To save money and create a fleet of repairable and updatable satellites, DARPA's Phoenix project is going to send robots into outer space with the necessary equipment to build them.
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NASA has a thing for shooting things into space. Comes with the territory of being NASA. And the latest thing they're shooting into the great beyond is a satellite the size of a coffee mug. A satellite like that probably has an extremely high-tech power source, right? Wrong. It's powered by a smartphone.
Project Phoenix is DARPA's plan to use robots in orbit to pilfer the functional bits off of dead satellites to create working ones. It's one of the crazier ideas DARPA's put out there (in a while), and the agency looks...
How much would you pay to tweet from space? That's the question Tim DeBenedictis is answering through his Kickstarter project SkyCube, which is a nano-satellite currently in development that will orbit the Earth and broadcast messages uploaded by sponsors.
Locals in Riacho dos Poços in the northeastern Brazilian state of Maranhão were treated to a little surprise. A 110-pound metal sphere crashed down with a noise like "a plane that had fallen, or an earthquake," according to an onlooker. Of course, everyone's now asking: de-orbited space junk, or gibbering Space Core?
Perhaps Chicken Little was right, because recently it has seemed like the sky really is falling. This time it's the appropriately named Russian satellite Phobos-Grunt, which looks ready to crash to Earth this coming Sunday or Monday.
The Tohoku earthquake that devastated parts of Japan last March caused havoc on an unimaginable scale, and now it has been revealed that the shock waves sent through the Earth were actually powerful enough to knock satellites out of their orbits.
With hundreds of bits of space junk circulating in low orbit around the Earth, collisions have starting to become a real concern. Now in the latest of several plans to deal with this stuff, a group of scientists is proposing a giant Earth based laser to zap the junk out of orbit.
It looks like Chicken Little might have been right, because just a month after that huge NASA satellite fell back to Earth, it's time to keep an eye out for another satellite that's about to come crashing back home.