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SpaceX simply released 60 satellites for its Starlink Constellation. Web service companies need to be really anxious.

SpaceX simply released 60 satellites for its Starlink Constellation. Web service...

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On Thursday, May 23rd, 2019, SpaceX launched the first batch of their Starlink satellites to orbit. The launch took place at 10:30 pm EDT (07:30 pm PDT) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral on the Florida coast. With this delivery, SpaceX founder Elon Musk is making good on his promise to begin…
Satellites have gotten real-time spies within the sky

Satellites have gotten real-time spies within the sky

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Satellites deserve a closer look.  Darius Farraye/CNET Dramatic advances in satellite imaging technology in the last 10 years have privacy advocates worried about 24-hour surveillance. Right now, US regulations keep things in check. Commercial satellite imagery is powerful enough to see a car, for example, but isn't allowed to be detailed enough to identify the…
Can We Utilize Unique Sails To Bring Old Satellites Pull Back To Earth?

Can We Utilize Unique Sails To Bring Old Satellites Pull Back...

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The growing problem of space debris in LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) is garnering more and more attention. With thousands of satellites in orbit, and thousands more on the way, our appetite for satellites seems boundless. But every satellite has a shelf-life. What do we do with them when they’ve outlived their usefulness and devolve into simple,…
High-Altitude Auroras Develop ‘Speed Bumps’ for Satellites

High-Altitude Auroras Develop ‘Speed Bumps’ for Satellites

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Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, with the European Space Agency, photographed the aurora over Northern Europe from on board the International Space Station. Credit: ESA/NASA A high-altitude version of the northern lights can create a headwind for some orbiting satellites, a new study reports. The auroras help transport pockets of air higher up into Earth's atmosphere, increasing…
SpaceX Rocket Makes Historical 3rd Release Into Area with 64 Satellites On Board

SpaceX Rocket Makes Historical 3rd Release Into Area with 64 Satellites...

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SpaceX has made history yet again. A Falcon 9 rocket with a twice-flown first stage lifted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base today (Dec. 3) at 1:31 p.m. EST (1831 GMT; 10:31 a.m. local California time), carrying 64 tiny satellites to orbit.  SpaceX has re-flown used first stages many times, but today's launch marked the first…
LightSail 2 Objective is Going Strong and Sending Out Objective Information House!

LightSail 2 Objective is Going Strong and Sending Out Objective Information...

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On June 25th, 2019, The Planetary Society‘s cubesat spacecraft known as LightSail 2 lifted off from the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket. This was the second solar sail launched the Society, the first (LightSail 1) having been sent into space in 2015. Like its predecessor, the purpose of this…
Starlink’s Satellites Will be Orbiting at a Much Lower Elevation, Minimizing the Dangers of Area Scrap

Starlink’s Satellites Will be Orbiting at a Much Lower Elevation, Minimizing...

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Among Elon Musk’s many plans for the future, one of the more ambitious has been the creation of a constellation of satellites that will offer broadband internet access to the entire world. Known as “Starlink”, the company’s long-term plan is to deploy over 12,000 internet satellites to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) by the mid-2020s. Despite…
British Satellite Evaluates its Area Scrap Harpoon

British Satellite Evaluates its Area Scrap Harpoon

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Last summer, a new type of debris-hunting satellite was released from the International Space Station (ISS). It’s known as the RemoveDebris spacecraft, a technology-demonstrator developed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and the Surrey Space Center. The purpose of this satellite is to test whether satellites equipped with targeting software, a debris net and a harpoon…
Report: Apple is developing satellites so the iPhone can skip wireless carriers

Report: Apple is developing satellites so the iPhone can skip wireless...

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Samuel Axon Bloomberg has cited sources familiar with Apple plans saying that the iPhone-maker has a "top-secret" team dedicated to developing satellite technology that could, among other things, allow Apple's mobile devices to communicate with each other without relying on wireless carriers like Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, or China Mobile. The report claims that Apple CEO…
Astronomers Prepare Yourself, Another Artificial Star to Destroy Your Information is Coming. Artist is Preparation to Release a Giant, Unfolding Structure That’ll be Brilliant in the Sky For a Couple Of Months

Astronomers Prepare Yourself, Another Artificial Star to Destroy Your Information is...

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One of the most cited reasons and benefits of space exploration is the way it brings people together. Think of iconic moments, like the Moon Landing or the launch of Yuri Gagarin (the first man to go into space), and the impact they had on their respective generations. Looking to the future, there are many…

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