Items tagged with Satellite

The first image from ShadowCam reveals the permanently shadowed wall and floor of Shackleton crater in incredible, never before seen detail. NASA-funded ShadowCam is one of six instruments onboard the Korean Aerospace Research Institute's Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter. The poles of the Moon are in a perpetual state of... Read more...
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured a time-lapse video that shows 133 days in the life of the Sun in just one hour. SDO is a geosynchronous-orbiting satellite designed to help researchers understand the Sun's influence on Earth by studying the solar atmosphere. A recent video posted by NASA chronicles... Read more...
NASA's retired Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS) is expected to reenter Earth's atmosphere after nearly four decades in space. For 21 of those years, ERBS actively investigated how Earth absorbed and radiated energy from the Sun. The Department of Defense has projected that the 5,400-pound satellite will... Read more...
Qualcomm today introduced Snapdragon Satellite, the world's first satellite-based solution capable of supporting two-way messaging for premium smartphones and beyond. The joint venture between Qualcomm and Iridium will bring satellite-based connectivity to next-generation premium Android smartphones, with Garmin... Read more...
SpaceX launched 54 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit in spectacular fashion yesterday. The satellites were launched from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on December 28, 2022. SpaceX is not taking its foot off the pedal in terms of launching Starlink satellites... Read more...
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 52 more satellites into low-Earth orbit this past Saturday, marking the fourth launch and landing for this particular Falcon 9 first stage booster. The launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida provided a gorgeous image as it left a colorful path through clouds in the... Read more...
While Elon Musk's Starlink satellite service has been expanding over the last year, its average internet speed it provides has been slowing down. A new report from Ookla indicates that the company's internet service had slowed in every country it surveyed over the last year. Elon Musk made headlines earlier this... Read more...
Last week, T-Mobile and SpaceX announced a partnership to bring satellite connectivity to your smartphone. The plan has modest goals to start, but the future is looking bright. Now, Hiroshi Lockheimer of Google has confirmed that Android itself will be getting broader support for satellite connectivity in its next... Read more...
Watch live later today as a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket launches with two satellite payloads for the U.S. Space Force's Systems Command. The launch is scheduled for later this evening, and will deliver the two spacecraft directly into geosynchronous orbit approximately 22,000 miles (25,500 km)... Read more...
NASA lost two TROPICS CubeSats when the rocket's upper stage single engine prematurely shut down and sent the second stage with its payload tumbling back toward Earth. The two satellites were part of NASA's TROPICS mission that hoped to send a total of six satellites into low earth orbit to study storms, and in... Read more...
NASA's Earth Observatory has shared an image of one of the most active submarine volcanoes in the Pacific. A 2015 scientific expedition found two species of sharks, including hammerheads, living in the submerged crater and earned the underwater volcano the nickname "Sharkcano." Kavachi Volcano, located in the... Read more...
SpaceX launches another 53 Starlink satellites into orbit, marking the third launch of a Falcon 9 rocket in just five days. Liftoff was at 6:59 a.m. EDT, after a 39 minute delay. Perhaps one of the few things that can distract Elon Musk from the Twitter drama is a launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying more Starlink... Read more...
SpaceX is currently accepting reservations for a new Starlink Premium service tier that promises a big increase in downloads speeds at respectable latency levels, though you'll pay through the nose for it. Not literally, of course (that would be gross). But at $500 per month, Starlink Premium is not for the faint of... Read more...
The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to launch its USSF-8 mission today for the U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command (SSC). The mission is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 2pm EST. Today's launch will include two identical Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program... Read more...
On November 15, 2021 Russia fired an Anti-Satellite test (ASAT) missile leaving behind orbital debris that could pose a danger to those on the International Space Station (ISS). The test, which was directed at one of its own satellites, led to the United States Department of State issuing a statement and capturing the... Read more...
The thought of an asteroid hurtling through space, slamming into Earth and annihilating humankind has enamored the imagination of more than a few filmmakers and astronomers through the years. Well, NASA has been thinking about the possibility too, and may have a plan to try and avert any such disaster. When someone... Read more...
SpaceX has been on a roll in 2020 with its Falcon 9 rocket launches, which the most high-profile one sending NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley into space to dock with the ISS via a Crew Dragon capsule. Perhaps one of the most important things for the general population that the company is doing is with... Read more...
Rocket Labs is one of several companies out there who specialize in putting customer satellites into orbit for much less money than traditional launch platforms. The small rockets the company uses generally place multiple satellites from different companies into space using shared launch vehicle, which helps to reduce... Read more...
Infrared Astronomical Satellite, image via NASA Close encounters of a third kind may not be as exciting as they sound. It was recently reported that two American defunct satellites in low Earth orbit could potentially crash into each other this evening. If this crash occurs it could result in hundreds of pieces of... Read more...
SpaceX has been very busy. In April it launched the second Falcon Heavy mission to push the Arabsat 6A satellite into orbit. In May another rocket sent 60 SpaceX Starlink microsatellites into orbit. And SpaceX is set to launch its next Falcon Heavy mission soon, and this one will be carrying a wide range of payloads... Read more...
Game streaming services are building up to be the next big race for the dollars of millennials in the future. Services like EA Access and Google Stadia are expected to be hugely popular with gamers around the world, and a new report claims that more American millennials now subscribe to a video game service than subscribe to paid television. The Read more...
Stratolaunch is a company founded by the late Paul G. Allen that is trying to make it easier and less costly to put satellites into orbit. Sadly the late Paul Allen didn't live to see his dream take flight, however. Unlike Elon Musk's SpaceX , the way Stratolaunch plans to put satellites into orbit has nothing to do... Read more...
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