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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 […]

Audi Dumps T-Mobile for AT&T Connected Car

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 11th, 2014

Audi’s in-car LTE from AT&T will cost $99 for 5GB over 6 months. Customers will be able to pick between two plans, according to Audi. The first plan offers 5GB over a period of six months for $99. The second plan provides 30GB over 30-months for $499, which works out to over $16 per gigabyte. […]

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 […]

Apple Introduces CarPlay

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 3rd, 2014

Today, Apple announced Apple CarPlay, an iOS in the Car initiative, which rolls out first on cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo at this week’s Geneva Motor Show. It will work with the iPhone 5, 5S, or 5C. CarPlay mirrors your iPhone’s screen, filling a center-console touchscreen with large buttons for key functions like maps, […]

Kymeta’s Flat Beamforming Antenna Links to Satellite

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 18th, 2013

Kymeta has demonstrated that its flat, portable satellite antenna can connect to two-way Internet satellites, steering a beam without moving parts, reports Geek Wire. The demonstration was held on December 10, 2013 at Telesat’s teleport in Vancouver, B.C., using Ka-band capacity on Telesat’s Anik F2 satellite. Kymeta’s technology is based on metamaterials. It expected to […]

FAA Eases Restrictions on In-Flight Electronics

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 31st, 2013

The FAA has finally eased restrictions on in-flight electronics. According to new information posted to the FAA website (factsheet), fliers will now be able to use electronic devices for much of the flight, in some cases even during takeoff and landings. Talking on cellphones is still forbidden, but using WiFi on smartphones is now mostly […]