14 December 2020 16:31
Sky Deutschland and Vodafone Deutschland are testing the use of the new 5G mobile network standard as part of the pre- and post-coverage of a live 2nd division Bundesliga football match for the first time. With 5G, the path that the live images take until they reach the TV sets could be significantly reduced. Using 5G, the images from the wireless camera or smartphone go to the virtual studio in the cloud and then to the TV screen. With 5G, the live images can be forwarded directly from the camera, in which a 5G SIM card is integrated, to a virtual broadcasting centre. The live footage would thus reach TV screens or smartphones with less delay.
And: because the final playout of the live images is controlled from a virtual broadcasting centre, this final production could in future also be carried by staff working from home, for example. They would also be able to reach places that were previously difficult to access with a conventional camera. Especially when used for pre- and post-match coverage of sporting events, new angles and insights become possible. By capturing the action with smartphones, fans can also watch the live footage in the new 9:16 format, a format optimised for streaming with the smartphone, reflecting the growing number of viewers watching sports coverage while on the go. To ensure that the transmission of the TV footage via 5G is stable and fast, Vodafone can cut out part of the network using the 'network slicing' technology, thereby ensuring stable data rates over the entire duration of a broadcast.
Test pilots flew back to the Spaceport America launch site in New Mexico and landed safely. It's unclear when Virgin Galactic's next test flight will be. Shares of Virgin Galactic tumbled as much as 17% on Monday after its first manned test flight on Saturday failed to reach outer space as planned. The rocket motor that is supposed to propel the craft into space failed to ignite, causing the test pilots to fly back to the Spaceport America launch site in New Mexico and land safely. "During the test flight, the rocket motor did not fire due to the ignition sequence not completing," the company said in a Monday statement.
The stock has been climbing steadily since the beginning of November and hit its highest level since late February last Monday, when the company signaled the critical test flight was almost ready to launch. It's unclear when Virgin Galactic's next attempt at a powered flight to space will be. The spaceflight company tweeted on Saturday: "As we do with every test flight, we are evaluating all the data, including the root cause assessment of the computer communication loss. Nearly two in five close contacts of people with coronavirus are still not being reached by the Test and Trace system in Bedford, figures suggest. Data from the Department for Health and Social care shows 2,662 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Bedford were transferred to the Test and Trace service between May 28 and December 2. That means 205 new cases were transferred in the latest seven-day period. This led to 5,466 close contacts being identified over the period – those not managed by local health protection teams, which are dealt with through a call centre or online. But just 62.3 per cent of those were reached, meaning 2,059 people were not contacted or did not respond. That was up from the 61 per cent reached in the period to November 25 Across England, 84.7 per cent of contacts not managed by local health protection teams were reached and told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace in the latest week to December 2. The contact tracing rate including these cases was 85.7 per cent, up from 72.6 per cent the week before. Virgin Galactic Aborts Test Flight Of Space Plane 1/1 Virgin Galactic unexpectedly aborts test flight of space plane. (CNN) – The supersonic rocket plane was supposed to shoot into outer space Saturday. Instead, Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity climbed more than 40,000 feet above New Mexico while attached to its mothership. At that point, the company says the ignition sequence didn't go as planned. So, instead of blasting into space, the rocket and crew returned safely to earth. The test is the latest effort in Virgin Galactic's plan to send commercial flights to space. Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. announced an update following its recent test flight on Dec. 12, 2020. During the test flight, the rocket motor did not fire due to the ignition sequence not completing. Following this event, the pilots conducted a safe landing and return to Spaceport America, New Mexico, as planned. Virgin Galactic is now conducting post-flight analysis and can so far report that the onboard computer which monitors the propulsion system lost connection, triggering a fail-safe scenario that intentionally halted ignition of the rocket motor. The pilots in the spaceship, as well as the engineers and pilots in mission control, are well prepared for any off-nominal results, as they plan and rehearse many potential scenarios during pre-flight simulation practise sessions, including a scenario where the rocket motor does not ignite after release from the mothership. Michael Colglazier, CEO, Virgin Galactic said: "Our flight landed beautifully, with pilots, planes, and spaceship safe, secure, and in excellent shape — the foundation of every successful mission! The flight did not reach space as we had been planning. After being released from its mothership, the spaceship's onboard computer that monitors the rocket motor lost connection. As designed, this triggered a fail-safe scenario that intentionally halted ignition of the rocket motor. Following this occurrence, our pilots flew back to Spaceport America and landed gracefully as usual. "When I became CEO, I was briefed on the safety engineering of our Spaceflight System, which is purposely designed to enable our pilots to safely glide back to the Spaceport at any point during the flight profile. "As we do with every test flight, we are evaluating all the data, including the root cause assessment of the computer communication loss. We remain focused on the test flight program we have previously announced, beginning with a repeat of this test flight, which included two pilots and NASA payloads. This will be followed by another test flight which will include mission specialists in the cabin. And following that flight, we will have another test flight which will include our founder, Sir Richard Branson. We look forward to sharing information on our next flight window in the near future."