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Dec 20, 2023

Amazon Fires Up Its Space Lasers

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

Kuiper internet satellites will form a mesh network using optical links.

Dec 19, 2023

Watch live: SpaceX launches Starlink satellite from Cape Canaveral on Falcon 9 rocket

Posted by in categories: drones, internet, satellites

Watch live coverage as SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket with 23 second-generation Starlink internet satellites. Liftoff from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station is scheduled for tonight at 11:01 p.m. EST (0401 UTC). The first-stage booster, making its third flight, will land on the drone ship ‘A Shortfall of Gravitas’ about eight and a half minutes into the flight.\

Our live coverage from Cape Canaveral, with commentary by Will Robinson-Smith, will begin about an hour before launch.\

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Dec 18, 2023

‘Teleporting’ images across a network securely using only light

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, satellites, security

Nature Communications published research by an international team from Wits and ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, which demonstrates the teleportation-like transport of “patterns” of light—this is the first approach that can transport images across a network without physically sending the image and a crucial step towards realizing a quantum network for high-dimensional entangled states.

Quantum communication over long distances is integral to and has been demonstrated with two-dimensional states (qubits) over very long distances between satellites. This may seem enough if we compare it with its classical counterpart, i.e., sending bits that can be encoded in 1s (signal) and 0s (no signal), one at a time.

However, quantum optics allow us to increase the alphabet and to securely describe more in a single shot, such as a unique fingerprint or a face.

Dec 18, 2023

China launches large classified optical satellite towards geostationary orbit

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HELSINKI — China sent the classified Yaogan-41 optical satellite towards the geostationary belt Friday using the country’s largest launch vehicle.

The sixth Long March 5 rocket lifted off from the coastal Wenchang Satellite Launch Center at 8:41 a.m. Eastern (1341 UTC) Dec. 15. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC) announced launch success around an hour later.

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Dec 18, 2023

Electron returns to flight with successful launch of Japanese radar imaging satellite

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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab successfully launched a Japanese radar imaging satellite on the first flight of its Electron rocket since a failure nearly three months ago.

The Electron rocket lifted off from the company’s Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand at 11:05 p.m. Eastern Dec. 14. The vehicle deployed its payload, the QPS-SAR-5 or Tsukuyomi-1 satellite for Japanese company iQPS, nearly 57 minutes after liftoff into a 575-kilometer orbit.

The launch was the first for Electron since a Sept. 19 failure during a launch of another radar imaging satellite for Capella Space. On that mission, the first stage performed as expected but the engine of the second stage appeared to shut down immediately after ignition, preventing it from reaching orbit.

Dec 17, 2023

Space X Falcon 9-rival from Rocket Lab returns to Space after a setback

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The launch marks the firm Electron rocket’s comeback after its failure in September, which resulted in the loss of a commercial Earth-observing satellite.

The 42nd mission signifies the return of Electron small rocket, bouncing back after a temporary pause prompted by a setback in September.

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Dec 17, 2023

Falcon 9: SpaceX’s workhorse rocket

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is the vehicle that brings satellites, Dragon cargo spacecraft and Crew Dragon spacecraft to orbit.

Among its many uses, SpaceX regularly launches Falcon 9 to bring its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Dragon made the first private spacecraft visit ever there in October 2012 and has run more than 25 cargo missions in the years since. Since 2020, SpaceX also used Falcon 9 for crewed missions to the ISS, on behalf of NASA and other customers.

Dec 15, 2023

SpaceX Christmas Starship Roll Out & Rocket Lab QPS SAR 5 Launch

Posted by in category: satellites

SpaceX performs a Christmas themed roll out of the next Starship to fly and relativity fires up its most powerful engine, while Amazon tests a spacecraft inters satellite laser link communication system and Rocket Lab achieves a successful launch of the QPS SAR 5 satellite.

Questions to inspire discussion.

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Dec 15, 2023

Amazon tests space laser to transmit internet, aims 3,236 satellite web

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

Project Kuiper seeks to deploy a swarm of small satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) to enhance global broadband access, particularly to remote locations of the planet.

Amazon’s Project Kuiper initiative has marked a significant achievement with the successful in-orbit testing of a critical technology known as optical inter-satellite links (OISL).

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Dec 14, 2023

The Starling Squadron: NASA’s CubeSats Take Formation in Space

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, satellites

NASA’s Starling mission will test new technologies for autonomous swarm navigation on four CubeSats in low-Earth orbit. Credit: Blue Canyon Technologies/NASA

NASA ’s Starling spacecraft are getting in formation: the mission team has spent the last two months troubleshooting issues and commissioning the four spacecraft, nicknamed Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde.

Pinky, Inky, and Clyde have successfully completed their propulsion system commissioning and have executed maneuvers to get into their swarm operations configuration, maintaining a range between 50–200 km apart. The three have also successfully demonstrated two-way communications with their crosslink radios in this closer proximity.

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