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You may not be familiar with United Launch Alliance, but it's about to handle a large chunk of US space launches -- and that makes the rocket you see above particularly important. That's Vulcan, ULA's newly unveiled launch system for satellites and similar payloads. The two-stage vehicle is design...

April 20th 2015 at 1:54am 0 Comments
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Rocket Lab is a Lockheed Martin-funded startup that dreams of taking small satellites to space for an affordable price -- but it wants to do so using technology quite different than usual. See, the company has revealed that its engine called the "Rutherford" is (1) composed mostly of 3D-printed pa...

April 15th 2015 at 2:02pm 0 Comments
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We haven't seen many updates for DirecTV's streaming services in a while, but this week it added a slew of new channels for customers to watch live even when they're away from home. The 22 additions include MTV, TNT, Nickelodeon, BET, Cartoon Network and more ready for viewing on computers, tablet...

April 11th 2015 at 2:57pm 0 Comments
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In an awkward twist on AT&T's proposed purchase of DirecTV, now both companies are in hot water with the FTC. The Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T a few months ago over its data throttling, and today charged DirecTV with deceptive advertising -- an accusation DirecTV calls "flat-out wron...

March 11th 2015 at 6:08pm 0 Comments
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Wondering why February has been so mind-numbingly cold? Here's why. NASA's Terra research satellite took a snapshot on February 19th showing that much of the US has been draped in Arctic and Siberian air masses, painting the country white with snow. Even southern cities like Macon, Georgia dipp...

February 22nd 2015 at 6:26pm 0 Comments
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Small satellites are usually launched to space as secondary payloads aboard big rockets, but DARPA's Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program could change that. Folks under that project have been working on small rockets that can carry 100-pound satellites into orbit since 2011, but now...

February 6th 2015 at 3:10am 0 Comments
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Illegal fishing causes permanent environmental destruction and economic losses of up to $23 billion a year, largely because vast swaths of ocean go unpatrolled. But UK scientists are fighting back with Project Eyes on the Seas, a joint operation from from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the UK Satel...

January 23rd 2015 at 6:14am 0 Comments
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The US government has been willing to loosen its grip on satellite data, but what about the info from other countries? Don't worry, that's opening up as well. Russia has declared that the Earth-sensing data it collects from civilian satellites is now available to the public, not just the governmen...

December 29th 2014 at 12:40am 0 Comments
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If you subscribe to DirecTV, you're about to get a few more ways to tune in online. As part of a renewed deal with Disney, the satellite TV provider will get Watch ABC, Watch Disney and WatchESPN streaming services in early 2015. You'll also see more viewing features on regular channels, and the t...

December 24th 2014 at 2:33pm 0 Comments