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PocketQube offers DIY satellite kits

PocketQube offers DIY satellite kits

A company called PocketQube has announced new kits for the homebuilder that allows you to make your own small cube satellite. When completed the satellite measures 5cm to a side and if you don’t want to build your own, you can buy a PocketQube that is built and ready to go. Each of the PocketQube bundles include all parts needed for construction.

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Elon Musk confirms army of micro-satellites in the works

Elon Musk confirms army of micro-satellites in the works

One can say a lot of things about Elon Musk, but no one can deny that the man has vision and imagination. Confirming in public, at least to the Internet, a rumor that has been floating around since Saturday, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO revealed that his space-faring company is indeed working on small-sized satellites. Unlike the more ambitious goal of propelling humans into space, this endeavor has a more philanthropic bent, aiming to bring Internet to more people. Kind of like Google's Project Loon, but with satellites.

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Elon Musk working to bring the world affordable internet via satellites

Elon Musk working to bring the world affordable internet via satellites

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, is said to be working with a former satellite executive from Google in a venture that aims to provide affordable internet to the globe. This comes from sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, who added that while nothing has been finalized, the current talks are around the construction of a satellite factory needed to produce some 700 units needed for the project.

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zero2infinity bloostar launch vehicle will launch nanosatellites

zero2infinity bloostar launch vehicle will launch nanosatellites

Launching a satellite is a very expensive proposition when done the traditional way by hitching a ride aboard a commercial rocket. There are several firms out there that are working to make putting satellites into orbit cheaper and one of them is the Barcelona based zero2infinity company. Zero2infiity is known for near-space ballooning and has announced that it has been working on a launch vehicle capable of putting nanosatellites into orbit.

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Google’s Skybox for Good to help nonprofits save lives

Google’s Skybox for Good to help nonprofits save lives

Satellite imaging is a rather touchy subject. So much so that it was only June this year that the US allowed the taking and use of high-quality satellite images. Aiming to give this kind mapping a more positive face, Skybox, which Google acquired just before the lifting of that satellite imaging restriction, is introducing Skybox for Good. This initiative will give nonprofit organizations such as Appalachian Voices or HALO Trust access to high-quality real-time maps of areas in order to help them save lives, human or otherwise.

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Aireon unveils ALERT system for tracking, finding lost planes

Aireon unveils ALERT system for tracking, finding lost planes

Aireon is aiming to put an end to lost aircraft, announcing that it will have a free plane-tracking system in place in 2017. With the system, the location details on a plane that goes missing can be requested by rescue teams, helping to avoid future tragedies like the loss of MH370.

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Garmin nuvi advanced is your new best (GPS) friend

Garmin nuvi advanced is your new best (GPS) friend

Your GPS can get you where you need to go, but what about when you don’t know where that is? Garmin’s nuvi GPS devices are already wonderful, and their newly introduced advanced series take it a step further. By tapping into Foursquare, and a new Direct Access feature, your Garmin can tell you where you should be heading, no matter what it is you want to do.

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Galileo satellites launched into wrong orbit around Earth

Galileo satellites launched into wrong orbit around Earth

Woopsie - looks like you just launched a satellite into the wrong flight path. When you work for the ESA (European Space Agency) and you accidentally launch a satellite into the wrong orbit around the Earth, you report it, and you make a big deal about it. In this case, the team is "examining the implications."

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DirecTV Sunday Ticket without satellite? It’s coming

DirecTV Sunday Ticket without satellite? It’s coming

DirecTV has one feature that sets them apart in Sunday Ticket. The add-on service, which gives you access to more football than you could possibly watch in a day, likely keeps many subscribers hanging on. It seems the service may go into standalone mode for the desktop or mobile device.

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Sat-Fi aims to connect your smartphone anywhere

Sat-Fi aims to connect your smartphone anywhere

Globalstar has created a voice and data device called Sat-Fi, a machine that allows you to connect with cellular and web data no matter where you are on the planet. This device works with any device that’s enabled with Wi-fi and is able to connect 8 devices at once.

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US satellite imaging rules now allow high-quality maps

US satellite imaging rules now allow high-quality maps

Soon, you might be able to see that manhole on the road or you neighbor's mailbox across the street in Google or Bing maps. This will all be thanks to the US government lifting the restrictions it imposed on satellite imaging, giving companies like Google and Microsoft the legal leeway to take satellite images with quality higher than they have been previously allowed.

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Google acquiring Skybox Imaging satellite company

Google acquiring Skybox Imaging satellite company

This week the folks responsible for picking up companies at Google has announced that they’ll be entering outer space with Skybox Imaging. This company is known for its launching of the world’s smallest high-resolution imagine satellite - one of many, we must assume for the future. Google will more than likely use its abilities to push forth services like Google Maps with higher-resolutions images of the world.

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