satellites Archive

internetOneWeb and SpaceX are leading the way to global internet with smallsat constellations

Oneweb has raised about $1.7 billion for its smallsat constellation. $1 billion came from Softbank. Softbank has raised $100 billion in its vision fund. OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus, the world’s second largest space company …

citiesHigh end smartphones later in 2018 should use Broadcom chip enables centimeter accurate GPS

GPS World tested a development kit systems with the Broadcom® BCM47755 chip. The chip can use the regular L1 GPS frequency as well as the more accurate L5 GPS frequency. The recently released Samsung Galaxy S9 did not have the …

elon muskFCC approves SpaceX 4425 internet satellite network

The Federal Communications Commission approved an application by SpaceX to provide broadband services using satellite technology in the United States and around the world. With this action, the Commission takes another step to increase high-speed broadband availability and competition in …

elon muskRemoveDebris satellite will test space junk removal methods

SpaceX has launched a small satellite provided by the Surrey Space Center known as RemoveDEBRIS that will be deployed through an airlock in the Japanese Kibo module and released into space by the laboratory’s Japanese robot arm. The idea is …

militaryHypersonic missiles and more advanced ICBMs will require new satellites for continuous tracking

The US Missile Defense Agency needs orbiting sensors to track hypersonic threats. Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves told the McAleese/Credit Suisse conference that satellites would use mature technology and could perform other surveillance missions to help justify their cost. ICBMs have …

europeHow low orbit can satellites go?

Europe and Japan are both working to have long duration satellites operating two to three times closer than regular low orbit satellites. This would allow for closer and more detailed pictures from optical cameras and various other instruments could provide …

elon muskRace for global low earth orbit high bandwidth internet satellites

The LA Times reviews some of the competitors in the race for global low earth orbit high bandwidth internet satellite networks. Low-earth orbit systems need complex software to run constellations of satellites and sophisticated antennas on the ground to aim …

elon muskElon touts Global gigabit broadband

Elon Musk tweets that the Starlink constellation of thousands of gigabit per second internet satellites will help get internet to the last billion and areas in the developed world with bad internet service. Two demo SpaceX internet satellites were launched …

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

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

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 …