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Aug 24, 2020

New UK space projects to boost global sustainable development receive £3.4 million cash boost

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, satellites

💥💥💥💥💥💥💥Humanitarian Day, the UK Space Agency announced £3.4 million of new funding for 10 leading-edge projects, backing UK academics using space to tackle global development problems – from the spread of malaria to human trafficking and forced labor. In 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases and 405,000 deaths from malaria alone.

These projects will develop solutions to global challenges that will open up new opportunities for UK space expertise to help countries overseas to deal with myriad problems. Among the others being backed are space-based solutions that will help protect wildlife habitats in Kenya and another that will improve resilience to flooding in Bangladesh, which is suffering the most prolonged monsoon rains in decades.


On World Humanitarian Day, the UK Space Agency announced £3.4 million of new funding for 10 leading-edge projects, backing UK academics using space to tackle global development problems – from the spread of malaria to human trafficking and forced labor. In 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases and 405,000 deaths from malaria alone.

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Aug 23, 2020

NASA’s Artemis Mission looks to help better agriculture

Posted by in categories: business, food, mobile phones, satellites

Innovation is key for developing the future of agriculture and sometimes it comes from unlikely places.

The NASA Artemis Mission is working to develop space exploration, but here on Earth, they are partnering with the University of California Berkeley to use Land Satellite Seven to benefit agriculture.

According to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, “We can use that data from space and combine it with weather stations from Earth, and we can get very precise evapotranspiration measurements, down to a quarter of an acre. What that means is we can provide farmers with very specific irrigation plans.”

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Aug 23, 2020

SES taps SpaceX for two additional Falcon 9 launches

Posted by in categories: energy, government, satellites

Fleet operator SES on Aug. 20 said it selected SpaceX to launch four recently ordered O3b mPower broadband satellites.

SES’s four-satellite expansion order, announced Aug. 7, further increased its launch needs.

SES has now grouped the satellites into trios for the first three Falcon 9 launches, scheduled for the third quarter of 2021, the first quarter of 2022, and the second half of 2022. The last two satellites are projected to launch in the second half of 2024. Each mission will take place from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Aug 21, 2020

Google Maps will show wildfire boundaries in near real time

Posted by in category: satellites

A new feature on Google search and Maps will give users near-real-time information on wildfires in the US. Data from NOAA satellites allows Google to update wildfire boundaries on its maps hourly.

Aug 18, 2020

SpaceX launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket on a record-breaking sixth flight

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

On August 18th, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on its sixth mission to space, breaking the company’s record for reflights of a single booster. The rocket launched 58 of SpaceX’s internet-beaming Starlink satellites and three hitchhiking satellites from Planet.

Aug 18, 2020

NASA Is Tracking a Vast, Growing Anomaly in Earth’s Magnetic Field

Posted by in categories: particle physics, satellites

NASA is actively monitoring a strange anomaly in Earth’s magnetic field: a giant region of lower magnetic intensity in the skies above the planet, stretching out between South America and southwest Africa.

This vast, developing phenomenon, called the South Atlantic Anomaly, has intrigued and concerned scientists for years, and perhaps none more so than NASA researchers. The space agency’s satellites and spacecraft are particularly vulnerable to the weakened magnetic field strength within the anomaly, and the resulting exposure to charged particles from the Sun.

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Aug 18, 2020

SpaceX launches its Falcon 9 rocket for its 11th Starlink mission, which will include 58 Starlink satellites and three of Planet’s SkySats

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

Lift-off from the site in the US state of Florida is scheduled for 1431GMT.

Source: SpaceX/AP


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Aug 18, 2020

New tool helps interpret future searches for life on exoplanets

Posted by in categories: alien life, satellites

Is there life on a distant planet? One way astronomers are trying to find out is by analyzing the light that is scattered off a planet’s atmosphere. Some of that light, which originates from the stars it orbits, has interacted with its atmosphere, and provides important clues to the gases it contains. If gases like oxygen, methane or ozone are detected, that could indicate the presence of living organisms. Such gases are known as biosignatures. A team of scientists from EPFL and Tor Vergata University of Rome has developed a statistical model that can help astronomers interpret the results of the search for these “signs of life.” Their research has just been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Since the first exoplanet—a planet that orbits a star other than the sun—was discovered 25 years ago, over 4,300 more have been identified. And the list is still growing: a new one is discovered every two or three days. Around 200 of the exoplanets found so far are telluric, meaning they consist mainly of rocks, like the Earth. While that’s not the only requirement for a planet to be able to host life—it also needs to have water and be a certain distance from its sun—it is one criterion that astronomers are using to focus their search.

In the coming years, the use of gas spectroscopy to detect biosignatures in ’ atmospheres will become an increasingly important element of astronomy. Many research programs are already under way in this area, such as for the CHEOPS exoplanet-hunting satellite, which went into orbit in December 2019, and the James-Webb optical telescope, scheduled to be launched in October 2021.

Aug 18, 2020

Amazon Web Services and Blue Origin could mean the satellite constellation becomes part of a larger ecosystem

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Aug 17, 2020

DARPA Progress With ‘Ocean Of Things’ All-Seeing Eye On The High Seas

Posted by in categories: materials, satellites

DARPA has awarded a contract for the next phase of development of its Ocean of Things (OoT), a project to seed the seas with thousands of floating sensors, monitoring everything that passes from aircraft to submarines.

The name is a play on the Internet of Things and the aim is to achieve persistent maritime situational awareness over large ocean areas. While satellites can provide some information, DARPA project manager John Waterson points out that there are gaps in their coverage – optical satellites cannot see through clouds, radar satellites only have limited coverage, and none of them can say much about what is going on underwater.

Floating sensors, known as floats, can gather far more detailed information, and can remain at sea for months at a time. There is a network of almost 4,000 Argo science floats around the world, gathering data on ocean temperature and salinity. Waterson wants to see much larger arrays of low-cost floats with more sensors, floats which would carry out missions lasting up to a year before scuttling themselves and degrading. The floats are environmentally friendly, avoiding the use of toxic materials.

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