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Monday, 28 November 2016

Is World-Wide Satellite Broadband Coming Soon?

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:14 AM (04:14)

It seems as though Elon Musk (of SpaceX fame) is pushing for a new way to do satellite-based communications.

Instead of placing a few large satellites in geosynchronous orbit (22,300 miles up), he wants to put up lots — 800 to start, 4225 in the end — of small satellites (about 850 lbs apiece) in lower orbits (about 700-850 miles up).

The goal of this project is to offer gigabit-level bandwidth all over the Earth’s surface. Which is a damn sight better than the current wired services (I usually get somewhere around 54 Mbps on Comcast, using copper wire for the last mile).

Each end user will get a “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs.”

Chances are that the “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs” will use a standard electrical plug that connects to the outlets found in residential and commercial buildings . . .

And since adapters that allow you to connect those plugs to a car’s cigarette lighter or electronics jack, the “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs” can just as easily be mounted on the roof of your RV or SUV. Or your everyday four-door sedan.

Mobile broadband that’s faster than what’s available over the wired services? Sounds like a decent deal to me.

Another aspect of this is that it could put the traditional satellite providers (Direct TV, Dish, HughesNet, etc.) out of business. Why would you bother with them when you can get YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vudu or Vimeo anywhere in the world? And the cherry on top — you won’t have to pay extra for watching porn.

Now we’re waiting on Musk to get approval for this from the FCC and its international relative, the ITU (can’t have this project giving the Chinese a way around the Great Firewall, can we?) to sign off on it. Which means Musk will have to engage in some legalized bribery lobbying, because the Political Classholes simply can’t approve it without their palms being sufficiently greased in some manner.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Science Alert – SpaceX wants to surround Earth with an internet service that’s 200 times faster by Dave Mosher
  2. Ars Technica – SpaceX plans worldwide satellite Internet with low latency, gigabit speed by Jon Brodkin

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 10.9
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Galaxy2 / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    3. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

From the Space for All Foundation — $1000 Libertarian Student Essay Contest

Filed under: Politics, Science, Technology — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:41 PM (19:41)

Subject: $1000 Libertarian Student Essay Contest
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 11:25:04 -0700
From: BM-2cX6yauJFsr8ueVDUjNNK4qi6ADrnn1HRQ@bitmessage.ch
To: SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch

Dear Fellow Libertarian:

Let me take a moment to thank you for all the hard work that you do on behalf of liberty. Unfortunately there is far too much work and too little appreciation! Can I ask a favor? Would you please send the following out to any appropriate lists?

We are a small group of libertarians developing an organization to promote private space travel.

Pie in the sky?

Perhaps. We would really appreciate you letting people know about this contest.

Please let us know if you have any comments or questions.

Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Space for All Foundation


Space for All Foundation Essay Contest

Two Levels and eligibility:

Level I: 4th – 9th Graders
Level II: 10th Grade – College Undergraduates

Entry Deadline: October 30, 2014.

Grand Prize for each level is $1000 in Bitcoins.

There will be one prize (Grand Prize) awarded for each level.

Prizes will be announced by December 20, 2014.

Assume the following:

  1. We are limited to our solar system. No Faster Then Light travel. No wormhole technologies. No time travel. No alternate dimension travel.
  2. We would like the essays to focus on the next 20 years.

Topics for Level I

  1. Why are private space travel and exploration more important then government controlled efforts?
  2. What are the immediate benefits of private space travel as opposed to government space travel?

Topics for Level II

  1. What are the immediate benefits of private space travel as opposed to government space travel?
  2. How would society change with common place private space travel and exploration?

Judging

The winning applicant will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the societal implications of the topics. Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased four-round judging process. Judges are founding members of the Space for All Foundation and the essays will be judged in a manner to ensure the anonymity of our participants. The Space for All Foundation checks essays with Ithenticate plagiarism detection software.

Rules

No application is required. The Contest is open to students worldwide. Entrant must be a 4th-9th Grader for Level I and a 10th grade to college undergraduate for Level II. To avoid disqualification the email with the essay must include the following information:

  1. Your name and address.
  2. Your e-mail address.
  3. The name, address and telephone number of your school; (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if you are completing it for classroom credit.
  4. Your current grade level.
  5. Topic selected (#1 or #2 from list above).

Level I

  • Essay must be no fewer than 450 and no more than 1,500 words in length.
  • Essay must be emailed no later than October 30, 2014, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard time. Essay must be emailed to SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch
  • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third party rights or intellectual property of any person, company, or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Space for All Foundation for any claim, demand, judgment, or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright, or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final. Employees of the Space for All Foundation, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of the Space for All Foundation and will not be returned.
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail by December 20, 2014.
  • Winners will be required to provide a picture holding their essay in order to receive any prizes. Contest winners agree to allow the Space for All Foundation to post their name and picture on any affiliated websites. The winning first place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

Level II

  • Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length.
  • Essay must be emailed no later than October 30, 2014, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard time. Essay must be emailed to SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch
  • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third party rights or intellectual property of any person, company, or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Space for All Foundation for any claim, demand, judgment, or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright, or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final. Employees of the Space for All Foundation, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of the Space for All Foundation and will not be returned.
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail by December 20, 2014.
  • Winners will be required to provide a picture holding their essay in order to receive any prizes. Contest winners agree to allow the Space for All Foundation to post their name and picture on any affiliated websites. The winning first place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

To Enter

  • Please do not submit duplicate essays!
  • If submitting your essay electronically, you will be sent an email confirming our receipt.
  • If you have not received an e-mail notification within 48 hours, please e-mail SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch and ask for confirmation.

Comments or Questions

Comments or questions about the essay contests are welcome. Please write to SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch

Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Space for All Foundation
http://3ayspace4uiyivsz.onion (Requires Tor Browser to see the site)

Home of the Space Lottery


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.5
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter
    2. Extropy UnboundFacebook / WordPress
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / WordPress
  3. Current mood: content, cranky
  4. Listening – Rotten to the Core (demo) by Overkill

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Norwegian Skydiver Buzzed by Meteorite

Filed under: Life, Science, Sports / Recreation — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:01 AM (01:01)

 

How many people can say that they were almost killed by a falling meteorite in mid-air while skydiving? Anders Helstrup can.

From Norsk rikskringkasting AS (NRK)

Here’s the article which explains more about the Youtube clip:

Norwegian skydiver nearly struck by meteorite

Apparently the rock was about 5-10 kg (11-22 lbs) and falling at a speed of about 300 kph (terminal velocity). That would have been more than enough to kill Helstrup (or anyone else).


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
  1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter

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Friday, 15 February 2013

2012 DA14 Fly-by

Filed under: Science — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:11 AM (03:11)

 

In about 9 hours, asteroid 2012 DA14 will make its closest approach to the Earth – it will swing by us at about 17,200 miles (27,700 km) away from the Earth’s surface.

Here’s where I first saw the story: Space.com – Asteroid 2012 DA14 Photos: Earth Flyby of Feb. 15, 2013

Path past Earth at closest approach

NASA graphics of 2012 DA14

The image of the Space Shuttle orbiter next to 2012 DA14 should give you an idea an idea of the asteroid’s size – the Shuttle is 37.24 m (122 ft 17 in) long , while 2012 DA14 is estimated to be about 50 m (160 ft) in size.

Viewing 2012 DA14 from Albuquerque

The Short Version: in the continental United States, DON’T BOTHER – watch the coverage on TV or the net instead.

The Long Version

From the timeanddate.com page for Albuquerque:

Asteroid Flyby

2012 DA14 asteroid to fly by Earth.

Closest approach is on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:24:00 PM time in Albuquerque.
Not visible in Albuquerque at closest approach, the Sun is above horizon at this time.

If it was going to be visible from Albuquerque, it would be at an azimuth of about 342-345° – 15-18° to the west of true north, starting in the constellation of Ursa Major, then spending most of the time visible from here in nearby Draco.

Apparent magnitude of 2012 DA14

Still, they should be able to get SOME pictures from the International Space Station – the station’s orbital period is almost 93 minutes, and 2012 DA14 will be relatively close to Earth for about three hours.

“Ohmygawditsgonnahitus!!!!”

NO, IT WILL NOT HIT US.


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Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Book Review — Time Storms, by Jenny Randles

Filed under: Reading, Science — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:32 AM (01:32)

Book review –

Time Storms, by Jenny Randles

Time Storms takes a fresh look at parts of phenomena such as UFO close encounters, “missing time” and “alien abductions” – rather than insist that the reader see them as alien intelligences at work, Randles sees them as naturally-occurring breaks in the space-time continuum. Most people think that such breaches could only occur in deep space (outside Earth’s atmosphere, at the very least) or such events would cause widespread destruction if they happened on the Earth’s surface – people and objects being torn to shreds by gravitational tidal forces, irradiated by ionizing radiation, for example. Randles posits that they happen on a semi-regular basis on the Earth’s surface, as people have driven through them and come out the other side with no long-term ill effects.

Randles makes a decent attempt to apply proven physics to back up her premise, but she does flub it up a little. For example, she mistakes the perception of time “moving slowly” as an actual slowdown, similar to that which happens with relativistic time dilation.

While this is a new (and welcome!) approach to examining “paranormal” phenomena, and Randles provides plenty of case reports as evidence, Randles needs to be a little more lively in her presentation. Time Storms is a collection of case stories, and it reads like a pile of incident reports – very plodding at times. The basic premise is an easy one for science-fiction readers to grasp, yet Randles manages to make it boring. Perhaps she should consult with Stephen Baxter and / or Peter F. Hamilton for her next book?


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 15.4

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