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2 IMAX Shuttle Cameras Donated To National Air And Space Museum

2 IMAX Shuttle Cameras Donated To National Air And Space Museum | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

IMAX Corp. is donating its first cameras used to film aboard the space shuttle to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington...

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'Space for our future' exhibition opened in Brussels

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Paris (ESA) Oct 30, 2014 The 'Space For Our Future' exhibition, created by ESA and the European Commission, was formally opened on 28 October in Brussels by EC President Jose Manuel Barroso, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, CNES President...
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NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Wallops Island VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2014
The Wallops Incident Response Team has completed an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m.
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Protesters disrupt conference on military space law - McGill Daily

Protesters disrupt conference on military space law - McGill Daily | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

“A rational dialogue with the administration will not solve the issues at hand.”

 

These were the words of a protester at the disturbance of McGill’s Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL)’s five-day Strategic Space Law Intensive Program on October 28. The program is meant to train lawyers in how to navigate space law.

 

About ten people, mostly McGill students, disrupted the conference taking place at the Best Western hotel with chanting and condemnations of the program before pushing past security and escaping arrest...

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HTS extends reach in 2014, on course for new horizons

HTS extends reach in 2014, on course for new horizons | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris, Montreal, Washington D.C., October 30, 2014 - According to Euroconsult's newly released research report, High Throughput Satellites (HTS) continue to proliferate in 2014 in terms of supply additions (+109 Gbps), system investments (nine new orders) and demand take-up (+40 Gbps). This trend should accelerate considering the 100+ projected new HTS system (payload and satellite) launches over the next decade...

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Should the Government Fund Only Science in the "National Interest"?

Should the Government Fund Only Science in the "National Interest"? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Who decides which research gets funding? The U.S. Congress is fighting over whether politicians or scientists make the call.
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New tool provides free access to funding opportunities for aerospace and defence firms

New tool provides free access to funding opportunities for aerospace and defence firms | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Toronto, ON October 28, 2014 – Fundica, Canada's most successful traditional funding identification and connection platform, and OMX, a secure online marketplace connecting multiple businesses and organizations including academia and government in the international defence, aerospace and security industries, have announced a partnership to launch the first funding identification tool designed for the aerospace-defence industry...

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Russians deliver space station cargo after US flop

Russians deliver space station cargo after US flop | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) — The company behind the dramatic launch explosion of a space station supply mission promises to find the cause of the failure and is warning residents to avoid any potentially hazardous wreckage.

 

Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned Antares rocket blew up just moments after liftoff Tuesday evening from the Virginia coast.

 

Meanwhile, early Wednesday, the Russian Space Agency launched its own cargo vessel from Kazakhstan and the spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station six hours later with 3 tons of food. The smooth flight was in stark contrast to the Orbital Sciences' failed launch, and had been planned well in advance of the accident...

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Orbital to Conduct Conference Call with Financial Analysts and Investors to Discuss Antares Rocket Launch Failure

Orbital to Conduct Conference Call with Financial Analysts and        Investors to Discuss Antares Rocket Launch Failure | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

DULLES, Va., Oct 29, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Orbital Sciences Corporation ORB, -15.25% announced that it will host a conference call with investors and analysts later today to discuss yesterday’s launch failure of the company’s Antares rocket on a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. The call will begin at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) and will be hosted by David W. Thompson, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Garrett E. Pierce, the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer...

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Damien Cailliau's curator insight, October 29, 10:43 AM

Unfortunate !

Oddly enough, this failure of one of the mainstream traditionnal space industry's rocket might strengthen SpaceX.

 

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More clips of unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket exploding shortly after takes off

More clips of unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket exploding shortly after takes off | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Several months ago, a Russian rocket, carrying Russia's most advanced communications satellite, exploded on launch and the west was amused at Russia's seeming incompetence, while birthing extensive speculation of the NSA's involvement. Well, moments ago either Karma, or Russian hackers, intervened, and 6 seconds after launch, the NASA unmanned Antares rocket of rocket-maker Orbital Sciences, likewise ended its mission prematurely in a massive flaming fireball.


The stock of the rocket-maker ORB appears to be likewise in flames after hours, down some 8.5% at last check...

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NASA seeks proposals for deep space exploration, journey to Mars

NASA seeks proposals for deep space exploration, journey to Mars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 29, 2014
NASA is soliciting proposals for concept studies or technology development projects that will be necessary to enable human pioneers to go to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and Mars.
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Canadian rocket engine launches another American rocket

Canadian solid rocket motors built by Gormely, Ontario based Cesaroni Technologies power the UP Aerospace rockets being launched from Spaceport America. 

 

Here's a video of the most recent launch, on October 13th.

 

For more information on UP aerospace, check out the October 23rd, 2014 Space Fellowship article "UP Aerospace Rocket Flight Tests Four Technology Payloads," available online at http://spacefellowship.com/news/art41667/up-aerospace-rocket-flight-tests-four-technology-payloads.html.

 

For more information on Cesaroni Technologies, check out their website at http://www.cesaroni.net/index.php.

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Videos covering various IAC 2014 sessions are now available online for viewing

Videos covering various IAC 2014 sessions are now available online for viewing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The videos of plenaries, highlight lectures and GNF sessions are being put on the IAF's YouTube channel. There is a playlist for IAC 2014 here http://goo.gl/5EQqUS. ;

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Israel Positions Itself To Boost Satellite Business - DefenseNews.com

Israel Positions Itself To Boost Satellite Business - DefenseNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TEL AVIV — After silently settling what many here have characterized as the most potentially damaging lawsuit in Israeli aerospace history, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has taken full control of ImageSat International (ISI), a company it created to stimulate satellite business, but ended up as a renegade, aspiring rival.

 

The merger of ISI into the corporate portfolio of state-owned IAI aims to revitalize Israel’s remote sensing sector and fuel export sales after a decade of edge-eroding industrial infighting...

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Orbital Sciences Considers Replacing Russian Engine Used on Antares

Orbital Sciences Considers Replacing Russian Engine Used on Antares | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Washington DC(RIA Novosti) Oct 31, 2014 The Orbital Sciences Corporation, that built and launched Antares supply rocket crashed in Virginia, may replace the spacecraft's current AJ-26 Russian rocket engine, once their investigation of the crash is...
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MacDonald Dettwiler CEO Daniel Friedmann on Q3 2014 Results

MacDonald Dettwiler CEO Daniel Friedmann on Q3 2014 Results | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Here's the transcript for the MacDonald Dettwiler Q3 2014 earnings conference call, which was held on October 30, 2014.

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NASA’s ‘Emerging Space Report’ is a Victory for NewSpace!

NASA’s ‘Emerging Space Report’ is a Victory for NewSpace! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington, DC – NASA’s Emerging Space Office (ESO) recently released a report titled “The Evolving Landscape of 21st Century American Spaceflight” which demonstrates that NASA’s goals and ambitions are aligning themselves with the ideals of the Space Frontier Foundation.  Ideals like propagating commercial space companies, space access available to the public, and even long term space settlement are all core to this report...

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Arianespace signs contract with ELV for ten Vega launchers

Arianespace signs contract with ELV for ten Vega launchers | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (SPX) Oct 30, 2014 Stephane Israel, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, and Pierluigi Pirrelli, Chief Executive of ELV (European Launch Vehicle), signed a contract today, October 29, 2014, in Rome, confirming Arianespace's order of ten Vega...
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Walt Natynczyk, head of the Canadian Space Agency, moves to veterans affairs - CBC.ca

Walt Natynczyk, head of the Canadian Space Agency, moves to veterans affairs - CBC.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The head of the Canadian Space Agency is leaving the position after barely more than a year on the job. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Walt Natynczyk will become deputy veterans affairs minister, effective this coming Monday.
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Despite explosion, Orbital maintains 2014 outlook

Despite explosion, Orbital maintains 2014 outlook | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Shares of aerospace and defense firms Orbital Sciences and Alliant Techsystems were briefly halted on Wednesday so the company could discuss the effects of a recent rocket explosion.

 

The Orbital Sciences' Antares commercial supply rocket blew up over the beachside launch complex at Wallops Island in Virginia. Trading in the stocks was halted around 12:45 p.m. ET so that Orbital, which has planned to buy Alliant, could hold a conference call to discuss the rocket's failure with investors and analysts.

 

Orbital Chairman and CEO David Thompson and CFO Garrett Pierce hosted the call, and the stocks resumed trading around 1:50 p.m. ET...

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to invest $396-million in Brazil commercial real estate

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to invest $396-million in Brazil commercial real estate | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board plans to invest about 1 billion reais ($396-million U.S.) in commercial property in Brazil, a few months after the Toronto-based pension fund opened an office in São Paulo.

 

In a statement released late on Monday, CPPIB said the investments include the purchase of warehouses, land and stakes in development projects in the logistics and retailing industries, adding to the fund's portfolio of more than 100 properties in Latin America's largest economy...

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Why don't they invest it in Canadian innovation?

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China's Main Competitor in Space Exploration is India, Not Russia

China's Main Competitor in Space Exploration is India, Not Russia | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

China's principal competitor in space exploration is India, not Russia, researcher at the Russian Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Vasily Kashin told RIA Novosti on Friday.

 

"China and India are two new space powers. They have vast resources and consider their space programs from the national prestige perspective ," the expert said.

 

He added that China and India are following Russian and US footsteps in space exploration...

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US space budget still exceeds rest of world's combined

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Washington DC (SPX) Oct 29, 2014
The United States spends on space programs - both civilian and defense-related - more than every other country combined, even though the NASA budget, which is a part of the program, has not grown in the recent years.
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Supply rocket heading to space station explodes

Supply rocket heading to space station explodes | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A rocket carrying a private unmanned spacecraft to the International space Station exploded shortly after launch on Tuesday.
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Nancy Kay Novak's curator insight, October 30, 7:00 AM

Repairs needed at launch facility?

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CTV Barrie promotes the Astronuts Kids Space Club with short profile

CTV Barrie promotes the Astronuts Kids Space Club with short profile | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The AstroNut kids celebrated “mission #50” with an delicious cosmic chocolate cake! CTV Barrie ran an clip on it later that night...

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Orbital ORB-3 Launch to Include Planetary Resources A3 Technology Demonstrator Spacecraft

Orbital ORB-3 Launch to Include Planetary Resources A3 Technology Demonstrator Spacecraft | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The postponed launch of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket with the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station was to have included the first hardware from commercial startup Planetary Resources.

 

Included in the Cygnus manifest is the Planetary Resources technology demonstrator A3 spacecraft dubbed the A3. Similar to a 3U CubeSat, it weighs 4 Kg (10 lbs) and is almost one-third the weight of an Arkyd-100. The spacecraft will be launched into low-Earth orbit from the International Space Station using the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer...

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