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The LA Gas Leak Was So Bad You Could See It From Space

The natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon earlier this year was already one of the worst environmental disasters in US history. Several months later, however, it has now gained the additional distinction of being the first industrial methane point-source visible from outer space.


These Tiny Spacecraft Could Lead Us To Alpha Centauri

Earlier this autumn, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner casually announced his intention to develop spacecraft that can travel at up to 20 per cent the speed of light and reach Alpha Centauri within 20 years. From the outset, it was clear that no humans would be making the warp jump — the mission will involve extremely lightweight robotic spacecraft. A new fleet of tiny satellites hints at what those future interstellar voyagers will look like and be capable of.


NBN Has Launched Its Sky Muster Broadband Service For Regional Areas

NBN’s broadband satellite service, Sky Muster, is now being sold to customers via ISPs, and boasts an average end user speed of 25/5Mbps as part of its goal to bring high speed internet to regional Australia. The satellite launched in October last year, and has since been trialled by over 200 households in regional and remote areas — who now have access to better connection speeds than many Australian city-dwellers.


That Mysterious Radio Burst From Space Isn't So Mysterious After All

Two months ago, astronomers picked up and then pinpointed the location of a weird burst of radio waves from space, prompting heated debate about the possible source of the signals. Now, new data has finally revealed that source — and it’s not such a big mystery after all. Move along, nothing to see here: Just a star-gobbling supermassive black hole burping out some excess radio waves.


Slowing Down In Space Is Easier With Yo-Yos

Video: Any number of forces can mess up a spacecraft’s flight path on its way to where it needs to go, however spinning helps average those torques to add stability to the trajectory. But when a satellite does successfully reaches orbit, how does it stop spinning?


How A Weather Satellite Gets Ready To Go To Space

Video: Luckily for Sentinel-3a, there’s no bags to pack and expensive satellites only fly first class.


A Satellite Clean Room Is A Neat-Freak Paradise

Sending things into space is obviously expensive as hell. One of the many, amny reasons why is the manufacturing process: everything that goes in or on a space vehicle has to be built in a clean environment, and there’s more to it than just being generous with the bleach.


A New Technique Makes GPS Accurate To A Centimetre

GPS is an utterly pervasive and wonderful technology, but it’s increasingly not accurate enough for modern demands. Now a team of researchers can make it accurate right down to a centimetre.


Terabit-Capacity Satellites Will Bring Space Internet Up To Speed

Satellite internet is a viable solution for anyone living out in the sticks, provided you don’t mind slow speeds and awful ping. ViaSat’s latest class of satellites hopes to solve the speed problem, thanks to satellites with more capacity than all the existing solutions combined.


Physicists Discover A New Kind Of Crystal Inspired By Satellite Orbits 

The very definition of a crystal relies on the notion of symmetry: the atoms line up in highly ordered, repeating honeycomb patterns, and that symmetry should be evident whichever way you look at it. Now physicists have stumbled upon a new type of crystal inspired by the orbits of satellites.


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