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August 10th, 2015

Inaugural Better Satellite World Awards Welcomes Nominees ... Celebrates Satellites Positive Impacts In Our World

[SatNews] SSPI is currently accepting nominations for the first annual Better Satellite World Awards. The Better Satellite World Awards honor established companies and disruptive innovators for using satellite applications to make our world a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, more sustainable and inclusive home for all humankind. 

Nominations for the Better Satellite World Awards are due on September 30. The finalists will be announced on October 19. The winners will be named at the first Better Satellite World Awards Dinner on December 4 in London.

“SSPI’s Better Satellite World campaign was introduced in March of this year, and we have seen strong positive response from the industry,” said SSPI executive director Robert Bell.  “The huge contributions of satellite to the modern world go unrecognized today, which is a big contributor to our challenges with regulation, spectrum allocation and talent attraction.  The Better Satellite World Awards are another step in our effort to tell the satellite story to potential customers, policymakers and the next generation.”

The Better Satellite World Awards are presented in four categories:

  • Economy.  Awarded to a company using satellite technologies to create a positive and profound economic impact on specific industries, countries, regions or the world.
  • Knowledge.  Awarded to an organization using satellite technologies to disseminate information that leads to improved standards of living, governance, commercial practice or international understanding.
  • Humanity.  Awarded to an organization using satellite technologies to preserve life, protect the vulnerable, improve health, expand education, reduce environmental degradation and enhance representative government. 
  • Communications. Awarded to an organization or individual telling the best story of satellites creating a better world.

A single award is presented in each category.  Selection is made by an international jury consisting of members of the SSPI Satellite Hall of Fame and other distinguished industry professionals.

The Better Satellite World Awards are produced by SSPI and its UK and Isle of Man Chapters. 

About the Better Satellite World Campaign
Mobile phones have satellites inside, and TV programs and computer networks, weather reports and military operations, public safety and transportation systems, retail payments and the world’s financial markets. Satellite professionals know the immense contributions our technology makes to human welfare, commerce, government, security and safety.

And it is time to tell the world about it because too many people think of satellite only when they see a news story about a launch failure or a natural disaster where satellite is the last resort for communications. That lack of awareness has tangible results: regulatory assault on our spectrum, lack of government funding for satellite solutions to the digital divide, the customers in new markets who will never give satellite a try.

SSPI has begun writing a new story. Working with partner associations and the leading companies in this business, a campaign has been launched, How Satellites Make a Better World (www.bettersatelliteworld.com), to change the global conversation about satellite. It won’t be easy or quick, but a successful campaign will help level the playing field between satellite and its competition and expand the opportunities available to this industry.

The Society of Satellite Professionals International () promotes the growth of the satellite by educating current and potential end-users and the general public about the indispensable contributions of satellites to business, government and human welfare, and by connecting satellite professionals worldwide through education, knowledge-sharing and fostering professional relationships.  Publisher of the only international study of the satellite workforce, SSPI also leads a consortium of industry associations and organizations to promote the ways satellites make a better world.  More information on the Better Satellite World campaign is available at www.bettersatelliteworld.com.