SES Americom today announced the debut of satellitewiki.com, a wiki devoted to the satellite industry. The timing of the debut coincides with the 50th anniversary of the launch of Explorer 1, the first US satellite.
Using the same style and software used to power Wikipedia, satellitewiki.com lets visitors explore the history of man-made satellites, definitions of satellite terms and learn about how satellites impact a wide range of industries from oil and gas to television.
“Many people don’t realize the important role the satellites play in our everyday life,” said Jon Russo, SES’s senior vice president of marketing and product management. “People encounter satellite technology in places that are often unexpected. For instance, very often when a person pays for gas at the pump, that transaction is handled over a satellite network; and most tv viewers don’t realize that the programming they are watching via cable is first distributed via satellite.”
From the first US satellite’s bleep in 1958 to modern satellites with their own neighbourhoods, users exploring the wiki can find interesting facts, download imagery and discover how satellites work. With input from other users and readers, information can be updated, changed and added, as well.
Although SES Americom has funded the creation of satellitewiki.com, the site is open to the public to add and edit content in true wiki fashion. SES Americom invites all players in the satellite industry to visit satellitewiki.com and add their content so that the website can grow into an important resource for anyone interested in the satellite industry.
(Source: SES Americom)