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Archive for March, 2011

Ariane 5 Tries Again

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 31st, 2011

Arianespace has begun the final countdown for today’s heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission after a dramatic last second abort yesterday. With its main engine already spewing flame, the Ariane 5 rocket was grounded Wednesday when a computer check uncovered a problem and shut down the engine. The heavy lift rocket will carry a dual-satellite payload for […]

Marines use Balloon Relay

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 30th, 2011

A new helium-balloon transmission system was deployed to communicate between ships and Harrier jets, for conducting air strikes against the Libyan Leader Muammar al-Qadhafi on March 20. The system, known as Lofted Comms, uses a communications relay attached to a helium balloon. A tethered mode offers a shorter range of extending communications and allows multiple […]

Kansas City Wins Google Fiber

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 30th, 2011

Back in February, 2010, Google announced an offer to provide a free fiber optic service – with 1 Gbps, fiber-to-the-home connections – to one lucky community in the United States. Nearly 1,100 cities, with populations between 50,000 and up to 500,000, submitted proposals to Google. Today, Google has announced their decision. And the prize goes […]

CradlePoint MBR-1400: Mission Critical Mobile Router

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 30th, 2011

CradlePoint, which makes mobile routers that use 4G backhaul, today announced the MBR1400, said to be a Mission-Critical Broadband Router. Designed for small business, branch office, and retail locations, it provides a secure primary or backup connection to the internet. In addition to connection options for traditional wired networking solutions like Cable, DSL, or T1, […]

Cox Cable Mobile Service Expands

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 29th, 2011

Cox Communications today officially introduced its mobile phone and high-speed Internet service throughout Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla. Cox Communications, which is the third largest cable operator in the United States, serves more than 6.2 million customers, including 2.9 million digital cable subscribers, 3.5 million Internet subscribers, and 2.2 million digital telephone subscribers. The company […]

Microsoft: Shared Spectrum Analyzers for White Space

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 29th, 2011

Microsoft researchers say they have a better way to utilize “white space” networks. Microsoft’s “SpecNet” would create a network of spectrum analyzers, allowing remote detection of frequencies that could be used for transmission, according to a paper that will be presented next week (pdf). The SpecNet architecture, developed at Microsoft Research, contains three key components: […]