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Google Buying Drone Company Titan

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 14th, 2014

Google is buying drone maker Titan Aerospace, a startup maker of high-altitude drones, reports the WS Journal. Google didn’t disclose a purchase price for Titan, of Moriarty, N.M., whose solar-powered drones are intended to fly for months at a time. Facebook was also reportedly looking to buy Titan Aerospace, and was rumored to offer $60 […]

Sea Launch: 15 Years Later

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 28th, 2014

Sea Launch, the rocket launching platform installed on a modified oil drilling platform, celebrated this week the 15 year anniversary of the successful maiden launch of the DemoSat spacecraft that occurred on March 27, 1999. It was Sea Launch’s inaugural launch. The payload for the first mission was a dummy, designed to mimic the mass […]

Facebook Announces Connectivity Lab

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 28th, 2014

Facebook today unveiled the Connectivity Lab, part of its Internet.org initiative, which is working on drones, satellites and lasers for connectivity. Facebook’s Yael Maguire explained some of its plans for low earth orbit satellite and solar powered drones. Internet.org said it is working with Ascenta, in the UK that specializes in high-altitude long-endurance aircraft. Facebook […]

Globalstar’s WiFi Proposal on FCC Agenda

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 18th, 2014

Satellite phone provider Globalstar is proposing a Terrestrial Low Power Service, that would roll out a private WiFi network in the 2.4 GHz spectrum, adjacent to channel 11 on the WiFi band, but separate from it. Globalstar would add a 4th (private) WiFi channel, touching the top of today’s 2.4 GHz WiFi band. The unlicensed […]

OuterNet: CubeSat Datacasting?

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 6th, 2014

Outernet hopes to use datacasting technology over a low-cost CubeSat constellation. The startup says it will be able to bypass censorship, ensure privacy, and offer a universally-accessible information service at no cost to global citizens. Outernet’s motto is “Information for the world from outer space.” Outernet provides few technical details on how this constellation will […]

Facebook Buying Drone Company

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 4th, 2014

TechCrunch has heard that Facebook is buying Titan Aerospace, makers of near-orbital, solar-powered drones. They can fly for five years without needing to land and Facebook may use these high-flying drones to blanket parts of the world without Internet access, beginning with Africa. Facebook apparently has plans to use 11,000 of these unmanned aerial vehicles […]