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SoftBank invests $125 million in Alphabet venture to put cellphone antennas in the sky

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A SoftBank Corp business seeking to find a way to fly cellphone antennas high in the atmosphere to provide internet in underserved areas said on Wednesday it was investing $125 million in an Alphabet Inc spinoff working on the same problem. FILE PHOTO: The logo of SoftBank Group Corp is displayed Read More

Airbus management shake-up spreads to space unit

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PARIS (Reuters) – A management shake-up at Europe’s Airbus accelerated on Tuesday as Nicolas Chamussy was replaced as the head of Space Systems. FILE PHOTO: A scale model of an Airbus OneWeb satellite and its solar panel are pictured as Airbus announces annual results in Blagnac, near Toulouse, France February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo Read More

TED 2019: The start-ups launching in space

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Peter Beck is a space entrepreneur with a rocket and launch pad in New Zealand that has permission for flights “every 72 hours for the next 30 years”. The 25 satellites his firm Rocket Lab has launched include one from a US high school, which designed a spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of Jupiter. Mr Read More

Billboards in the sky, is it real? Space ads will be ‘so popular people would hate them’

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It may seem more like the plot of a dystopic sci-fi epic than a modern advertising technique but ads in space are a real possibility, analysts tell RT, warning of more sophisticated questions The stars in the night sky will very soon be outshone by the glare of billboards – and in the not-too-distant future. Read More

Billboards in the sky, is it real? Russian firm to project Blade Runner-style ads from outer space

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It may seem more like the plot of a dystopic sci-fi epic than a modern advertising technique but giant ads in space are a very real possibility, as a Russian firm has unveiled plans to install orbital billboards in the night sky. The stars in the night sky will very soon be outshone by the Read More

FCC set to block China Mobile bid to provide U.S. services

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(Reuters) – Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said on Wednesday he opposes China Mobile Ltd’s bid to provide U.S. telecommunications services, citing security risks, and said the commission will vote on whether to deny the company’s application in May. FILE PHOTO: Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai speaks at the Conservative Political Read More

Safe space: PepsiCo scraps rumored ‘orbiting billboard’ plans (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Russian startup StartRocket has reportedly partnered with PepsiCo in an “exploratory test” of orbital advertising capabilities in a move which is sure to horrify astronomers, environmentalists and, well, just about everyone. “Adrenaline Rush (owned by PepsiCo Russia) became the test launch partner,” StartRocket told Futurism in an email. “The Adrenaline GameChangers logo — a newly Read More

World’s largest plane makes first flight over California

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The world’s largest aircraft took off over the Mojave Desert in California on Saturday, the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch Systems Corp, started by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, as the company enters the lucrative private space market. The world’s largest airplane, built by the late Paul Read More

Facebook wants to install a massive fiber optic cable around Africa

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Facebook has dominated the tech news for months with a variety of privacy issues, from hacked accounts to user data stolen to Russian bots spying on us. But now the social media giant is making headlines for a different reason. Facebook officials say they want to install a massive underwater fiber optic cable, just not Read More

Greetings, Earthlings! 20,000 Russians snatch up land plots on the Moon

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Lunar plots are owned by around 40 million Earthlings, with some 20,000 of them from Russia, according to real estate company NDV. According to the company’s experts, land plots on the moon are the cheapest that one could legitimately purchase in outer space. Companies operating in Russia are selling one acre of such land for Read More