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Tag: Satellite

NASA Finds the ABCs in Earth Images Taken from Space

NASA Finds the ABCs in Earth Images Taken from Space
Growing up, my mom had this picture of a knurled old tree hanging on our wall. It was one of those reprints of some artist’s work that looked like it was made with oil paints and…

DARPA Wants Robots to Build Satellites in Orbit

DARPA Wants Robots to Build Satellites in Orbit
Today when we build satellites, construction has to be done on Earth, the satellite is placed in a rocket, shot into orbit, and then goes through automated deployment all while we hope things work just fine.…
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Janitor Satellite Will Gobble Smaller Satellite Pac-Man Style

Janitor Satellite Will Gobble Smaller Satellite Pac-Man Style
In 2012, we found out about CleanSpace One, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne’s (EPFL) mission to retrieve its small satellite SwissCube in order to reduce space debris. The university recently released an update…

Lantern Satellite Receiver Provides News & Archived Online Data for Free: Out of this Net

Lantern Satellite Receiver Provides News & Archived Online Data for Free: Out of this Net
Many of us take our Internet access for granted. But the information it holds can change lives and history for the better. A company called Outernet Inc. wants to make some of the most important information…

ISEE-3 Satellite Propulsion System Fails, Lunar Impact Possible

ISEE-3 Satellite Propulsion System Fails, Lunar Impact Possible
A couple months back I mentioned that a group of volunteers were working with NASA to get control of a satellite called ISEE-3 that had been orbiting in space all alone for decades. The amateur controllers…

Rumor Says Google in Talks to Invest Millions in Virgin Galactic

Rumor Says Google in Talks to Invest Millions in Virgin Galactic
A story in Sky News claims that Google is in talks with Virgin Galactic to invest millions of dollars in the venture. Virgin Galactic is the project that aims to eventually take private passengers on a…

Satellite Communications Reestablished after 31 Years of Silence

Satellite Communications Reestablished after 31 Years of Silence
A group of amateur astronomers working with NASA’s blessing raised money to help fund the work needed to reestablish communications with a satellite called ISEE-3 that launched in 1978. That satellite was originally supposed to study…

Hawkeye Crime Surveillance System: The Eye in the Sky

Hawkeye Crime Surveillance System: The Eye in the Sky
Many people are worried about the government being able to monitor whatever they are up to. Now, there is a new kind of system that will be able to surveil America’s cities from above – with…

Global Positioning Systems: Much More Than Navigation

Global Positioning Systems: Much More Than Navigation
It wasn’t all that long ago that GPS technology was a rare commodity. These days, nearly every handheld device has GPS-powered navigation and tracking technology built into it. But now global positioning systems have the potential…

The TARDIS Is Going to Space… For Real.

The TARDIS Is Going to Space… For Real.
Doctor Who has become sort of like an icon among his many fans, with the show inspiring a whole range of products and mods, like the Doctor Who wall clock, Dalek planter, and TARDIS bunk bed.…

Dronestagram Digs up Pretty Depressing Images of Where the Drones Hit

Dronestagram Digs up Pretty Depressing Images of Where the Drones Hit
War isn’t always a bad thing – sometimes it’s been necessary for sweeping changes to take place. But it is, for the most part, a tragic time. Because aside from risking the lives of soldiers, there’s…

Dish Network Settles with AMC, Bringing The Walking Dead Back to Life

Dish Network Settles with AMC, Bringing The Walking Dead Back to Life
Dish Network announced Sunday that the long and drawnout court case between it and AMC Networks along with sister company Cablevision Systems had finally been settled. The court case focused on a now-defunct service called Voom,…

DirecTV Genie HD DVR ups the DVR Game

DirecTV Genie HD DVR ups the DVR Game
For starters, I’ll go on record to say that I’m a big DirecTV fan. Having tried Comcast’s abysmal cable box UI and DVR, and knowing the fact that Dish doesn’t have AMC anymore is enough to…

KANZ Field Power Desk Helps You Live and Work Well off the Grid

KANZ Field Power Desk Helps You Live and Work Well off the Grid
You know that when World War Z happens, you better be prepared because there’s no way that you’ll be able to charge your smartphone when the power grid is down. The KANZ Field Power Desk will…

Dish Network Kills Commercials with Auto Hop

Dish Network Kills Commercials with Auto Hop
Dish Network has just added a new feature to some of its DVRs that may be the best thing to happen to TV since the DVR. The new feature is called Auto Hop and is only…

DARPA SeeMe Lets Soldiers Launch Their Own Personal Satellites

DARPA SeeMe Lets Soldiers Launch Their Own Personal Satellites
Launching a satellite can cost millions of dollars – not counting the millions of dollars your average satellite costs to build. The military and various governmental organizations have satellites in orbit that are able to peer…
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