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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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Preparing for the 65th International Astronomical Congress; September 29th - October 3rd in Toronto, ON

Preparing for the 65th International Astronomical Congress; September 29th - October 3rd in Toronto, ON | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's close to being the greatest show on Earth for space scientists, engineers and policy advocates, second perhaps only to the roar of a manned rocket launch.

Preparations and plans are coming together to make the 65th International Astronomical Congress (IAC 2014), which is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th - October 2nd, into the best edition yet of what is generally considered to be the "world's premier space event....

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China releases geoinformation industry plan

China releases geoinformation industry plan | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Beijing (XNA) Jul 29, 2014: China has issued its first development plan for the geographic information industry, according to an announcement from China's National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation...

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Judge Recommends Mediation in SpaceX-USAF Dispute

Judge Recommends Mediation in SpaceX-USAF Dispute | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space News has an update on SpaceX’s lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force over the 36-core bulk buy from ULA:


Judge Susan Braden on July 24 directed the two sides to explore a third alternative: mediation...


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In SpaceX vs. USAF lawsuit, judge denies ULA's request for immediate dismissal and gives both SpaceX and the Air Force tasks and deadlines pursuant to a resolution by mediation.

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Payette had doubts her dream would take flight - StarPhoenix

Payette had doubts her dream would take flight - StarPhoenix | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
StarPhoenix Payette had doubts her dream would take flight StarPhoenix Five years after her final flight, retired astronaut Julie Payette admits she had doubts she would ever fly as she watched the Americans send astronauts to the moon in the late...
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NewSpace 2014 conference day 3 Videos

NewSpace 2014 conference day 3 Videos | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The three day NewSpace conference organized by the Space Frontier Foundation is underway in San Jose, California and the main sessions have been recorded...

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NASA Orion space capsule gets brain from airliners

NASA Orion space capsule gets brain from airliners | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
New manned spacecraft will use a flight computer adapted from jetliners for deep space missions to the asteroids and Mars.
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Does Canada need its own rockets to launch satellites?

Does Canada need its own rockets to launch satellites? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Sanctions against Russia mean Canada currently can't launch satellites using Russian rockets. Some experts think we should develop our own capability.
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Google offers big prize for small power box

Google offers big prize for small power box | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
San Francisco (AFP) July 23, 2014
Google is offering a million-dollar prize for a breakthrough that would make solar or wind generated electricity more enticing for everyday uses.
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The 2014 edition of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space!"

The 2014 edition of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space!" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Time marches on, and those of us looking for gainful employment in the space sector will notice quite a few changes from the August 13th, 2013 post "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space!" For those who'd like to keep up to date,  here's the latest listing of places you should be approaching if you'd like to work in the space industry...

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Emirates paves way for Middle East space program with mission to Mars

Emirates paves way for Middle East space program with mission to Mars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Jul 25, 2014
The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to launch a mission to Mars by 2021. A first for the Arab world, the mission and accompanying Space Agency are a big deal for the UAE - scientifically and politically.
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Canada Eyes “Son of Sapphire” as a Way To Keep Helping US Watch over Space - Space News

Canada Eyes “Son of Sapphire” as a Way To Keep Helping US Watch over Space - Space News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VICTORIA, British Columbia — The Canadian military is looking to build a new electro-optical satellite to allow it to continue providing information to the U.S. space surveillance network beyond 2021.

 

The project, called Surveillance of Space 2, will be the successor to Canada’s existing Sapphire satellite that was launched in 2013...

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LightSail-A Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What? | The Planetary Society

LightSail-A Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What? | The Planetary Society | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

LightSail-A's blown radio amplifier doesn't affect the 2016 SpaceX Falcon Heavy mission, but it adds an unwelcome obstacle to the 2015 test mission's ever-shortening timetable...

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The 4th annual Zero G Robotics Tournament: Robots in Spaaaace!

The 4th annual Zero G Robotics Tournament: Robots in Spaaaace! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Code, play and command your space droid - students across Europe can bring a squadron of minisatellites to life on the International Space Station as the ultimate space robot game.

 

For the fourth year, the Zero Robotics tournament will turn the Station into a gaming arena for European secondary-school pupils. The competition challenges youngsters to write instructions that control volleyball-sized satellites through a virtual field mined with obstacles...

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Microsatellite Company Spire Raises $25M, Rocket Lab Unveils New Rocket - WSJ

Microsatellite Company Spire Raises $25M, Rocket Lab Unveils New Rocket - WSJ | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Spire, formerly called NanoSatisfi Inc., has raised $25 million in Series A funding to launch a fleet of microsatellites that will help customers collect data on knotty business problems, the company told Venture Capital Dispatch.


That news comes as another company,Rocket Lab Ltd., announced it is building a new rocket, Electron, that it plans to launch in 2015. That rocket could be used to launch microsatellites into space. Rocket Lab raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Khosla Ventures last year.

 

Both events show continued interest by investors in companies that are trying to commercialize space. Since 2008, investments in space-oriented companies have been few in number but steady, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource...

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Cubecab wins 2014 Lightning Pitch Competition and $20,000 Grand Prize

Cubecab wins 2014 Lightning Pitch Competition and $20,000 Grand Prize | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Cubecab has won first place and $20,000 in the 2014 NewSpace Lightning Pitch Competition!
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Customers vs Project Managers: The Real Truth about NEOSSat

Customers vs Project Managers: The Real Truth about NEOSSat | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Beleaguered Mississauga based space contractor Microsat Systems Canada Inc. (MSCI) has lashed out at Canadian Space Agency (CSA) allegations that the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite(NEOSSat), built by MSCI under CSA supervision, is "underfunded" and not working properly by suggesting that the space agency was a lousy project manager.

 

They may have a point. As outlined in the December 5th, 2012 post "What the Space Volume of the Aerospace Review Actually Says," even the David Emerson led Aerospace Review noticed ongoing procurement problems at the CSA and recommended its removal from the direct involvement in the design and manufacture of "space assets purchased by the government" such as NEOSSat."


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USAF will provide assured access to space

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Gen. William L. Shelton, Air Force Space Command commander, stressed the importance of maintaining assured access to space to the Senate Subcommittee on Strategic Forces and Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation during a hearing on the options for assuring domestic access to space, July 16th...

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MDA's Peter Garland receives 2014 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award

MDA's Peter Garland receives 2014 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

July 8, 2014 – Reston, Va. – Mr. Peter J. Garland, director, advanced programs, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.,(TSX:MDA) St. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada facility, has won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2014 Aerospace Communications Award.


Garland will receive the award at a noon awards luncheon on August 7, as part of the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE 2014), August 4-7, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego...

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Contractor MSCI blames Canadian Space Agency for NEOSSat cost overruns

Contractor MSCI blames Canadian Space Agency for NEOSSat cost overruns | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The company involved in the building of a made-in-Canada asteroid hunting satellite responds to an audit critical of the project, saying the Canadian Space Agency shouldn't be off the hook.
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End dawns for Europe's space cargo delivery role

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Paris (AFP) July 27, 2014
Europe will close an important chapter in its space flight history Tuesday, launching the fifth and final robot ship it had pledged for lifeline deliveries to the International Space Station.
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NewSpace 2014 Conference Day 2Videos with Steve Jurvetson, Jeff Greason and others

NewSpace 2014 Conference Day 2Videos with  Steve Jurvetson, Jeff Greason and others | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The three day NewSpace conference organized by the Space Frontier Foundation is underway in San Jose, California. All of the main sessions are recorded. Here are the sessions for Friday, July 25, 2014.


Speakers include Steve Jurvetson, the Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Brian Rieger, the Co-Founder of Infinity Aerospace, Jeff Greason, the CEO of XCOR Aerospace and quite a few others.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Adds 3 Members at Parabolic Arc

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Adds 3 Members at Parabolic Arc | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C. (CSF PR) – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce the addition of three new organizations to its membership. BRPH, The Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust, and Swiss Space ...
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Telesat Holdings Inc. Second Quarter 2014 Conference Call

Telesat Holdings Inc. Second Quarter 2014 Conference Call | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA, Jul 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --

Telesat has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2014, and other recent developments. The call will be hosted by Daniel S. Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Michel Cayouette, Chief Financial Officer, of Telesat.

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Space Foundation Partnership

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Seattle, Washington – 24 July 2014 – Space Angels Network, a global network of seed‐ and early‐stage investors focused on aerospace‐related ventures, and Space Foundation, a global non-profit organization advancing space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity, are proud to announce their new partnership. Through this partnership both organizations will work together to accelerate the growth of the emerging space ecosystem, by promoting entrepreneurial activity and encouraging private investment in commercial space ventures...

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A means to a solar-system-wide economy: Build a space based Fort Knox!

A means to a solar-system-wide economy: Build a space based Fort Knox! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The CEO of Toronto based Apogee Books discusses how to convince the investment community that, there is that substantial Return-On-Investment (ROI), in space activities...

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Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket

Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

One of NASA's headlining programs is the Space Launch System, a giant rocket program aimed at eventually delivering astronauts to the moon, Mars, asteroids and the deep space beyond. The space agency signed a long-term deal with Boeing earlier this summer to continue work on the mission.

 

But a new report by federal auditors at the Government Accountability Office say NASA and its contracting partners are unlikely to meet their goal of a December 2017 test flight. Officials with the federal watchdog agency claim NASA's allotted spending figures aren't realistic, and that the mission likely needs at least another $400 million to reach its initial 2017 launch date on time...

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