the key information about COVID-19 here.

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Jun 18, 2021

Thales Group to Provide Tech for Low Earth Orbit Satellites

ThalesGroup
ESA
Telesat
Technology
2 min
The Swiss branch of Thales Group is set to supply world’s only network of satellites in low earth orbit with its cutting-edge technology

The Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer, Thales Alenia, which specialises in the space industry is set to supply the world’s only network of satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) with its industry-leading technology. More specifically, the Optical Inter-Satellite Links ─ which is hailed as the ‘best technology for the next generation of the Galileo Navigation System’, by the European Space Agency. Through the implementation of Thales Alenia’s optical systems, the satellite network will be able to provide global, fine-scale coverage, overland, oceans, and both poles, without compromising the security of data communications. 

 

Telesat, a Canadian satellite services company, is currently developing the network and has commissioned Thales Alenia Space to build its broadband constellation. The network, which will be named Lightspeed, will apparently comprise 298 individual satellites, each weighing roughly 700 kilograms. These satellites will be capable of delivering multiple terabits per second worldwide for secure broadband professional services with low latency and high levels of performance. Ergo, it’ll be incredibly fast. 

‘The Optical Inter Satellite Links technology is based on Thales Alenia Space’s product line Space Optical Communications, i.e., OPTEL-C. The more compact OPTEL-µ is another optical communications product from this line. This is particularly good for downloading data from small LEO satellites’, according to Innovation Origins. 

 

Thales Alenia Space Background

Thales Alenia Space is the largest satellite manufacturer in Europe ─ the Swiss branch, which has been commissioned in this particular announcement, opened up five years ago in Zurich, where the company primarily specialises in the development and manufacture of instruments for scientific satellites, but also on optical communication terminals for space applications.

The Swiss Space Sector

When it comes to the European and international space industry, the Swiss sector is becoming increasingly important. Approximately 100 Swiss companies already produce incredibly sophisticated pieces of kit and technologies for space missions, and Switzerland also plays host to the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre, which was established back in 2016 in an effort to help entrepreneurs ‘realise their innovative ideas and transfer technologies from space to Earth and from Earth to space.’

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