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Let's Send Justin Bieber to Space!

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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 National Space Society Comes to Toronto in May 2015

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For the second time in under a year, a major international space conference is setting up shop in Toronto. 

 

Hot on the heels of very successful 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2014) comes the 2015 International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2015) which will be held in Toronto, ON from May 20th - 24th, 2015...

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India Launches Fourth Satellite in Effort to Develop Own Navigation System

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New Delhi (Sputnik) Mar 31, 2015; The IRNSS-1D navigation satellite was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at the Sriharikota Island in the southern part of the country...

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Chinese scientists mull power station in space

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Beijing (XNA) Mar 31, 2015; The battle to dispel smog, cut greenhouse gases and solve the energy crisis is moving to space. Chinese scientists are mulling the construction of a solar power station 36,000 kilometers above ground...

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Russia, US to Jointly Prepare Mars, Moon Flight Road Map

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Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 31, 2015; Russia and the United States will work together on a roadmap to send humans to Mars and the Moon, according to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden...

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See which Fidelity funds invested in SpaceX

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Fidelity has disclosed which of its mutual funds hold stakes in SpaceX.



In late January, Fidelity and Google announced they had invested a total of $1 billion to acquire almost 10 percent of Elon Musk's privately held reusable-rocket company. Google later disclosed its share was $900 mil

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Want to invest in SpaceX, but stymied by the fact that it is a private company? Well you can invest in it now, although not as a pure play. Fidelity has bought a piece and you can buy a piece of one of the funds that Fidelity put those SpaceX shares into.

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The Commercial Space Blog: Canadian Space Agency Resources for Education, Business, Science and Media

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The Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) website isn't just for kids’ school projects or the casual space fan. Educators, space business people, scientists, engineers, and members of the media will find resources that are useful to their work...

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Beer's in Spaaaaace!!!!!

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An Oregon brewery has done what no beer company has bothered to do before: commissioned a private space exploration team to send yeast for its beer to space and back before brewing...

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DARPA releases plan for 'breakthrough' defense tech

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency unveiled its vision this week of America's future high-tech military superiority...

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Scuttling satellites to save space

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It takes a lot of ingenuity - not to mention a massive quantity of sheer force - to get satellites into orbit. Now space engineers are applying comparable ingenuity to the challenge of getting their missions out of there, too.

 

ESA, working closely with Europe's satellite builders, will ask industry for new designs to help remove satellites from orbit at the end of their working lives...

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Amateur astronomer in Northern Manitoba part of $200 million NASA mission

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An amateur astronomer from The Pas is part of a huge 13-year $200 million NASA project to study the aurora borealis across the Arctic, from Greenland to Alaska.

 

He is Delwin Shand, the caretaker of the THEMIS mission’s ground-based observatory (GBO) in The Pas which works 365 days a year.

“It’s a camera system,” Shand said. “The University of Calgary’s astronomy and astrophysics department, in junction with NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the University of California at Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory are participating in a joint project. I look after their camera system and computer that controls it...

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Astronaut David Saint-Jacques goes to Iqaluit to inspire future astronauts

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IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwired - March 27, 2015) - Students at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit were visited today by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister for the Arctic Council and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, accompanied by Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques...

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Prior to joining the CSA, Saint-Jacques was a family doctor in the Arctic at Inuulitsivik Health Center in Puvirnituq, Quebec.

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How the one-year mission in space will help us get to Mars - Globalnews.ca

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If we are to explore strange new worlds, we're first going to have to learn how to to live in an environment in which we weren't meant to live. The one-year mission to the space station is aiming to see if we can do that...

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UAE Moves to Purchase Russian Spacecraft Launch Platform

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The United Arab Emirates is interested in the acquisition of the international spacecraft launch platform "Sea Launch". It is a sea-based launch system that allows launches of commercial freights on specialized Zenit-3SL rockets...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Crowd Sourcing the Next Great Space Application

The Commercial Space Blog: Crowd Sourcing the Next Great Space Application | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The 2015 Toronto Space Apps Challenge, being held this year from April 10th - 12th at the offices of BNOTIONS (a mobile data and analytics firm) as part of the larger NASA International Space Apps Challenge, promises to once again serve as a catalyst for innovative solutions to the challenges of space...

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Falcon 9 Evolves

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Bethesda, MD (SPX) Mar 31, 2015; SpaceX developed the two-stage Falcon 9, a family of launch vehicles that consists of the Falcon 9 v1.0, Falcon 9 v1.1, and the partially-reusable Falcon 9-R...

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NASA Announces New Partnerships with Industry for Deep-Space Skills

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Washington DC (SPX) Mar 31, 2015 Building on the success of NASA's partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology...

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Russia Cuts Space Spending Forecast, Dumps Super Heavy Booster

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Inaugural Angara A5 launch (Credit: Khrunichev)
With Russia facing a severe economic downturn, Roscosmos’ 10-year spending plan for 2016-2025 will be cut by 10 percent to 3.4 trillion rubles ($58.6 billion).

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Russia axes their equivalent of an SLS-class booster, for lack of funds to develop it.

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Russia to Consider Training First Guatemalan Cosmonaut

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Guatemala City, Guatemala (Sputnik) Mar 30, 2015; Moscow will consider a request for a Guatemalan cosmonaut to be trained in Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday...

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Telesat Debt Bears Brunt of Failed Sale as Loral Seeks Dividend

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(Bloomberg) -- Bondholders are paying the price for the failure of Telesat Holdings Inc.’s owner to find a buyer this year.

 

The satellite company’s relative bond yields have ballooned about five times faster than similar junk-rated debt since March 11, when Telesat’s majority owner, Loral Space & Communications Inc., scrapped a planned sale and said Telesat may pay a special dividend. Moody’s Investors Service put Telesat’s $3.4 billion of debt on negative outlook on concern that it would finance the dividend with added debt...

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Russia wants to partner with NASA to build new space station

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Russia is willing to collaborate with the U.S. on a new space station, Russia's space chief announced in a news conference following the launch of a U.S. and Russian astronaut to a nearly year-long mission on the International Space Station. Igor Komarov, chief of Russian space agency Roscosmos, said he plans for Roscosmos and NASA to work together on a future space station to replace the current ISS.

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Europe resumes Galileo satnav deployment

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Paris (AFP) March 28, 2015; Europe resumed deployment of its beleaguered Galileo satnav programme on Friday, launching a pair of satellites seven months after a rocket malfunction sent two multi-million euro orbiters awry...

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Off to Space for a Year, an American's Longest Journey - New York Times

Off to Space for a Year, an American's Longest Journey - New York Times | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA hopes to learn more about physical and psychological effects of space travel from the mission of Scott J. Kelly, who will have spent more time in space than any American when he returns...

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Mock Mars Mission Crew Tests 'Smart Shirt' for Astronauts - Space.com

Mock Mars Mission Crew Tests 'Smart Shirt' for Astronauts - Space.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An astronaut "smart shirt" -- one that could someday beam biometric information back to ground controllers to keep an eye on the spacefarer's health – is now on a space mission of sorts.

 

The crew now conducting a mock Mars mission at the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) facility uses technology  developed by Montreal based Hexoskin frequently to look at how well crewmembers are coping... 

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The Commercial Space Blog: Part 8 of 100 Years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield

The Commercial Space Blog: Part 8 of 100 Years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As early as September 1963 a 3000 acre solid fuel rocket plant had been established at Rockwood Manitoba for supplying rocket propellant to the Churchill launch site. The site was built by Bristol and Aerojet-General for $2M.[i] USAF expertise and money flowed into Churchill where a dedicated team of research scientists continued to launch ever more complex and sophisticated payloads into the upper atmosphere...

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SpaceX’s Fight With U.S. Air Force Called a Clash of Perceptions

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(Bloomberg) -- Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force suffered from a “stark disconnect in perceptions” over the company’s efforts to win approval to compete for military satellite launches, according to an independent review.


“There is also a lack of common understanding” of “some basic objectives and definitions” spelled out in a 2013 agreement on the steps toward certifying Musk’s company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., retired Air Force Chief of Staff Larry Welch said in the review.

 

While the two sides have become conciliatory and say they expect SpaceX to be certified for launches by June, the report lays out a cultural collision between Musk’s entrepreneurial impatience and the Air Force’s methodical bureaucracy...

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Russia Plans to Boost Space Tourism at Orbital Outpost

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Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Mar 26, 2015; Russia may reduce the number of cosmonauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) in order to optimize the commercial use of its ISS segment, the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, said Tuesday...

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