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Russia launches navigation system satellite

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia launched on Saturday one of the final satellites needed to complete a space-based navigation system, which Moscow hopes will challenge the dominant U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). The satellite, Glonass-K, which was launched shortly after 6:00 a.m. local time, reached orbit, said Aleksei Zolotukhin, spokesman for…

Group plans to beam free Internet across the globe from space

The charity group A Human Right said it was planning to purchase a satellite that would provide free basic Internet access to developing countries around the world. The group, which was founded by 25-year-old Kosta Grammatis, is currently raising money to buy the TerreStar-1, the largest commercial communications satellite ever…

US, China locked horns in secret space standoff: Wikileaks

LONDON — The United States and China both used advanced missiles to blow up their own satellites in a mutual show of military strength, documents published in Thursday’s Telegraph newspaper showed. The memos, leaked by the WikiLeaks website, revealed that the US responded to China’s 2007 destruction of a weather…

Clooney map project aims to shed light on Sudan

Hollywood heartthrob and human rights activist George Clooney launched a Google-powered mapping project on Wednesday aimed at preventing abuses in Sudan, where an independence referendum looms. “We want to let potential perpetrators of genocide and other war crimes know that we’re watching, the world is watching,” Clooney said, kicking off…

Forecasters keep eye on looming ‘Solar Max’

The coming year will be an important one for space weather as the Sun pulls out of a trough of low activity and heads into a long-awaited and possibly destructive period of turbulence. Many people may be surprised to learn that the Sun, rather than burn with faultless consistency, goes…

India’s rocket failure puts commercial satellite projects at risk

BANGALORE, India – The explosion of an Indian space rocket is likely to hit the country’s efforts to push further into the global market for launching commercial satellites, experts warned Sunday. The unmanned Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) blew up live on television Saturday less than one minute after launch,…

Indian satellite rocket explodes after lift-off

BANGALORE, India (AFP) – An Indian space rocket carrying a communications satellite exploded Saturday after lifting off from southern India, live TV footage showed. The rocket exploded in a plume of smoke and fire moments after taking off from the Sriharikota launch site, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the…

US launches giant eavesdropping satellite

The United States has placed in orbit a vast reconnaissance satellite reputed to be the largest eavesdropping device ever launched into space. The largest unmanned American launch vehicle, the Delta-4 Heavy rocket, roared into the the night sky in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday carrying the mysterious satellite on a…

Space station to shift orbit to dodge space junk

Russia’s space command Tuesday ordered the International Space Station to change its orbit slightly to avoid collision with a piece of floating debris that could cause serious damage, officials said. Officials ordered that rockets be fired for 180 seconds at 1025 GMT to shift the orbit by 700 meters, mission…

Surveillance satellite in orbit after Calif launch

US surveillance satellite in orbit after ‘picture-perfect’ launch from Calif. Air Force base A new Space Based Surveillance satellite is orbiting Earth after a successful launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast. Diana Bell — a spokeswoman for the satellite’s builder Boeing — said Sunday it…

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