Inmarsats European short-haul wi-fi spacecraft launches

Inmarsats

Inmarsats European short-haul wi-fi spacecraft launches Inmarsats : A new Europe-wide wi-fi service for aeroplanes came a step closer on Wednesday night with the launch of a key satellite from French Guiana. Airline passengers will soon be able to connect to the internet either through this spacecraft or a complementary system of cell towers on the ground. The company behind the so-called European Aviation Network is Inmarsat, the UK’s biggest satellite operator. It is building the system in tandem with Deutsche Telekom of Germany. The pair hope to start services at the…

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Juno probe reveals more of Jupiter’s surprises

Juno probe reveals more of Jupiter's surprises

Juno probe reveals more of Jupiter’s surprises NASA’s Juno spacecraft is finding a world of surprises as it orbits giant Jupiter, scientists said Thursday, from the turbulent upper atmosphere where countless cyclones churn across the poles to its deep interior where a larger-than-expected “fuzzy” core may lurk beneath a crushing layer of metallic hydrogen. Data collected by Juno’s microwave radiometer reveal unexpected structure in the atmosphere up to 220 miles below the cloud tops — as deep as the instrument can “see” — and not the uniform mixing scientists had…

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Juno spacecraft reveals a more complex Jupiter

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Juno spacecraft reveals a more complex Jupiter Jupiter’s scientific portrait is getting repainted. NASA’s Juno spacecraft swooped within about 5,000 kilometers of Jupiter’s cloud tops on August 27, 2016, giving scientists their first intimate look at the gas giant. The data are revealing surprising details about Jupiter’s gravity, powerful magnetic field and ammonia-rich weather system. The findings, which appear in two studies in the May 26 Science, suggest researchers may not only need to revamp their view of Jupiter but also their ideas about how planetary systems form and evolve.…

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Visiting Pluto

Visiting Pluto

Visiting Pluto A NASA spacecraft is about to fly by the solar system’s favorite dwarf planet. On July 14, tiny, far-flung Pluto is about to have a visitor — at least for a few hours. Visiting : NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is speeding toward the dwarf planet. Earlier probes had flown past, orbited, crashed into or landed on every other large world that orbits the sun. Now Pluto is getting its turn. For 9.5 years, New Horizons has been traveling across nearly 5 billion kilometers of space. But in recent…

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Tim Peake spacecraft will arrive in UK in 2017

Tim Peake spacecraft will arrive in UK in 2017

Tim Peake spacecraft will arrive in UK in 2017 The UK has bought the capsule which sent Tim Peake into space and returned him to Earth. BBC News has learned that the vehicle will be go on display in the Science Museum in London in early 2017. The Russian Soyuz TMA-19M craft has been refurbished, but is still slightly singed from re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Major Peake told BBC News that he was “absolutely delighted” to hear his spacecraft would be brought to the UK. “Hopefully it may act…

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