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Sky signals the end of the satellite dish

Sky signals the end of the satellite dish

Business
Sky plans to make all its channels and content available online, meaning customers will no longer need a satellite dish on their property.The pay TV broadcaster already offers some programming online on its Sky Go and Now TV services.Sky called the move a "major development" that would reduce costs and allow it to enter new markets.It is a response to the move away from costly pay TV subscriptions in favour of streaming services such as Netflix.Italy will be its first market to get all Sky channels online, followed by Austria, with the UK expected to follow in 2019.The move will allow properties that cannot have a dish to get Sky, a spokesperson said. Customers will still need a Sky box, however.The broadcaster hopes making its channels available to more homes will increase both revenue an...
UK satellite to make movies from space

UK satellite to make movies from space

Science
A British satellite has gone into orbit on an Indian rocket to acquire full-colour, high-definition video of the surface of the Earth. The demonstrator is expected to pave the way for a series of at least 15 such spacecraft, which will be operated by the Guildford-based company Earth-i. The small, low-cost UK mission was one of 31 payloads riding on the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. It lifted off from the Satish Dhawan spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.Controllers made first contact with the UK satellite as planned within a few hours.The spacecraft is a pre-production model. If it performs well over the coming months, its manufacturer, SSTL, also in Guildford, will proceed with Earth-i's first batch of five operational spacecraft. The contract for these platforms was signed in November....
ULA launches spy satellite from California

ULA launches spy satellite from California

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Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The third time was the charm for United Launch Alliance and its twice-delayed NROL-47 mission.After ULA was forced to delay proceedings on Wednesday and Thursday, the space company successfully launched its Delta IV rocket at 5:11 p.m. ET, 2:11 p.m. local time, on Friday.A ground system helium problem caused blastoff to be delayed by more than hour.The blastoff and initial phases of the rocket's flight were a success."Payload fairing jettison," ULA tweeted, before concluding its coverage of the mission.Because the mission involved the deployment of a spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, ULA ended its coverage of the flight early.Friday's launch was originally supposed to happen on Wednesday, but was pushed to Thursday due to high winds. Thursday's att...
NASA satellite spots shattered iceberg beneath the Antarctica's midnight sun

NASA satellite spots shattered iceberg beneath the Antarctica's midnight sun

Science
Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A newly released NASA image showcases the fragmented state of iceberg B-44, glistening in the midnight sun of Antarctica.B-44 is the berg that calved from Pine Island Glacier in September. Pine Island Glacier is one of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet's main outflows. B-44 was the second major fragment to separate from the glacier in the last several years. The first calving occurred in 2015.Analysis suggests the ice sheet and its glaciers are breaking apart from the inside out as warming ocean water weakens the coastal ice shelf from beneath.Scientists believe an unusually warm pocket of water also explains the rapid breakup of B-44, which shattered into more than 20 fragments shortly after its separation from the glacier. The warm water, known as a polyna, has prevented the ...
California fires: Sentinel satellite tracks wildfire smoke plume

California fires: Sentinel satellite tracks wildfire smoke plume

Science
Europe's new Sentinel-5P satellite has captured a dramatic image of the smoke billowing away from the devastating California wildfires.It is a powerful demonstration of 5P's ability to sense the atmosphere. The plume is seen to sweep westwards out over the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles and then turn north towards the State of Oregon. The image, taken on Tuesday, was shown at this week's annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. It is the first time that data from the brand new UK-Dutch-built Sentinel has been presented at a research conference. Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe mission was only launched on 13 October and has been engaged in calibration ever since; full operational service is still some months away. When that happens, it will be combing the atmosphere...