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Tour de France 2014

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 24th, 2014

The 101st Tour de France (NY Times, Wikipedia and Twitter), began on Saturday July 5, 2014 and continues until July 27, 2014. The 21-stage race began in Yorkshire, U.K., and stretches across Europe including Spain and Belgium. The race spans a total of 3,664 kilometers (or approximately 2277 miles). Some 3.5 billion people watch some […]

GoAntenna: 10 Mile Cell Communications – Without Towers

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 21st, 2014

GoTenna has developed a 6-inch-long antenna that connects to iPhones and Android phones via Bluetooth low energy. The antenna then transmits the data to other GoTennas through proprietary protocols, at 151-154 MHz. You can send text messages up to 160 characters as well as share your location on offline maps. The gadget is available for […]

Orbcomm Launches Space-based Vessel Tracking Satellites

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 16th, 2014

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched six LEO comsats to modernize Orbcomm’s orbital fleet of messaging satellites. ORBCOMM says the six satellites’ solar panels and antennas deployed properly, and are connecting to their Gateway Earth Stations around the world. The flight was supposed to take off in early May, but persistent technical issues with the […]

Real-time Transportation Map Apps

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 8th, 2014

If you want to track trains in real time on the Boston MBTA you now have a choice of two different maps,reports Google Maps Mania. The Boston Train Track shows the current position of Boston trains on an OpenStreetMap. The trains are color-coded by line and the train markers indicate the direction of travel. Live […]

Commercial Drone Integration by 2015 Unlikely

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 3rd, 2014

The FAA will likely miss their 2015 deadline to let companies fly drones, reports The Verge. Last week the Department of Transportation found that the FAA is “significantly behind schedule” and that there are still “significant technological, regulatory, and management barriers” preventing the FAA from integrating drones into the national airspace. Those barriers include: failing […]

Cluster of 37 Satellites Launched

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 1st, 2014

A Russian Dnepr launch vehicle launched 37 spacecraft last month, marking a new record for the most spacecraft launched by a single rocket. A fleet of 11 Flock 1c small satellites were launched on a mission to generate virtually live high-resolution images of Earth with resolutions of three to five meters. The satellites are designed, […]