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European Space Agency launches Cheops satellite to investigate exoplanets

Artist’s impression of Cheops, ESA’s Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite, in orbit above Earth. In this view the satellite’s telescope cover is open. ESA / ATG medialab This decade has seen an explosion of research into exoplanets — planets orbiting stars other than our sun — with missions like NASA’s TESS discovering potentially habitable worlds, nearby planets, […]


Apple’s satellite project won’t rival SpaceX’s Starlink anytime soon

Somewhat akin to Apple’s work on a self-driving car, the company’s satellite communications project has been an open secret for some time — former Dropcam, Google, and Apple executive Greg Duffy referenced the topic on his public LinkedIn profile months ago. But even after Bloomberg reported the discovery today, the key question about Apple’s interest in satellites […]

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Twinkle twinkle little satellite: SpaceX’s Starlink project worries astronomers

[embedded content] Astronomers have been voicing concerns about SpaceX’s plan to deploy potentially tens of thousands of small satellites in low-Earth orbit as part of its ambitious Starlink project to beam broadband internet services to underserved communities around the world. SpaceX launched its second batch of 60 internet satellites on Monday, following its debut deployment […]

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NASA’s planet hunter satellite gets first hit in its search for another Earth

Relocating is complicated enough when you’re simply moving to a new city. Scientists at NASA have taken property searches up an infinite number of levels, however, as they search for another Earth. NASA’s planet-hunting team turned up a potential relocation candidate on the first pass with a new satellite. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) uses four […]