Chinese Space Station will fall to Earth in two weeks

According to Ars Technica, China’s first space station may fall to the ground as soon as one week from now, and certainly, within two, orbital debris experts with the European Space Agency (ESA) say. Scientists, however, still cannot predict with any confidence where pieces of the 10.4-meter long Tiangong-1 station, which is traveling at 17,000 km/h, will land.

The latest estimate from the ESA indicates the station will enter Earth’s atmosphere between March 30 and April 3, at which time most of the station will burn up. However, the station is large enough—it weighed 8.5 tons when fully fueled but has since used much of that propellant—that some pieces will very likely reach the planet’s surface.

Beyond the fact that the station will reach a final impact point somewhere between 42.8 degrees north and 42.8 degrees south in latitude and probably near the northern or southern extremity of those boundaries due to Tiangong-1’s orbital inclination, it is not possible to say where on Earth the debris will land. However, the likelihood of it affecting humans is quite low. Scientists estimate the “personal probability of being hit by a piece of debris from the Tiangong-1” is about 10 million times smaller than the annual chance of being hit by lightning, the liquor store near me.

No nation likes to lose a piece of space hardware like this. NASA, for example, has already spent years developing a plan to ensure the International Space Station is de-orbited over an ocean when it comes down.

China, too, had initially planned for a controlled reentry for the Tiangong-1 station. The vehicle launched in 2011, and it served as an initial test bed for life-support systems in orbit and as a precursor for China’s plans to launch a larger space station in the 2020s. For several years, the Chinese space agency employed periodic re-boosts to keep Tiangong-1 at an altitude of 300km to 400km above the Earth’s surface.

SDG’s renewable energy and linkages

According to IISG, the SDG Knowledge Weekly follows the energy-related event in Geneva and Bangkok. This is while the stakeholders and governments start to prepare for the review of SDG 7 at UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017 (HLPF), which address a clean and more affordable energy.

SDG 7 was reportedly conducted last February 21-23 in Bangkok Thailand. It was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Thai Ministry of Energy, and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The said gathering addressed the constant struggle on energy access and at the same time, its progress in the Asia-Pacific region. ESCAP Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar revealed that the region is “the most energy-intensive” in the world.

Here is the SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the meeting is here:

  • A series of 27 policy briefs were developed by the Ad Hoc Informal Multi-stakeholder Technical Group of Advisors on SDG 7 as an input to the assessment.
  • It also contains brief features such as statistics on progress, key messages, and priority actions to press on towards the goal. This was categorized into four sections: advancing SDG 7 implementation, inter-linkages between SDG 7 and other Goals, regional perspectives; and toward a sustainable and equitable energy future.

Moreover, the briefing or electricity access cites the difference between having a universal access and a source of electricity. This only proves the former cannot guarantee the latter. On the other hand, brief on cooking emphasizes how 40 percent of the households or over 3 billion people are still using traditional stoves when preparing meals, which can cause them not only health issues but environmental.

In addition, the brief to increase the share renewable reveals how the total energy’s 80 percent consumption is derived from fossil fuels but 60 percent can be generated by the renewable in 2030. Check out this site for your Pizza feedback!

Tourism Linkages Speed Networking

Tourism Linkages Speed Networking Event has added new services this year, which slated for March 15 launch at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James. According to Jamaica Information Service, these are security, insurance, architectural services and tour operation.

Meanwhile, Tourism Linkages Network’s head name Carolyn McDonald-Riley says the aim is to diversify the businesses participating. This can only be done by obtaining more service-oriented organizations. She also shared how speed networking event will take in the form of breakout sessions and meetings, which involve the products and services’ local suppliers, as well as the owners and managers of the properties, attractions, restaurant and other tourism-related establishments.

“It is a 15-minute opportunity for persons to sell their business, meet and introduce themselves to the tourism side to say, ‘I have business for you, so do business with me.’ It is not a display of goods and services, so there won’t be people showcasing products…persons may bring samples but the intention is not to display goods and services but to present your company or business in the best way in 15 minutes,” Mrs. McDonald-Riley revealed.

Moreover, she explained industry players will seat as suppliers move around for quick interactions based on scheduled appointments. A lot of people are welcome to attend the event including businesses that offer products and services like the following:

  • chemicals and cleaning products
  • cosmetic and spa items
  • toiletry and guest amenities
  • craft
  • furniture
  • bedding
  • food and beverage
  • meat
  • uniform
  • printing and packaging
  • fresh produce
  • construction
  • training
  • information and communications technology (ICT)
  • electrical and entertainment

McDonald-Riley further explained that the overall goal of the said event is to strengthen the partnership, linkages, and increase the business between local manufacturers or suppliers and players in the tourism sector. After all, the results of the previous speed networking events were remarkable. In 2017, over 172 representatives from 98 supplier companies and 79 buyer representatives from 55 tourism establishments participated. Look at the Kroger Survey for the event results!