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  • Missing Malaysian jet MH370: New French satellite images add to growing signs search is narrowing

    03/23/2014 7:53:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 03/23/2013
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: New French satellite images show possible debris from a missing Malaysian airliner deep in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia said on Sunday, adding to growing signs that the plane may have gone down in remote seas off Australia. The latest lead comes as the international search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 entered its third week, with still no confirmed trace of the Boeing 777 that vanished with 239 people on board. "This morning, Malaysia received new satellite images from the French authorities showing potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor," the Malaysian Transport Ministry said...
  • Plane satellite image uncovered

    03/18/2014 4:00:31 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 79 replies
    NewsUK24 ^ | 03-19-2014 | Associated stuff.co.world
    <p>MH370? The satellite image of a plane flying over the Andaman Island uncovered by an Indian IT expert who claims it is of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. Asia US sanctions 11 in Putin's inner circle Missing plane: when something went wrong Pilot suicide - it's happened before 'Terror groups don't always own up' Malaysia Airlines co-pilot spoke last words Malaysia&ap...</p>
  • Every single satellite orbiting Earth, in a single image

    03/07/2014 1:33:33 PM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    BGR via yahoo ^ | March 6, 2014 | Zach Epstein
    Cell phones and in-dash navigation systems rely on GPS satellites, Dish and DirecTV obviously use satellite feeds, and satellite communications systems offered by the likes of Inmarsat and Iridium continue to proliferate across various industries. Just how crowded is it getting up there above the Earth’s atmosphere?
  • NASA JAXA Launch Today

    02/27/2014 2:38:53 PM PST · by publius911 · 4 replies
    Internet ^ | Feb 27, 2014 | NASA
    NASA and JAXA Launch New Satellite to Measure Global Rain and Snow a few hours ago
  • U.S. Air Force reveals ‘neighborhood watch' spy satellite program

    02/23/2014 8:26:42 AM PST · by shove_it · 10 replies
    Reuters/Drudge ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Irene Klotz
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The United States plans to launch a pair of satellites to keep tabs on spacecraft from other countries orbiting 22,300 miles above the planet, as well as to track space debris, the head of Air Force Space Command said. The previously classified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) will supplement ground-based radars and optical telescopes in tracking thousands of pieces of debris so orbital collisions can be avoided, General William Shelton said at the Air Force Association meeting in Orlando on Friday. He called it a "neighborhood watch program" that will provide a more detailed...
  • Iran to Send Satellite to Space

    12/31/2013 9:24:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/14
    The deputy head of Iran's space agency, Hamid Fazeli, said Tuesday that Iran plans to launch a satellite to space in February. According to Press TV, Fazeli said that several final tests are being carried out...
  • Dish and DirecTV wish customers a Merry Christmas…by hiking prices

    12/26/2013 4:29:40 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    bgr.com ^ | 12/25/13 | Zach Epstein
    Pay TV service providersare among a few groupsof companiesthatcustomers loveto hate, and sometimes they go out of their way to reminduswhy. As familiesacrossthe country come togetherto celebrate theholidays, satellite TV giants DishNetwork andDirecTV arewishing them a Merry Christmasby hiking the cost of theirserviceplans. In line with years past, both companieshave confirmed that they will raise the pricesof various television packagesand increase service fees as well. The increases come ata time when “cordcutting,” or canceling pay TV service in favor of onlinevideo streaming services, is becoming an increasingly common trend — to thepointwhere cable companiesare producing awful, awful anti-cord cutting campaigns...
  • Record-Setting Rocket Launch to Loft 29 Satellites Tonight: How to Watch Live

    11/19/2013 6:59:00 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    Space.com ^ | Nov. 19, 2013 | Mike Wall
    "Ultimately, the ORS-3 is about enabling the warfighter to perform his or her mission efficiently and effectively," ORS-3 mission manager Jeff Welsh, of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, told reporters on Nov. 14. "We support that critical effort through rapid response and reduced-cost space operations."
  • Find out if Big Brother is watching

    10/24/2013 11:04:00 AM PDT · by null and void · 6 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 10/21/2013 | Grace Noto
    New app for Apple lets users see if satellites are overhead If you’ve ever been curious about whether you’ve ever been seen by a satellite, there’s now an app for that. Orbit Logic has just created SpyMeSat, a mobile app available for Apple devices that alerts users when they are within range of an image or spy satellite that might be photographing them. A company that normally provides apps for the military and defense communities, SpyMeSat is Orbit Logic’s first app for the common man, according its president Alex Herz. SpyMeSat provides users with a satellite map that shows orbit...
  • Giant NASA Balloon Ready to Hunt Potentially Dazzling Comet ISON

    09/26/2013 10:31:53 PM PDT · by oxcart · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | 09/26/13 | Leonard David
    A colossal NASA balloon is poised to carry a free-hanging gondola sky-high on a mission to take a gander at celestial grandeur: Comet ISON. Weather permitting, NASA's Balloon Rapid Response for Comet ISON (BRRISON) gondola and science instruments are to ascend from the space agency's Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, N.M., possibly by Sunday (Sept. 29). The one-day balloon mission's target is Comet ISON, an incoming comet that some scientists have billed as a potential "comet of the century" because it could flare up to spectacular brilliance after a close flyby of the sun in late November. Along with...
  • NASA—Deep Impact Delivers Deep Disappointment (Satellite)

    09/21/2013 10:58:45 AM PDT · by oxcart · 25 replies
    Satnews Daily ^ | 09/20/13
    After almost nine years in space that included an unprecedented July 4th impact and subsequent flyby of a comet, an additional comet flyby, and the return of approximately 500,000 images of celestial objects, NASA's Deep Impact mission has ended. The project team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, has reluctantly pronounced the mission at an end after being unable to communicate with the spacecraft for over a month. The last communication with the probe was August 8th. Deep Impact was history's most traveled comet research mission, going about 4.7 billion miles (7.58 billion kilometers). "Deep Impact has...
  • Orbital Science Corp.'s Minotaur 5/LADEE launch 6SEP2013/2327 EDT

    09/04/2013 1:53:30 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 49 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 4SEP2013 | Author Unknown
    Rocket: Minotaur 5 Payload: LADEE Launch date: September 6, 2013 Launch time: 11:27 p.m. EDT (0327 GMT on 7th) Site: Launch Pad 0B, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport City/State: Wallops Island, Va. SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2013 UPDATE Technicians lifted a NASA moon probe on top of a Minotaur rocket on Saturday, crowning an eight-story, five-stage booster set for an historic liftoff from Virginia on Sept. 6. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, a $280 million mission to measure the dynamics of the moon's tenuous atmosphere, was hoisted atop the Minotaur launcher on pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's...
  • Green fuels blast off (a hydrazine replacement)

    08/30/2013 2:22:21 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 13 replies
    Nature ^ | 28AUG2013 | Alexandra Witze
    Propellants offer satellites greater efficiency and lower toxicity than liquid hydrazine. It looks like chardonnay, smells like glass cleaner and packs enough punch to shift a satellite. It is a Swedish-made ‘green propellant’, one that is fast becoming a viable fuel for manoeuvring craft in orbit. Along with a US-made propellant, it is providing an attractive alternative to hydrazine, the toxic chemical that has dominated this corner of the space industry for decades. The Swedish propellant is currently nudging a satellite around in space, and may be used in a constellation of small commercial Earth-imaging satellites. The US-made fuel will...
  • ESTCube-1 Reaches Orbit, Estonia Becomes 41st Space Nation

    05/10/2013 9:24:38 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 1 replies
    ERR ^ | 07.05.2013
    Estonia's first satellite, ESTCube-1, was rocketed off to orbit the Earth on Tuesday at 05:06, after strong winds had caused setbacks, postponing the initial planned launch date on Saturday. Estonia has thus become the 41st nation to have a manmade object in space, beating out Finland and the other Baltic countries, all of which are due to launch their first satellites in the coming years. The nanosatellite reached orbit at around 07:06 Estonian time. Launched from the Guiana Space Center, ESTCube-1 was carried by the launch vehicle Vega and was accompanied by two other satellites, Europe's Proba V and Vietnam's...
  • The American military is using Chinese satellites

    04/30/2013 4:21:45 PM PDT · by w4women · 9 replies
    Chinadailymail.com (Can't post Bloomberg) ^ | April 30, 2013 | PIOTR CHODAK
    U.S. forces are so heavily saturated with different communication devices that if not transmitted by satellite would cause serious problems. Data flow is so great that there are no adequate available satellites. The Pentagon has quietly hired a Chinese satellite, APSTAR-7, through which will flow communications with the army in Africa. Information about buying Chinese satellite transfers arose at a meeting of one of the sub-committees of the U.S. Congress. - snip - Due to the embargo of military technology, it is ironic that the APSTAR-7 is used by he Americans, who are the leaders in the construction of satellites,...
  • Pentagon Paying Chinese for Satellite Bandwidth

    04/30/2013 10:59:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/30/13 | Staff
    The Pentagon revealed late last week it is paying the Chinese $10 million for a one-year lease for a satellite that allows U.S. troops on the African continent to keep in touch and share information, Wired reports. The announcement has U.S. policymakers on edge. Over the last several years, the U.S. government has publicly and loudly expressed its concern that too much sensitive American data passes through Chinese electronics — and that those electronics could be sieves for Beijing’s intelligence services. But the Pentagon says it has no other choice than to use the Chinese satellite.
  • Vanity: Satellite Internet Providers

    03/12/2013 4:39:51 PM PDT · by waterhill · 28 replies
    today | myass
    Just got a call from Dish, internet only in my rural area for 50 bucks a month and a 50 buck install fee, no tv (I don't watch that stuff mostly). My Sprint Aircard costs me 75 or better and is unreliable. Thoughts? Not a promo, just flat 50 for the rest of my life. Hmmm... Better than Hughesnet? and the others? Inquiring.....
  • Russian Satellite Hit by Debris from Chinese Anti-Satellite Test

    03/12/2013 10:19:44 AM PDT · by oxcart · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 08, 2013 | Leonard David
    A small Russian spacecraft in orbit appears to have been struck by Chinese space junk from a 2007 anti-satellite test, likely damaging the Russian craft, possibly severely, SPACE.com has learned. The space collision appears to have occurred on Jan. 22, when a chunk of China's Fengyun 1C satellite, which was intentionally destroyed by that country in a 2007 anti-satellite demonstration, struck the Russian spacecraft, according to an analysis by the Center for Space Standards & Innovation (CSSI) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. CSSI technical program manager T.S. Kelso reported that the collision involved the Chinese space junk and Russia's small Ball...
  • SATELLITE-BASED MODELING OF ANOPHELES MOSQUITO DENSITIES

    02/17/2013 1:35:20 PM PST · by muawiyah · 6 replies
    Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand 37th Congress ^ | 2004 | A. Charoenpanyanet a and X. Chen a
    Landsat 5 TM was used as a tool to model Anopheles mosquito densities on heterogeneous land cover. In this study, mosquito density data was divided into 5 classes; absence, low, moderate, high, and very high densities. Land cover was classified into 8 types. Stagnant water, wetland, and paddy land cover types are larva habitat. Forest, cropland, orchard, and grassland land cover types are adult habitat. Built-up land is non habitat. Multiple linear regression and discriminant analysis were selected to identify the relationship between mosquito densities and land cover types..............
  • THREE THINGS - 2. algores satanic filth

    01/17/2013 6:21:48 AM PST · by plsjr · 13 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | 13 Jan 2013 | Ann Barnhardt
    2. I caught an interesting factoid ... Algore selling his Marxist agitprop cable station to Al Jazeera last week. ... it was reported that CurrentTV received cable and satellite licensing revenues of $0.12 per month per subscriber - that is the pinch of incense you people who had CurrentTV included in your cable/sat package were paying to Algore. ... Your $0.12 per month multiplied together put $80 million per year in cashflows into Algore's hands in order to spread his evil, satanic filth. The interesting factoid released last week was that cable/sat licensing revenues comprised 80% of CurrentTV's revenue, with...
  • VANITY: Can anyone name the countries that sent aid to the United States after Hurricane Sandy?

    01/12/2013 8:04:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    VANITY | 01/12/2013
    Can anyone name the countries that sent aid to the United States after Hurricane Sandy? I am asking this because I got an e-mail from a friend that I am trying to fact check. Here it is ... ____________________________________ As you know, America is always the first country to send aid to other countries when they are in trouble. It is highly appropriate that we Americans, must now send our "THANKS" to all those countries that reciprocated our help with their disasters, misgivings, social turmoil, & poverty when they returned to the USA monetary and physical help after Hurricane Sandy...
  • N.Korean Rocket Used Cutting-Edge Navigation (satellite navigation)

    12/15/2012 5:35:22 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    N.Korean Rocket Used Cutting-Edge Navigation The long-range rocket North Korea launched on Wednesday was apparently equipped with cutting-edge navigational technology. National Intelligence Service chief Won Sei-hoon told lawmakers on Thursday that analysis by NASA showed that the satellite mounted on top of the rocket left its trajectory faster than ordinary satellites. Won said the North appears to have acquired "remote-controlled guidance technology" that caused the satellite to shift its path after being separated from the rocket. This means North Korea also tested technology that could increase the accuracy of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The North also apparently used technology from the...
  • North Korean Satellite 'Tumbling Out of Control,' U.S. Officials Say

    12/12/2012 4:11:50 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 52 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jim Miklaszewski and Alan Boyle
    The object that North Korea sent into space early Thursday appears to be “tumbling out of control” as it orbits the earth, U.S. officials told NBC News. The officials said that it is indeed some kind of space vehicle but they still haven’t been able to determine exactly what the satellite is supposed to do. In a statement, the White House said the rocket launch was a highly provocative act that threatens regional security and violates U.N. resolutions. The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the launch, calling it a "clear violation" of U.N. resolutions. A spokesman for U.N....
  • Object seen in orbit after North Korea carries out controversial rocket launch

    12/12/2012 1:37:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | December 12, 2012 | Jethro Mullen
    Object seen in orbit after North Korea carries out controversial rocket launch By Jethro Mullen, CNN December 12, 2012 -- Updated 0907 GMT (1707 HKT) Hong Kong (CNN) -- North Korea surprised and angered the international community Wednesday by launching a long-range rocket that appeared to put a satellite in orbit, a breakthrough for the reclusive, nuclear-armed state. The North Korean regime said the rocket had successfully blasted off from a space center on its west coast and delivered a satellite into its intended orbit. The launch followed a botched attempt in April and came just days after Pyongyang suggested...
  • The Hunt for Genghis Khan’s Tomb

    12/04/2012 11:51:09 AM PST · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03 Dec 2012 | Oliver Steeds
    For centuries historians and treasure seekers have searched for the burial site of history's most famous conqueror. New findings offer compelling evidence that it's been found. In the eight hundred years since his death, people have sought in vain for the grave of Genhis Khan, the 13th-century conqueror and imperial ruler who, at the time of his death, occupied the largest contiguous empire, stretching from the Caspian Sea to the Pacific. In capturing most of central Asia and China, his armies killed and pillaged but also forged new links between East and West. One of history’s most brilliant and ruthless...
  • Iranian Satellite Blew Up after Liftoff

    09/28/2012 6:49:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/9/12 | Gil Ronen
    An Iranian attempt to launch a satellite into space failed when the missile carrying the satellite exploded shortly after liftoff, completely destroying the satellite. HIS Janes reported that the accident took place in May, and that Iran's space agency has made great efforts to hide it from the public's knowledge. The failure is expected to set back Iran's space program considerably. Western experts said that the mishap shows Iran is facing difficulties in ballistic missile development. Janes revealed that U.S. spy satellites followed the attempted launch, which took place at the space center near Tehran. Black spots were seen covering...
  • Girl spent 8 hours beneath bodies in French Alps (update to yesterday's story)

    09/06/2012 3:43:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 35 replies
    Immobilized with fear, a 4-year-old British girl huddled for eight hours beneath the legs of her slain mother in the back of a car filled with corpses on a remote Alpine road — all while French investigators stood nearby, unaware the girl was there.
  • China 'Developing Satellites to Guide Missiles' (guiding carrier-killers)

    07/15/2012 6:07:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/13/12
    China 'Developing Satellites to Guide Missiles' China has been reportedly developing satellites that would help it attack aircraft carriers with anti-ship ballistic missiles. Shanghai's Eastday newspaper on Thursday cited a report from the Project 2049 Institute, a defense think tank in the U.S., saying China has been developing high-definition satellites, radar satellites, electronic-reconnaissance satellite and small satellites powered by solid fuel to track and target U.S. carrier strike groups in real time. By using satellites operating in a low orbit, the Chinese military hopes to improve the precision strike ability of its middle and long-range ballistic missiles by accurately locating...
  • Atlas 5 Live Launch Thread 11:46 a.m. PDT/2:46 p.m. EDT

    05/03/2012 8:57:10 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    Rocket: Atlas 5 Payload: AEHF 2 Date: May 3, 2012 Window: 2:46 to 4:46 p.m. EDT Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral, Florida Feed: SES 2, Transp. 21, C-band, 87° West Watch live coverage here: http://www.spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av031/status.html or here: http://www.ulalaunch.com/site/pages/Webcast.shtml Welcome to liftoff day for the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the Air Force's next durable and secure communications satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency series. The countdown clocks are starting to tick right now, beginning a seven-hour sequence of work that will prepare the rocket, payload and ground systems for today's blastoff at 2:46 p.m. EDT (1846 GMT). Soon...
  • North Korea's big bash honoring founder Kim Il Sung visible from space

    04/26/2012 7:08:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 04/26/12
    North Korea's big bash honoring founder Kim Il Sung visible from space Satelitte images pick up the word 'glory' in Korean In North Korea, the choreography can be part of the geography. The country is famous for organizing crowds of thousands of people using colored cards to spell out political slogans and images in stadiums or large squares, and the gathering last week to celebrate the 100th birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung was no different. This time, however, the spelled out message in a central square in the capital of Pyongyang was big enough to be visible from...
  • North Korea Says Interception Of Its Satellite Is An Act Of War

    04/06/2012 8:59:05 AM PDT · by Fennie · 80 replies
    Korea Times ^ | April 6, 2012
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ratcheted up his regime's militaristic rhetoric as Pyongyang threatened to retaliate against any country that intercepts a North Korean rocket booster or collects the rocket debris. The North has vowed to launch a rocket sometime between April 12 and 16 to put an earth observation satellite into orbit, a move widely seen as a pretext to disguise a banned test of its ballistic missile technology. The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea in Pyongyang warned that interception of the satellite would be "an act of war" and would cause a tremendous catastrophe.
  • He's our Slumdog Millionaire (Lost for 25 Years, Man Finds Home With Google Earth)

    03/23/2012 3:17:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Mercury ^ | March 10, 2012 | EMMA HOPE
    FROM begging in the slums of India to becoming a successful Hobart businessman, Saroo Brierley's life has taken some unexpected twists. Last week it came the full circle when he returned to India and was reunited with the family from whom he was separated 25 years ago. Mr Brierley, at the age of five, was begging at a train station in west India with his older brother. He became lost and boarded a train home. The train was going in the wrong direction. He fell asleep and woke up 10 hours later on the other side of the country. For...
  • Swiss Satellite to Clean Up Space Debris

    02/15/2012 9:59:52 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 24 replies
    Space Safety Magazine ^ | February 15, 2012 | Joel Spark
    The Swiss Space Center at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanna, or EPFL, announced Wednesday that it is planning to launch a satellite to remove debris from low-Earth orbit. The 11-million USD satellite, named CleanSpace One, is intended to actively intercept and deorbit defunct satellites that contribute to the growing cloud of LEO debris as they disintegrate and collide with one another. “It has become essential to be aware of the existence of [space] debris and the risks that are run by its proliferation,” said Claude Nicollier, astronaut and EPFL professor. Volker Gass, the director of the Swiss...
  • 5-DAY PREDICTIONS FOR NAVID(Gospel)Iranian satellite being allowed to over fly US citys

    02/07/2012 2:19:49 PM PST · by Tigen · 13 replies
    n2yo.com ^ | Current | n2yo.com
    Iranian satellite Time over the US Today 2/7 19:01 7:01PM States overflown MN,NE,CO,AZ --2/7 20:36 8:36PM States overflown WA,OR,ID,MT NAVID (Gospel), was designed to collect data on weather conditions and monitor for natural disasters. The satellite weighs about 110 pounds (50 kilograms) and will orbit Earth at an altitude of up to 234 miles (375 kilometers), circling the planet 15 times a day. Navid, produced at an Iranian engineering university, is the third small satellite that Iran launched over the past years and is expected to remain in orbit for about two months. The two earlier satellites — Omid, launched...
  • Chinese national indicted in Colorado for trying to illegally export to China...

    02/07/2012 3:07:36 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | February 6, 2012 | n/a
    NOTE The following news release is a quote: www.ice.gov/news/releases/1202/120206denver.htm FEBRUARY 6, 2012 DENVER, CO Chinese national indicted in Colorado for trying to illegally export to China radiation-hardened computer circuits used in satellite communications DENVER – Philip Chaohui He, aka Philip Hope, a Chinese national, made his initial appearance in U.S. district court on Thursday after he was named in a three-count indictment charging him with attempting to export defense articles without U.S. State Department authorization. The indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney John Walsh, District of Colorado and Michael A. Holt, special agent in charge of the Denver office of...
  • REAL TIME SATELLITE TRACKING (Iran) NAVID (Gospel),Tracking schedule over the United States

    02/05/2012 11:29:55 AM PST · by Tigen · 14 replies
    n2yo.com ^ | current
    Track Irans satellite over the USA Click all passes on left side of page 5-DAY PREDICTIONS FOR NAVID NAVID (Gospel), was designed to collect data on weather conditions and monitor for natural disasters. The satellite weighs about 110 pounds (50 kilograms) and will orbit Earth at an altitude of up to 234 miles (375 kilometers), circling the planet 15 times a day. Navid, produced at an Iranian engineering university, is the third small satellite that Iran launched over the past years and is expected to remain in orbit for about two months. The two earlier satellites — Omid, launched in...
  • Iran Launches Third Satellite

    02/03/2012 12:18:52 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/2/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    Iranian officials announced they have successfully launched a new satellite into orbit, the latest in the Islamic Republic's space program. Iran's state news agency IRNA said the satellite was launched Friday. It is reportedly designed to collect data on weather conditions and monitor for natural disasters. IRNA also said the Navid, or Gospel in Farsi, weighs some 110 pounds and will orbit the earth at an altitude of up to 234 miles (375 kilometers). Navid is the third small satellite Iran has launched in recent years. None have had a life-span of much more than a month. It falls into...
  • Unplugging (Vanity)

    01/19/2012 8:52:59 AM PST · by beachn4fun · 62 replies · 1+ views
    January 19, 2012 | beachn4fun
    Because I know that FReepers are smart and ingenious I am coming to you for assistance and insight in being able to get unplugged from DirecTV. They are raising our rates again. We currently use Netflix, but are also considering adding HuluPlus. Hubby streams from his PS3 in his game room, and in the living room we stream via BlueRay. Hubby and I are trying to get details on unplugging without losing our ability to watch our favorite (cable) show. I've read numerous articles how people are doing this same thing but have not found a step-by-step instruction in what...
  • This New Military Satellite Will Watch The Ground Like Nothing Else Ever Before

    12/18/2011 8:07:43 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-18-2011 | Robert Johnson
    This New Military Satellite Will Watch The Ground Like Nothing Else Ever Before Robert Johnson Dec. 18, 2011, 6:56 AM The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced that its plans to pick up Scud missile launches from space in well underway. The agency responsible for the new technology used by the military awarded a contract to Bell Aerospace for work on its Membrane Optic Imager Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) program. Graham Warwick from Aviation Week reports MOIRE will park in space over the earth, and once there will unleash a "micron-thin diffractive-optics membrane" to form a 65-foot super-thin lens...
  • Satellite images of Earth show roads, air traffic, cities at night and internet cables

    10/24/2011 8:37:02 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/24/2011 | Telegraph
  • Doomed German Satellite to Fall to Earth This Weekend

    10/21/2011 12:50:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies
    Space.com ^ | 10-21-2011 | Denise Chow
    A defunct German satellite is expected to fall to Earth this weekend, with experts predicting that up to 30 big pieces of the junked spacecraft could hit the planet. But exactly when and where the satellite will fall remains a mystery. The 2.7-ton Roentgen Satellite, or ROSAT, will likely plummet to Earth on Saturday or Sunday (Oct. 22 or 23), according to the latest update from the German Aerospace Center. "Currently, the re-entry date can only be calculated to within plus/minus one day," agency officials said in a statement. "This time slot of uncertainty will be reduced as the date...
  • Viasat broadband 'super-satellite' launches

    10/19/2011 5:54:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/19/11 | BBC
    One of the most powerful satellites ever built has headed into orbit on a Russian Proton rocket. The Viasat-1 spacecraft will deliver broadband services to customers in the US and Canada. With a total data throughput of some 140 Gbps, the satellite has more capacity than all other communication satellites over North America combined. Viasat-1 left Earth from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The lift-off for its carrier Proton rocket occurred at 00:48 local time (18:48 GMT). The flight was due to last more than nine hours, and two hours in all was reported to be well. Viasat-1 will be...
  • SATELLITE RE-ENTRY: The ROSAT X-ray Observatory

    10/15/2011 2:28:34 AM PDT · by LucyT · 26 replies · 1+ views
    NASA Space News ^ | Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    The ROSAT X-ray observatory, launched in 1990 by NASA and managed for years by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), will return to Earth within the next two weeks. Current best estimates place the re-entry between Oct. 22nd and 24th over an unknown part of Earth. [snip] According to a DLR study, as many as 30 individual pieces could survive the fires of re-entry. The largest single fragment would likely be the telescope's mirror, which is very heat resistant and may weigh as much as 1.7 tons.
  • NASA satellite falls on Canada as space junk. No one hurt. (Near Calgary)

    09/24/2011 2:48:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 36 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9/24/11 | Patrik Jonsson
    The 6-ton UARS satellite — the biggest piece of space debris to fall from the sky since Sky Lab in 1979 — fell back to Earth early Saturday morning. Debris is reported to have been found near Calgary, Canada.The wait is over. NASA's bus-sized Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) has fallen, becoming the largest runaway chunk of space junk to drop back down to Earth since two satellites, including the behemoth Sky Lab, punched the atmosphere in 1979. "We can now confirm that #UARS is down!" reported the official NASA Twitter account. "Debris fell to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT...
  • *Official UARS Satellite Doomsday Thread*

    09/23/2011 1:44:16 PM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 53 replies
    9/23/11 | Henny R. Penny
    Okay, where's this thing going to land?
  • Huge Tumbling Satellite Could Fall to Earth Over US Tonight or Saturday, NASA Says (UPDATED)

    09/23/2011 10:07:53 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 665 replies · 2+ views
    Space.com ^ | 9/23/11 | Tariq Malik
    A huge, dead satellite tumbling to Earth is falling slower than expected, and may now plummet down somewhere over the United States tonight or early Saturday, despite forecasts that it would miss North America entirely, NASA officials now say. The 6 1/2-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) was expected to fall to Earth sometime this afternoon (Sept. 23), but changes in the school bus-size satellite's motion may push it to early Saturday, according to NASA's latest observations of the spacecraft. "The satellite's orientation or configuration apparently has changed, and that is now slowing its descent," NASA officials wrote in a...
  • UARS UPDATE: We're back in the crosshairs

    09/23/2011 9:45:40 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 20 replies
    Space Weather ^ | 9/23/11 | Hoagy62, NASA
    Well FRiends...the UARS, according to NASA this morning, is now supposed to come down between 0000 and 0400 UTC, or between 5pm and 9pm Pacific time. According to 'Orbitron', during that time frame UARS will cross the US three times, once over the Eastern Seaboard (Entering near the Louisiana/Mississippi border, up over the Appalachians, and exiting along the US/Canada border near upstate New York) , once across the Midwest (on a line from AZ/NM border up to the ND/MN border), and finally crossing the Pacific Northwest (entering off the Oregon coast, crossing between Portland and Seattle, and exiting the US...
  • Nasa refines satellite crash time ('out-of-control' climate satellite crash Pool anyone?)

    09/22/2011 10:32:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies
    BBC.co.uk ^ | 9/22/11 | Paul Rincon - BBC News
    The US space agency (Nasa) says that its out-of-control climate satellite is expected to crash to Earth sometime on Friday evening (GMT). There is still much uncertainty over when and where the satellite will re-enter the atmosphere. Experts say they will get a more precise idea in the last 12 hours before the satellite is due to return. The US space agency says the risk to life from the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is 1 in 3,200. Satellite and space expert Dr Stuart Eves stressed the large uncertainties involved in tracking the "decay" of satellite orbits (their slow fall...
  • Falling NASA Satellite Could Spark Stunning Light Show

    09/22/2011 8:08:34 AM PDT · by Windflier · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Space.com ^ | 21 September 2011 | Joe Rao
    A NASA satellite the size of a school bus is just days away from taking a fiery plunge into Earth’s atmosphere and could set off a dazzling display when it does … if anyone is able to see it. NASA's 6 ½-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite is due to fall somewhere on Earth Friday (Sept. 23), though exactly where and when remains a mystery. If you happened to be lucky enough to be within viewing range of a satellite that is re-entering the atmosphere, the sight, put simply, would amount to a short-lived but spectacular fireworks display. Unlike a fireball...
  • Ariane-5 launch set for Wednesday after strike ended

    09/21/2011 2:07:07 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 4 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 21SEP2011 | AFP
    CAYENNE, French Guiana — An Ariane-5 rocket launch that was postponed because of a strike at the Kourou space centre in French Guiana is to go ahead on Wednesday after the dispute was resolved, officials said. The National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) said that the deal to end the strike "includes an immediate resumption of work by Telespazio." The strike launched by Telezpazio, a business at the base specialised in radars, delayed Tuesday's launch that would have put two telecommunications satellites into orbit. "Without the radar, we can't follow the launch all along its trajectory," said Joel Barre, head...