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Addition of satellite internet to offer services by Wisper ISP

Wisper ISP Inc., which is a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), has provided satellite as a substitute to their rooted wireless technology for Illinois residents since 2015. Wisper wants to expand its satellite services to its network in Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas.

One of the major Wisper’s Satellite Internet customers is Theresa Pointon of St. Libory since the company shifted to that area in January 2020. Theresa said that she is so happy with the Satellite service, adding that it has enabled her children to learn online during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Nathan Stooke, Wisper’s CEO and Founder, said that the company is excited satellite to offer services throughout the entire network. He added that this means that more Americans in the rural areas will now access the internet, which will aid in closing the Digital Divide gap. Nathan also noted that Wisper would continue growing, and its growth will be felt in different regions.

Fixed Wireless Technology utilizes uplifted structures to reach customers’ homes. These raised structures include cell towers, water towers, and grain elevators. The current potential needs the tools on the consumer’s roof to have a sightline to the uplifted structure. This means that the optical path cannot be blocked by any terrain or trees. The consumer must be not over 3-5 miles from the consumer’s uplifted structure to get superior signals. Satellites have a significant difference with fixed wireless since their equipment hangs in orbit, which is over 100 miles above the Earth’s surface, rather than an uplifted structure.

The following are Wisper’s satellite plans:

Liberty Plans

  • Liberty 12 comes with 12GB at the cost of $60 per month for 12/3
  • Liberty 12 with 25GB at the expense of $80 per month for 12/3
  • Liberty 12 comes with 50GB costing $90 per month for 12/3

All these liberty plans offer a free zone from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Standard Beams

  • Bonze 12 offering 35GB at the cost of $70 per month for 12/3
  • Silver 12 with 45GB costing $100 per month for 12/3
  • Gold 12 comes with 65GB at $150 per month for 12/3

High-Capacity Beams

  • Bronze 12 comes with 40GB at the cost of $70 per month for 12/3
  • Silver 25 with 60GB costing $100 per month for 25/3
  • Gold 30 comes with 100GB for $130 per month for 30/3
  • Gold 50 with 100GB at the cost of $150 per month for 50/3
  • Plat 100 comes with 150GB at $200 per month for 100/3

Currently, Wisper is working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to facilitate the Lifeline Program that is providing a discount to low-income earners. Those who want to enroll in the Lifeline program can visit www.lifelinesupport.org.

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Amazon Tops The Corporate Green Energy Buyers 2020 List

Solar energy is an important source for meeting the rising electricity demand, be it at the workplace, residential, recreation, or mobility. Simultaneously, to preserve the environment, greenhouse gases, mainly CO2, must be reduced. More energy from safe, renewable energy sources needs to be accessible to resolve these two competing needs.

As the renewable electricity dynamics are shifting, the transition from fossil energy to renewable energies is growing as more nations are looking to capitalize on renewables’ advantages and energy potential. Developing and industrialized countries are investing more in renewable energies hence a big rise in renewable energy use. As investment in renewables is growing, the green energy economy is developing. As oil prices have already started to rise in 2016, renewables are becoming cheaper than oil. The move helps to strengthen the competitive aspect of renewables, which threatens the position of fossil energy derivatives.

On the other hand, Amazon bypassed Google and Facebook by 0.9% in 2020 as the biggest green energy buyers. Amazon has purchased,7.5 gigawatts and in 2020, the company entered into 35 energy purchase agreements. Given the global pandemic and the economic recession, 2020 was a turbulent year, all related to the lack of national climate change leadership. Companies should purchase more solar energy, provided that the nation will get its arms around the coronavirus and boost its financial prospects.

Renewable energy has become an American tale of progress. As per Clean Jobs America 2020, when businesses invest in renewable energy, the move will contribute to jobs: employment in the field has risen by 10.4 percent since 2015. Before COVID, more than 3.3 million individuals worked in these cleantech industries. The pandemic, however, has eaten into those possibilities. And the U.S. has maintained its speed amid the figures that advanced technology has put on the ledger.

Additionally, according to Jonas Rooze, corporations have access to affordable clean energy globally more than ever before. Also, businesses go green, and doing so leads to economic sense. It is fantastic for their labels as well. The Oxford Smith School of Business and the Environment studied the issue and found that the most successful way to nurture an economy back to life is to invest in renewable technology. Projects for clean energies and advanced power grids will provide the best medicine, and also offer a long-term return on investment for those efforts.

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Edmunds have reasons to believe that Electric Vehicles Sales in the U.S. will skyrocket in 2021

In the past, electric vehicle sales have been setting new records, and it is likely to be the same case in 2021. It is worth one’s attention, given that it is coming from Edmunds’ car-shopping experts. Last year, electric cars contributed to 1.9% of all vehicle sales in the United States. According to Edmunds, the percentage is likely to increase to 2.5% by the end of 2021.

According to Jessica Caldwell, the executive director in charge of Edmunds insights, the change has several drivers. One of them is the number of electric vehicles that will be in the market, which is going to increase. The upcoming models will also be impressive since most of them will fill the gap between electric vehicles and the traditional ones. There are a lot of classy models out there are far as conventional cars are concerned. That’s not something you can say about their electric counterparts, but there are high chances it is about to change in 2021. The proposal by President Joe Biden’s administration in support of electric vehicles might also be a game-changer.

Brands and models entering the market this year might also increase. Last year, there were 12 brands and 17 models. However, in 2021, manufacturers could increase by 21, whereas the vehicles may go up to 30. Out of the 30 models, all sectors seem covered with six trucks, 13 SUVs, and 11 cars. Therefore, it will be a first for trucks because in 2020, out of the 17, 7 were SUVs, and 10 were cars.

The demand for large cars keeps increasing each day. If 2021 fills the gap that electric vehicles have had due to the lack of such alternatives, the market will change beyond reasonable doubt. After all, the rate at which EV owners exchange their cars with trucks or SUVs keeps rising. It was 34% in 2015 but had increased to 60% by 2019. As for 2020, the rate went up to 71%. It might reduce in 2021 with the possibility of trading an EV car with an EV SUV or truck.

The trend at which people are searching for electric trucks and SUV have been rising. Consequently, an introduction of the former into the market might change it to some extent. As people search for electric vehicles to buy, they stumble upon new models that they never thought existed. With such information, Tesla will have to share its vast market or potential buyers with other manufacturers.

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The Satellite Operations Contract between MDA and the Canadian Space Agency

In an announcement, MDA declared that it won a contract from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The terms of this agreement include the provision of satellite flight operations. CSA will also expect data management services from MDA. Another expectation by the agency is satellite missions that create awareness of space and also facilitates Earth observation.

The main focus of MDA will be NEOSSat, SCISAT, and the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). It will offer various services, including controlling and monitoring the spacecraft’s health, analyzing operations, maintaining the basic system, and handling data order. Others are managing image quality, processing data, and archiving data. Its area of jurisdiction will be in Longueuil, where the agency’s Multi-Mission Control Centre lies.

Nevertheless, one must acknowledge that MDA will not be doing all that alone. On the contrary, it will achieve it throw the collaboration of two giant space companies. Its other Canadian counterparts are Mission Control Space Services and Calian Advanced Technologies. The contract is three years long, and its worth is CAD$ 36.6 million minus taxes. If a need arises, the deal might be extended but not for more than two more years.

It is important to note that it is not the first time MDA and CSA worked together. During the construction of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, the former was also at the heart of it. It is a third-generation radar satellite system, and its importance in Canada is indispensable. The country launched it in June 2019, and the launch was a success. Its commission happened later that same year. Ever since the launch, MDA offers all its necessary satellite operations services. As a result of this contract, it is only right to say that MDA’s mandate over RCM just got even more substantial. As a matter of fact, its stand in satellite operations is also at another level.

MDA will also be in charge of SCISAT. It is also crucial, and it has been helping Canada and the rest of the world understand ozone layer depletion since 2003. A decade later, the idea of Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat) saw the light of the day. The space services firm will also be managing this space telescope. Although other similar missions exist now, it was the first one on satellites and asteroids detection and tracking.

MDA also has a contract with the country’s Department of National Defense. This agreement obliges it to operate Sapphire. The launch vehicle for this surveillance satellite is the same one that lifted NEOSSat off. It is also the same case with MDA’s RADARSAT-2, which is an Earth observation satellite.

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Upcoming commercial crew mission of SpaceX to deploy in April

The second operating SpaceX commercial crew flight to the International Space Station, transporting astronauts from Japan, Europe, and the United States, will be launched in the mid-April. NASA announced on January 29 that it had set a start date of April 20 for the station’s Crew-2 mission. NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, as well as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency space-explorer Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet of European Space Agency on board as mission experts will be the Commander as well as Pilot, respectively. The four would substitute the Crew-1 space-explorers who traveled on the first operating Crew Dragon flight to the station in November.

In late April or even early May, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, and Shannon Walker, as well as the JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi would return to the spacecraft, predicting that Crew-2 will deploy on its current timeline. NASA previously reported a no-earlier-than-launch period of March 30 for the Crew-2. However, it did postpone the project to enable Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew spacecraft to deploy uncrewed Orbital Flight Test 2 flight for an estimated one-week mission no sooner than March 25. The Starliner as well as Crew Dragon dock at one of the station’s two ports, including one that is used by Crew-1 Crew Dragon spacecraft.

A Soyuz spaceship, Soyuz MS-18, planned for launch about April 10, is also included in the pause to April 20. Three Russian cosmonauts will be taken to the station, with the Soyuz MS-17 returning to the Earth a week later, with the Russian cosmonauts Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Sergey Ryzhikov on board, as well as NASA astronaut Kate Rubins. “We will really begin to increase our plans for doing some touring vehicle operations across the mid-March period,” Kenny Todd, NASA’s deputy manager of the International Space Station program, stated during a January 22 conference on a forthcoming series of the station spacewalks.

He didn’t provide a timetable for certain missions during the briefing. In a January 27 comment to SpaceNews, utilizing the NASA designation for the Soyuz MS-18, he stated, “We are still collaborating with our Russian colleagues as well as the Commercial Crew Program to solidify the schedules for the Crew-2 and Soyuz 64S flights.” “At present, both flights are targeted for spring 2021; however, specific launch schedules have yet to be confirmed.” The first in a sequence of spacewalks was conducted by two of the Crew-1 explorers; Hopkins and Glover, on January 27, operating on the exterior of Columbus module to aid the Bartolomeo external payload system mount a new contact antenna there.

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Albedo Startup concentrates on the 10-centimeter Earth imagery

Albedo, the newest space corporation to enter the popular Y Combinator start-up accelerator, intends to set up a 10 centimeter per pixel resolution satellite constellation providing Earth imagery. That is the same resolution that created a stir when, in August 2019, former President Trump tweeted pictures of a badly destroyed Iranian launchpad. At the time, geospatial mapping analysts indicated that the imagery was actually captured by secret NRO surveillance satellites costing more than $1 billion. (Prices and capacities of NRO satellites are classified.)

Albedo aims to minimize the expense of capturing 10-centimeter resolution electro-optical imagery as well as two-meter resolution thermal imagery by operating refrigerator-sized satellites at the low altitudes with the large-aperture cameras. “To accomplish this resolution effectually, there are technological advances we are using today to operate super low,” Topher Haddad, co-founder as well as Chief executive of Albedo, informed SpaceNews. For instance, Denver-based Albedo intends to empower satellites with the electric propulsion and develop them for the on-orbit refueling. Haddad stated he is sure that refueling will be possible in the low Earth orbit until Albedo requires approximately two years refilling the first generation of the satellites after the deployment.

“By rendering imagery accessible and incorporating the tremendous value of the high resolution, our aim is to increase the demand,” Haddad added. Although 10-centimeter imagery is not available for sale commercially without a special authorization in the United States, Haddad is adamant that by the moment it starts deploying satellites in the year 2024 and develops a constellation of 24 satellites in the year 2027, Albedo will encounter few constraints. Haddad, who served at the Lockheed Martin as a senior systems engineer, worked on confidential remote sensing projects, co-founded Albedo with Winston Tri, who used to work at Facebook as a software engineer, as well as AJ Lasater, a former employee of Lockheed Martin systems, who served as an architecture manager, in the year 2020.

When they entered Y Combinator, a venture start-up accelerator located in Mountain View in California, whose space sector alumni include Astranis, Momentus as well as Relativity Space, the trio started working on Albedo full time. In the startups that it picks, Y Combinator spends. Eric Migicovsky, who is a partner at Y Combinator, stated Albedo “has a huge amount of work it is supposed to do.” “I could see this as being a no-brainer for the customers if they can develop at the pace they are preparing and get to the level of quality.” Albedo founders have held detailed interviews with potential clients while engaging in Y Combinator and received letters of intent priced at $56 million, Haddad stated.