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Russian satellite launch ends in embarassing flames

Russian satellite launch ends in embarassing flames

After threatening to lock US astronauts out of the International Space Station, all Russia needed was a solid rocket launch to declare itself the current cowboys of space. Unfortunately, that's exactly what didn't happen, with an attempt to put Russia's most technologically-advanced satellite into orbit last night ending in disaster as the $206m Express-AM4P burned up over China after a fault with the Proton rocket.

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Dish gets new HD channels in time for March Madness

Dish gets new HD channels in time for March Madness

For a long time the biggest irritation about Dish in my area was that the satellite service didn’t have HD locals. I felt like I was in the 90's each time I watched TV. Thankfully, the satellite provider has been working hard to expand the availability of HD programming for users and has added many HD channels around the country.

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Iridium Go! and Globalstar Sat-Fi give mobile hotspots some satellite love

Iridium Go! and Globalstar Sat-Fi give mobile hotspots some satellite love

Getting your notebook or other gadgets online if you've a big budget but no local service - say, perhaps, because you're desperate for WiFI in the desert or a remote jungle - is suddenly easier, with Globalstar and Iridium wading into the super-niche satellite data hotspot market. Globalstar's Sat-Fi and Iridium's Go! each promise the sort of cellular data sharing we're familiar with from mobile hotspots, only tapping into each company's satellite networks for coverage around the world.

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Scientists want mini satellites to act as space cops to control traffic in orbit

Scientists want mini satellites to act as space cops to control traffic in orbit

A group of scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has devised a plan that will use mini satellites to act as cops in space. The little satellites would be used to help control traffic in space and refine trajectories to prevent collisions. The scientist recently used a series of images that were taken over a 60-hour period from a ground-based satellite to prove you can refine the orbit of another satellite in low earth orbit.

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Skybox Imaging shows off HD video taken from a satellite in orbit

Skybox Imaging shows off HD video taken from a satellite in orbit

Typically, when we see high-resolution content taken from satellites in space, we are looking at still photos. A company called Skybox Imaging has shown off some of the very cool HD footage that it has taken from its first satellite orbiting the Earth. Currently the company has a single satellite in orbit called SkySat-1.

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Gaia satellite launches, will chart 1 billion stars 70 times over 5 years

Gaia satellite launches, will chart 1 billion stars 70 times over 5 years

The European Space Agency last week launched Gaia, a star-charting satellite that will repeatedly survey a billion stars over the course of five years. It is en route to a virtual orbit point called "L2", 1.5 million km further from the sun than the planet Earth orbits. It will measure the position, brightness, temperature and chemical composition of each star 70 times.

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Chinese-Brazilian CBERS-3 Satellite for monitoring the environment fails to reach orbit

Chinese-Brazilian CBERS-3 Satellite for monitoring the environment fails to reach orbit

A satellite that was part of a joint effort between the China and Brazil failed to enter orbit earlier this week. The satellite launched Monday in northern China, but it failed to enter the proper orbit. The satellite was going to be used to monitor deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.

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NASA Van Allen probes confirm Earth as giant particle accelerator

NASA Van Allen probes confirm Earth as giant particle accelerator

The NASA Van Allen twin probes launched last year have revealed that the Earth is a giant particle accelerator. Recently it was reported that particles in the magnetosphere sometimes accelerate across distances of a few hundred meters. But the newer discovery shows the acceleration can occur across hundreds of thousands of kilometers. The data will be helpful to to scientists helping satellite operators and the International Space Station to predict and prepare for the destructive tendencies of the seemingly random fluctuations that can occur in the magnetosphere.

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SiriusXM FM-6 satellite declared ready for service

SiriusXM FM-6 satellite declared ready for service

Back in October, we mentioned that SiriusXM satellite radio had launched a new satellite into orbit around the Earth. The satellite is called Sirius FM-6 and was launched by Space Systems/Loral known as SSL. In October, SSL reported that the satellite had deployed its solar arrays after a successful launch from Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launch rescheduled again due to oxygen in fuel

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch rescheduled again due to oxygen in fuel

SpaceX's rescheduled Nov. 25 launch on Nov. 28 was rescheduled yet again due to a slow rocket thrust buildup. The Thanksgiving Day launch was ready to go and seconds from liftoff, but the on-board computer automatically aborted the sequence. SpaceX (and Tesla) CEO Elon Musk announced the event on Twitter -- and shared a few technical details explaining the failure.

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NASA’s “MAVEN” Mars orbiter launched without a hitch

NASA’s “MAVEN” Mars orbiter launched without a hitch

NASA's Mars orbiter MAVEN launched successfully today from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:28PM EST. Once it arrives in orbit around the Red Planet, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN orbiter will gather data about Mars' upper atmosphere to try and discover how exactly the planet got to be so dry and atmosphere-poor. Earlier probes suggest the planet used to be much more like Earth in terms of moisture and atmosphere thickness.

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ESA Swarm satellites to chart Earth’s magnetic field

ESA Swarm satellites to chart Earth’s magnetic field

The European Space Agency will launch three satellites this week from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome to gather data about the Earth's magnetic field over the next few years. The planet's magnetic poles have been shifting more and more rapidly over the last couple of decades, possibly as part of their usual flip from north to south every few hundred thousand years. The so-called "Swarm" mission will tell us about that and myriad other factors affecting the magnetic field surrounding Earth.

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