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Communication With Aliens - Interstellar Messages in Deep Space

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jun 5, 2018 7:50:00 AM

We can't possibly be the only intelligent life-forms in this infinite universe, can we? I mean, there's still plenty of exploring to do in our own solar system let alone nearby stars, our entire galaxy, and surrounding galaxies. Will our current deep space communication efforts, like Voyager 1, ever stumble across alien life so us humans can say, "Hi! We're here!"? Or will it take so long that our messages would be more like, "Hi! We were here!"? 

Let's explore some current communication efforts to make contact with aliens and how they work.

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Topics: satcom, spacecraft, new space, satellite, deep space, space crystals

Laser Communication in Space Could Multiply Data Rates by 100x

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on May 15, 2018 8:06:00 AM

Since the beginning of NASA, radio communication has been the go-to method of communication for spacecrafts. Well, that's about to change. NASA has recently announced they will be making a major change to some of their upcoming communication systems by implementing new, cutting-edge, laser communication technology. 

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Topics: satcom, RF, space, spacecraft

9 Best Space Podcasts for Space Geeks

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on May 1, 2018 7:50:00 AM

Space podcasts are becoming very popular, and for good reason. The space industry has been 'skyrocketing' in recent years. SpaceX showed the world it's possible to reuse a space shuttle. Companies like OneWeb are now revolutionizing satellite communications technology. There are even companies planning out the colonization of mars and using asteroids as a source of water. 

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Topics: aerospace, space, new space, deep space

7 Incredibly Effective Ways to Prevent Pressure Transducer Problems

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Feb 19, 2018 8:28:00 AM

Poor manufacturing environments can significantly reduce the performance quality of a pressure transducer. A failing pressure transducer will lead to problems with sensors and will provide inaccurate readings (or none at all).

A faulty pressure transducer not only can cause frustration and wasted time, but can also lead to unnecessary costs.

To prevent pressure transducer problems or failure from happening in the first place, let's take a look at 7 pressure transducer troubleshooting methods to keep your transducers & sensors working great!

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Topics: transducers, sensors

Not All Drones Are Created Equal (9 Types of Drones)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Feb 13, 2018 7:08:00 AM

Full Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links in that we will receive a small commission if you click through and make a purchase (with no additional cost to you). 

Drones...Drones...Drones... It's almost like everywhere you go these days you can't help but be sucked into "drone chat". 

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New Space Isn't Just for LEO Constellations (5 Deep Space Companies)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jan 31, 2018 6:40:00 AM

We've been doing a lot of talk about the new space movement and the newest LEO constellation innovations. It's about time that we bring to your attention that LEO constellatioins aren't the only innovation when it comes to the new space (or space 2.0) movement. As technology and payloads of satellites continue to skyrocket (ha!), so does our ability to efficiently explore the deep, dark depths of outer space.

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Topics: new space, leo, deep space

4 Specific Applications That May Require Ultra-Frequency Stability

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jan 17, 2018 9:08:00 AM
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Topics: Ultra-Stable, Frequency Stability

Bliley Technologies GPS Disciplined Oscillator (GPSDO) for Small Satellite Mission Success

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Dec 15, 2017 10:55:36 AM

Bliley Technologies has been recognized in the frequency control industry as one of the premier suppliers for high quality OCXOs for over 85 Years.  Bliley has been moving up the value chain from an RF system perspective.  Within the last year, Bliley has developed a commercial LEO solution to provide a master reference oscillator which provides the functionality of a PLL and OCXO from the GPSDO design and is currently in production

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How to Prevent Activity Dips and Frequency Perturbations in Crystal Oscillators

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Nov 16, 2017 8:10:00 AM

Activity dips, also referred to as frequency perturbations, can be difficult to spot in oscillating crystals. However, a single activity dip can cause major problems in an application’s signal, including within GPS or missile systems. Imagine launching a missile and then losing control of its navigation. Or getting a very inaccurate GPS velocity reading of an aircraft. These (and many other problems) can be caused by a failure to spot frequency dips in crystals. It’s important to understand what activity dips are and how to avoid them from occurring in crystals...and that's exactly what you're going to learn right now!

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The TCXO Performance Guide (Plus 4 Common Types)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Oct 13, 2017 10:47:46 AM

TCXO Performance Qualities

A standard TCXO has quite a few performance qualities. Some of the most common performance figures are summarized below:

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Topics: TCXO