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Russia lost control of an orbiting radio telescope

Russia's astronomy program is facing a significant setback. The country's orbital Spektr-R radio telescope has stopped responding to commands since January 11th. While it's still transmitting signals, the satellite effectively can't be used for fut… Source: Engadget | Russia lost control of an orbiting radio telescope

The first 8K satellite TV broadcasts launched today in Japan

As scheduled, at 10 AM local time on December 1st Japanese TV networks began publicly broadcasting 4K and 8K channels via satellite. Even after a couple of years of testing, NHK is currently the only one pushing content at 8K with 22.2 channel sound…. Source: Engadget | The first 8K satellite TV broadcasts launched today …

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SpaceX revises internet satellite launch plan to minimize space debris

For the past few years, SpaceX has been working on its Starlink project, the goal of which is to launch thousands of low-orbiting satellites that will provide high-speed internet to people around the world. In February, the company put two prototype… Source: Engadget | SpaceX revises internet satellite launch plan to minimize space debris

Russia balks at US-run OneWeb satellite internet over security concern

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has thrown a wrench in a planned deal that would bring internet access to the most rural and remote parts of the country, according to Reuters. United States-based startup OneWeb was set to launch a satellite p… Source: Engadget | Russia balks at US-run OneWeb satellite internet over security concern

Facebook hopes to launch an internet satellite in early 2019

Facebook has cooperated on internet satellite initiatives (with less-than-ideal results), but there's been precious little word of plans to make its own satellite beyond high-level promises. Now, however, there's something tangible. Both publicly d… Source: Engadget | Facebook hopes to launch an internet satellite in early 2019

Facebook has mapped the population of 23 countries in incredible detail (updated)

In its research into the best way to provide the internet to the entire world, Facebook has mapped where all 7.5 billion people on the planet live. By combining government census data and satellite images along with some help from Facebook's image re… Source: Engadget

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