Apple Hires Two Satellite Experts From Google

Apple Hires Two Satellite Experts From Google

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Apple has hired two top satellite executives away from Google in recent weeks, reports Bloomberg.

John Fenwick, who led Google's spacecraft operations, and Michael Trela, head of satellite engineering have left the company for a new hardware team at Apple which reports to Greg Duffy, co-founder of Dropcam.

Fenwick co-founded Skybox Imaging in 2009 while Trela joined soon after as the company's first outside hire, according to their LinkedIn profiles. Skybox produced satellites about the size of a refrigerator, equipped to take detailed, near-constant images of the earth's surface. Prior to entering the startup world, Fenwick served in the U.S. Air Force and Trela was a spacecraft engineer at John Hopkins University.

It's speculated that Apple could be looking to expand into satellite design and operation. One use for such technology would be a broadband service that could reach users who don't currently have Internet connectivity. It's also speculated that the executives could be working on a system to help Apple better collect mapping data, perhaps via the use of drones.

Notably, rumors have suggested that Apple may be funding Boeing's V-band development work. Boeing has proposed a constellation of between 1,396 and 2,956 V-band satellites in 35-74 orbital planes at 1,200 km in altitude. The endeavor would create a global broadband system that would provide a wide range of advanced telecommunications services for commercial and governmental users.

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Apple Hires Two Satellite Experts From Google

Kk - April 22, 2017 at 4:15am
They will regret it because Apple doesn't want to innovate anymore. Maybe they hired them to make emojis at space
ratGT. - April 22, 2017 at 8:25am
@Kk - You are neither funny nor do you contribute with anything useful. Therefore go off to your f@gdroid website and go suck on that galaxy dild0 of yours as much as you want and let the grown-ups do the commenting-thingy around here
Amen... - April 24, 2017 at 1:37pm