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From space, this startup achieves the unthinkable: establishing a Bluetooth connection!

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When you are still struggling to connect your AirPods 3 to your smartphone while complaining because the Bluetooth connection is unstable, Hubble Network laughs gently. Why ? Since the start-up has managed to establish a Bluetooth connection enters space. On May 2, the company announced that it had successfully connected two of its satellites more than 600 km apart. A feat never before achieved.

A giant leap for Bluetooth

On March 4, two Hubble Network satellites were successfully launched from Space Force Base Vandenberg in California, as part of SpaceX's Transporter-10 mission. Last week, these satellites accomplished an unprecedented technological feat: they received signals from a simple 3.5 mm Bluetooth chip .

An exploit made possible by a software update applied to standard Bluetooth devices. This update now allows these devices to connect to the Hubble satellite network, without requiring a cellular connection. You are probably wondering what this can be used for.

In reality, the ambition of the Hubble Network is quite clear: to create a global satellite network accessible to any device equipped with Bluetooth. If they succeed, the potential applications are quite numerous: Internet of Things (IoT), logistics or natural resource management.

The secret& ;nbsp;: Bluetooth Low Energy

If Hubble succeeded, it's because it uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), a technology that differs from classic Bluetooth by its low energy consumption and its suitability for long-range transmissions.

According to an article published on the company's blog, connecting Bluetooth to satellites could ” multiply by 20 the&# 8217;energy efficiency and reduce operating costs by 50 times ”. Ben Wild, co-founder and CTO of Hubble, said: “ Our innovative approach allows existing Bluetooth devices to be integrated into the Hubble network without any hardware modifications, paving the way for a new era of connectivity. Innovative while remaining economical.

This technological breakthrough opens an infinite field of possibilities for IoT. BLE-enabled devices, such as sensors, trackers and wearables, will now be able to connect to the Hubble satellite network, transmitting their data in real time and over long distances.

< p>Hubble Network has truly challenged the limits of traditional Bluetooth technology, even though it is 26 years old. As Alex Haro, co-founder and CEO of the start-up, expressed it: “With nearly 5 billion Bluetooth devices sold annually, the impact of this innovation could be monumental ”. Yet another proof that certain technologies should not be put aside just because of their age.

  • Hubble Network successfully established a Bluetooth connection in space.
  • On the 2nd, they connected two satellites located 600 km from each other.
  • A feat, achieved thanks to the use of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116