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Antarctica Map: Highest resolution terrain map yet made

Antarctica Map: Highest resolution terrain map yet made

Today we're having a peek at the newly revealed and newly-public "most accurate" high resolution terrain map of Antarctica. This is REMA, or the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica. Straight from the folks at Ohio State University, this map is made by what its creators say is "applying fully automated, stereo auto-correlation techniques to overlapping pairs of high-resolution optical satellite images."

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SpaceX wins $130M bid to launch military satellite on Falcon Heavy

SpaceX wins $130M bid to launch military satellite on Falcon Heavy

SpaceX continues to make real progress on its Falcon Heavy project. After successfully launching the new, bigger rocket for the first time earlier this year, the company has landed a $130 million contract to launch a classified military satellite for the US Air Force using the Falcon Heavy. We're still awaiting SpaceX to announce additional test launches for the Falcon Heavy, which can carry much larger payloads than the standard Falcon 9, while the AFSPC-52 satellite isn't scheduled to launch until 2020.

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See Kilauea from above: Hawaii’s volcano situation

See Kilauea from above: Hawaii’s volcano situation

There's a volcano by the name of Kilauea leaking lava in Hawaii right now - did you know? Let's have a chat about what's going down. This week interest in the volcano's become especially important because of the very active nature of Kilauea's contents - and therefore the surrounding area. Thanks to the the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) onboard NASA's Terra satellite, Hawaii's been given warning of the hotspots in the area surrounding the volcano. Today we get to see what the satellite's seen.

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SpaceX Starlink global satellite Internet project gets FCC approval

SpaceX Starlink global satellite Internet project gets FCC approval

The FCC has granted SpaceX's application to use satellites for providing Internet service to regions around the world. According to the FCC, this is the first approval for a "US-licensed satellite constellation" that will use low-Earth orbit satellites to offer "broadband services." The system may contain more than 4,000 satellites, and was confirmed by SpaceX back in May 2017.

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NASA asks public to share cloud photos to help confirm satellite data

NASA asks public to share cloud photos to help confirm satellite data

NASA has revealed it's using a rare strategy to help verify data from the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES): asking the public for help. The space agency says its satellites sometimes have difficulty identifying and separating clouds, so it's having citizen scientists submit photos of clouds from the ground in order to compare data.

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Startup accused of launching tiny satellites without permission in FCC doc

Startup accused of launching tiny satellites without permission in FCC doc

A startup currently operating in stealth mode called Swarm Technologies has been accused of launching four small satellites without permission, it has been revealed. The revelation was stitched together based on FCC documents, which were recently published on the Commission's website. In them, one document mentions an "apparent unauthorized launch" of four small satellites.

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China’s doomed space station will reach Earth’s atmosphere soon

China’s doomed space station will reach Earth’s atmosphere soon

Back in January, experts revealed that China's first space station, the Tiangong-1, would be reaching the end of its life likely in March of this year. China, which launched the space station in 2011, had lost control of the massive spacecraft by 2016, and experts later warned that it may not fully burn up upon reentry. Now the European Space Agency is back with an update, revealing a narrower timeframe in which the Tiangong-1 will likely reach Earth's atmosphere.

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This ambitious alliance wants in-flight WiFi faster than your home internet

This ambitious alliance wants in-flight WiFi faster than your home internet

The days of slow, frustrating, patchy in-flight WiFi may finally be behind us, with a new push by Airbus, Delta and others to supercharge satellite connectivity. The Seamless Air Alliance is a new consortium hoping to not only remove the annoyance from getting online in the air, but actually make it "the best internet you ever experienced."

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SpaceX nails launch & landing of a used rocket for second time

SpaceX nails launch & landing of a used rocket for second time

SpaceX's record of success continues to grow as the space company successfully launched and landed a used Falcon 9 rocket for the second time on Friday. As the second instance of reusing one of its rockets, this marks 12 completed landings out of 17 attempts for SpaceX, and the 7th successful recovery at sea, where the rocket's first stage touches down upright on a floating drone platform.

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SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

Sunday morning was the scheduled time for SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 launch, where it would carry out its first mission for the US military, but the rocket company was forced call a one-day delay at the last moment. The launch was due to take place at Cape Canaveral at 7:00 AM ET on April 30th, but a sensor issue with the rocket prompted a cancellation less than 60 seconds to lift-off.

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India puts record 104 satellites into orbit with one launch

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit with one launch

As if launching a rocket with some payload wasn’t enough of a gamble, try launching one with hundreds of those payloads. That is exactly the record-breaking feat that the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO accomplished. At close to midnight Eastern (10 a.m. local time), the ISRO confirmed that not only did it make a successful launch of a PSLV-37 rocket, it also successfully put 104 satellites into orbit. All from that single launch.

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SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, deploying satellites & landing successfully

SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, deploying satellites & landing successfully

A round of congratulations are in order for SpaceX, as the Elon Musk-led agency successfully returned to flight on Saturday with the launch of a rocket that delivered 10 satellites into orbit, followed by a first stage booster landing atop a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. This was SpaceX's first launch in over four months, following the August launchpad explosion of their previous rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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