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Beidou satnav system promises free SMS messaging and location data worldwide by 2020

Beidou satnav system promises free SMS messaging and location data worldwide by 2020

You read that right, folks, the representatives speaking for the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said this week that their Beidou satellite navigation system is currently operational and will have free, global coverage in place by the year 2020. This system Beidou, otherwise known as Big Dipper, will be providing both location data and SMS messaging to any device that can utilize it for free. Beidu is working right this minute mainly in China and the group says that global coverage is in the works for full working operation inside 8 years.

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Paul Allen to invest millions in new satellite launching space plane

Paul Allen to invest millions in new satellite launching space plane

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been teaming up with aircraft pioneer Burt Rutan for a long time in an effort to build a reusable space plane that could make it into orbit and return to earth to be used again. The result of that partnership was SpaceShip One. Rutan also designed SpaceShip Two that is used by Virgin Galactic. Allen and Rutan have another space project that they are set to start work on that will result in a cheap and reusable launch method for satellites.

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Block III GPS satellite prototype starts testing

Block III GPS satellite prototype starts testing

The use of GPS is so prevalent all around the world that a lot of people never stop to think about the satellites in orbit that make it all work. The US is set to start testing of a new generation of GPS satellites with the first of the Block III GPS satellites showing up in Colorado for its first tests in an extensive series to ensure that the tech will work.

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Crazy satellite dish chair beats the landlord

Crazy satellite dish chair beats the landlord

If you are one of the unlucky Europeans that live in an apartment building where it is against the rules to hang a satellite dish, you may be wishing you had a way to get satellite channels. If you are one of those folks, this is the perfect thing to hide your satellite tendencies from the landlord. This might look like a normal chair to place outside on your balcony, but it isn't.

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Iridium brings satellite connection to your iPhone

Iridium brings satellite connection to your iPhone

Iridium Communications provides satellite connection service for those that need to stay connected no matter where in the universe they may traverse. And now, the company is offering its first iOS app called the Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web App to bring satellite connectivity to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Solar satellite plan blasts fossil fuels with eco-laser

Solar satellite plan blasts fossil fuels with eco-laser

A study group of the International Academy of Astronautics in Paris this week has published a study which notes that in as little as 30 years we could be meeting our global power needs by harvesting the sun's solar energy with satellites. This group notes that with seed money from the government, orbiting power plants will be "technically feasible" within a decade or two, each plant able to beam solar energy back to Earth for use by citizens across it. Of course all of this is without a specific road map or exact scientific architecture it seems, but it seems like a good time!

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Massive networks of stripes appear in Chinese Desert

Massive networks of stripes appear in Chinese Desert

Talk about your morning weird. Some people studying Google Earth for some reason managed to run across some very weird patterns in the Chinese desert that have a bunch of folks stumped. The patterns look like stripes that were etched or dug over the top of the landscape in the area. Some of the lines appear to be made from a silver/white material.

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US Satellites hacked by Chinese Military says Congressional Commission

US Satellites hacked by Chinese Military says Congressional Commission

While it might seem rather terrifying to think about anyone being able to hack into satellites thousands of miles away hanging precariously above our collective heads, it was back in 2007 and 2008 that this reported incident actually took place. It's just today though that the report has surfaced via Bloomberg who state that a congressional commission annual report (to be released next month) has outlined the interference which took place two times, once in 2007, and another inside 2008. China has reportedly denied any involvement.

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NASA working on Solar Orbiter mission instruments

NASA working on Solar Orbiter mission instruments

NASA is working on the instruments for a new mission that will send a special satellite to orbit the sun and measuring things like solar wind and more. The satellite is set to launch in 2017 from Cape Canaveral in Florida aboard a NASA approved launch vehicle. The satellite is called the Solar Orbiter and before it can hit the launch pad in 2017, NASA has to get the instruments ready.

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