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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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SpaceX Achieves First Booster Flyback During Space Station Mission

SpaceX Achieves First Booster Flyback During Space Station Mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The successful test of a soft touchdown demonstrates a capability that could cut the cost of space launches significantly.
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Russia to Test Launch New Angara Rocket June 25

Russia to Test Launch New Angara Rocket June 25 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 23, 2014
The date of the maiden launch of Russia's new Angara rocket has been set for June 25, an official with the Russian Space Agency told RIA Novosti Friday.
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John C. Houbolt, Unsung Hero of the Apollo Program, Dies at Age 95

John C. Houbolt, Unsung Hero of the Apollo Program, Dies at Age 95 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Apr 22, 2014
"In the space race of the 1950s and '60s, the leading voices were rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and ...

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Despite sanctions, Russia is getting a $457.9M check from NASA

Despite sanctions, Russia is getting a $457.9M check from NASA | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Despite ongoing sanctions, Russia is about to get a big infusion of cash from the U.S. government.

 

NASA recently renewed a contract that allows Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station.

 

The U.S. is, essentially, cutting Russia a $457.9 million check for its services -- six seats on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, training and launch prep, landing and crew rescue and limited cargo delivery to and from the International Space Station. This contract also adds additional support at the Russian launch site...

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Nanaimo robotics company teams up with NASA

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Scientists and engineers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have teamed up with Nanaimo-based underwater robotics firm Seamor Marine on an exploration project that could one day play a role in future space exploration missions.

 

To study the potential for life on other planets, you need to learn from examples close at hand. Pavilion Lake, located about halfway between Lillooet and Cache Creek, is likely the only place in the world that is home to several types of microbialites – stone structures created in water by micro-organisms that represent some of our planet’s earliest known life forms dating back 2.5 billion years...

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US Officials See End of the Long Road to Export Reform

US Officials See End of the Long Road to Export Reform | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For the past two years, federal officials have been methodically revising the lists of U.S. defense technologies that require special export licenses.

The goal has been to remove goods or services that no longer pose a threat to U.S. forces if they should fall into the wrong hands, and to maintain safeguards for sensitive items that do. 

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates proposed overhauling the system at the outset of the Obama administration. He eschewed the overly broad, catch-all system that was both failing to keep sensitive technologies from making their way to overseas rivals and putting restrictions on those that were no longer cutting edge, which in turn made U.S. industries less competitive.  ..

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Update: China’s Yutu Moon Rover

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China’s “Yutu” moon rover remains in critical condition, according to a recent report in South China Morning Post. According to the news outlet, there are “last-ditch efforts” to rescue the ailing lunar rover. Chinese engineers now say a blockage in the rover’s power circuitry is at fault for issues encountered and specialists are looking to…
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Blinded by scientific gobbledygook: How fake research journals are scamming the science community

Blinded by scientific gobbledygook: How fake research journals are scamming the science community | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
I have just written the world’s worst science research paper: More than incompetent, it’s a mess of plagiarism and meaningless garble. Now science publishers around the world are clamouring to publish it.
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CSA President Walt Natynczyk Pops-up and Looks Around

CSA President Walt Natynczyk Pops-up and Looks Around | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Nine months after formally stepping into the role of Canadian Space Agency (CSA) president in August 2013, retired Canadian Forces (CF) Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) General Walt Natynczyk has finally begun providing details on the direction he's been tasked to take the agency. But the media response to this new openness suggests that there are many questions still to be addressed...

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SpaceX Cargo Mission Launches to Space Station

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Private US firm SpaceX launched its unmanned Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on Friday, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab.

 

After three earlier delays, the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon capsule finally blasted off as planned at 3:25 pm (1925 GMT) from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

 

About 10 minutes after liftoff, the capsule separated from the second stage of the rocket before going into orbit...

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Government astronaut pay grades for NASA, ESA & CSA

Government astronaut pay grades for NASA, ESA & CSA | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Talk about a high-flying career! Being a government astronaut means you have the chance to go into space and take part in some neat projects—such as going on spacewalks, moving robotic arms and doing science that researches the nature of the human body.

 

Behind the glamor and the giddiness of flight, however, astronauts also need to pay their bills on Earth. How much you get paid as an astronaut depends on what agency you work for – as well as your experience, just like any other career...

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Russian Rockets used by the US

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Bethesda MD (SPX) Apr 17, 2014
Since the end of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, U.S. and Russian relations have deteriorated significantly due to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
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Russia investigates top space official for abuse of office

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Moscow (AFP) April 16, 2014
The head of the famed Russian space-rocket company Energia that makes the Soyuz spacecraft faces a criminal investigation into alleged abuse of office, Russia's Investigative Committee said on Wednesday.
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China issues first assessment on space activities

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Beijing (XNA) Apr 23, 2014
A leading space research group in China released the country's first assessment of the current situation and future trends of international space activities on Thursday.
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The April 22nd, 2014 issue of Aerospace and Space News is now on-line

The April 22nd, 2014 issue of Aerospace and Space News is now on-line | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This issue includes almost a dozen articles covering the Canadian and international aerospace and space industry.

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Glasses strong as steel: A fast way to find the best

Glasses strong as steel: A fast way to find the best | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New Haven CT (SPX) Apr 19, 2014, Scientists at Yale University have devised a dramatically faster way of identifying and characterizing complex alloys known as bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), a versatile type of pliable glass that's stronger than steel.

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Space Systems/Loral receives construction orders for JCSAT 15 and 16

Space Systems/Loral receives construction orders for JCSAT 15 and 16 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The US-based,Canadian-owned satellite manufacturer, Space Systems/Loral, has been awarded a contract to build the JCSAT 15 and JCSAT 16 communications satellites for the Japanese satellite operator Skyperfect/JSat.  The spacecraft are to be constructed using the Space Systems/Loral LS-1300 bus design and will be launched in 2016...

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Decision In ViaSat And Loral Patent Infringement Suit To Be Determined Within Days

Decision In ViaSat And Loral Patent Infringement Suit To Be Determined Within Days | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A jury is deliberating on the patent infringement suit ViaSat brought against Loral Space & Communications in 2012 and a decision is expected within days, said three sources familiar with the matter. But the suit and a more recent suit ViaSat brought against Loral’s former subsidiary Space Systems Loral (SSL), acquired by MacDonald Dettwiler two years ago, could be sticking points in Loral’s sale, one of the sources and a sector banker speculated.

 

Loral, whose top institutional holder is MHR Fund, is reportedly for sale as part of the auction of Telesat. Telesat in Canada is the operational entity of Loral, of which the New York-based company owns 63%.

 

Bidders would prefer Loral sell its stake in Telesat, rather than Loral itself, to avoid liability associated with ViaSat’s patent infringement suits, the first source and investment banker said...

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US Air Force's Secretive X-37B Space Plane Nears Day 500 in Orbit

US Air Force's Secretive X-37B Space Plane Nears Day 500 in Orbit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Air Force's mysterious robotic X-37B space plane is sailing toward the 500-day mark in Earth orbit on a secret military mission. The X-37B space plane launched on Dec. 11, 2012, and is out the Orbital Test Vehicle 3 (OTV-3) mystery mission.
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More Canadian Tech for the Space Technology Hall of Fame

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Two more life-saving space technologies with a Canadian genesis will soon be inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame.


The Cospas-Sarsat global satellite system, which grew out of a 1979 agreements between the US, France, Canada and the USSR to jointly develop a global search and rescue satellite system, and theNeuroArm, an image-guided, MR-compatible surgical robot derived from technology originally developed for the CanadArm, will be honoured during the annual Space Technology Hall of Fame gala dinner, which will be held as part of the 30th annual Space Symposium of the Space Foundation on May 22nd in Colorado Springs, CO...

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German Study Finds Pros, Cons to Different Commercial Models for Station Resupply

German Study Finds Pros, Cons to Different Commercial Models for Station Resupply | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

PARIS — It is a story of two companies with similar contracts from NASA to carry 20,000 kilograms of payload to the international space station. Both develop new rockets and capsules to do the work. 

 

Both are behind schedule but otherwise are delivering the goods. NASA is content and seems ready to buy more services from both.

 

But the similarities between Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Orbital Sciences Corp. end there, as is highlighted by a comparative analysis performed, surprisingly, by the German Aerospace Center, DLR...

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New 'switch' could power quantum computing

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Boston MA (SPX) Apr 17, 2014 Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the surface of a lattice of light, scientists at MIT and Harvard University have developed a new method for connecting particles - one that could help in the...
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High-calibre education: McGill military research goes back 50 years to rocket scientist Gerald Bull

High-calibre education: McGill military research goes back 50 years to rocket scientist Gerald Bull | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MONTREAL—On a January morning in 1963, residents of the island nation of Barbados heard a deafening thud. The sound echoed across the country, and white smoke soon billowed from the site of the detonation, saturating the sky with the smell of gunpowder. One of the largest guns in the US arsenal, which had been brought to the island only a few months prior, had just sent its unusual payload hurtling into the upper atmosphere: a 200-pound vehicle known as the Martlet. ..

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SpaceX Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station Set for Friday, Spacewalk Wednesday

SpaceX Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station Set for Friday, Spacewalk Wednesday | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Apr 17, 2014
NASA and SpaceX are targeting a 3:25 p.m. EDT launch on Friday, April 18, of SpaceX's third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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NASA Signs Agreement with SpaceX for Use of Historic Launch Pad

NASA Signs Agreement with SpaceX for Use of Historic Launch Pad | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Apr 17, 2014
NASA Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site.
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