December 16, 2012
The International Telecommunication Union, the little-known but influential United Nations agency that oversees phone, radio and satellite communications, last week stopped short of fragmenting the Internet into national fiefdoms, as some had feared it would do through a new global treaty. Instead, the draft that delegates approved barely mentions the Internet. The result wasn't exactly a victory for those who are committed to a free and open Internet, however. Although delegates rejected many of the worst proposals, they laid the groundwork for having governments, not Internet stakeholders, regulate the technical aspects of the Web. The agency's effort to update a 24-year-old global telecommunications treaty exposed a sharp rift between the developed countries that were the earliest adopters of the Internet and the developing world, particularly Russia, China and other authoritarian regimes.
December 12, 2012 |
As news broke of North Korea's successful launch of a long-range rocket on Wednesday, alarm bells went off around the world. The technology used to send a satellite into orbit or fire a missile carrying a warhead are basically the same, raising fears that the Wednesday launch could be the next step toward a missile system capable of hitting the United States. But experts caution that a single successful launch is still a long way from a dependable missile, especially if North Korea is angling to deliver a nuclear weapon.
December 11, 2012 |
An experimental robotic space plane developed for the Air Force is slated to be launched Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Fla., fueling an ongoing mystery about its hush-hush payload and overall mission. Air Force officials offered few details about the mission. They said the unmanned space plane, which resembles a miniature space shuttle, simply provides a way to test technologies in space, such as satellite sensors and other components. This is the third time that the Air Force will send an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle into orbit.
December 11, 2012 |
North Korea launched a rocket Wednesday morning, according to South Korean media and the Associated Press. The launch marks the second such mission this year, after a failed attempt that embarrassed the regime in April. The rocket was fired at 9:51 a.m., according to the Yonhap news agency in South Korea. Though North Korea describes the effort as a peaceful satellite launch, the technology used to send a satellite into orbit or launch a missile carrying a warhead is essentially the same, raising fears that a successful mission could be a stride toward putting the United States in North Korea's sights.
December 11, 2012 |
SEOUL - Despite earlier reports of technical difficulties, North Korea launched a long-range rocket Wednesday, and initial reports indicated that in this fourth attempt since 1998, the regime in Pyongyang successfully deployed a satellite into orbit. If so, it would be a huge publicity coup for the new young leader, Kim Jong Un, and an embarrassment for rival South Korea, which has yet to establish a presence in space. The launch also caused some chagrin among intelligence analysts who were apparently misled by an announcement over the weekend that the missile launch would be delayed until later this month because of a technical glitch.
December 11, 2012 |
An experimental robotic space plane developed for the Air Force is slated to launch Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, fueling an ongoing mystery about its hush-hush payload and overall mission. Air Force officials offered few details about the mission. They say the unmanned space plane, which resembles a miniature version of the space shuttle, simply provides a way to test new technologies in space, such as satellite sensors and other components. But this is the third time that the Air Force will send an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle into orbit.
December 6, 2012 |
Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX announced it will launch its first two military satellites in 2014 and 2015. It was a major announcement for the young company and its 41-year-old billionaire founder, Elon Musk, who has been working toward getting military business for years. "SpaceX deeply appreciates and is honored by the vote of confidence shown by the Air Force in our Falcon launch vehicles," Musk said in a statement. "We look forward to providing high-reliability access to space with lift capability to orbit that is substantially greater than any other launch vehicle in the world.
December 1, 2012 |
The new owners of the Dodgers are expected to get $6-billion-plus for the TV rights to their team's games. That may be a big win for the home team, but consumers won't be doing high-fives once they see their pay-TV bills. The average household already spends about $90 a month for cable or satellite TV, and nearly half of that amount pays for the sports channels packaged into most services. Massive deals for marquee sports franchises like the Dodgers and Lakers are driving those costs even higher.
November 12, 2012 |
Climate change from greenhouse gas emissions might threaten spacecraft as well as people, a scientists suggested on Sunday, providing direct evidence that carbon dioxide from human activity is affecting the outermost portion of the Earth's atmosphere. In a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience , a research team led by John Emmert of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Space Science Division in Washington, described a new method for quantifying increases in carbon dioxide in the hard-to-measure portion of the upper atmosphere known as the thermosphere, which can't be reached by balloons and aircraft.
October 17, 2012 |
KCET is writing the next chapter in its story: a merger with satellite network Link TV. Formerly the Los Angeles area's PBS flagship, KCET will merge with Link to form KCETLink, "a powerful new independent public transmedia company that acquires, produces and distributes provocative global programming targeted to a national audience across multiple media platforms," according to a news release. The new outlet will be available in 33 million U.S. homes through DirecTV and Dish Network, according to the companies.