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Use the data available from space services to create a better Earth.

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Use the data available from space services to create a better Earth.

Mark Chang is an aerospace, defense and security expert at PA Consulting. He discusses the actions organisations should take to maximize the potential space services data

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Published: 07 Jun 2022

Space – the final frontier. It is today the frontier of economic activity that drives all kinds of daily activities. It is expanding and becoming more important to every person’s life.

Raw space data is estimated to have a direct impact on 120 million users. By comparison, social media giant Facebook has about 183 million users. Projections suggest space data volumes will increase by two orders of magnitude by 2030, making it critical to think about a data management strategy. We will not be able to take advantage of data-fuelled insights that can benefit our economy or the environment if we don’t have a mature strategy.

Space services for Earth applications provide data from three broad categories: communications, position, navigation and timing (PNT), and Earth observation and Earth science.

We expect these areas to see a mixture of organic growth and big changes in data volume. Driven by falling costs of both technology and access to space, satellites are already delivering data to improve life on Earth, helping to predict natural disasters or enabling us to use resources more wisely.

If the world’s population reaches 9.8 billion by 2050, as forecast, more sustainable ways to manage both food and water will be needed. These areas require global insights to make decisions. The new industries, such as terrestrial and cis-lunar natural resources mapping from space, and consumer tourism in space, can be used to obtain the global near-real time resource distribution data needed to support these insights.

The cost to launch and build a small satellite is comparable to developing a software application. This means that even students can do it. About 40% of the satellites in orbit are there for commercial purposes, many funded by venture capital.

A lot of startups are providing low-Earth-orbit satellites for a range of different, innovative uses. Satellite imaging technology can be used to monitor vehicle traffic with better reliability and context than GNSS. This opens up new opportunities for innovation. Smart logistics will include space data when both vehicles and infrastructure exchange telemetries in response to environmental conditions.

Without a coherent approach to data exploitation, and few market regulations, the conditions for harnessing these developments to create sustainable and fair big-data marketplaces will not be right. It will be harder to find useful data, and less opportunities to gain insights through digital business functions. We are seeing that corporations have tried to control access and with little oversight, we could see the rise of data monopolies without any restrictions that would be detrimental to everyone.

Broadband costs from space infrastructure projected over time

As new user groups are created, different data types will need to be handled differently in order to meet business requirements. Data must be controlled but not restricted to enable ingenious new uses, prevent harm, and allow for shared benefits. This could be an international system, implemented by treaty or soft law mechanisms to ensure compliance with international legal principles.

To be the most efficient, government must adopt an adaptive governance approach that involves all actors. What does this mean? What does adaptive governance mean?

Data has a lifecycle, and big space data has an even more complex one. This presents a unique challenge to manage. Unmanaged data can be misleading or inaccurate, so it is difficult to get insights. If Earth observation data were offered at the correct resolution and quality, with reasonable prices, then the demand would be driven by interests from construction to agriculture. These audiences will have a fragmented data landscape with opaque insights if there are no curated datasets.

To ensure that we have the correct oversight over how data is used, and to understand its state, and the health, of the data, it is necessary to understand what the state of the data is. Technology or analysis can provide information about the state of data (at rest, transit, and in use). A combination of testing, analysis and calibration is required to determine the health.

Only then will we be able to design a coherent space domain industrial-economic strategy, where the data is allowed to “flow” to businesses through equitable marketplaces.

To meet these challenges, all parties with an interest in space data must:

  1. Visualise their data supply chain to see what it means.
  2. Be clear about the services you want to create and understand the strengths and weaknesses associated with new space services.
  3. Understand how big data’s value will change over time, and develop a strategy for responding.
  4. Actively manage data security at the most sensitive points of the global infrastructure.

As space data increases, enterprises that have a mature and relevant strategy will be able harness the benefits and take advantage of these changes.

Mark Chang is an aerospace, defence and security expert at PA Consulting

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

Spare your feelings

A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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