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Let's Send Justin Bieber to Space!

Let's Send Justin Bieber to Space! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Lofting a celebrity of Bieber's stature would generate a lot of interest among the American public, which could help commercial spaceflight pick up some much-needed momentum, said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the ...

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Bigelow Aerospace begins hiring round by adding former astronauts Ham, Zamka

Bigelow Aerospace begins hiring round by adding former astronauts Ham, Zamka | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Bigelow Aerospace has hired former NASA astronauts Kenneth Ham and George Zamka to form the cornerstone of the private astronaut corps the North Las Vegas, Nevada, company will need to maintain and operate the inflatable space habitats it plans to launch some time after 2017.

 

Zamka comes to Bigelow Aerospace from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, where he was deputy associate administrator from March 2013, when he left NASA, through June 11. Zamka will remain in Washington to aid the company’s business development efforts with the U.S. and other governments, and serve as a company face for federal policymakers, Robert Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Aerospace, said in a July 9 phone interview...

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The new atomic age: building smaller, greener electronics

The new atomic age: building smaller, greener electronics | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Jul 09, 2014
In the drive to get small, Robert Wolkow and his lab at the University of Alberta are taking giant steps forward.
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Space Florida: Cape risks irrelevance

Space Florida: Cape risks irrelevance | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Space Florida CEO today delivered a call to action to make Cape Canaveral a more attractive site for commercial space.
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Fully Charged: Google's Project Tango phones head to space

Fully Charged: Google's Project Tango phones head to space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Not only do astronauts have the enviable privilege of traveling in space, but now they get to use Google’s intriguing 3D-mapping Project Tango phones. Well, to be more precise, their automated, hovering robots get to use the handsets. Now we’re even more jealous!

 

NASA is using the Google-provided devices to improve its Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) robots, which float throughout the International Space Station using small bursts of CO2—and yes, Reuters says their design is inspired by the ball that Luke Skywalker swats at with a lightsaber in the original Star Wars...

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Canadian innovation threatened by science education shortcomings

Canadian innovation threatened by science education shortcomings | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The products of Canadian ingenuity span the ages, from Bell’s telephone to BlackBerry’s. But Canada could soon face an innovation deficit, because the country has a relatively low number of science graduates, according to the Conference Board of Canada.

 

The Board’s Education Provincial Rankings give Canada a depressing ‘D’ in the categories of PhD and science, math, computer science and engineering graduates per 100,000 population aged 20–39. International students are another shortcoming, warranting a ‘C’ grade that echoes recent concerns from the Canadian International Council...

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Scaling up alternative space funding sources - The Space Review

Scaling up alternative space funding sources - The Space Review | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Until recently, space projects had only a couple tried and true—if trying—paths to take to win funding. One was to go the government route, soliciting proposals to various government agencies and, if and when winning a contract, hoping that agency didn’t suffer budget cuts or changes in strategic direction that could cancel that award. The other was to build a business case attractive enough to win investment, something that has long been a challenge given the long time horizons of many space endeavors and their uncertain returns.

 

In recent years, though, some efforts have started to make use of alternative funding models, ones that get around reliance on government contracts or private investment to go directly to the public. And now, after some initial, smaller successes, a new wave of projects and initiatives seeks to find out how big these alternatives can scale...

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Orbital Targets July 11 For ISS Commercial Resupply Mission

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Wallops Island, VA (SPX) Jul 08, 2014 Orbital has established July 11, 2014 as the targeted date for the launch of the Orb-2 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the second operational cargo resupply mission under the company's...
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Space Angels Network Expands to Asia-Pacific via Sydney Hub

Space Angels Network Expands to Asia-Pacific via Sydney Hub | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

London, UK – 07 July 2014 – Space Angels Network, a global network of early-stage investors focused specifically on commercial space, aerospace, and aviation ventures, is proud to announce its expansion to the Asia-Pacific region via a new Hub in Sydney, Australia. Hubs are physical or virtual offices either led by members of the Space Angels Network management team or represented by honorary investor members, and enable greater access to innovative new ventures and facilitate interaction between like-minded investors across the globe. These regional Hubs provide a platform for organizing Space Angels Network members through events, investor presentations, and member meetups. Tim Parsons, Space Angels Network member and Founding Executive of delta-v SpaceHub, will act as the primary point of contact for the new Sydney Hub, representing Space Angels Network in the region...

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NEOSSat Not Up to the Job; Government Report Blames Contractor.

NEOSSat Not Up to the Job; Government Report Blames Contractor. | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A Canadian Space Agency (CSA) review of the operations of its Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite(NEOSSat), launched on  February 25th, 2013 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India, has concluded that the satellite is "underfunded," not working properly and has raised concerns about whether it will be able to successfully complete its mission...

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Toronto aerospace company is prime contractor for lunar observatory mission

Canadensys Aerospace Corporation of Toronto has been chosen as the prime contractor by the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) for its International Lunar Observatory mission (ILO-1).

The mission will land a probe on the Moon's south pole later this decade...

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Canadensys is an interesting new Toronto based space company with quite a few ex-MDA employees in senior positions. 

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Remembering University Professor Emeritus Bernard Etkin (UTIAS)

Remembering University Professor Emeritus Bernard Etkin (UTIAS) | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering of the University of Toronto is the premier engineering school in Canada. We lead in research on a world scale and our program of study, providing strong engineering fundamentals, innovative thinking and multi-cultural collaborative skills, is designed to educate the global engineering leaders of tomorrow. The Faculty leads in areas such as: energy and the environment, nanoengineering, information technology and communications, and bioengineering.
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Extreme DIY: Making homemade space suits, metal printers, and lifeforms

Extreme DIY: Making homemade space suits, metal printers, and lifeforms | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

By necessity, the DIY movement lags behind industry, but that gap is closing faster every day. The predictions used to be almost unanimous: the days of basement-dwelling nerds inventing world-changing technology could only last so long, and the costs of doing business were going to make independents a thing of the past. Yet today, the startup market essentially defines the newly emerging world economy. Between the internet, crowd funding, and the general availability of knowledge and components, the home engineer can do virtually anything.

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The Space Review: The commercial remote sensing boom

The Space Review: The commercial remote sensing boom | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A couple of years ago, the health of the commercial satellite remote sensing industry, at least in the United States, wasn’t good. Commercial interest in high-resolution images of the Earth from space wasn’t as high as the industry forecast back in the 1990s, when a new generation of companies—enabled by changes in national policy—developed satellites to serve this market. The US government had helped prop up the industry, but by 2012 the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) was cutting back on its purchases of commercial imagery, undermining the business cases for the two companies selling such imagery, DigitalGlobe and GeoEye (see“EnhancedView’s cloudy future”, The Space Revuew, May 7, 2012). Later that year, those two companies merged under the DigitalGlobe name.

 

Today, though, the sector is remarkably vibrant...

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3D Google smartphones to help NASA robots navigate in space

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Moscow (Voice of Russia) Jul 11, 2014
NASA plans to send Google smartphones with state of the art 3D sensing technology into orbit to use them as eyes and brains for its newest sci-fi inspired machinery.
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Avascent acquires space & telecommunications division of Futron Corporation

Avascent acquires space & telecommunications division of Futron Corporation | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, DC, Jul 09, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Avascent has acquired the satellite, space, and telecommunications businesses of Futron Corporation, a leading provider of market analytics and consulting services to corporate and government clients around the world...

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O3b satellites integrated on Arianespace Soyuz for July 10 launch

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Paris (SPX) Jul 09, 2014 Arianespace's next medium-lift Soyuz to be launched from French Guiana is now complete following the integration of its "upper composite," made up of four O3b Networks connectivity satellites, their protective payload...
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Andrew Nelson on #WorldCup2014 | XCOR Aerospace blog

Andrew Nelson on #WorldCup2014 | XCOR Aerospace blog | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With the Dutch squad entering the semifinals tomorrow against Argentina, and Germany and Brazil just about to determine which will make it to the final match of the World Cup, we sit down with XCOR’s Andrew Nelson to discuss #NED v #CRC, soccer and family, the USA-Belgium match, #BEL v #GER, #NED v #ARG, and of course, that flight giveaway should the Netherlands take it all...

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Soyuz 2-1B launches with Meteor M2 and AISSat-2

Soyuz 2-1B launches with Meteor M2 and AISSat-2 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A Russian Soyuz 2-1B rocket has launched the Meteor M2 satellite along with a number of companions...

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AISSat-2  is a 6 kg Norwegian owned but Canadian built nanosatellite constructed on behalf of government of Norway by UTIAS/SFL. Its primary mission is to investigate the feasibility and performance of a spacecraft-based Automatic Identification System (AIS) sensor in low-Earth orbit as a means of tracking maritime assets, and the integration of space-based AIS data into a national maritime tracking information system...

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DX-1 microsat appeals to radio hams

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The DX-1 satellite, built by Dauria Aerospace, launches from Pad 31/6 at Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 15:58:28 UT. It weighs 27 kg and is 40x40x30 cm. Dauria Aerospace have posted the following information:


"Finally, close to the accomplishment of our long-awaited event – the launch of the spacecraft DX1 Tuesday, July 8. We would like to ask for help to all radio amateurs who are interested in receiving signals spacecraft. Invite you to participate in the “catching” our satellite immediately after the start."

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Bill Gaubatz, RIP; the DC/X story; the Big SFWA Indie and more by Jerry Pournelle

Bill Gaubatz, RIP; the DC/X story; the Big SFWA Indie and more by Jerry Pournelle | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

I heard today that Bill Gaubatz, the project director for Douglas who built the DC/X, has died. Bill was the engineer who took the DC/X concept and turned it into flying hardware, on schedule, and under budget. He knew how to build teams and get them working, and this without much support from his employer: a reusable spaceship would not be as profitable as selling more and more expendables, and Douglas already sold expendables to the the Air Force. Still, they did bid on the project, they put a good man in charge of it, and they got out of his way.

 

I’ve told the DC/X story before, but last time I told it was when I had just missed my last chance (as it turned out) to see Bill Gaubatz again...

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New Satellite Data Like an Ultrasound for Baby Stars - Scientific Computing

New Satellite Data Like an Ultrasound for Baby Stars - Scientific Computing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An international team of researchers have been monitoring the “heartbeats” of baby stars to test theories of how the Sun was born 4.5 billion years ago.

 

In a paper published in Science magazine on July 3, 2014, the team of 20 scientists describes how data from two space telescopes — the Canadian Space Agency’s MOST satellite and the French CoRoT mission — have unveiled the internal structures and ages of young stars before they’ve even emerged as full-fledged stars...

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exactEarth releases new viewing platform for dynamic shipping information

exactEarth releases new viewing platform for dynamic shipping information | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Cambridge, ON- July 7, 2014— exactEarth Ltd., the leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, announced today the release of exactEarth ShipView™, providing customers with a modern web-based ship viewing tool. The ShipView platform is hosted entirely by exactEarth allowing users access from anywhere, any time.

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BRITE Montreal Satellite Fails to Deploy after Launch. Presumed Lost

BRITE Montreal Satellite Fails to Deploy after Launch. Presumed Lost | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On July 3rd, researchers announced that a Canadian nano-satellite, launched June 19th, 2014 from Yasny, Russia, that was to be part of a satellite constellation unlocking the secrets of star evolution had likely been lost...



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Singapore launches its first nano-satellite

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Singapore (XNA) Jul 07, 2014
Singapore launched its first nano- satellite VELOX-I via a Indian space rocket on Monday, according to a report by Channel NewsAsia on Thursday.
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Loral/ Telesat sale hung up on $300Mln 'consent' fee

Loral/ Telesat sale hung up on $300Mln 'consent' fee | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A complex deal to sell New York satellite firm Loral Space & Communications is on hold after its controlling shareholder balked at paying a “consent” fee to complete the $7 billion buyout, The Post has learned.

 

Hedge fund billionaire Mark Rachesky’s MHR Fund Management controls Loral, which derives all of its value from its 63 percent stake in Telesat, a Canadian satellite company. PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, owns the rest of Telesat...

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