You probably never think about the satellites high above us in orbit. However, theyhelp you out every day even though they are hundreds, if not thousands of kilometres above us. Here are just some of the ways that satellites do us a favour and we don’t even know it:
Eating your breakfast
Did you know that when you’re tucking into your bowl of cereal, the farmer who produced that cereal would have used radar satellite pictures to find out the best time to irrigate the fields and harvest their crop? Satellites played a helping hand in getting the food you enjoy onto your plate in optimum condition.
Watching live sports on the TV
From the cameras in the stadium to your TV screen, the footage is transmitted through a satellite before it reaches you. Hard to imagine that those instant images have been beamed through space in a split second to reach you as you enjoy the game from your sofa:
On an expedition in the middle of nowhere and want to reassure your mum that all is well? Use a satellite phone to guarantee a signal wherever you are.
Paying for your coffee
We don’t tend to question how the money from our bank account reaches the merchant’s till so fast, especially when we just want to grab our morning caffeine fix and go. When we use our bank cards, the link between your bank and the
merchant’s cash register happens via satellite. Clever stuff, right?
Finding a great place to eat when in the city
Visiting somewhere new and not sure how to find the best places to visit or eat? A GPS satellite thousands of kilometres above where you are can pinpoint your exact location on a map and show you how to get where you want to go. It’s a little like reading the stars that travellers of yesteryear relied on, but with a little more technology! This is the same system that is used in cars to provide directions and Vehicle Tracking for fleet management. For more information on Vehicle Tracking, visit Vehicle Accessories.
Checking the weather
Satellites carry out vital work, collecting huge amounts of data on cloud movements,wind direction and precipitation levels. The data can then be analysed, and weather patterns predicted (with varying accuracy)
Tracking a flight
Ever used one of those apps so you can see when someone’s flight gets in? Well, aircraft transmit signals to a group of satellites. Thanks to these signals, air traffic controllers can ensure all planes stay safe and you can find out where your friend’s flight is.
Crossing the bridge
Did you know that whenever you cross that bridge to get to the other side, the reason the bridge stays put, and you don’t plummet to your death is thanks to engineers using satellites to monitor any ground movement? Satellites also keep an eye on road stability and the structure of the bridge.