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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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Canada's newest astronauts will fly to space by 2024

Canada's newest astronauts will fly to space by 2024 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada's two newest astronauts will get a chance to blast off into space at last, the federal government says...

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GLONASS to Go on Stream in 2015

GLONASS to Go on Stream in 2015 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) May 31, 2015; Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation system will be fully operational before the end of this year, the Russian Space Systems head said in an interview, published Thursday...

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The Space Angels Network 2014 Year in Review: Commercial Space Investing Hits Its Stride

The Space Angels Network 2014 Year in Review: Commercial Space Investing Hits Its Stride | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

2014 was a year of accomplishment for Space Angels Network. Our membership grew significantly, as did our pipeline of quality deal flow...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Goodyear Announces $13.1Mln in New Funding; Moore to Announce More Canadians in Space

The Commercial Space Blog: Goodyear Announces $13.1Mln in New Funding; Moore to Announce More Canadians in Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It looks like Canadian astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques have finally been allocated flights to the International Space Station (ISS). Hansen will head into space no later than 2019 with Saint-Jacques to follow by 2024...

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The COM DEV Q2 financial conference call will be held on June 11th

The COM DEV Q2 financial conference call will be held on June 11th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, May 26, 2015 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV) today announced that it expects to issue its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 on Thursday, June 11, 2015 before markets open.

 

The Company will host an investor conference call that same day at 10:00 am ET to discuss the results...

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Deadline For $30 Million Google Lunar XPRIZE Extended To End Of 2017

Deadline For $30 Million Google Lunar XPRIZE Extended To End Of 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Today, XPRIZE and Google have officially confirmed a further extension of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE. We continue to see substantial progress from our teams, and after months of discussion, we have decided to provide additional time for teams to plan and make arrangements for a future launch. Securing an available window with a launch provider is a calculated logistical process that can be many months in the making, in some cases more than a year, so an extended schedule will benefit our teams a great deal as they move towards taking the next step in the competition. 

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The XPRIZE Foundation has extended the deadline of the Google Lunar XPRIZE by a year, principally because getting a ride to the moon on a commercial launch vehicle takes a long time to line up. At least one team must line up a ride by the end of 2015 for the competition to continue.

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Today's coldest war is at the top of the world - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Today's coldest war is at the top of the world - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The new locus of global espionage is one of the least habitable places on Earth — the Arctic...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Mother’s Milk is Drying Up for Space Companies

The Commercial Space Blog: Mother’s Milk is Drying Up for Space Companies | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Government contracts have been mother’s milk for space companies, but the milk has run low and those companies are crying from hunger...

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LightSail solar spacecraft gets back in touch with its ground crew

LightSail solar spacecraft gets back in touch with its ground crew | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

If you were on pins and needles wondering whether or not the LightSail solar ship would resume contact with the crew back on Earth, you can relax. The Planetary Society reports that the Carl Sagan-inspired spacecraft rebooted as predicted, and the ground team is once again in touch...

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Commercial Crew Milestones Met; Partners on Track for Missions in 2017

Commercial Crew Milestones Met; Partners on Track for Missions in 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) May 31, 2015; NASA has taken another step toward returning America's ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017...

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AIAC commends one-year moratorium on controlled goods user fees

AIAC commends one-year moratorium on controlled goods user fees | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ottawa (Ontario)– Today Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC, released a statement in response to an announcement yesterday by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, that user fees on the Controlled Goods program would be lifted for one year:..

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Story themes to promote your start-up

Story themes to promote your start-up | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It can be challenging for startups and fast-growing companies to get coverage from reporters and bloggers. Here's a list of 7 story themes that can be used...

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Federal government finally announces Space Technology Development Program (STDP) awards

Federal government finally announces  Space Technology Development Program (STDP) awards | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, May 29, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), is pleased to announce that 21 high-tech companies received research and development (R&D) funding via the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) Space Technology Development Program (STDP)...

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Rumour has it that many of the award winners had been waiting months for this announcement.

 

A list of the firms is  chosen is at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=980909&__scoop_post=b3035cc0-063a-11e5-b144-90b11c3ead14&__scoop_topic=161483#__scoop_post=b3035cc0-063a-11e5-b144-90b11c3ead14&__scoop_topic=161483 .

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Canadian Space Agency | Canada to send two astronauts to space within the next decade

Canadian Space Agency | Canada to send two astronauts to space within the next decade | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA, June 2, 2015 /CNW/ - Industry Minister James Moore was joined today in Ottawa by Commander Chris Hadfield and astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques where he announced Canada's commitment to fly two Canadian astronauts to space by 2024...

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Some funding, $10.5Mln CDN was also allocated to MDA to continue technical support for Canadarm2, Dextre, and the mobile base on the ISS...

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Lenovo steps into 3D printing space — Unveils chocolate printers at global 3D printing conference

Lenovo steps into 3D printing space — Unveils chocolate printers at global 3D printing conference | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As the 3D printing market expands both from a consumer as well as a manufacturer's standpoint, we are sure to see some of the larger tech companies get involved...

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The Star Spot Episode 78: Robotic Explorers that Think for Themselves, with Raymond Francis

The Star Spot Episode 78: Robotic Explorers that Think for Themselves, with Raymond Francis | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Today’s robotic planetary explorers have little ability to make decisions for themselves. They follow orders, but often those orders take many precious minutes to arrive from Earth. Now imagine rovers that could recognize unusual features in their environment and make judgements about what to investigate.


On today’s episode Raymond Francis joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot for a look at the future of autonomous planetary exploration....

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Big Canadian Space Announcement Expected on Tuesday

Big Canadian Space Announcement Expected on Tuesday | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Tomorrow, Industry Minister James Moore will join retired astronaut Chris Hadfield and current Canadian astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa for an important announcement about Canada's commitment to space...

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House Passes Bill Giving Corporations Property Rights to Mining on Asteroids - AllGov

House Passes Bill Giving Corporations Property Rights to Mining on Asteroids - AllGov | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The legislation would also ensure that these companies can mine and drill asteroids “without harmful interference,” and requires the White House “to facilitate commercial development.

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The US House of Representatives has passed a bill authorizing US companies to mine the asteroids. Now it goes to the Senate...

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The US House of Representatives has passed a bill authorizing US companies to mine the asteroids. Now it goes to the Senate.

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Small startup seizes opportunity with big data - Waterloo Record

Small startup seizes opportunity with big data - Waterloo Record | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A small Kitchener startup has made its debut on the world stage of big data with an interactive web portal that compares data from 20 cities on everything from the economy and health to crime and corruption...

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Local engineers aim high for cheaper spaceflight

Local engineers aim high for cheaper spaceflight | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ventures founded by Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Paul Allen are reinventing launches into Earth orbit, aiming to enable space tourism and exploration as well as new tech services for those on Earth...

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An interesting publication on the "Evolving Army Needs for Space-Based Support"

An interesting publication on the "Evolving Army Needs for Space-Based Support" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Army has been involved with space-based military operations for well over a half-century.

 

During this time, space operations have changed from a realm exclusive to scientists and engineers, to highly classified activities largely unknown to the general population, to the unveiling of space-based communication, imagery, surveillance, and environment capabilities that have become a foundation for all modern warfare.

 

Today, such support is so ingrained into daily operations that most soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines assume it has been, and always will be, available for their use. But with such reliance comes vulnerability that potential adversaries may try to exploit...

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JPL's RoboSimian to compete in DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

JPL's RoboSimian to compete in DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Pasadena CA (JPL) May 31, 2015; RoboSimian, the ape-like robot developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, will compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals at the Fairplex in Pomona, California on June 5th - 6th...

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Corruption tarnishes Russia's new showpiece cosmodrome

Corruption tarnishes Russia's new showpiece cosmodrome | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (AFP) May 31, 2015 Designed to showcase a revamped space industry and divert attention from recent failures, Russia's multi-billion-dollar project to build its own space launch pad to take over from Soviet-era Baikonur has been mired...

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The Commercial Space Blog: CASI AERO Honours Space Pioneers

The Commercial Space Blog: CASI AERO Honours Space Pioneers | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's mostly focused on the larger "aero" component of the aerospace industry this year, but the 67th Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) AERO Conference and Annual General Meeting did manage to take some time out from its busy three day schedule to honour Canadians contributing to the conquest of our final frontier...

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NewSpace: Meet The Investors

NewSpace: Meet The Investors | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Who is investing in NewSpace?


NewSpace: There are at least 10 prominent billionaires that are making significant investments in private spaceflight (NewSpace) activities...

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