US, Europe and SpaceX launch a satellite to track rising global sea levels

By Climate Change, engadget, environment, esa, gear, green, nasa, ocean, satellite, sentinel-6, sentinel-6 michael freilich, space, spacex

Scientists should soon have an easier time studying rising sea levels as climate change takes hold. NASA and the ESA have partnered with SpaceX to launch the Sentinel 6 Michael Freilich ocean tracking satellite. The spacecraft will gauge sea l…

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Google Maps is tracking the spread of America’s wildfires hour by hour

By california wildfire, Climate Change, engadget, google, Google: Maps, mapping, maps, News, satellite, Software, tomorrow, weather, wildfire

As wildfires continue to tear through parts of California and Colorado, Google has launched new tools to help people stay informed about their progress. Starting today, Google search queries for information about the fires will turn up more…

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Watch Rocket Lab launch a Canon satellite into space at 5:19PM ET

By canon, cubesat, cubesats, electron, engadget, faraday, gear, in-space missions, livestream, News, planet, rocket lab, satellite, space, spaceflight, superdove, video

Public fireworks shows may be in short supply this weekend due to the pandemic, but Rocket Lab is ready to fill the gap. It’s planning to launch its 13th mission, “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen,” from a complex on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 5…

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EU will speed up its spaceflight plans in response to SpaceX and China

By arianespace, China, engadget, eu, european union, galileo, gear, News, rocket, satellite, science, space, spaceflight, spacex, tomorrow

The modern space race is heating up, and the European Union is acutely aware that it needs to keep pace. Space chief Thierry Breton told Reuters in an interview that the EU is accelerating its plans in light of rapid progress by private compan…

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NASA backs studies on environmental effects of COVID-19 lockdowns

By air pollution, coronavirus, covid-19, engadget, environment, gear, green, light pollution, nasa, News, Pollution, satellite, science, water pollution

You’ve probably heard stories of skies and water clearing up while most people stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but how much have things improved, really? Scientists are about to rely on NASA technology to find out. The space agency …

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US Space Force will send its first satellite into space today

By cape canaveral, communication, engadget, launch, live stream, lockheed martin, Military, mission, national security, politics, satellite, space, space force, spaceforce, tomorrow, united launch alliance, US

The US Space Force will kick off its first National Security Mission this afternoon. It’s sending a Lockheed Martin Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) satellite into orbit, onboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The satellite…

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A fleet of sensor-packed balloons will hit the stratosphere this summer

By engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, satellite, space, space startup, startup, stratolite, stratosphere, tomorrow, world view, world view stratolite

World View wants to occupy the sky. Its sensor-packed balloons sit in the stratosphere, taking in data and imaging the ground. The company completed test flights to tweak flight and navigation issues, and is now ready for its balloons to opera…

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NASA selects proposals for smallsats built to study deep space

By astronomy, coronagraph, deep space, engadget, gear, imap, interstellar mapping and acceleration probe, nasa, satellite, science, science-enabling technologies for heliophysics, seth, small satellites, smallsat, solar cruiser, space

NASA is expanding plans to use small satellites (aka smallsats) to explore the Solar System. The agency has picked two proposals for smallsat technology that would improve observations in deep space, where they could help improve models that …

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SpaceX will let small satellites hitch a ride on its rockets

By Business, engadget, falcon 9, falcon9, gear, launch, mission, ridesharing, rocket, satellite, small satellites, smallsat, space, spacex, Startups, tomorrow

For space tech startups and other small companies doing research, one of the biggest hurdles is actually getting to space. SpaceX is looking to change that. Today, it announced a SmallSat Rideshare Program, which will allow small satellite ope…

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Canada invests $85 million in internet satellites for rural areas

By broadband, Canada, digital divide, engadget, food and drink, Internet, rural internet, satellite, satellite internet, space, telesat, tomorrow

Telesat, the Canadian telecom and SpaceX internet competitor, wants to connect remote regions with its low-earth-orbit satellites. Now, it appears to have the backing of Her Majesty’s Government. The company announced today that it is partnering with…

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Decades of spy satellite images help track melting Himalayan glaciers

By Climate Change, engadget, environment, gear, glacier, global warming, green, hexagon, national reconnaissance office, nro, satellite, satellite imagery, science, space, spy satellite, usgs

You don’t need cutting-edge satellite data to make sense of Earth’s changing climate. Researchers have published a study of melting Himalayan glaciers that takes advantage of 40 years’ worth of satellite imagery posted by the US Geological Survey, i…

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American Airlines offers satellite WiFi to its entire mainline fleet

By aircraft, airline, american airlines, engadget, gear, gogo, gogo 2ku, Internet, ka-band, ku band, Networking, satellite, satellite internet, Transportation, viasat, viasat ka, Wi-Fi, wifi

If you’re relying on American Airlines for a summer trip, there’s a good chance you’ll have internet access most of the way. The company has finished deploying satellite-based internet access to the fleet of 700-plus narrowbody aircraft that mainly…

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Elon Musk shows SpaceX’s first internet satellites ready for launch

By broadband, elon musk, engadget, falcon 9, gear, Internet, satellite, satellite broadband, satellite internet, space, spacex, starlink

This might be your best chance to get a peek at SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites before they’re hurtled into orbit. Elon Musk has posted a photo (below) of the first 60 production satellites packed into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket ahead of…

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Researchers propose guiding large space telescopes with tiny satellites

By cubesat, engadget, exoplanet, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, jameswebbspacetelescope, kepler, Research, satellite, space, telescope, tess

Using the recently retired Kepler space telescope, scientists have confirmed thousands of exoplanets, and as its successor TESS ramps up its search, we’re poised to discover plenty more. But once we find exoplanets, learning more detailed information…

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Russia balks at US-run OneWeb satellite internet over security concern

By Business, engadget, federal security service, fsb, gear, Internet, kaspersky, oneweb, politics, russia, satellite, satelliteinternet, services

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has thrown a wrench in a planned deal that would bring internet access to the most rural and remote parts of the country, according to Reuters. United States-based startup OneWeb was set to launch a satellite p…

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