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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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The Commercial Space blog; Scott Larson Has Started Another Space Company

The Commercial Space blog; Scott Larson Has Started Another Space Company | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The ex-founder and CEO of Vancouver based Urthecast, has resurfaced as the owner of another Vancouver based space company. 


Entrepreneur Scott Larson, whose brother Wade Larson helped to co-found and continues in the role of Urthecast CEO, spoke about his latest venture, in the September 23rd, 2016 Globe and Mail post, "UrtheCast founder plots a new course to space." 


 The new start-up, called Helios Wire, is attempting to build out and democratize a space-enabled internet of things network...

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NASA set to reveal 'surprising' activity on Jupiter's moon

NASA set to reveal 'surprising' activity on Jupiter's moon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

There's something going on beneath the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa. NASA teased a "surprising" announcement for Monday, based on Hubble Space Telescope images of the celestial body, which many experts believe could contain a subsurface ocean, even possibly some form of life

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SpaceX Falcon Accident Investigation Points to Breach in Rocket's Helium System

SpaceX Falcon Accident Investigation Points to Breach in Rocket's Helium System | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Investigators have traced the explosion that destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 on the pad Sept. 1 to a "large breach" in the helium system in the rocket’s second stage, although the root cause of the accident remains unknown...

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Senate panel authorizes money for Mars mission, shuttle replacement

Senate panel authorizes money for Mars mission, shuttle replacement | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With a new president on the horizon, a key Senate committee moved Wednesday to protect the nation’s space program from the potential upheaval of an incoming administration...

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Between a rocket and a hard place: Elon Musk to give the speech of his life

Between a rocket and a hard place: Elon Musk to give the speech of his life | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Elon Musk will deliver this year’s most anticipated aerospace speech on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico. The talk, “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species,” marks a singular moment for the man who has upended the global launch industry during the last five years and will now finally peel away some of the layers of his grand vision to colonize Mars—and possibly other places in the Solar System...
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Lassonde researchers succeed in testing atmospheric instrument | Lassonde School of Engineering

Lassonde researchers succeed in testing atmospheric instrument | Lassonde School of Engineering | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In the first week of September 2016, Lassonde professor Jinjun Shan successfully flew three Canadian payloads on a stratospheric balloon that performed a 10-hour mission at an altitude of 34km in Kiruna, Sweden. 

The primary payload, 2-D Imaging Fabry-Pérot Spectrometer, is jointly developed by Lassonde and MPB Communications Inc...
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ULA moves to fill openings in Atlas 5 launch manifest – Spaceflight Now

ULA moves to fill openings in Atlas 5 launch manifest – Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
With U.S. military demand waning in coming years, United Launch Alliance has multiple openings in its Atlas 5 launch manifest in 2017 and 2018 available to commercial customers with as little as three months’ notice, according to company officials. 

Commercial satellite operators rarely wait so long to book launch services — the usual turnaround from contract signature to launch is around two years — so ULA is seemingly targeting potential clients wishing to switch from another launch provider...
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Aerojet Rocketdyne Makes Case for AR1

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Aerojet Rocketdyne's Jim Simpson made the case for the new AR1 rocket engine yesterday explaining that its conservative design and low cost will meet mission assurance and affordability objectives desired by potential customers, It is on schedule to be ready for certification by 2019 at a cost of $824 million -- $536 million from the government plus $288 million from the company and its industry partners. 


Simpson, Aerojet Rocketdyne's Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, spoke to a media roundtable yesterday that was held in conjunction with the Air Force Association's Air, Space, Cyber Conference. Joining him was Steve Cook, Vice President for Corporate Development at Dynetics, a partner in the AR1 program. 


The impetus for developing the AR1 is eliminating U.S. dependence on Russia's RD-180 engines that power the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Atlas V is the workhorse for launching national security satellites and is also used for NASA and commercial spacecraft.

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The new era of heavy lift | The Space Review

The new era of heavy lift | The Space Review | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Last week, Blue Origin unveiled its planned orbital launch vehicle, New Glenn, that likely will be able to place payloads weighing dozens of metric tons into low Earth orbit. Jeff Foust notes it’s the latest development in heavy-lift vehicles that include programs by NASA and SpaceX.


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Airbus invests in 4 high-resolution optical Earth observation satellites - with no government net | SpaceNews.com

Airbus invests in 4 high-resolution optical Earth observation satellites - with no government net | SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

PARIS — Airbus Defence and Space on Sept. 15 said it would finance, apparently on its own, a constellation of four very-high-resolution optical Earth observation satellites to launch in 2020 and 2021.

The program, which industry officials said likely represents a capital investment of more than 500 million euros ($550 million), was surprising to the extent that many Airbus officials regretted the company’s 2009 decision to invest 300 million euros into two medium-resolution optical satellites, called Spot 6 and Spot 7.

Then as now, Airbus was concerned about protecting its existing geospatial imagery business even if it meant making a commitment without any guarantee by the French government or any other anchor customer.


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Ottawa's IT plan 'broken,' says chief statistician who quit in frustration

Ottawa's IT plan 'broken,' says chief statistician who quit in frustration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

High-ranking federal bureaucrats don't tend to resign publicly, or on principle. Yet that's just what Wayne Smith did on Friday in a move he described as desperate, and one that's made him, in his words, a black sheep among his peers.

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ILS unveils two Proton variants sized for smaller satellites - SpaceNews.com

ILS unveils two Proton variants sized for smaller satellites - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

International Launch Services has announced two new variants of its Proton rocket that will be sized to launch smaller geostationary satellites...

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Spaceflight Startup Wants to Launch Rockets out of the Ocean

Spaceflight Startup Wants to Launch Rockets out of the Ocean | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In the constant search for low-cost spaceflight, Norwegian startup Ripple Aerospace has come up with a unique solution: How about we just get rid of, like, the land? 


Their plan calls for reusable cargo rockets to be built in shipyards, transported to open ocean, and launched from the sea, without so much as a floating launch pad to get in the way of the rocket’s journey from ocean to space...

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UrtheCast founder plots a new course to space

UrtheCast founder plots a new course to space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Helios Wire, the brainchild of Vancouver tech and finance veteran Scott Larson, is racing to build a global satellite communications network to feed and connect the expanding array of sensors known as the Internet Of Things...

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Highlights of Bangalore Space Expo 2016 | Views of Space 2.0 India

Highlights of Bangalore Space Expo 2016 | Views of Space 2.0 India | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The fifth edition of the biennial Bangalore Space Expo, organised by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), its commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) between 1 – 3 September 2016, saw delegates from 12 countries are attending the event. The event recorded an attendance of over 3200 business visitors besides with France as a partner Country for the first time...
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How To See the Doomed Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station - Universe Today

How To See the Doomed Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station - Universe Today | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

China’s first space station, Tiangong-1, is expected to fall to Earth sometime in late 2017. We’ve known for several months that the orbital demise of the 8-metric ton space station was only a matter of time. But Chinese space agency officials recently confirmed that they have lost telemetry with the space station and can no longer control its orbit. This means its re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere will be uncontrolled...

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U.S., Canada may partner on space surveillance proposal - SpaceNews.com

U.S., Canada may partner on space surveillance proposal - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MAUI, Hawaii – The U.S. Air Force and Canada are partnering on a proposal for an upcoming space surveillance mission, a senior Defense Department official said Sept. 21. 


The Air Force expects to release in October a formal solicitation for its Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) follow-on mission to keep tabs on the geosynchronous-orbit belt some 36,000 kilometers above the equator. A fixed-price contract award is expected in late 2017...

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The Mars Society is Live Streaming its annual convention

The Mars Society is Live Streaming its annual convention | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Mars Society will convene its 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention on the beautiful tree-lined campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. September 22 - 25, 2016, with main conference events taking place at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. 

 Our four-day space conference will bring together leading scientists, engineers, policymakers, government officials, entrepreneurs and journalists to address the significance of the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic developments that could open the way to the human exploration and settlement of the Red Planet...
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The MacDonald Dettwiler 2016 Q3 conference call and webcast will be held on Friday, October 28th

The MacDonald Dettwiler 2016 Q3 conference call and webcast will be held on Friday, October 28th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
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Eli Lilly has an experiment on-board the International Space Station

Eli Lilly has an experiment on-board the International Space Station | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
As outlined in the ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/20/2016 | ISS On-Orbit Status Report:

Eli Lilly Hard To Wet Surfaces: FE-6 set up the Hard to Wet Surfaces Sample Module image, injected buffer solutions into the sample vials then mixed all six sample vials inside the Sample Module... 
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For more information on the experiment, check out the experiment overview at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2275.html
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C-COM Satellite Systems Receives $1.2Mln in new orders

C-COM Satellite Systems Receives $1.2Mln in new orders | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
OTTAWA, September 21, 2016 – C-COM Satellite Systems Inc., (TSXV: CMI) a leading global provider of mobile auto-deploying satellite antenna systems, announced today that it has received $1.2 million (US) in orders in the last 30 days from its resellers in Europe, South America and Asia. 

Some of the orders have already shipped. 

The balance will be delivered before the end of November, 2016. Almost all of these orders are for C-COM’s new generation iNetVu® Ka-band series antennas which have been certified for use on a number of High Throughput Satellites (HTS) reflecting a growing acceptance for the newest and most advanced products from C-COM.
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CATA Alliance wants an independent SR&ED authority

041DownloadShare Ottawa, ON...CATAAlliance, Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group has called on Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, in collaboration with Cabinet Ministers, to introduce an Independent Authority to manage the SR&ED tax incentives program...

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The StarSpot Episode 109: Rethinking Ancient Mayan Astronomy, with Gerardo Aldana

The StarSpot Episode 109: Rethinking Ancient Mayan Astronomy, with Gerardo Aldana | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
No the ancient Maya did not predict the end of the world. But they were among the world’s most advanced astronomers. Now some anthropologists believe they’ve found evidence that the Maya achieved a remarkable innovation in mathematics and science. 

To share with us his revolutionary view of the famous Mayan Dresden Codex, the oldest book ever written in the Americas, today we’re joined at The Star Spot by Gerardo Aldana...
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Lamar Smith & Donna Edwards in Clinton-Trump Space Policy Debate at 2016 Mars Society Convention

Lamar Smith & Donna Edwards in Clinton-Trump Space Policy Debate at 2016 Mars Society Convention | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
With just seven weeks to go until the U.S. presidential election, campaigning between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continues to heat up. To the regret of many space advocates, neither candidate has made extensive comments about their plans for NASA, the future of the U.S. space program and mission priorities. 

To better inform the public about the likely impact a Clinton or Trump administration would have on America's space program, including planning for human Mars exploration, the Mars Society has organized an important public debate to be held as part of its 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention on Friday, September 23rd at 8:00 pm at Catholic University in Washington, DC...
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Space race redux: Despite SpaceX setback, a wave of Southern California rocket-makers capitalize on new economy

Space race redux: Despite SpaceX setback, a wave of Southern California rocket-makers capitalize on new economy | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Like so much of aerospace’s history, the Apollo space program and SpaceX share a home in the Southern California region. Apollo crafts were designed and manufactured at the NASA Industrial Plant in Downey, which has since been developed into a shopping center, hospital, park and the Columbia Memorial Space Center. 

But SpaceX is fast expanding at its 1 Rocket Road headquarters next door to the Hawthorne Municipal Airport. Its home was vacated by legacy aerospace giant Northrop Corp. after Cold War defense spending dried up in the 1990s, leading to the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs in the region. 

Many of those high-paying aerospace manufacturing jobs are now returning with a second technology-driven wave of the space race that is building a commercial economy above the Earth’s atmosphere...
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