Satellites

UK’s Open Cosmos raises $7M Series A to democratize satellites

As you can probably imagine, launching satellites is a complicated business. To get into the game, companies must often go to the biggest players, like NASA. It puts the opportunity for small companie

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

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

FCC accuses stealth space startup of unauthorized satellite deployment

The FCC has denied a space startup permission to launch a collection of communications satellites after discovering that it had already launched some — after being told not to. Swarm Technologies, s

Infostellar raises $7.3M for its ‘Airbnb for satellite antenna’ rental services

Going beyond the bounds of our planet is the future. That explains why Infostellar, a platform that enables antenna sharing to enable better communication for satellites and spacecrafts, exists -- an

Astro Digital launched its first imaging satellites

With the satellite launch earlier today Astro Digital has sent its first shot across the bow at its competitors in the earth imaging and analysis market. The new satellites will join their celestial c

Satellites are critical for IoT sector to reach its full potential

From connected vehicles to connected homes, the Internet of Things promises a host of benefits for industry and consumers. But what communications technology is prepared to handle 20 billion connectio

Accelerating the future of space technology

At this moment there are more than 500,000 pieces of space debris hurtling around the Earth. Traveling at speeds of up to 40,000 kilometers per hour, a satellite collision with these fragments is enou

Crunch Report | Jay Z Is Planning a VC Fund

Verizon is finally buying Yahoo, Jay Z is planning a VC fund, Uber investigates sexual harassment claims, Boeing doubles down on satellites and Skurt offers on-demand rental cars. All this on Crunch R

Kepler targets Q4 2017 for its first nanosatellite launch

Canadian satellite startup Kepler Communications has contracted its first launch, with launch operations be provided by Netherlands-based Innovative Space Logistics (ISL), and the launch itself takin

Google selling Terra Bella satellite imaging business to Planet

Google will sell its Terra Bella business, which includes a group of SkySat Earth imaging satellites, to Planet Labs, the companies confirmed on Friday after TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden first re

Origami-inspired radiator from NASA could change shape to warm or cool tiny satellites

The devices we're sending into space are getting smaller and lighter, which means there's less room for bulky and static components. Flexibility and compactness are coming into vogue, and this prototy

Alphabet to sell Terra Bella satellite unit to Planet, also talked with Climate Corp.

Sources tell TechCrunch that Google parent company Alphabet is in advanced discussions to sell its Terra Bella satellite business — originally acquired as Skybox Imaging in 2014 — to Pl

DARPA establishes group to standardize robotic space repairs

If we're to keep thousands of expensive satellites in working order, the job isn't going to be done by humans — and DARPA suggests we all get on the same page before we start designing robotic syste

Five years of observations from tandem satellites produce 3D world map of unprecedented accuracy

A pair of satellites operating in tandem for five years have produced a depth map of the planet so exact you could theoretically zoom down to street level and tell an adult from a kid, or spot a break

China launches the first quantum communications satellite – and what is that, exactly?

Congratulations are in order for China: by launching the world's first quantum communications satellite, the country has achieved an interesting — if somewhat difficult to explain — milestone in s

Running at 150,000 RPM, this tiny motor could help satellites keep on course

The future is small in space: picture Cubesats the size of toasters and Femtosats an inch across crowding the skies. A newly invented motor that's both tiny and powerful goes hand in hand with that vi

Google Maps gets multi-stop directions and vacation memories on mobile

Google is bringing long awaited multi-stop directions to mobile with its new summer update. Travelers can now hit as many tourist traps as they want on their cross country treks. Just like in the web

Student-designed ‘FemtoSats’ aim to bring cost of satellite deployment below $1,000

Got a grand burning a hole in your pocket? You could get a new laptop — or you could send this tiny, palm-sized satellite to space. That's what a team of engineers at Arizona State hope, anyway: the

Google renames its satellite startup, Skybox Imaging, to Terra Bella and adds focus on image analysis

Google today announced that it is renaming Skybox Imaging, the satellite startup it acquired in 2014, to Terra Bella. More than just a name change, though, the company says this switch is also about s

Astro Digital Releases Platform For Anyone To Analyze Satellite Imagery

Astro Digital, a satellite imaging and imagery analysis company, released the newest version of their image processing software today. Anyone can access their software, for free, and retrieve satelli
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