Wednesday 22nd January 2014 IET Retired members Section Solent Branch
Spaceborne SAR and the UK’s Innovative NovaSAR-S Programme
a lecture given by Martin Cohen B.Eng(Hons) MIEE
Technical Lead & Engineering Manager for the NovaSAR SAR Payload, Astrium Ltd., Portsmouth
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is an established technique for day/night all-weather Earth observation, with global coverage enabled, using a satellite as the platform. However, this is a very complex and thus costly undertaking, which limits the market opportunities. NovaSAR is a ground-breaking programme that aims to dramatically reduce the cost of a spaceborne SAR satellite through a range of innovative measures to enable potential customers to own such an asset where they would otherwise be unable to. The lecture will provide a brief introduction to SAR, give examples of some existing systems, and go on to give an overview of the NovaSAR programme and its technology, highlighting the architectural, technological and programmatic innovations that together enable this unique system to be realised.
This was an excellent and highly interesting lecture on a complex subject given with humour and just the right amount of technical detail to explain without swamping the audience in facts and figures
I am very grateful to the Editor of Emerald Street, a London-based daily girly eNewsletter for this excellent thought for the new year:
The period between Christmas and New Year is a good time to sit around thinking and sometimes (just sometimes) it feels like you’ve hit on something. Last week I was dozily watching Shirley Valentine, a film about a mid-Eighties Liverpool housewife who rediscovers herself by running off to Greece, and Shirley spoke a line I’d never really noticed before. “I have led such a little life,” she says to the camera, full of sad anger. “I have allowed myself to lead this little life when inside me there was so much more… Why do we get all this life if we don’t ever use it?” Read the rest of this entry »
Lost cousins is a wonderful way to find the more obscure of your relatives easily and for nothing: See this flyer for more details
It may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but for me the Christmas Eve Service of Nine Lessons with Carols from Kings College Cambridge, transmitted on BBC Radio this afternoon is where Christmas really starts. Here is the service sheet:festival-nine-lessons-2013
The role and future of the surveying profession, and its significance to the economy and society
A lecture delivered at Portsmouth University by Michael Newry, President Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Following a glowing introduction by Professor Galbraith the Vice Chancellor and a clever video Mr Newey outlined his thesis, that the world is changing and we have to change and adapt with it but standards are paramount.
He then outlined the history of the RICS from a Surveyors Dining Club in the 1840s, through Royal Charter in 1881 and so to >100,000 global members today. Throughout the motto has been to advance and enforce standards in the built environment for the public good.
A public lecture by Dr Mike Esbester, Lecturer in History, University of Portsmouth – Wednesday 6 November
An additional film evening in support of this excellent session will be held in Portsmouth at 6:30 on the 18th November 2013
We all recognise the annual Christmas anti-drink/driving campaign – but do we ever stop to think when messages telling us how to be safe started, and why?
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A wise, brief, thought-provoking ONE minute clip.
It’s not a joke, it’s not religious or political.
It’s just special.
Q. If 2 GET + 2 GIVE = 2 many problems Why will doubling this get you the recipe for a peaceful classroom? Read the rest of this entry »