Cultocracy note :
How many more ‘rogue’ satellites are up there and what is their purpose ?
FCC Accuses Stealthy Startup of Launching Rogue Satellites
The U.S. communications agency says tiny Internet of Things satellites from Swarm Technologies could endanger other spacecraft
On 12 January, a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket blasted off from India’s eastern coast. While its primary cargo was a large Indian mapping satellite, dozens of secondary CubeSats from other countries travelled along with it. Seattle-based Planetary Resources supplied a spacecraft that will test prospecting tools for future asteroid miners, Canadian company Telesat launched a broadband communications satellite, and a British Earth-observation mission called Carbonite will capture high-definition video of the planet’s surface.
Also on board were four small satellites that probably should not have been there. SpaceBee-1, 2, 3, and 4 were briefly described by the Indian space agency ISRO as “two-way satellite communications and data relay” devices from the United States. No operator was specified, and only ISRO publicly noted that they successfully reached orbit the same day.
IEEE Spectrum can reveal that the SpaceBees are almost certainly the first spacecraft from a Silicon Valley startup called Swarm Technologies, currently still in stealth mode. Swarm was founded in 2016 by one engineer who developed a spacecraft concept for Google and another who sold his previous company to Apple. The SpaceBees were built as technology demonstrators for a new space-based Internet of Things communications network.
Read the full article here at IEEE Spectrum
Further reading :
- Air Force Chief Goldfein: ‘We’ll be fighting from space in a matter of years’
- SpaceX to launch internet satellites: Elon Musk’s mission to Connect Humanity begins
- China and Russia developing ‘destructive’ weapons for space conflict, US warns
- US Government Take Over of 5G ? AI & Weaponized Internet
- THE SHOCKING MENACE OF SATELLITE SURVEILLANCE
- SpaceX to Launch X-37B – Satellite Killer