Dr Mike J Smith
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Remote sensing: double news day....
Well its double news day today.... the European Space Agency successfully launched its new vehicle, Vega, from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana today. This is a significant development as it is currently a hole in ESAs launch capabilities that they have been using Russian ICBMs for. Anyway, apparently there is a 40% success rate on the launch of new vehicles, so its good to see success here (and I bet the 8 missions launched for free were pretty happy as well).
...and on the same day the US has reduced funds to NASA for planetary reseasrch meaning that the plug is pulled on future joint Martian missions. Greater focus on human exploration and space technology.
posted on: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry
Sending MMS messages
I have had a hit 'n miss affair with sending MMS messages.... sometimes they work sometimes they don't.... or they just take forever. I've more more less given up using them (not least because there are other free alternatives), however they are occasionally useful. The penny finally dropped (or at least I think so) as to why I'd had so many problems..... MMS require a data (3G) connection and as I tend to leave my data connection off, they never send until I am back online. Real newbie mistake.....
posted on: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry