From medicine to music
ESA is also supporting the use of satellites for 'virtual' learning. One of the first projects, called Trapeze, enabled children in fairgrounds and circuses to see and speak to teachers far away. All that was needed was a portable receiver dish and a computer.
In the case of telemedicine, home healthcare can be provided via satellite. Using a video link, patients in remote areas are able to ask for help and advice from doctors.
An ESA-backed project has also shown how high-speed satellite communications can deliver CD-quality music on demand. Customers select from a website and receive their music choices via satellite. These are sent to their PC-linked stereo or burned directly onto a CD.
The system can also be used to deliver software, books, movies or any other digital product.
Last update: 11 January 2011