On Sept 28, China, unsurprisingly, launched another satellite in their weird passive/aggressive way. At least it seems passive/aggressive with China advertising it’s a practice satellite but then keeps its mission secret. On the other hand, the US does the same thing with its military and intelligence satellites as well. The newest Chinese satellite is called the […]Read More China Sends Up Another ‘Practice’ Satellite
Business Insider posted an interesting article last Friday about plasma bubbles and how they affect communications between satellites and devices on Earth. The post suggests that ionospheric plasma bubbles seem to occur primarily around the Earth’s equator. The article also gives a short description of what a plasma bubble is–the rising of a low-density plasma through […]Read More Deadly Bubbles of Plasma
It seems I hear this refrain a lot in reference to SpaceX and its rocket reusability attempts, “They’re not the first ones to try this.” It gets a little tiresome because it sounds like an informed opinion, but really isn’t. It also seems that SpaceX itself is dealing with the same kind of sentimen–but I can only […]Read More SpaceX: They’re Not the First Ones to Try This
The above image is a great reminder of the playful part of conducting serious missions. The latest mission to Mars in this case just arrived Tuesday and was placed into Mars’ orbit. The country responsible for the mission? India. 11 months ago, in November 2013, the Indians launched the Mangalyaan, or Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) […]Read More The Indian Mechanical Martian
Earlier this year, I wrote a little post about how Harris Corporation and Aireon were working together to make accurate global aircraft tracking a reality. They’re doing this by placing GPS signal receivers and transmitters as an extra payload on board Iridium NEXT satellites. This allows GPS equipment to send a message through a special radio transmitter from […]Read More Find that Airplane–FREE!!