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23rd November 2021

Sputnik 1: the first artificial satellite

Sputnik 1: the first artificial satellite

Satellites are fantastically useful tools, and there are thousands of them in orbit around the Earth right now. Before the current age of satellites could come into being, though, someone had to take the first step.

In today’s post, we’re taking a look at the early history of satellites, and in particular at Sputnik 1: the first artificial satellite in space.

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15th September 2021

AstroPlant: space spice

AstroPlant: space spice

Does food taste different in space? This post takes a look at the chilli peppers growing on the ISS, and at why spicy food is popular with astronauts.

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19th May 2021

AstroPlant: painting pak choi

AstroPlant: painting pak choi

In this post, we’re talking about the latest crop on the International Space Station, and about how paintbrushes can help with pollination.

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18th May 2021

The applications of satellite technology

The applications of satellite technology

There are over 3,000 manmade satellites currently operating around Earth, but what are they actually being used for? Today, we’re talking about satellite applications.

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4th May 2021

Satellite communications: what’s the difference between LEO, MEO and GSO?

Satellite communications: what’s the difference between LEO, MEO and GSO?

We’ve been talking a lot about terrestrial communications technology recently. However, that’s not the only kind of communications technology we work with at Darwin. Today, we’re discussing different types of satellite orbit.

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