The poor man’s LEO satellite

This is a good reminder that while satellite technology and operations are cool, sometimes the cheap ways will work just fine, too.  Balloons are great if you want to look at areas that are easy to fly over.  Just too bad these people feel compelled to do it over North Dakota. I don’t have anything […]

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Of elephants for satellites

You might remember in another aside I posted, I noted the Chinese may not be just targeting the United States with their space activities, but their Indian neighbors, too.  Well, according to this article, the Indians just had one of their communications satellites, GSAT-7, launched on an Ariane-5 out of Kourou, French Guiana.  It’s just […]

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Satellites and terrorists

Okay, now that I’ve recovered from my previous aside and post of old information, here’s something that shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone paying attention. According to this article from the Washington Post, satellites of all sorts were used to help find and monitor Osama Bin Laden.  Some SIGINT  (Signals Intelligence) here, a little IMINT […]

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