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James Burke – the iconic television moment behind our launch video

April 12, 2023

Innovation is at the core of what MGI Engineering is and does. That spark of inspiration has led to so many life-changing discoveries and inventions that have propelled the world forward.

For Mike, many notable people have inspired him along his incredible journey. One of those was his secondary school teacher Dave Gorman, whom you can read more about here. One of the others was British science historian, James Burke.

Burke’s illustrious career led him to become the BBC’s chief reporter on the Apollo space missions, and was the main presenter of BBC’s coverage of the very first moon landing in 1969. He also produced and presented a 10-part documentary series called Connections in 1978. The series looked at the relationships between inventions and discoveries. In one of those very episodes, one of the greatest and most iconic pieces of television was recorded.

You can watch James Burke’s iconic piece of television here:

The shot was from the “Eat, drink, and be merry” episode in which Burke explains the incredible chemistry of rocket technology just as Voyager 2 launches. This was a once-in-a-lifetime recording that was timed to perfection. Mike pays homage to this very moment in his UAV Cargo launch video.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did filming it!