This Fleet Of Micro-Satellites Will Use GPS To Predict The Weather

Weather forecasting is one of those sciences that never seems to be quite as good as we want it to be. But what if it had more data? That's the idea behind Spire, a tech startup which wants to use a huge fleet of tiny, cheap satellites to tell you when it's going to rain. » 1/29/15 9:59pm 1/29/15 9:59pm

Space Station Defies Humans, Launches Satellites Without Permission

The International Space Station has a cannon that launches tiny CubeSat microsatellites into orbit. Most of the time, those launches are triggered by human scientists on board or back on Earth. But this week, the ISS launched two CubeSats entirely on its own. This is how the uprising begins. » 9/06/14 3:00pm 9/06/14 3:00pm

The space station is now fully armed and operational with a cannon

Watch the International Space Station's cannon in action. It's name is J-SSOD and it's attached to the Japanese module Kibo. But wait, you say, what happened to the no weapons in space thing? Is this Death Star Alpha? » 11/21/13 1:45pm 11/21/13 1:45pm

What Are These Boxes Doing Floating Through Space?

This might look like the start of a scene from Gravity, but you're actually looking at three nanosatellites—known as Cubesats—which have just been released in space. » 11/20/13 5:20am 11/20/13 5:20am

First Satellite Built by High School Kids Is Heading to Space Tonight

Your coolest high school science project probably involved some baking soda and a paper mâché volcano, right? A little chemical reaction and a big mess? Well, kids these days are smarter than you. They're building satellites and sending them to space. » 11/19/13 3:00pm 11/19/13 3:00pm

Tiny Satellite Antennas Are the Coolest Party Balloons You Never Had

There's a small army of adorable, little, (sometimes) phone-powered satellites out in space, circling the globe. And while they're damn impressive for their size, they face some challenges. They don't have much room for antennas, for instance. But MIT's new inflatable balloon antennas should change all that. » 9/10/13 10:40am 9/10/13 10:40am

The World's Most Adorable Satellites Can Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

You don't need to be big to be impressive. This trio of tiny cubesats launched from the International Space Station yesterday, and looked totally badass floating out in the infinite ether. » 10/05/12 5:40pm 10/05/12 5:40pm

NASA's Tiny Cubic Satellites Will Have Android Phones for Brains

On the surface of Earth, smartphones play a big part in our every day life. As it turns out, there's a lot they can do in orbit as well. That's why NASA has been developing tiny satellites that have Android phones for brains. » 8/25/12 4:00pm 8/25/12 4:00pm

Penny-Sized Ion Thrusters Could Steer the Satellites Of the Future

Rockets might be fiery fun, but they're big, bulky, and heavy. Ion thrusters, sci-fi as they sound, are real and these penny-sized ones are probably the future of steering small satellites in orbit. » 8/18/12 6:00pm 8/18/12 6:00pm