satellites

That Fireball Over The US Was Just A Russian Spy Satellite

Relax, guys. That fireball from a few weeks ago? You know, the “rocks with glowing red and orange streaks” that everyone noticed one night? Experts agree it was just a Russian spy satellite breaking up over the Rockies. Everything’s fine, nothing to see here.


Space Station Defies Humans, Launches Satellites Without Permission

The International Space Station has a cannon that launches tiny CubeSat microsatellites into orbit. Most of the time, those launches are triggered by human scientists on board or back on Earth. But this week, the ISS launched two CubeSats entirely on its own. This is how the uprising begins.


Watch A Pilot Snag Cold War Spy Satellite Footage As It Falls From Orbit

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The Corona program was the opening salvo in the effort to peer into Soviet-controlled territory from orbit. In order to recover the top-secret physical photographs it took, Air Force pilots took to the sky for what amounted to a claw arcade game, played miles above the Earth. Here’s a rare look at it in action.


Look At These Images From The First Public High-Res Imaging Satellite

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 — set to double the resolution of Google Maps as the first public high-res imaging satellite in space — launched earlier this month. Now, here are the first images to be beamed back to Earth.


Amazing 1960s Predictions About Satellites, Email And The Internet

It’s hard for many of us living here in the early 21st century to imagine a world without satellites. Well, in fairness, we don’t really think about satellites at all. Much like electricity or tap water, we only remember how vital they are when they stop working. Our GPS devices, smartphones and modern military infrastructure all depend on satellites.


Monster Machines: Of Course The First Object Ever Recovered From Orbit Was For Spying

In the early days of the US satellite surveillance program, our orbital cameras employed state-of-the-art technologies to get the physical film back to Earth for development and analysis. They shot it back into the atmosphere like 136kg bullets, and tried to catch the falling canisters by their parachutes using a passing plane armed with a sky hook. No, seriously.


This High-Res Satellite Can Count The Number Of Chickens On Earth

Now that the WorldView-3, the world’s first satellite capable of capturing high-resolution public images has launched, here’s exactly what it is capable of doing all the way up from 620km above the Earth, according to this cool Mashable article.


Monster Machines: The Super-Imaging Satellite That Will Double Google Maps Resolution

The quality of commercial space-based imagery is about to take a quantum leap forward with yesterday’s successful launch of the Worldview-3 satellite. It’s powerful enough to count chickens from orbit. It’s a true monster machine.


How Do Satellites Orbit The Earth?

Take a look at the moon and it isn’t hard to imagine it as a planet. A 3476 kilometres-in-diameter ball of rock, with basalt plains and mountain ranges, whose gravitational pull produces tides here on Earth. Despite its vast mass and gravitational pull, the moon does an excellent job of not falling to Earth. Why? Because the moon is in orbit.


First Satellite To Capture High-Res Public Images Is Ready For Launch

In mid-June, the U.S. government relaxed its previously strict rules on high-definition satellite imaging, allowing mapping services like Google Maps to scale up to a higher resolution. DigitalGlobe led the charge in changing the U.S. ruling in part because of its upcoming Worldview-3 satellite, which will provide the first public high-resolution photos of our planet.


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