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IRNSS navigation satellite launched to provide GPS-like services in India

IRNSS navigation satellite launched to provide GPS-like services in India

Last night, India successfully sent the satellite IRNSS-1A into space on one of its own rockets, making it the first of seven that will provide the country with a GPS-like navigation system. The rocket - called the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C22 - was sent into space from the Satish Dhawan Space Center a little before midnight, marking "a new era of space applications [in India]," according to the Indian Space Research Organization.

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NASA IRIS satellite sets off on voyage to study sun’s atmosphere

NASA IRIS satellite sets off on voyage to study sun’s atmosphere

Earlier this month, NASA announced that they would be sending a probe into orbit later this month to study the sun's lower atmosphere. As promised, the space agency has launched the satellite into space to begin its two year mission to study the mysteries of the sun and the odd lower atmosphere that has many scientists puzzled.

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O3b Network launches first satellites in bid to offer Internet in poorly-connected countries

O3b Network launches first satellites in bid to offer Internet in poorly-connected countries

Earlier this month we heard about Google's Project Loon, which was touched on in a leak back in May. Under the project, the company plans to offer inexpensive Internet in areas where connectivity is poor or unavailable, doing so at a reasonable rate. While its plans are certainly ambitious, another company has already taken the first step in its project to accomplish the same goal, launching the first four of a dozen small satellites into space.

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NASA crafts 160-megapixel image of our closest galaxy

NASA crafts 160-megapixel image of our closest galaxy

There's really nothing better than an insanely large image, and NASA created a large one of their own, except this isn't an panorama of a landscape here on Earth. It's an image of our nearest galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. Astronomers at NASA and Pennsylvania State University used NASA's Swift satellite to create the magnificent imagery.

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Toshiba rolls out entertainment PCs and redesigned Haswell-based Satellite laptops

Toshiba rolls out entertainment PCs and redesigned Haswell-based Satellite laptops

In addition to the Tegra 4-based Android tablets Toshiba announced today, the company also unveiled several new entertainment PCs and refreshed Satellite laptops, which run on "Haswell" fourth-generation Intel Core processors. The Satellite laptops will be available from Toshiba online June 9, while the entertainment systems have a more vague date of "mid-June".

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NASA ramps up search for habitable planets near Earth

NASA ramps up search for habitable planets near Earth

We've written several times about recent habitable planet findings, such as the discovery of three such planets on April 18 via the Kepler space telescope. Such planets exist within the habitable zone, but aren't necessarily capable of supporting life, and we won't know for sure without studying each one individually. The distance at which many of these exo-planets are located from our planet makes this a problem, with current technology being able to do little more than recognize their existence and potential habitability. That is where NASA's upcoming TESS telescope will come in.

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Spot unveils Global Phone satellite handset for near-global coverage

Spot unveils Global Phone satellite handset for near-global coverage

Spot has introduced a satellite-powered global cell phone called - quite aptly - the Spot Global Phone. The handset offers connectivity almost anywhere in the world, making it ideal for trekkers, frequent travelers, sailors, or anyone else who ventures off into places unknown - or unserviced by your regular cell phone provider. As you might suspect, the candy-bar style phone comes with a hefty price tag, in this case a dollar shy of $500, with the monthly plans starting at $25 for 10 minutes of talk time.

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BMW and Adaia team up for rugged, satellite-connected Android phone

BMW and Adaia team up for rugged, satellite-connected Android phone

After being fed up with constantly breaking their smartphones due to a lack of ruggedness, a small group of people, including a couple folks from Nokia, started up Adaia to develop a rugged smartphone with satellite capabilities called the Blackcomb. It's a collaboration between Adaia and BMW, where the German auto company is handling the design of the phone.

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Google Timelapse shows a changing Earth in animated form

Google Timelapse shows a changing Earth in animated form

Google has launched a new project called Timelapse that allows users to see the history of the Earth all the way back to 1984 and view how our planet has changed over the past 28 years. You can view any part of the world, just like in Google Earth, except that Timelapse automatically creates an animated timelapse GIF based on what you're looking at.

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FCC considers using satellite airwaves to provide Internet on commercial aircraft

FCC considers using satellite airwaves to provide Internet on commercial aircraft

Most major airlines around the world have been offering Internet service on flights for a number of years. Selling Internet access to passengers on aircraft has proven to be a nice additional stream of revenue for cash strapped airlines. Typically, providing Internet service on aircraft requires an antenna on the ground.

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Young students aim to be among first to launch small satellite

Young students aim to be among first to launch small satellite

Students at St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington, VA are aiming to be a part of a milestone. The school is looking to become the first K-8 school to launch a "CubeSat" satellite into space. The proposed satellite that the students will build would be four inches long in all directions and would weigh around three pounds.

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Chinese space junk collides with Russian satellite

Chinese space junk collides with Russian satellite

While outer space is vast with distances that are hard for the human mind to comprehend, the space around our planet is becoming quite crowded. There are approximately 900 satellites in orbit around the Earth today and untold amounts of orbiting space junk and debris. The space junk and debris includes things such as defunct satellites, small parts from spacecraft, and satellites that have been purposely destroyed or exploded accidentally.

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