Items tagged with satellites

As SpaceX celebrates launching its 2,000th Starlink satellite into space, astronomers are not as ecstatic about it. It seems all those satellites have began photobombing some astronomical observations. Last week SpaceX launched 105 satellites from consumers in twenty different nations, including CubeSats, microsats... Read more...
Dead Satellites and spent rocket parts tend to float around in earth's orbit flying around at up to 28,000 kilometers per hour, which could easily damage or possibly destroy current communication satellites and the ISS. Recycling it seems isn't just for those on the ground—an Australian company Neumann Space is... Read more...
As Earth's orbit continues to get more and more crowded with space debris, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak looks to answer some of the looming questions that go along with it. Privateer is a startup that looks to study and classify space debris in an attempt to head off the Kessler Syndrome. Earlier this week a... Read more...
A start-up company founded in 2014 recently launched a prototype projectile tens of thousands of feet into the air using kinetic energy. This is far different than what we are accustomed to seeing as rockets carrying cargo and astronauts are typically sent into outer space using a ton of rocket fuel. SpinLaunch was... Read more...
Companies such as SpaceX and Amazon are currently working to deploy large satellite constellations. These satellite constellations may help improve the availability of the Internet, but they may also provide challenges to astronomers. Astronomers recently argued that satellite constellations could “fundamentally... Read more...
Astronomers aren't happy with SpaceX because the Starlink satellites that it is launching into orbit at a blistering pace are much brighter than anyone ever expected. Astronomers were aware that SpaceX was launching the satellites, and the plan was well documented going as far back as 2015. The ultimate intention of... Read more...
As we approach the new decade, it feels as if every major tech company is working on their own satellites. Everyone from SpaceX to Amazon is interested in broadband satellites. It was recently revealed that Apple has also thrown its hat into the ring. Apple has been secretly working on its own satellites over the last... Read more...
"Beam me up, Scotty!" Chinese scientists just set a record for quantum entanglement distance, and many argue that this experiment expands the possibilities for global quantum communication. The Chinese team of scientists, led by Ji-Gang Ren at the University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, fired a laser from... Read more...
The space above Earth is about to get a little more crowded. The FCC has recently granted approval to OneWeb to launch over 720 Internet-beaming satellites into orbit. OneWeb is “the first satellite constellation of its kind to receive approval from the full commission.” The low-Earth orbit satellites will employ... Read more...
This spring has been an important one for SpaceX. Elon Musk’s space flight company landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a barge (though a little too hard) and then completed a successful abort test for the Dragon capsule. So far, the spotlight has generally been on what SpaceX can do for our astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS). Today, Read more...
You have to hand it to Tony Stark, err, I mean Elon Musk. The man helped to co-found PayPal and he’s the CEO of Tesla Motors, which has brought us wonderful electric vehicles like the Roadster and the outrageous Model S P85D. Musk also helms SpaceX, which just recently made its fifth successful trip the International... Read more...
We’d bet that when Mark Zuckerberg drunkenly dashed off the original Facebook precursor in his dorm room, he never imagined that within a decade he’d be actively trying to connect two-thirds of the world to the Internet and working with NASA to do so, but that is indeed what has transpired. Zuckerberg... Read more...
Every now and then we need a reminder that technology is more than games and gadgets, and this is one of those times: To help in the bizarre and tragic case of the Malaysia Flight 370 jet that has mysteriously vanished without a trace, a company called DigitalGlobe is using satellite images and crowdsourcing to help... Read more...
If Toshiba has its way, fingerprint authentication is about to become passé. Toshiba Satellite laptops with Toshiba's "Fusion finish" (the Satellite U400, M300, A300, and P300 models) will all come standard with "Toshiba Face Recognition" software. Instead of logging in with a traditional typed password, Satellite users can get access to their... Read more...