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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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UARS falls back to Earth; NASA still has no idea where it hit

UARS falls back to Earth; NASA still has no idea where it hit

We talked about the decommissioned space satellite UARS last week and the fact that it was going to be plummeting back through the earth's atmosphere Friday or Saturday of last week. UARS has made its descent back through the atmosphere and most of it did in fact burn up in re-entry. However, the 26 satellite components that NASA thought might survive the atmosphere are still unaccounted for.

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Dish Network Tailgater lets you throw a tailgate party in style

Dish Network Tailgater lets you throw a tailgate party in style

I am not the sort to throw a tailgate party. I prefer to watch sporting events from home because the seats that are always in the price range I am willing to spend at a live venue suck. If you like to have the real event ambiance, but don’t want to cough up the money for the tickets to a football game or a baseball game the Dish Network Tailgater will let you throw a party in style.

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Lockheed Martin HALE-D airship flies for first time

Lockheed Martin HALE-D airship flies for first time

Lockheed Martin has been working on a new generation of airships, which I have always called blimps. Decades ago, the airship was seen as the future of passenger flight across the country and between continents. The airship was quickly surpassed in capability by aircraft and thanks to notable disasters it was relegated to use for advertising and filming sporting events for the most part.

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SpaceX breaks ground on launch site for Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX breaks ground on launch site for Falcon Heavy rocket

This month marked the last flight of the Space Shuttle fleet and while NASA is on hiatus from putting things in space using the shuttle, the private space industry is moving on. SpaceX has announced that it broke ground yesterday on the launch site for its massive Falcon Heavy lift rocket. The massive rocket is the most powerful since the rockets used to heft astronauts into space in the Apollo days.

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Postage Stamp Size Satellites Launch with Space Shuttle Endeavour

Postage Stamp Size Satellites Launch with Space Shuttle Endeavour

Space Shuttle Endeavour launched today, on its last mission and the second to last mission of the Space Shuttle program. On board this time were three postage-stamp sized mini satellites. These tiny satellites will be mounted on the outside of the International Space Station, and will perform the same mission that the Russian Sputnik spacecraft did in 1957. They will monitor space conditions and broadcast them back to Earth.

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Dish Network purchase of Blockbuster Video approved by bankruptcy court

Dish Network purchase of Blockbuster Video approved by bankruptcy court

We mentioned earlier this week that satellite TV provider Dish Network had put in a bid to purchase Blockbuster and its assets. The plan still needed to win the approval of the bankruptcy court handling Blockbuster's assets. Reuters reports that the court has approved the $320 million bid by Dish Network for the purchase.

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Space Junk Could Collide with International Space Station *Updated*

Space Junk Could Collide with International Space Station *Updated*

Space, or at least Earth's orbit, is becoming more and more congested, and now the International Space Station may be in danger from a rogue bit of space debris. The Pentagon estimates there are now more than 370,000 pieces of junk floating around in low-Earth orbit, from collisions, missile tests, and space missions, turning the area directly above Earth into "an orbiting rubbish dump". And now one piece of that rubbish may collide with the International Space Station, according to NASA.

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Montana Radio Shack offers free gun with Dish Network purchase

Montana Radio Shack offers free gun with Dish Network purchase

If you live in a rural area where the local cable company has a junky cable line up odds are you have moved on to satellite service so you can get all the channels that your local company lacks. Even some folks that live in urban areas with lots of channels still opt for satellite service. Satellite is one of the most common alternatives to cable today.

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