Category SATELLITES

ESA seeks “missing link” between drones and satellites

For years, high-altitude unmanned aircraft and airships that can loiter on the edge of space have been under development, but who will use them when they come online? One major prospect is ESA, which sees these High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites as the “missing link” between drones and satellites

High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites are platforms that float or fly at high altitude like conventional aircraft but operate more like satellites

For years, high-altitude unmanned aircraft and airships that can loiter on the edge of space have been under development, but who will use them when they come online? One major prospect is ESA, which sees these High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS) as the “missing link” between drones and satellites that can remain on station longer than the former while pro...

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Giant spider robots in space could change things forever

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Giant spiders in space may sound like the beginning of an epic sci-fi horror book, but the real purpose of this nightmare-come-to-life is a little less sinister. The massive arachnid in question, actually called SpiderFab, is a multi-armed robot built with the idea that it’s “limbs” will allow it to assemble large items in space to cut down on manufacturing and transport costs on earth.

According to its creators, SpiderFab would use raw materials that had been deployed into space to assemble, or in some cases create, objects that are necessary for space exploration. Each arm of the robot has a different purpose...

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How Scientific Sea Drones Are Becoming the Eyes of the Navy

From hunting and hiding submarines to planning SEAL missions, a fleet of 65 aquatic, submersible drones is already giving the U.S. Navy a tactical advantage.

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Last fall Rutgers University ocean researcher Oscar Schofield headed a collaborative experiment called Gliderpalooza, which coordinated 15 aquatic, submersible research drones to sample the deep waters off the coastal Atlantic. About 5 feet long and shaped like tomahawk missiles, the gliders beam home their data every time they surface. The propellerless drones, jam-packed with scientific instruments, swim by changing their buoyancy—taking on and expelling a soda can’s worth of water to sink and float. And they navigate under the waves by themselves...

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VIEW ALL SATELLITES ORBITING EARTH IN THE ONE IMAGE HERE

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As we gear up for an era where space travel becomes more common thanks to the efforts of companies like Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, territory that was unchartered just a few decades ago could soon become commonplace.

Even those of us with no interest in traveling to space have come to rely on The Final Frontier more so than ever before, thanks to an increasing number of services that rely on satellites orbiting the Earth.

Cell phones and in-dash navigation systems rely on GPS satellites, Dish and DirecTV obviously use satellite feeds, and satellite communications systems offered by the likes of Inmarsat and Iridium continue to proliferate across various industries. Just how crowded is it getting up there above the Earth’s atmosphere?

The answer: Pretty...

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