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Scan the night sky next month and you may witness a rather unusual phenomenon – an tiny Japanese satellite using LEDs to beam a Morse code message earthwards. The message will come from FITSAT-1, or Niwaka, a 10cm cubed satellite weighing just 1.3kg and recently released from the from the International Space Station. Built by …

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Thin end of wedge..

Does this mean we are not going to able to look at the night sky soon without ads flashing everywhere ?

Maybe some suggestions ?

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Re: Thin end of wedge..

Yep! This is the start of it all :( You thought popups were annoying? Wait until you see what they've got planned for space! Apple have already submitted a patent for adverts with rounded corners.

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Re: Thin end of wedge..

I doubt that it would be good enough for Ads. Might be a useful as a Twitter-like medium, though.

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Re: Thin end of wedge..

THIS one might not be.

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Re: Thin end of wedge..

I see formation flying Cube sats displaying POV advertising in the near future....

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Re: Thin end of wedge..

Never mind the billboards, could they send data both ways?

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Re: Thin end of wedge..

But could you disrupt them with a laser pointer?

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no more clouds!

"although Tanaka warned that a successful sighting will, of course, depend on the weather"

Damn Amazon and all it's fellow cloud providers... you can't even see a decent satellite from down here...

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Maths

Somebody do the maths and tell me how many LEDs you need for them to be visible with the naked eye.

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Noooo!

Don't look at the green flashes in the sky! You'll go blind!

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Re: Noooo!

The Triffids are coming!!!!

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Re: Noooo!

Don't tell them - this is what I've always dreamt of. I've started growing my beard already.

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Paris Hilton

So is this thing going to be visible to the naked eye?

Paris - because she's best viewed naked :)

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Oh that's just great.

"Coke Adds Life" flashing eight hours a day across the night sky.

Expect angry pitchfork and flaming torch wielding astronomers any day soon.

AC and its not smegging fair "Red Dwarf" is on Dave :(

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