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Rendition of a Galileo satellite on orbit. Photo: ESA.

UK Loses Satellite Monitoring Center to Spain

Britain’s decision to extract itself from the European Union (EU) has caused it to lose an important satellite monitoring center. The U.K. won the contract in 2010 to host the center that acts as a backup monitor for the Galileo satellite navigation system. Now, the EU will relocate it to Spain to ensure Galileo infrastructure […]

By | January 19, 2018

Verizon, Avon CT. Photo: Flickr/Mike Mozart.

Verizon Is Quietly Planning to Launch an OTT Platform

According to rumors circulating at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Verizon is working on new services to ensure it can compete with Over-the-Top (OTT) content providers like Hulu and Netflix. Already, Verizon has reportedly invested between $4 billion and $5 billion in content deals. Read more at TechCrunch.

By | January 12, 2018

China’s Long March V heavy lift launch system at a spaceport in southern China’s Hainan province. Photo: Xinhua.

The North Korean Threat Is Pulling Asia into a New Space Race

North Korea intends to launch an advanced reconnaissance satellite in the near future (Kwangmyongsong 5), yet another step to improve the technology supporting its military endeavors. This move and others have unnerved the country’s neighbors China and Japan, forcing them to pour their own money into improving their defensive space capabilities. Read more at The […]

By | January 10, 2018

A consumer using the Oculus Rift VR headset. Photo: Oculus Rift.

5 Predictions for the OTT Market in 2018

The technology and trends opening new opportunities in the broadcasting market continue to make strides, from the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) to new legislation about consumer privacy. In this article, Chem Assayag runs down how these elements will impact the Over-the-Top (OTT) sector in 2018. Read more at Viaccess-Orca.

By | January 8, 2018

The Republic of Singapore Navy's RSS Intrepid, RSS Supreme, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen trail the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth during the underway phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in the South China Sea. Photo: U.S. Pacific Command/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Bishop.

New Satellites to Secure China’s Grip on South China Sea

For decades, several countries have competed to claim territory within the South China Sea, and China is no exception. Now, the country — which already has more advanced maritime technology than its rivals nearby — is launching multiple observation satellites to improve its situational awareness in the region. Read more at VOA

By | January 5, 2018

The "Golden Plaza" in Ikoyi, Lagos. Photo: Wikimedia.

Nigeria and China Sign $550 Million Satellite Deal

Sensing market opportunities in Africa, China Exim Bank and manufacturer China Great Wall have agreed to pay $550 million to procure two new satellites for Nigeria. The contract comes after Nigeria renegotiated an earlier deal which required it to front 15 percent of the satellites’ cost — now, the country isn’t paying anything for it. […]

By | January 5, 2018

Vibrio cholerae (cholera) bacteria as seen under electron microscope. Photo: Pixnio.

How Satellite Can Predict Disease Outbreaks

Clever data mavericks have found a number of ways to leverage the information collected by satellites orbiting above, from calculating income growth profiles for agriculture to tracking the global oil stock. Now, scientists are figuring out how to use satellite data to predict outbreaks of diseases such as cholera weeks in advance. Read more at […]

By | January 3, 2018

SpaceX's Falcon 9 goes vertical with the Zuma payload ahead of the scrubbed launch last November. Photo: SpaceX.

SpaceX to Launch Mysterious Zuma Satellite on Friday

SpaceX is preparing to launch a highly classified payload for the U.S. government this week, known only as “Zuma.” Other than it being a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, no information about the payload has been released, including which government branch procured it. Read more at Sky News 

By | January 2, 2018

The SAMSON nanosatellites' on board computer. Photo: Asher Space Research Institute.

Israel to Launch Three Nanosatellites in Formation

Scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, will attempt to fly a group of autonomous nanosatellites in formation for the first time this year. The satellites will launch aboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) sometime before the end of 2018, as the rocket returns to flight following […]

By | January 2, 2018

Photo: SpaceX.

Via Satellite's Top 10 Spaceflight Photos in 2017

Each year, the global space industry raises the bar on what mankind is able to accomplish beyond the confines of the Earth’s atmosphere. Amid the uprise of fully reusable rockets and record-breaking smallsat launches, we’ve curated a gallery of our favorite moments in spaceflight in 2017. First SpaceX Relanding This photo captures SpaceX’s Falcon 9 […]

By | December 29, 2017

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