WBMSAT News Bits 02/06/2015

A diagram shows the coverage areas of each of OneWeb’s planned satellites. – OneWeb – VOX

SpaceX, working with Google, and OneWeb, teamed with Virgin Galactic, race to build satellite internet.
[VOX – 02/05/2015]

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Vader Toaster

There is no shortage of Darth Vader things on Amazon.

Or Star Wars theme weddings.


Inmarsat 5-F2 Launch

Gorgeous daytime launch for ILS and Inmarsat.

Spacecraft separation will be after the Super Bowl.


Scorpion in Space

Since viewing this video in 2007, I’ve appreciated the band’s music more.

Especially this one: the Celebration of 750th anniversary in Lviv, Ukraine on September 30, 2006, with a light show by Gert Hof, centered around the Lviv Opera House.


WBMSAT News Bits 01/30/2015

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World radiocommunication conference 2015 (WRC-15) will be held in Geneva Nov. 2-27 – Space News

ITU gives European satellite operators bad news – share the lower part of C-band spectrum with mobile operators.
[Space News – 01/29/2015]

 

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Almost

Nice Vine from SpaceX…


WBMSAT News Bits 01/23/2015

Space Daily File image: Dmitry Rogozin

New head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, Dimitry Rogozin, says Russia must continue international space cooperation.
[Space Daily – 01/23/2015]

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WBMSAT News Bits 01/16/2015

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Taikonauts from China’s Shenzhou 9 mission aboard China’s space station Tiangong-1 Credit: China Central Television screen grab – Space News

ESA is actively working with China with the goal of placing a European astronaut on the Chinese space station.
[Space News – 01/16/2015]

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Big Bang Monday: Fly Through Andromeda

Via EarthSky, a 1.5 billion pixel image of Andromeda galaxy, interpreted as a “fly-through.” The image is huge (69,536 x 22,230).


DIY Friday: Backyard Flying Saucer

We like upcycling. When it includes old satellite dishes, we love it!

Using a couple of old C-band mesh antennas to make an alien spacecraft in your backyard is brilliant and worth sharing.

The idea for this project had been milling around in my brain for awhile… I had visualized taking two satellite dishes, preferably 2 of the fiberglass type and slap them together like 2 pie plates to form a traditional saucer shape. The first task I had was to find suitable dishes to salvage for the project. I drove around whenever I had time to watch out for candidates, and I watched Craigslist and other sources of ads on the Internet. I live just outside the city limits, and had plenty of countryside to travel around. I also kept my mind open to the possibility of using the metal mesh dishes as well, thereby doubling my chances of finding what I needed.

Eventually, I placed an ad on Craigslist asking for a dish, and voila! I got a bite! It turned out to be a mesh dish in the city but just a few minutes away. I went over on a Sunday afternoon and it took an hour and some elbow grease to dismantle the dish and load it into the back of my pickup. I should mention that even if I couldn’t use the mesh dish, I could always take it to the recycling center and get some cash out of it! Ironically, I found a fiberglass dish about a mile from home, and after a couple of tries, I finally met the home owner, who said his wife had been asking and asking and asking him to remove the dish. Sounded like I arrived just in time! This one took about TWO hours to take off the mount and take it down to 2 halves and strap them down to my utility trailer. Note: It helps if you have some assistance to dismantle these things, they are HEAVY as all get out! After bringing them home and laying them out in the back yard, I pondered what to do about the situation, as time was marching on and I was tired of looking for dishes.

Get out there and make your own!