Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Eyes in the Sky






Today on Far Future Horizons we celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Space Age. 


On October 4th, 1957 Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, was launched and humanity entered the Space Age. 


To mark the occasion we will focus our attention on those ever present orbital sentinels and eyes in the sky that have become the indispensable tools of our technological civilization – the artificial satellite. Earth observation satellites continually monitor our world’s weather, environment and human activity (both civilian and military). Telecommunication satellites are the nerve cells of the twenty-first century’s telecommunications network.



Since October 4th, 1957, with the launching of Sputnik I, satellites have transformed our world into a global village. As we enter the second phase of the Space Age we can expect satellites to play an ever increasing role in serving and maintaining human civilization in the areas of long term weather forecasting, global surveillance and perhaps even in controlling the world’s weather and climate.



To explore the role of the artificial satellite in our modern world we look back in time to the dawn of the space age with two very informative documentaries: Disney's Eyes in Outer Space (1959) and NOVA's Sputnik Declassified.




The entire collection of Walt Disney Treasures - Tomorrow Land: Disney in Space and Beyond is available on DVD from Amazon.com.



NOVA's Sputnik Declassified can be purchased on DVD from PBS Home video.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Space 1999 ~ Breakaway





Today marks the Eighteenth anniversary of a special date in SciFi History. On Monday September 13th , 1999 in the SciFi Universe of Gerry Anderson’s TV series Space: 1999 a massive thermonuclear explosion tears the Moon from Earth’s orbit.


Friday, August 25, 2017

The Age of Robots ~ Entertainment Robots



Today on Far Future Horizons we present the sixth and final episode of the acclaimed documentary series – The Age of Robots.



In this instalment we will look at the technology behind entertainment robots.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Age of Robots ~ The Bionic Man

 

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the fifth and penultimate episode of the acclaimed documentary series – The Age of Robots.

In this instalment we will look at the technology behind Bionics to create a real Six Million Dollar Man.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Age of Robots ~ Robot Explorers



Today on Far Future Horizons we proud to present the fourth episode of the acclaimed documentary series “The Age of Robots”.

This instalment looks at the use of robots in exploring the extreme frontiers of the Earth, Sea and Space.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Age of Robots ~ City of the Future




Today on Far Future Horizons we present the third episode of “The Age of Robots”.


By the year 2050, three quarters of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Robots will be a large component of the city of the future.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Age of Robots ~ Bioinspired Robots



Today on Far Future Horizons we present the second episode of “The Age of Robots”.

In this instalment, we look at robots whose design was inspired by biology, evolution and the natural world.