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FCC fines Swarm Technologies $900K over unauthorized satellite launch

By | FCC, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, Satellites, Space, swarm technologies

Back in March came the surprising news that a satellite communications company still more or less in stealth mode had launched several tiny craft into orbit — against the explicit instructions of the FCC. The company, Swarm Technologies, now faces a $900,000 penalty from the agency as well as extra oversight of its continuing operations.

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FCC approval of Europe’s Galileo satellite signals may give your phone’s GPS a boost

By | FCC, Gadgets, galileo, Government, gps, Mobile, Satellites, Space

The FCC’s space-focused meeting today had actions taken on SpaceX satellites and orbital debris reduction, but the decision most likely to affect users has to do with Galileo. No, not the astronomer — the global positioning satellite constellation put in place by the E.U. over the last few years. It’s now legal for U.S. phones to use, and a simple software update could soon give your GPS signal a major bump.

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SpaceX’s Starlink aims to put over a thousand of its communications satellites in super-low orbit

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Satellites, Space, SpaceX

SpaceX’s planned communication satellite constellation, known as Starlink, will now be targeting a much lower orbit than originally planned, at least for over a thousand of the satellites, the company revealed in an FCC filing. The move should help mitigate orbital debris and provide better signal for the company’s terrestrial users as well.

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EarthNow promises real-time views of the whole planet from a new satellite constellation

By | Accelerator, earthnow, Gadgets, Intellectual Ventures, OneWeb, Satellites, Space, Startups

A new space imaging startup called EarthNow aims to provide not just pictures of the planet on demand, but real-time video anywhere a client desires. Its ambition is matched only by its pedigree: Bill Gates, Intellectual Ventures, Airbus, Softbank, and OneWeb founder Greg Wyler are all backing the play.

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