Monthly Archives: August 2017

Kymeta wins FCC’s OK for pizza-box antennas

Kymeta Corp., the flat-panel antenna startup backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has won key approvals from the Federal Communications Commission and its British counterpart for thousands of satellite antennas and the terminals to go with them. Until now, the … Continue reading

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Hubble keeps hope alive for alien oceans

Do some of the Earth-sized planets around a dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1, just 40 light-years away, have liquid water? Newly reported findings from the Hubble Space Telescope give astrobiologists continued cause for hope. The seven TRAPPIST-1 planets created a sensation in … Continue reading

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Amazon sued over solar eclipse glasses

A South Carolina couple has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, claiming that they suffered eye damage even though they used protective glasses sold through the online retailer. In the lawsuit, filed Aug. 29 in U.S. District Court in Charleston, S.C., Thomas Corey … Continue reading

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Alien hunters track strange radio bursts

Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million initiative aimed at stepping up the search for alien signals, says it’s picked up an intriguing series of 15 fast radio bursts emanating from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years away. It’s way too early … Continue reading

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Dream Chaser space plane takes to the air

Sierra Nevada Corp.’s prototype Dream Chaser space plane, also known as the “mini-space shuttle,” successfully went through its first in-the-air test in four years today at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California’s Mojave Desert. The uncrewed Dream Chaser stayed … Continue reading

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BlackSky wins $16.4M Air Force contract

BlackSky, a division of Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries, has been awarded a two-year, $16.4 million cost-plus prime contract with the Air Force Research Laboratoryto deliver a cloud-based platform that can provide geospatial intelligence to government agencies. The platform will provide on-demand analytics, collection … Continue reading

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Startup plans charter flights at $15K an hour

Seattle-based Emerald Corporate Jets is taking the wraps off a charter jet service that offers flights on 737 jets, priced at $15,000 per hour of flight time. The startup is the brainchild of Russell Belden, who tried unsuccessfully to get Arrow Flight Club off the … Continue reading

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