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About Alan Boyle

Aerospace and science editor for GeekWire, creator of Cosmic Log, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

Amazon lays out a way to guide deliveries with AR

Efficient package delivery is one of the keystones of Amazon’s retailing business, and a newly issued patent opens up a new frontier in efficiency: augmented reality. The patent, published today, outlines a scheme for alerting a delivery agent about the best … Continue reading

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Spaceflight will get first crack at India’s next rocket

Seattle-based Spaceflight says it’s purchased the first commercial launch of India’s next-generation Small Satellite Launch Vehicle, or SSLV, and has already committed all of the available payload space to a U.S.-based satellite constellation customer. The deal, announced today in conjunction with the … Continue reading

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‘Terminator Tape’ will fight orbital debris

Bothell, Wash.-based Tethers Unlimited will have its technology for deorbiting space debris put to its most ambitious test next year, during a satellite mission that will be conducted in league with TriSept Corp., Millennium Space Systems and Rocket Lab. The technology, known as Terminator Tape, involves … Continue reading

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Amazon wants to test mobile broadband devices

Amazon is seeking the Federal Communications Commission’s approval for a six-month test of mobile radio devices and networking software – but not at its Seattle home base. The experiment with Citizens Broadband Radio Service, or CBRS, would take place in … Continue reading

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The satellite rideshare market is heating up

Seattle-based Spaceflight has made a name for itself by putting together bunches of small satellites for launch on someone else’s rockets, but now the owners of some of those rockets are aiming to take the business for themselves. The promise and the … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos touts full-power rocket engine test

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is showing off a picture of his Blue Origin space venture’s BE-4 rocket engine going full blast during a hot-fire test in Texas. “BE-4 continues to rack up time on the test stand,” Bezos said in … Continue reading

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Echodyne plays a role in a pioneering drone test

A public-private consortium led by the University of Alaska has conducted the first-ever federally authorized test flight of a drone beyond the operator’s line of sight without on-the-ground observers keeping watch – with Echodyne, the radar venture that’s backed by … Continue reading

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