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On a lighter note: Olympics satellite operators, fighter pilots and British competitors are ready (for a sit down)

26 Jul 2012, 11:08 UTC
On a lighter note: Olympics satellite operators, fighter pilots and British competitors are ready (for a sit down)
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At the official start of the London 2012 Olympics, it is not just the Olympic competitors that are prepared, satellite operators have been putting out press releases noting that they are also ready for action . Eutelsat Communications notes that coverage of the London Olympic Games, the world’s leading international multi-sport events, is expected to generate over 2,000 hours of satellite transmissions. Capacity on four Eutelsat satellites has been booked by broadcasters from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America to transmit live coverage of 300 events in 36 sports as well as official ceremonies, interviews and breaking news.

Also ready for action are the United Kingdom’s armed forces and security services around the games, but perhaps a little too much so. The Olympic games is rapidly getting the feel of a modernised version of the Battle of Britain, with the latest Eurofighter Typhoon jets scrambling from the Battle of Britain air station at RAF Northolt instead of the Hawker Hurricanes that flew from there in 1940 (there has been only one jet scramble alert so far over an apparently unresponsive aircraft near Heathrow); and with modern-day Rapier and Starstreak surface-to-air missiles aiming at the skies over London ...

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