Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Space. Communications.

Skype for web. Coming to a browser near you, soon. No need for apps.

And BT are in talks to buy O2. Full circle, as my first mobile phone, back in 1993, when I was a technology loving pioneer rather than a technology hating dinosaur, was on Cellnet, a collaboration between BT and Securicor. So will the Millennium Dome (no, I'm not calling it by a brand name) now become the BT Dome? From Tower to Dome.


If you missed it, there is still a few days left to watch the brilliant Sky at Night hour-long special about the Rosetta mission (sorry, only in the UK, unless you can find yourself a proxy server - although I don't know of any reliable free ones these days). I'm also reliably informed that the January programme of that long-running series will be similarly wonderful as it's been filmed at a high-tech workplace near here. Ahem. Mr BW has been busy again today.

And let's hope that those Clangers fix Philae rather than repurpose it...


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

67p for £1billion

Philae did it, finally, years on.

Landing a 'lab' the size of a washing machine on a moving comet this size compared to London, from 300 million miles away (with technology that is now 20 years old):

(Photo from here).

What an amazing achievement - and proof that European scientists and engineers can work together, even though politicians can't.

It's not just the Ruskies and the Americans who can do space.

David Shukman, Science editor, BBC News, described it as a "Genuine triumph":

"Landing on the small, strange world of a comet ranks as one of the greatest achievements in space exploration. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would obviously take pride of place.

People might debate the relative prowess of robotic rovers driving on Mars or the Voyager spacecraft edging out of the solar system. But touching down on a primordial lump of rock and ice that dates from the earliest days of the Solar System - and which is hurtling through space at 34,000 mph - is a genuine triumph by any standards."

ESA's Live feed.
BBC's live feed.

It tweets.
As does the mother ship.

It'll be all over your TV later.

Mr BW has been busy today.