Tag: Satellites

SpaceX to Launch Starlink Internet Satellites Tonight After Postponement

SpaceX, the private rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will try again on Thursday evening to launch dozens of satellites at once. Wednesday’s attempt to launch Starlink, the company’s bid to get into the space-based internet business, was postponed because of strong winds high in Earth’s atmosphere. Mr. Musk’s goal is to one day send […]

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SpaceX Delays Launch of Starlink Orbital Internet Satellites

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites, Aiming to Build Orbital Internet

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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SpaceX and Amazon Hope to Deliver Cheap Broadband With Low-Orbit Satellites

Traditional satellite is often seen as the last resort for those lacking better broadband options. Image: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images If you hadn’t noticed by now, broadband competition is severely lacking in the United States, resulting in high prices, slow speeds, spotty availability, and terrible customer service. A new crop of low-altitude satellite broadband […]

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Trilobites: An Emperor Penguin Colony in Antarctica Vanishes

The Antarctic’s second-largest colony of emperor penguins collapsed in 2016, with more than 10,000 chicks lost, and the population has not recovered, according to a new study. Many of the adults relocated nearby, satellite imagery shows, but the fact that emperor penguins are vulnerable in what had been considered the safest part of their range […]

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Tech We’re Using: The Must-Have When Reporting on Disasters: A Satellite Phone

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Thomas Fuller, a national correspondent based in San Francisco, discussed the tech he’s using. As a national reporter, you often find yourself caught in breaking news situations. What tech do you use when covering mass shootings? How about when […]

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Trilobites: It’s Warm and Stealthy, and It Killed Yellowstone Trees and Turned Soil Pale

There’s something new in Yellowstone National Park, and it’s hot and corrosive. It’s also, “been sneaking up on the park for the last 20 years,” and has grown to be the size of four soccer fields, said Greg Vaughan, a research scientist with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. That’s not anything to worry about. Carved by […]

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Falcon Heavy, SpaceX’s Giant Rocket, to Launch With Large Satellite

[embedded content] The launch was only a test flight, and the rocket was not carrying anything for a paying customer. Instead, a spacesuit-wearing mannequin, nicknamed Starman, sat in the driver’s seat of a red Tesla Roadster that belonged to Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX. Video broadcast from orbit turned into the […]

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NASA Says Debris From India’s Antisatellite Test Puts Space Station at Risk

NEW DELHI — NASA has criticized India for the antisatellite test it carried out with great fanfare last week, saying it was riskier than officials claimed and created debris that could threaten the International Space Station. “That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight that we need to see have […]

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India Shot Down a Satellite, Modi Says, Shifting Balance of Power in Asia

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India announced on Wednesday that India had shot down a satellite in a ballistic missile test, escalating the country’s rivalry with China and Pakistan, and demonstrating a strategic strength that few countries can claim. If confirmed, a successful missile test could destabilize the balance of power between […]

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India Shot Down a Satellite, Modi Says, Joining a Select Group of Nations

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India announced on Wednesday that India had shot down a low-orbit satellite with a missile in a test, hailing it as a major moment of national pride. If confirmed, a successful missile test would put India in a small club of countries, including the United States, Russia […]

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New Images of North Korea Buildup Confront Trump’s Hopes for Disarmament

WASHINGTON — President Trump was forced to publicly acknowledge this past week what American intelligence officials said they had long been telling the White House: Even during eight months of blossoming diplomacy, Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was steadily adding to his weapons arsenal and nuclear infrastructure. Three times, Mr. Trump told reporters that […]

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The Deadliest Quake of 2018 Was Among the Fastest Ever

On Sept. 28, a powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, triggering a tsunami that devastated the provincial capital, Palu. The two events together killed more than 2,200 people in the region. Although Indonesia is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, the Palu tsunami came as a surprise to geophysicists. […]

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‘Businesses Will Not Be Able to Hide’: Spy Satellites May Give Edge From Above

SAN FRANCISCO — In October, the Chinese province of Guangdong — the manufacturing center on the southern coast that drives 12 percent of the country’s economy — stopped publishing a monthly report on the health of its local factories. For five consecutive months, this key economic index had shown a drop in factory production as […]

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China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Plan in Pakistan Takes a Military Turn

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — When President Trump started the new year by suspending billions of dollars of security aid to Pakistan, one theory was that it would scare the Pakistani military into cooperating better with its American allies. The reality was that Pakistan already had a replacement sponsor lined up. Just two weeks later, the Pakistani […]

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It’s a Briefcase! It’s a Pizza Box! No, It’s a Mini Satellite

Recently, officials in California announced that the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history, had been fully contained. The achievement was made possible through the hard work of firefighters on the ground, with some help from above: a swarm of tiny, orbiting satellites that represent the next phase of the space age. The […]

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Amazon launches AWS Ground Station to help companies transmit satellite data

Amazon announced the launch of AWS Ground Station in preview today to help businesses, researchers, governments, and space agencies upload and download data from satellites orbiting Earth. To power the service, ground stations and antennas with the power to send and receive data will be placed at or near AWS datacenters around the world, AWS CEO Andy […]

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Trilobites: Beneath Antarctica’s Ice Is a Graveyard of Dead Continents

The eastern section of Antarctica is buried beneath a thick ice sheet. Some scientists simply assumed that under that cold mass there was nothing more than a “frozen tectonic block,” a somewhat homogeneous mass that distinguished it from the mixed up geologies of other continents. But with the help of data from a discontinued European […]

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