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amazonAmazon is Bringing Cloud Computing Economics and Convenience to Space Data Operations

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Getting satellite data back to Earth is still more difficult than it should be. Large-scale satellite operators often build and run their own ground stations at a cost of up to one million dollars or more each; smaller operators enter …

direct energy weaponNew research for space based Neutral Particle Beam (NPB) system

The US Missile Defense Agency had a request for “Develop the enabling technologies required to field an operational exo-atmospheric Neutral Particle Beam (NPB) system”. Neutral beam accelerator technology was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. A prototype neutral hydrogen beam …

internetHigh bandwidth mobile satellite internet for ships, trains, cars now

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Kymeta is delivering the only commercially-available, flat-panel, electronically-steered satellite terminal. The technology is lighter weight and uses far less power than other technological alternatives. The Terminals can weigh 21 kilograms which is about one-third of the weight of alternatives. In …

airplanesAirbus has solar powered stratosphere drone that has flown for nearly 26 days

An unmanned Airbus drone aircraft, a 75 kilogram Zephyr, flew for almost 26 days. It will offer local satellite-like services and runs on solar power. It flies in the stratosphere at an average altitude of 70,000 feet and has a …

miningPlanetary Resources Arkyd-6 launched and deployed successfully

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The Planetary Resources Arkyd-6 spacecraft was launched and deployed in space. This 6U cubesat is packed with power including 17 computing elements. The Arkyd-6 spacecraft has successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre onboard PSLV-C40 and has entered into …

futureSuper low altitude satellite to operate at 180 kilometers which is over two times closer than the Space Station

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Japan Tsubame, Super Low Altitude Test Satellite, is a JAXA satellite intended to demonstrate operations in very low Earth orbit (below 200 km), using ion engines to cancel out aerodynamic drag and equipped with sensors to determine atomic oxygen density, …

futureOneWeb will fully deploy multi-gigabit global satellite network by 2021 and start with Alaska service in 2019

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OneWeb is launching a global 2.5 gigabit per second satellite internet service by 2021. OneWeb received permission from the FCC in June to deploy a global network of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using the Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 …

googleLoss of Net Neutrality will mean more overcharging but technological reckoning is coming

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The FCC will vote to get rid of Net Neutrality in December, 2017 and then there will be lawsuits to delay implementation. Past behavior of Comcast, AT&T and Verizon will mean that they will use pricing to raise the cost …

elon muskSpacex confirms successful launch and satellite deployment

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Spacex had a successful launch and successful deployment of FORMOSAT-5 to low-Earth orbit confirmed. Successful deployment of FORMOSAT-5 to low-Earth orbit confirmed. — SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 24, 2017

climate changeCalibration error in early Satellite sensors hid sea level rise

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There were problems with the calibration of a sensor on the first of several satellites launched to measure the height of the sea surface using radar. Adjusting the data to remove that error suggests that sea levels are indeed rising …