I commented to my wife the other day that after competing in London, all of the athletes can forever call themselves “Olympic Athletes”. Just think about the gravity of that proclamation: Olympic Athlete. That is just so cool! The commitment and dedication of time, money, resources and support is astounding. Olympic athlete – the best in the world. The athleticism is phenomenal, each athlete in their own right for their sport. I don’t think I’ve seen rhythmic gymnastics in the past because – WOW – is that impressive! The precision of the divers and gymnasts, volleyball – both indoor and beach is amazing to see. The pure strength and power of weightlifters and shot-putters and the speed and endurance and resilience (running with a broken leg?). It’s so refreshing to see the optimism, the hope, determination, guts and glory; going for gold has been a lifetime pursuit for these young athletes.
On the other hand as we head into America’s most important presidential election…well, not as refreshing, to say the least. The misinterpreted comments that reach the news desk, the out-of-context statements used for political gain, the nastiness that has become American politics is disheartening. Our government is broken and it needs to be fixed. So far our elected officials have simply stalled and put things off and passed the buck. The unpleasant reality is that we all – everyone, no exceptions here – need to help pay for the damage of the past 30-40 years. Spending money we didn’t have (and still don’t have) has become an addiction. Here’s the tough question: Do we have the backbone to face up to the fiscal mess in which we are embroiled, or do we just shrug it off as ‘that’s life’ and get back to our lattes, unlimited texting, facebook updates and on-demand video services? Will we pay as much attention to the political games as we did to the Olympic games?
So what’s the tie into Satcom? Threefold:
1) Satcom was used extensively during the London Games
2) Satcom will be used extensively during the upcoming political season and
3) Whether you are an optimist or cynic about the Satcom space, there is plenty to discuss. Between Inmarsat’s channel conflicts and pricing adventures, Globalstar’s litigation with various providers, the guys who are still ‘selling’ Terrestar knowing there is no network; one could easily be a pessimist. However, look at Iridium’s tie into the future ATC system, hosted payloads, the storied success of Globalstar’s SPoT and the revolutionary functionality of BGAN and KVH’s increasing presence and one may conclude Satcom’s best days are still ahead of us.
It just depends on your perspective. What perspective do you think the athletes who participated in London would have regarding Satcom’s future? Please feel free to e-mail me with your view.
Thanks for reading!