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Two US military satellites in orbit recently exchanged more than 200 gigabits of data over a distance of about 100 kilometres using lasers

This is both impressive, and terrifying.

Spacenews »

Two small satellites launched last summer by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency successfully established an optical link on April 14 during a nearly 40-minute test, according to CACI International, the supplier of the optical terminals.

More than 200 gigabits of data were transmitted and received over a distance of about 100 kilometers, the company said May 17. Optical terminals use lasers to connect satellites in orbit so they can transfer data in space.

DARPA’s experiment called Mandrake 2 was funded by the Space Development Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory. The success of the demonstration is significant as space-to-space optical communications is a critical technology for DARPA’s Blackjack constellation and for SDA’s planned mesh network of small satellites in low Earth orbit that will support military operations. »

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U.S. road deaths surged to 42,915 lives lost in 2021 » Highest since 2005

Yet, the surprise isn’t the increase, but by the amount » 10.5 percent, the biggest year-over-year jump, ever.

The number of people dying on America’s roads is increasing. The US had 38,842 deaths in 2020, which is 7.2 percent higher than 2019 despite the numerous lockdowns related to the COVID pandemic.

While the U.S. death toll continues to surge, traffic fatalities in other developed countries continues falling.

Vice »

Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the latest road fatality statistics. It is “grim reading,” the latter being a phrase that regularly appears in news articles about American road death statistics for the past half-century. 42,915 people died while trying to get where they needed to go on U.S. roads last year. That’s 117 people on average each day, or about the number of people you can stuff into a large regional jet. One plane going down every day for an entire year.

Elsewhere » The Detroit Bureau / Transportation Today / Ars Technica / Axios

Where are Ontario’s crime guns coming from?

Global News »

It’s unclear why Ohio leads all other states in boosting Ontario’s supply of crime guns. Experts say it could be the lack of specific laws regulating private sales of firearms and proximity to Canada.

But whether it’s Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, one connection between these five states is a major highway: the I-75, which runs from the tip of Florida up to the Great Lakes. Investigators said they are still investigating why Texas has become a top source state.

“There’s obviously a possibility that guns are coming up from those states through the I-75 corridor and right into the underbelly of Ontario,” ATF agent Taylor said. »

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