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It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. — Albert Einstein

Latest entries in Space/Satellite/Geospatial
When Satellites Go Rogue: On the Origins of Space Crime

When Satellites Go Rogue: On the Origins of Space Crime

In early April 2010, for the first time in history, an American geostationary satellite has gone  “rogue.”  The satellite, known as the Galaxy 15, is no longer responding to command and control communications from its legitimate owner, the Intelsat corporation.  Moreover, the satellite has left its assigned duty location and is now drifting uncontrolled through...
Hacking GPS and Satellite Navigation: Potential Criminal Payoffs

Hacking GPS and Satellite Navigation: Potential Criminal Payoffs

Given the growing dependence on location based services and GPS systems, it is clear that attacks on these core technologies will increase in the future.   As noted in the article below, many companies, especially those with expensive cargo, are gps-tagging their vehicles in order to be able to track them. Yet these weak signals are...
Police Drone "Air Robot" Leads to Arrest in UK

Police Drone "Air Robot" Leads to Arrest in UK

As noted elsewhere on Future Crimes, it is just a matter of time before the widespread adoption of aerial drones becomes absolutely commonplace in law enforcement.  While police have been experimenting with these devices for sometime, the below case may be the first time an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been directly credited with an...
CCTV in the sky: police plan to use military-style spy drones

CCTV in the sky: police plan to use military-style spy drones

It was just a matter of time before military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) moved to the civilian law enforcement world. Despite recent obstacles to deploying police UAVs in the skies above the United States, it appears as if the UK may be moving forward with a plan to do just that.  It is no surprise...
Human Commercial Spacecraft Enters Service:  Will "Space Marshals" follow?

Human Commercial Spacecraft Enters Service: Will "Space Marshals" follow?

Virgin Galactic VSS Enterprise In December 2009, Virgin Galatic (the spacebound cousin of Virgin Atlantic Airways), launched its VSS Enterprise Spacecraft.  While a rash of billionaires have taken to space tourism as the next “it” thing, Virgin may bring space travel to the common man, (at least the price will drop from tens of millions...
Space Cops to Enforce World Peace

Space Cops to Enforce World Peace

An interesting article from December 1951 anticipating “space cops” from Modern Mechanix Magazine.
Unmanned drones in law enforcement

Unmanned drones in law enforcement

Cops Demand Drones by Noah Shactman, Wired Magazine, August 10, 2007 In the Spring of 2006, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department began flying small spy drones to track suspects.   Weeks later, the drone was grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration.  Top cops are still pissed. The chairman of the aviation committee for the International Association...