Black Hat 2020: Satellite Comms Globally Open to $300 Eavesdropping Hack

Attackers can listen in on internet traffic for high-value targets a continent away, like shipping fleets and oil installations, using some basic home-television gear. Continue reading Black Hat 2020: Satellite Comms Globally Open to $300 Eavesdropping Hack

DEF CON’s aerospace village looks to satellite hacking to improve security in space

Next time your GPS app functions without interruption, or a credit card transaction is approved on the first try, consider thanking a hacker. Both of those everyday activities, along with many others, are made possible in part because of satellites, those orbiting chunks of metal that only a fraction of the population thinks about on a regular basis. Now, though, security-minded officials in the Pentagon’s Defense Digital Service (DDS), the Air Force and New York-based vendor Red Balloon Security are trying to improve satellite security by sending computer researchers the technology they would need to hack them. It’s part of an effort to ensure that those big satellites orbiting the Earth remain reliable, and keep the GPS navigation running. One research challenge, called Nyan-Sat, is broken up into three parts. Hackers are building their own satellite tracking antennae, exploiting a ground station modem, and then participating in a live-streamed ground station event. […]

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A Hybrid Helical Antenna for the Es’hail-2 Geosynchronous Repeater

Amateur radio operators like to say that working a contact in space can be done with a simple handheld transceiver and a homemade antenna. And while that’s true, it’s true only for low Earth orbit satellites such as the ISS. If you want to reach a satellite in geosynchronous orbit …read more

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Satellites show huge Antarctic iceberg drifted 1,000 km in three years

On 12 July, 2017, one of the biggest icebergs ever seen broke off from the Antarctic mainland. Now on the third anniversary of the event, satellite data has shown that the berg has traveled over 1,000 km (620 mi) and managed to stay relatively intact.C… Continue reading Satellites show huge Antarctic iceberg drifted 1,000 km in three years

Quantum entanglement demonstrated on tiny CubeSat in orbit

Researchers have managed to demonstrate quantum entanglement on a small satellite orbiting Earth. The team developed a miniaturized device that can produce pairs of photons that are inextricably linked, which could help launch a fast and secure quantum… Continue reading Quantum entanglement demonstrated on tiny CubeSat in orbit

Help Thrust Open Source Satellites To The Next Level

To place a satellite in orbit satisfactorily it is necessary not only to hitch a ride on a rocket, but also to put it in the right orbit for its task, and once it is there, to keep it there. With billions of dollars or roubles of investment over six …read more

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Help Thrust Open Source Satellites To The Next Level

To place a satellite in orbit satisfactorily it is necessary not only to hitch a ride on a rocket, but also to put it in the right orbit for its task, and once it is there, to keep it there. With billions of dollars or roubles of investment over six …read more

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Mars orbiter spots green glow over Red Planet

Turns out the Red Planet is a little more green than we thought. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) has detected a tinge of green in the atmosphere, making it the first time this aurora-like glow has been spotted around a planet other than Earth.Conti… Continue reading Mars orbiter spots green glow over Red Planet

SpaceX launches experimental sun visor to reduce satellite visibility

SpaceX has swiftly followed last week’s historic launch of the Crew Dragon with another momentous liftoff, this time firing a further 60 high-speed internet satellites into orbit as part of its Starlink project. Among those was a prototype fitted out w… Continue reading SpaceX launches experimental sun visor to reduce satellite visibility

Virgin Orbit comes up short on its first attempt to reach space

Launch service startup Virgin Orbit has come up short on its first attempt to reach orbit today, with the mission terminated soon after ignition of its LauncherOne rocket. While the company’s modified 747 carried the booster to altitude as planned, the… Continue reading Virgin Orbit comes up short on its first attempt to reach space