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.
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 on their plans, including their projected launch date of 2018.
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 online out of the Internet and into its eponymous satellite network, so that people can access them without restrictions and for free.
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 were able to reestablish communications with the satellite and get it to fire its thrusters to modify its orbit.
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 trip into space where they will get to experience weightlessness.
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 the Sun, but it was re-tasked and sent much deeper into space to investigate a comet in the 1980s.
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 incredible precision.
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 to impact our lives in ways we couldn’t have dreamed of 10 years ago.
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 also the matter of taking away the lives of innocent civilians.
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, and was originally filed in 2008.
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 keep me a loyal subscriber for many years.
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 help all technological zombie fighters to keep working and playing as long as the sun is still in the sky.
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 featured on the company’s Hopper DVRs.