Hackaday Links: January 8, 2023

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Something odd is afoot in the mountains around Salt Lake City, Utah, at least according to local media reports of remote radio installations that have been popping up for at …read more Continue reading Hackaday Links: January 8, 2023

CISA researchers: Russia’s Fancy Bear infiltrated US satellite network

The agency said it discovered the Russian hacking group in a satellite communications provider with critical infrastructure customers.

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Laser satellite shatters space-to-Earth data transmission speed record

A small satellite developed by MIT engineers has set a new record for data transmission between a satellite and Earth. The TeraByte InfraRed Delivery (TBIRD) system used a laser to beam huge amounts of data at up to 100 gigabits per second (Gbps).Conti… Continue reading Laser satellite shatters space-to-Earth data transmission speed record

LightSail 2 mission reaches fiery end after 3-year solar sailing demo

After more than three years circling the Earth, the Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 mission has come to an end following a fiery reentry. The satellite was an important tech demo for the idea of solar sailing, which could eventually propel spacecraft t… Continue reading LightSail 2 mission reaches fiery end after 3-year solar sailing demo

How to get help with Emergency SOS on an iPhone 14

Designed for the iPhone 14 lineup, the new feature lets you send a message to emergency services using a satellite connection if Wi-Fi and cellular aren’t available.
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The modern satellites shaping the course of climate science

The Soviet Union launched the Sputnik 1 satellite in 1957, placing the first human-made object in space. Fast forward to 2022, and we are now launching more than a thousand satellites into space each year, improving our weather forecasts, boosting our … Continue reading The modern satellites shaping the course of climate science

Bizarre star may have a solid surface, according to X-ray observations

Stars are big hot balls of plasma, but astronomers have now spotted a super strange one that seems to have a solid surface. Its intense magnetic field is strong enough to overcome its blistering temperatures and “freeze” its outer layers into a solid c… Continue reading Bizarre star may have a solid surface, according to X-ray observations

Highest volcano plume ever recorded penetrates the mesosphere

New analysis of a volcanic eruption off the coast of Tonga earlier this year has revealed the true extent of the massive explosion, and established its plume as the highest on record. It is also the first one to be seen stretching through lower layers … Continue reading Highest volcano plume ever recorded penetrates the mesosphere

Researchers hack SpaceX Starlink satellite signal for GPS alternative

By Deeba Ahmed
A non-peer-reviewed paper published by The University of Texas at Austin provides a complete characterization of Starlink’s signals claiming to have taken the first step toward creating a brand-new global navigation technology.
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Starlink in-motion RV broadband puts more digital into nomadism

SpaceX gifted a boon (albeit an expensive one) to digital nomads earlier this year when it launched its Starlink RV service, enabling internet connection in the types of remote, primitive spaces where it was definitely lacking. One of the shortcomings … Continue reading Starlink in-motion RV broadband puts more digital into nomadism