The thermal spy in the sky that could help combat climate change

Sep 29, 2021
A small British company is launching satellites that can check up on your household carbon emissions.
Above, an infrared thermal imaging satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology. A satellite of this type is under construction for Satellite Vu.
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China set to complete its BeiDou satellite network, rival to GPS

Jun 2, 2020
The Asian giant will soon launch the last location-tracking satellite for a system that has economic, communications and military applications.
A satellite orbits Earth. China's network will have broad applications in the future.

Amazon wants to deliver broadband from orbit

Apr 8, 2019
Amazon recently confirmed plans to provide internet connectivity from orbit.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at a press conference in Santa Monica, California.
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Launching a satellite? Watch out for space junk

The amount of debris in space is complicating private satellite launches.
A SpaceX rocket awaits launch in 2017 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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Satellites dishes on the roof of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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What goes up must come down. Or else.

Feb 25, 2016
Space debris poses major risks for the future of space exploration.
Space debris poses major risks for the future of space exploration.
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