AST SpaceMobile Moves Forward with Space-Based Cellular Network
Texas-based AST SpaceMobile has signed a contract with SpaceX for multiple launches to place in orbit satellites that will provide service to standard mobile phones in areas that do not otherwise have coverage. The company has tested its unique technology already, but will launch its first full-scale test satellite — BlueWalker 3 (BW3) — this summer. The contract covers later launches of BlueBird satellites for the production system. AST has agreements with several companies worldwide to potentially use the system, including Vodafone, Rakuten, and American Tower.
Sep 7, 2022
Apple has revealed the iPhone 14 series, with new features, improved specs, and new size options. In place of a Mini option, the iPhone 14 will come in the same 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screen size options as the Pro models.
Aug 25, 2022
SoundCore today announced the Space A40 wireless earbuds and Space Q45 Headphones, part of a new line of audio accessories that have key features like ANC (adaptive noise cancelling), but are affordably priced. The Space A40 Bluetooth earbuds offer 10 hours of listening on their own, and 50 total hours with the included charging case.
Aug 25, 2022
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May 5, 2022
The FCC has issued the necessary licenses that will allow AST SpaceMobile to launch and test its unique direct-from-space cellular service within the US. Unlike existing satellite-phone technology, AST's BlueWalker 3 test satellite is designed to communicate directly with off-the-shelf mobile phones using standard cellular technologies like 4G, and standard cellular frequencies.
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Virginia startup Lynk Global has successfully demonstrated new technology that allows satellites in low-earth orbit to communicate directly with standard, unmodified mobile phones on the ground. In multiple verified tests starting February 24th, Lynk was able to broadcast an emergency alert containing a text message from one of its test platforms orbiting in space, using standard GSM technology, which was successfully received by an off-the-shelf Android phone in the Falkland Islands.