The International Space and Satellite Professionals (SSPI) announced the recipients of the seventh edition World’s best satellite award.
The awards honor established businesses as well as disruptive innovators who are making the world a more prosperous, healthier, better educated, sustainable and inclusive home for humanity. A selected international jury Hellas sam Founder and CEO and humanitarian Christodoulos Protopappas, Speedcast and Willka Yachayproject to bring satellite connectivity to the Q’eros tribe in Peru and UltiSatUN services in the Democratic Republic of Congo to receive this year’s awards. Recipients will be honored at the Better Satellite World Virtual Awards Celebration on December 9 and at a live reception on January 10, 2022 in London.
“In a time of profound disruption and crisis at nearly every level of human society, the space and satellite community provides much-needed support and relief to alleviate suffering and to improve and preserve the best in human culture.“Said SSPI’s director of development and innovation, Louis zacharilla. “More importantly, it pushes us towards a time when things will inevitably improve.. “
The selection of the Better Satellite World Award recipients was made by an international jury made up of a broad cross-section of industry thought leaders and distinguished professionals.
Also at the Celebration, the UK SSPI Chapter will present its sixth edition Satellite Personality of the Year Award To Volodymyr Levykine, founder and CEO of Skyrora for his many contributions both personally and through the company to Edinburgh’s robust and growing satellite industry.
The Better Satellite World Awards Celebration is produced by SSPI and the UK and Isle of Man sections of the organization.
The recipients of the Better Satellite World 2021 award:
- Christodoulos Protopappas
During a career spanning more than 25 years in space and satellites, Christodoulos Protopappas has promoted satellite communications and connectivity across Europe, the Middle East and parts of sub-Saharan Africa. He founded Hellas Sat, the national satellite operator of Greece and Cyprus, in 2001 and was its CEO for 20 years. Today, Hellas Sat operates a fleet of three geostationary satellites (GEO) which serve sites across Europe, the Middle East and parts of Africa. The company has played a fundamental role in the development of the Greek Space Agency and has contributed to Greece’s space infrastructure as a whole, including serving as a facilitator for collaboration between the Agency, universities and local industries . Hellas Sat also provided the first major opportunities for young engineers in the region to work in space and satellites in Greece and Cyprus. While CEO, Christodoulos founded the company’s Cyprus Space Center, which has more than 35 large antennas with DTH transmission and other managed satellite services.
Christodoulos has been a strong advocate for space and satellite services throughout his career. He served two terms as President of the European Association of Satellite Operators (ESOA) and one term as President of the Hellenic Space Agency. While in these positions, he promoted the protection of satellite spectrum at ITU and proposed the use of satellite internet to bridge the digital divide in Greece, Cyprus, the European Union in as a whole and in South Africa. Christodoulos went even further and provided these proposed connectivity services. Under his leadership, Hellas Sat connected 172 rural schools in Albania via satellite internet in 2009, rural schools and hospitals in Greece, 142 rural communities in Cyprus in 2008, several remote rural islands in Greece in 2008 and 2009, and 150 hospitals in Zimbabwe in 2021. Christodoulos continued to work as a space advocate while carrying out these projects, and he was crucial for the Greek government to secure Govsatcom services in 2019.
- Speedcast and Willka Yachay
Speedcast has a long history of providing humanitarian aid and connectivity solutions to NGOs. Recently, the company partnered with the non-profit organization Willka Yachay to provide connectivity to the Q’eros tribe in the Andes of Peru. The Q’eros are among the last living descendants of the Inca tribes, and they live a difficult and isolated life without access to modern education, health and technology services. In 2010, an American student named Hannah Rae Porst traveled to Peru and lived with the Q’eros for a college project. Some time after leaving the mountain community, she founded the non-profit organization Willka Yachay to give back to those who had accepted and taught her so much during her time in Peru. Willka Yachay raised funds to build and start a school for Q’eros, and Hannah moved to Peru to oversee the project. The organization also founded Kidnected World, an NGO dedicated to bringing interactive education to indigenous civilizations across South America and Africa.
Speedcast became Kidnected World’s primary partner on the project, providing communication services and advice on the solutions needed to better serve these remote communities. The company also donated one year of connectivity service to the charity and deployed Speedcast field engineers to perform antenna system installations in the Q’eros community. Thanks to Speedcast’s efforts, the Q’eros’ quality of life has improved dramatically in just a few short years. The community is now virtually connected to the rest of the world, allowing students to access virtual learning via video sessions with teachers from around the world. When community members get sick, they can now access online medical information and resources to better treat illnesses. Some Q’eros have started selling traditional hand-woven textiles online, bringing new economic strength to the community and a part of their culture unique to the rest of Peru. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Speedcast’s robust connectivity services allowed Q’eros to remain isolated from disease in their community while interacting with the rest of the world online and maintaining access to services. who have changed their lives so powerfully for the better.
As of June 2021, UltiSat in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provide satellite communications services in support of the emergency operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC is home to one of the largest internally displaced populations in Africa, with more than 92,000 refugees seeking asylum in its northern region after fleeing the post-electoral conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). The displacement strained the region, prompting UNHCR to deploy humanitarian efforts to provide shelter, food and access to medical services that refugees and locals were trying to help them. Coordinating such a huge effort requires reliable communications services, and UltiSat has stepped up to offer them.
UltiSat has a long history of supporting humanitarian and disaster relief organizations working on site by providing satellite network services, equipment, life cycle operations, installation, maintenance and logistical support. The company leverages its global network capabilities – including engineering and internal operations for satellite, wireless and terrestrial services – to develop tailor-made network solutions for each particular mission. In a region with limited or no connectivity, UltiSat’s satellite network has been invaluable in providing UNHCR workers and local coordinators with the information they need to provide protection and assistance where they are. most needed.
About the Better Satellite World campaign
In collaboration with partner associations and dozens of supporting companies around the world, Space & Satellite Professionals International Best satellite world The campaign is changing the global conversation about satellites and their influence on the economy, businesses and societies around the world. The campaign has become a cornerstone and a viral effort that successfully communicates the incredible power of satellites for the benefit of mankind. SSPI has published a series of stories and videos that showcase the immense contributions of satellite “invisible infrastructure” to life on Earth, which are widely shared by individuals, businesses and the media.