from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Satellites are getting cheaper and cheaper to buy, operate and send up to space. But Oprah isn't giving them away for free to her audience (not yet anyway). Here are just some quick links to stories about satellites.
- Tiny, postage stamp-sized satellites are launching with Endeavour to test how they hold up in space. If they work well, these little satellites could be mass produced and littered all over the solar system... [url]
- CubeSats have been around for a while, and they could be more mobile with ion drive technology. Electrospraying, FTW! [url]
- Maybe someday it won't be an April Fool's joke -- and satellites will actually be cheap enough for charities and humanitarian organizations to buy them and grant free communications to folks all over the world. Unfortunately, this joke just points out that most people don't know how impractical it is to move old satellites around to serve different parts of the world. [url]
- It's still a tricky business getting satellites into space -- and hundreds of millions of dollars can be lost when a rocket fails. NASA has recently lost a couple Earth-observing satellites -- the Orbiting Carbon Observatory probe and its Glory probe. [url]
- To discover more interesting tech-related content, check out what's currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]