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elon muskWithin 24 months SpaceX could begin providing gigabit internet to the USA

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX won an endorsement on Wednesday from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to build a broadband network using satellites. SpaceX told the FCC in a Feb. 1 letter that it plans to launch a pair of …

elon muskFirst two test SpaceX high speed Internet delivery satellites to launch this week

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SpaceX will launch the two test satellites for their Skylink global 4400+ satellite internet constellation this week. Microsat 2a and 2b, are secondary payloads on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, due for launch on …

cameraWorldview Stratollites are commercial high altitude balloons like Google Loon – Worldview had an explosion December 2017

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World View Stratollites offer all the advantages of high-altitude balloons – low-cost, rapid deployability, and low-impact flight – with an innovative new development: the ability to fly a variety of trajectories – from circumnavigating the Earth to persistence over a …

risksIridium CEO believes Spacex not at fault for loss of secret Zuma satellite

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US taxpayers may end up paying for the missing secret satellite launched by SpaceX that crashed into the ocean earlier this month. it was part of a classified U.S. government mission called Zuma. The CEO of Iridium has tweeted (as …

chinaChina launching ten satellites over three years for tropical sea and south china sea monitoring

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China’s Sanyan Institute of Remote Sensing has a series of satellite launches over the next three years : * in 2019 they will launch three optical satellites. * add another three optical satellites, two hyperspectral satellites and two SAR satellites …

chinaCryptography and radar won WW2 and today Quantum military technologies are similarly critical

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Cryptography and radar were technologies that won World War 2. Broken codes let the allies know where major forces were being moved. So the US fleet could choose where to intercept the Japanese Navy for the Battle of Midway. Radar …

chinaUS and China racing to deploy quantum ghost imaging in satellites for stealth plane tracking

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China is developing a new type of spy satellite using ghost imaging technology which could spot stealth aircraft and see through smokescreens and camouflage. Above – A 2009 US Air Force Research lab presenter on quantum ghost imaging satellites. Quantum …

launchSpacex heading to 40 launches per year without including Spacex internet satellite launches

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Spacenews has an interview with Spacex CEO Gwynne Shotwell. Here are the highlights. * Spacex will increase 2018 launches by 50% to up to 30 launches over 2017 and then go to 30-40 launches per year. Those will not include …

3dSpacefab bootstrapping higher resolution space telescopes and then manufacturing in space at asteroids

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Spacefab is currently building ther Waypoint space telescope with a 21 centimeter mirror. It is launching as a co-payload on a SpaceX rocket in 2019. This commercial telescope will have an image intensified ultraviolet and visible camera, and a 48 …

amazonAmazon and China Belt and Road delay profits and building logistics

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Amazon has posted just a handful of profitable quarters in its two-decade history and now has a $550 billion valuation. “Bezos’ ability to paint an extraordinary vision (i.e., ‘Earth’s Biggest Store’) and register steady progress against that vision is rewarded …