On Episode 488 of the Waves of Tech, we are diving deep into four great technology topics. Apple announced the second generation iPhone SE with some great integrated features along with some key standards missing. NASA announced a contract to a Mojave Air & Space Port company to manufacture lunar surface delivery technology as part of the Artemis program. The United States announced the return of human spaceflight from US soil, which is very exciting for many space geeks in America. The FCC is considering opening up the 6GHz band as the nation continues to expand their use of Wi-Fi enabled devices and as more individuals and companies begin remote work.
Second Generation Apple iPhone SE
Amidst all the chaos around the world in terms of manufacturing phones and tech gadgets, Apple announced the coming of their second release of the iPhone SE. This year’s version is listed at $399, looks like an iPhone 8, has some newer features, but is also missing some signature features. At that price for an Apple product, it appears to be of great value.
- Screen resolution is noted to be more like the iPhone 6, dating back to 2015
- The phone is equipped with the A13 Bionic chip, same as the 11 series phones
- The battery life is to be determined, unknown at this time or Apple has not released info
- TrueDepth and Face ID are not integrated into the operating system
Mojave Air and Space Port Contracts
If you are not familiar with private entity space development and innovation in the United States, we would like to introduce you to the Mojave Air & Space Port. Located essentially in our backyards of the California Desert, many exciting space things are happening including NASA contracts to Masten Space Systems to the tune of $75.9 million dollar for lunar technology.
- Masten was chosen to deliver cargo to the lunar surface as part of the Artemis program
- Masten’s specialty is vertical takeoff, vertical landing; much needed technology
- The contract is part of the plans to deliver technology and science to the Moon
- Private-public partnerships continue to shape and define the current state of spaceflight
Launching to Space from United States Soil
It is with much fanfare and excitement that we announce that human spaceflight is returning to USA soil! Since the cancellation of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 and the push to privatize the space industry, any US missions to space to the International Space Station were made in conjunction with Russian launches and dates. A launch date is set for late May.
- Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will blast off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
- Mission will originate from the same pad as Apollo 11 and the final Space Shuttle launch
- The length of the mission is still in the negotiation stages with the astronauts and NASA
- Another momentis day is set to hit the calendar in US human spaceflight
FCC to Vote on Opening Up Wi-Fi
On April 23, the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on the opening up of the 6GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi use. As the nation continues to expand its use of the internet of things, virtual reality, wearables, Wi-Fi enabled devices, and high quality streaming, additional spectrum is needed. The FCC announced, “By doing this, we would effectively increase the amount of spectrum available for Wi-Fi almost by a factor of five.”
- The 6GHz has more than two times more bandwidth as the 5GHz band used today
- 6HGz is reserved now for supporting utilities, public safety, and wireless backhaul
- As demand for Wi-Fi grows, the FCC is being progressive with opening the airwaves
- Needed for advancements in telehealth, remote learning, academia, and remote work
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