The Better Satellite World Awards

The modern world literally runs on satellite – from data networks and TV to Internet, agriculture, energy and transport – though far too few people know it.  Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, the commercial satellite industry is now attracting a new generation of entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to lowering launch costs, downsizing spacecraft, servicing them in orbit and delivering ubiquitous connectivity at competitive prices.  The Better Satellite World Awards honor established companies and disruptive innovators for continuing to make our world a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, more sustainable and inclusive home for all humankind.  They are produced by SSPI and its UK and Isle of Man Chapters. 

Nominations close on 30 September!  Click here to download the 2017 Better Satellite World Awards Nomination Form.

Awards Categories

The 2017 Better Satellite World Awards will be presented in three categories:

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

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.

2016 Recipients

The second Better Satellite World Award Recipients were announced on November 17, 2016:

DigitalGlobe
DigitalGlobe is the world’s leading provider of high-resolution Earth imagery, data, and analysis. The company has also become a leader in providing humanitarian aid by supplying local, national, and international authorities and media with imagery and information products that support response and recovery activities in the aftermath of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Read More...

Disaster Tech Lab supported by Globalstar
Disaster Tech Lab (DTL) is a volunteer-based organization that provides internet access to reconnect disconnected communities in disaster zones across the globe. Established in 2010 after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the organization has grown to over 200 volunteers in eleven countries. Since its founding, DTL has deployed teams to almost every major disaster area across the globe. Read More...

Global VSAT Forum
Since 1998, the Global VSAT Forum has provided a platform for satellite regulatory issues and professional training in VSAT technologies for organizations around the world. In addition to promoting market liberalization, licensing reform and spectrum access, GVF has established an online training and certification program for VSAT terminal installers and operators, which has enrolled more than 13,000 professionals. GVF has also worked for nearly 20 years to establish a more effective and sustainable paradigm for global disaster preparedness. Read More...

Outernet
Syed Karim, the founder of Outernet, describes it as “a universal information service available to all of humanity.” Founded in 2014 as a private company headquartered in Chicago, Outernet now provides a global data delivery service over three Inmarsat I4 global beams. The company provides a content delivery service which focuses on making the most useful knowledge from the Internet available to those in areas with no connectivity.  Read More...


The UK Chapter of SSPI also presented its first ever Satellite Personality of the Year Award in 2016 to Catherine Mealing-Jones. Learn more about the Satellite Personality of the Year Award.

2015 Recipients

The first ever Better Satellite World Award Recipients were announced on November 17, 2015:
 
Afghanistan Village Networks
Since 2004, companies such as Globecomm have been providing satellite & terrestrial services to build the much-needed communications infrastructure of Afghanistan.  It is a quiet success in what is one of the most challenging environments in the world. Read More...
 
emergency.lu by SES
The emergency.lu system is a global VSAT-based, multi-layer communications platform that immediately fills the gap at the onset of large-scale disasters. In addition to a global VSAT network, it provides the prepositioned equipment, always-available satellite capacity, rapid deployment from air rescue jets and a suite of applications to provide humanitarian responders with connectivity as well as communication and coordination facilities. Read More...
 
Inmarsat
Established originally as an international treaty organization (nonprofit) with a singular mission to create a global network providing emergency communications for ships at sea, Inmarsat enabled significant growth in seaborne trade and facilitated operator and worker safety in the offshore energy industry. The organization has grown and its aeronautical data service is the world's only source of reliable information of its kind.  Read More...
 
Peter B. de Selding
Peter B. de Selding, the Paris bureau chief for SpaceNews, is the dean of space and satellite reporters.  The sheer volume of his output, his integrity, reputation and authority continues to influence leaders, decision-makers in government and finance, and the course and understanding of the industry in substantive ways. Read More...

About the Better Satellite World Campaign

Mobile phones have satellite inside. So do 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 we told 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 our business, we have a launched a campaign, 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 our industry.

Sponsors

The Better Satellite World Awards are presented at an elegant dinner at One Whitehall Place in London, which is made possible by the underwriting support of our sponsors. Contact our Membership Director for a sponsorship prospectus.

Annual Awards Dinner

The Better Satellite World Awards Dinner takes place in London on 4 December 2017. More details.

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