My concern an 18 year old student is on the future. Therefore I found it a bit unpractical to focus on only one country as this world is becoming a global village. What happens in America today will tomorrow be adapted somewhere in Africa. This essay will asses the social, political, environmental, or familial challenge faced by individuals in an imagined-boundary less country – Africa. Most attention will be on the use of satellite technology because I believe it is an important tool that can propel us into the future and link us to the rest of the world.
It is about time we did away with the old cliché that “the sky is the limit”. Because from where I am standing there is no “limit” because this is a roofless planet where mankind can reach unimaginable and limitless horizons. In weather news, we at the Afri-satnology channel forecast a very bright future with obvious chances of semi-possible and semi-impossible showers of dreams recorded in this part of the planet. Searchmobilecomputing describes satellites as “In general, a satellite is anything that orbits something else, as, for example, the moon orbits the earth.
In a communications context, a satellite is a specialized wireless receiver/transmitter that is launched by a rocket and placed in orbit around the earth’’ Now that we have the basic understanding of satellites, begins the ideas of how to manage it and incorporate it into our African societies and create the ´effect Afri-satnonology . This is where we end up with the strong belief of expanding our horizons. We not only think outside the box but also tear it up into the outer space and examine the possibilities that the African continent can achieve with satellites.
For many decades agriculture has proven to be a very crucial sector in most, if not all, African counties. Through recent advancements in satellite technology, farmers can use simpler ways to improve already existing traditional methods to get the best possible yields. Pastoralists can also manage their livestock. In a recent development in France, earth observation is used to obtain prescriptions and details of crops quickly and less expensively by measuring the amounts of electromagnetic radiation reflected from the farmland
Fiber optic cables have very fast speeds; however, they are not the best solution to Africa because of the economic and political road blocks that African countries find themselves in. Also, Africa is a very big continent so buying cables and the route signals with numerous switches are a large expense. Hence satellite technology plays a much better role of connectivity in Africa. The education sector is also more likely to bloom in the near future. Through satellite communication technology, educational packages are available where students can connect with teachers – irrespective of distance – in real time.
This makes it possible for students to work at their own pace and have individualized attention. Educational programs are also beneficial to students and teachers for both educational and informative purposes. Most African countries have over the years been involved in a socio-political warfare either internally or externally. Satellite developments aim to reduce these effects and aid secure peace building. During most wars land based communication services may be bombed or hijacked, this is where satellites lend a helping hand in insuring that communication continues.
This technology played a major role in liberating millions of Libyans from the Kaddafi government and a similar situation in Egypt last year. Still in security, the high crime rates can be reduced as criminals would be caught during or after committing crimes. Tracking devices are also used to locate stolen goods anywhere in the world. Other benefits, listed by idirect. com, that satellites have over other technologies to Africa included; reliability, scalability, fast deployment and their ability to expand.
Through their universal coverage satellites play a key role in disseminating information, offering channel choice, bringing together dispersed communities. However, just like every coin has two sides, the future of satellite technology seen through tinted glasses may look bleak and not a benefit to the ancient Africa. Scientists are constantly creating and recreating objects with attempts to make human life simpler and worthwhile. Some acquisitions directed at scientists point that they are trying to play the role of God as creators.
They are criticized of disturbing mother-nature in an environment that will change itself to accommodate its inhabitants. Globalization has been a necessary evil that may affect Africa negatively in the future. A process of deculturization is occurring among young Africans, giving fear that in the future Africa will remain merely just a name. Through advancements in communication technology many Africans are adopting other cultures and neglecting their own as there is a need to fit in this globalized world.
When all has been said and done, if we take a balance and weigh the benefits and costs or drawbacks of satellite technology in Africa, we would find out that the case is not even close. The benefits outweigh any cost connected with satellite technology. As a matter of fact it seems impossible to imagine a future without satellite technology. However just like every individual dream, such a vision needs the outmost dedication and hard work from all stakeholders involved.
In Africa there should be a need to contain and reinvest resources in the satellite industry. As far as I am concerned, if the sky was really the limit we would not even be discussing such a subject because not a single satellite would have made it into space. This technology can go to great lengths not only to expand Africa’s horizons but also break them as the future is filled with “spacious” and “limitless” opportunities. The fundamental question therefore remains; what are we going to do with this technology?