Check Twitter in paradise with Iridium’s new ‘executive’ satellite hotspot
Everyone’s talking about unplugging these days — climbing a mountain, trekking through the forest, finding your way to a truly secluded beach. Central to that concept is turning off notificati
Qualcomm partners with Iridium to bring satellite messaging to Android phones
For the past several CESes, Qualcomm’s big announcements have largely revolved around automotive news. There will likely still be a fair bit of that this week, as well, but the company just announce
Meta unplugs Connectivity division, home of satellite and drone internet experiments
Meta has quietly reabsorbed the resources of its “Connectivity” division, the company confirmed. For nearly 10 years, this was the home of the former Facebook’s experimental internet
Pitch onstage at TC Sessions: Space 2022
Founders — pitch onstage with TechCrunch. Next month we’re back with the star-studded TC Sessions: Space — an event dedicated to exploring all things innovation, investment and industry in t
Supported iPhones in the US and Canada can now contact emergency services via satellite
Months after it was announced at an event in September, Emergency SOS via satellite, Apple’s service for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro that uses satellite to route emergency calls, launched to
Apple pledges $450M toward expanding the satellite infrastructure powering Emergency SOS
As a part of its Advanced Manufacturing Fund, Apple will invest $450 million in satellite network and ground stations to power Emergency SOS, its service for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineups th
Amazon and DirecTV partnership brings ‘Thursday Night Football’ to 300,000+ bars, restaurants and other venues
Amazon Prime Video and DirecTV struck a multiyear agreement that allows business owners to stream “Thursday Night Football” for their patrons. Amazon’s “TNF” broadcasts, including pregame, h
Armed with $19.5M, LiveEO plots a big data course between satellite geospatial information and industry
When it comes to geospatial and mapping data and how they are leveraged by organizations, satellites continue to play a critical role when it comes to sourcing raw information. Getting that raw data i
Here’s what Swarm has been up to in the 10 months since being acquired by SpaceX
It’s been nearly a year since satellite Internet-of-Things connectivity provider Swarm was acquired by SpaceX, and Swarm co-founder and CEO Sara Spangelo (now senior director of Satellite Engine
A USB standard for satellites? Slingshot 1 takes to orbit to test one
Testing new satellites and space-based technologies has never been easy exactly, but it definitely could be easier. Slingshot 1, a 12U CubeSat mission just launched via Virgin Orbit, is an attempt to
AWS sent a Snowcone to space
At its re:Mars conference, Amazon today announced that it quietly sent one of its AWS Snowcone edge computing and storage devices into space on the Axiom mission to the International Space Station. Fo
Starlink adds RV plan that provides roving coverage
Starlink has added yet another new service tier, its second diversification of its offerings in 2022, after it introduced a Business option earlier this year. The new “‘RV” plan comes wi
Starlink adds $25/month ‘Portability’ feature that lets users move their internet around
Starlink has introduced a paid add-on feature that lets customers “temporarily” move their service to different locations — anywhere within the same continent as their permanent service
Without sustainable practices, orbital debris will hinder space’s gold rush
Today’s sustainability crisis in space is the result of 60 years of exploration and utilization that have largely ignored the environmental consequences of space activities.
Wyvern adds $4M in new non-equity funding for its in-demand hyperspectral imaging tech
Canadian startup Wyvern only just announced a $4.5 million seed round (which itself nearly doubled close to the wire thanks to new commitments) and entry into Y Combinator, and now it’s revealin
In 2021, space investors watched stars form in real time
"Carl Sagan had it right, with Voyager and the pale blue dot: If you're anywhere else in the known universe, Earth is the most interesting place to study and be part of."
Weather-focused IBISA raises seed round to back its microinsurance solutions for low-income small farmers
Agricultural microinsurance startup IBISA raised a seed round of approximately $1.70 million led by London-based Insurtech Gateway, with participation from Rockstart’s AgriFood fund and others.
DevOps transformation: Taking edge computing and continuous updates to space
With the “final frontier” now open to private companies, how do we transform the way we continually update the software that runs in space?
To continue exploring space sustainably, we must act now
We’re at the start of a gold rush in outer space — and our track record for the sustainable development of any environment during gold rushes hasn’t been particularly noteworthy.
Peter Beck says Rocket Lab actively prepared for interplanetary missions ‘from day one’
Rocket Lab long ago graduated from underdog launch provider to industry heavyweight (with funding to match). Now the company is planning to go to the moon, Mars and Venus in the next decade.