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April 15, 2008

Patented physics?

This one is hard to believe but it's reported as straight news.

Satellite Abandoned Thanks To Patent On Lunar Flybys

[...] Basically, what happened is that SES had a problem with a satellite launch, such that the satellite did not reach the proper orbit (it was intended to be a geostationary satellite used by Echostar). SES then figured out that it could get the satellite into a proper orbit by making use of a lunar flyby. That part is just basic physics. But, at that point, SES discovered that Boeing happens to own a patent on doing this sort of lunar flyby, despite the fact that you can't patent physics.

Posted by joke du jour at April 15, 2008 05:31 PM

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