satellites

The Double Cyclone Disaster That Smashed Into Australia Last Week

Here you can see a composite satellite photo of two cyclones hitting northern Australia within six hours of each other this week. In the upper left is Cyclone Lam, and in the lower right is Cyclone Marcia. It’s beautiful but also terrifying.


Using Satellites, We Can Spot Pirate Fishing Boats From Space

The ocean is vast. We cannot patrol all of it. But now environmental groups are getting into the satellite game, watching for illegal fishing boats from the skies. It’s just one more example of how high-quality, real-time satellite imagery can change our relationship to the world around us.


This Is Elon Musk's Plan To Build A Space Internet

Elon Musk doesn’t dream small. That much is pretty clear from the hovering space rockets and the vacuum-tube mass transit system. But his latest brainwave, which involves covering both the Earth and Mars in a blanket of sweet, sweet internet, is downright ballsy.


This Was The First Ever Satellite Image Of The Entire US

This might look like someone’s faxed a page of an atlas a dozen times, but you’re actually looking at the state-of-the-art from 1974. This is the first ever satellite image of the entire United States.


Monster Machines: This 'GoreSat' Weather Satellite Will Keep An Eye On Solar Winds

When the solar winds blow strong, it plays havoc with electronics here on Earth. We can protect our sensitive electronic infrastructure — power grids, navigation and communication satellites, and such — but only with sufficient warning. And that’s where the new DSCOVR satellite comes in.


'Starquakes' May Be The Reason Behind Massive Solar Eruptions 

In early 2009, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope observed an unprecedented solar storm emanating from a distant neutron star with gigantic columns of magnetised flares stretching thousands of kilometres into space — only the third time such an eruption had been observed. Five years later, NASA boffins think they have figured out what’s triggered it.


Space Detective Is Now A Job That Exists

Want to use some damning images from Google Earth to back up your case in a lawsuit? Right now it’s not quite that easy. Which is why a satellite imaging specialist and space lawyer (actual thing) have just formed what is about to become every NASA-loving kid’s dream job: the world’s very first space detective agency.


The Most Detailed Map Of The Ocean Floor Ever Was Made From Space

The bottom of the ocean is dark, mysterious, and vast — nearly all of it unmapped. Today, however, scientists reveal the clearest map of the ocean floor ever. They didn’t explore the ocean floor. They didn’t even send instruments into the water. Instead, they used gravity measurements from two satellites orbiting in space.


We're Finally Going To Be Able To Track Missing Airliners

It’s only taken two major crashes and untold millions in search operations, but the world is finally going to have the capability to track airliners anywhere in the world. A collaboration between Iridium and Nav Canada will see a constellation of 66 — count ‘em — satellites in orbit by 2017, and hopefully the tracking will be operational a year after that.


Monster Machines: Everything You Need To Know About NASA's New Mars Orbiter

It took just ten months for NASA’s water-seeking satellite to traverse the 711 million kilometres between Earth and Mars. And, now that it has successfully entered stable orbit around the red planet, it’s time to get to work figuring out where the heck all that water went.