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2 IMAX Shuttle Cameras Donated To National Air And Space Museum

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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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SFU & MDA create Industrial Research Chair (IRC) to exploit SAR data from RADARSAT-2 & others

SFU & MDA create Industrial Research Chair (IRC) to exploit SAR data from RADARSAT-2 & others | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Canada is well known all over the world for its radar imagery expertise. Ever since the launch of our first Earth observation satellite, RADARSAT-1, our country has played an important role in using satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data to help us understand and monitor the resources of our planet. As such, there is a strong interest among the space community in continuously developing state-of-the-art SAR technologies and increasing the number of Canadian specialists with remote sensing and data analysis skills.
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These partnerships, and the government money used to fund them, were last discussed in the October 24th, 2016 post, "Government Driven Innovation Policies, MacDonald Dettwiler, Export Development Canada, CSA Grants & Elon Musk" at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2016/10/government-driven-innovation-policies.html

It's also worthwhile checking out the October 22st, 2016 post, "the Canadian Space Agency Gave Out Almost $5Mln CDN in Grants and Contributions Last Quarter!" at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-canadian-space-agency-gave-out.html



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Establishing India’s NewSpace Ecosystem - Finding the investors, their advice/insights to capitalise on the space economy

Establishing India’s NewSpace Ecosystem - Finding the investors, their advice/insights to capitalise on the space economy | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
NewSpace is starting to brew in India. Space startups are doing everything from sending a rover to the Moon to claim the Google Lunar XPrize, building a satellite constellation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to provide internet from space to rural India, providing crop risk management and for making agriculture predictable and profitable. The question is how is this different from what the government is already doing with the space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)...
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European Space Agency Expects Members to Back ISS, ExoMars

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FRANKFURT — Europe's space agency expects its member states to back major programs such as the International Space Station and the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet this week, even if it does not receive the full 11 billion euros ($11.6 billion) of funding it is requesting, its director general said. 


"If we get only 90 percent of the funding then this is not a catastrophe," Jan Woerner told Reuters in an interview ahead of a meeting in Lucerne on Thursday and Friday this week, at which ministers of the 22 member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) are to approve spending plans...

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Progress MS-04 to resupply the ISS may have crashed; Russian Space Web

Progress MS-04 to resupply the ISS may have crashed; Russian Space Web | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A fresh cargo ship lifted off from Baikonur on Dec. 1, 2016, heading to the International Space Station, ISS. However six minutes into the flight, the telemetry stopped coming from the spacecraft during the powered flight of the third stage of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle.

There is a possibility that it crashed, according to Anatoly Zak...
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Commercial Spaceflight Challenges for Emergency Medical Response

Commercial Spaceflight Challenges for Emergency Medical Response | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Emergency medical responders for high-altitude flight and spaceflight need to be prepared for a broad range of potential medical problems, challenging logistical issues, and potentially severe environmental conditions...

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GLXP Moon-Race Team Reserves Rocket to Land Rovers Near Apollo 17 Site

GLXP Moon-Race Team Reserves Rocket to Land Rovers Near Apollo 17 Site | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A Berlin-based group of rocket scientists and engineers are aiming to land a pair of privately funded Audi-branded robotic rovers on the moon and drive them to inspect NASA's Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle.


PTScientists (Part Time Scientists), one of 16 teams still in the running for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, has been developing its Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) lunar lander and Audi lunar quattro rovers since 2008. Now, the team has secured a launch contract with Spaceflight Inc., a rocket rideshare broker in Seattle...

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Audi plans to drive on the moon in 2017. Will visit Apollo 17 site to pay homage to lunar rover parked there.
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Clyde Space Secures New Nanosatellite Contract With Kepler Communications

Clyde Space Secures New Nanosatellite Contract With Kepler Communications | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Clyde Space, a Scottish satellite manufacturer, has struck a new deal with a major Canadian satellite communications service company to manufacture two nanosatellites. 


Clyde Space has signed a contract with Kepler Communications to supply two 3U spacecraft, which will launch Kepler’s Software-Defined Radio (SDR) and antenna array next year. 


The Clyde Space nanosatellites will support Kepler in deploying its in-space telecommunications network, which will use nanosatellites to relay data in real-time for devices deployed in terrestrial, remote operations and satellites deployed in Low Earth Orbit (LEO)...

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Starburst Ventures closes $200 million debut fund to back space tech startups

Starburst Ventures closes $200 million debut fund to back space tech startups | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A new venture fund called Starburst Ventures has raised a $200 million debut fund to invest in early stage aerospace startups over the next three years...

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An ESA Event, SEDS Objects, the CSA Budget Shrinks, the JWST & the Downsview Aerospace Hub

An ESA Event, SEDS Objects, the CSA Budget Shrinks, the JWST & the Downsview Aerospace Hub | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

"Conference season," that time when academia, business and government leaders get together to schmooze and pitch projects and plans, is finally winding down for the holidays, with the notable exception of the 2016 European Space Agency (ESA) Ministerial Conference (which includes the Canadian Space Agency as an associate member), which will be held from December 1st - 2nd, 2016 in Lucerne, Switzerland. 


With that in mind, here are a few of the stories we're currently tracking for the Commercial Space blog...

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ExoMars space programme needs an extra 400 million euros

ExoMars space programme needs an extra 400 million euros | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Nov 25, 2016 - Barely a month after its expensive test lander crashed into Mars, the European Space Agency asked member nations Friday to cough up an extra 400 million euros ($425 million) to complete the ExoMars exploration of the Red Planet.
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China Has a Plan to Beat the U.S. in Space

China Has a Plan to Beat the U.S. in Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

China is pouring more money into its secretive space program in order to take on the US...

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Seraphim | We invest in early stage technologies

Seraphim | We invest in early stage technologies | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
We are pleased to announce the £50m first close of the Seraphim Space Fund: the world’s only space-tech venture fund. 

The fund will be investing at the nexus of terrestrial and space-related technologies and applications including ‘New Space’, Earth Observation, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Nanotechnology...
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Fire In Space! Ignition Started In A Cargo Ship In Line With SAFFIRE II Experiment

Fire In Space! Ignition Started In A Cargo Ship In Line With SAFFIRE II Experiment | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
NASA ignited materials aboard Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo ship in order to conduct the second fire in space experiment called SAFFIRE II.
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NASA’s Cautious Approach To Human Lunar Return

NASA’s Cautious Approach To Human Lunar Return | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA has decided to ease humans back to the Moon in a free-return flyaround trajectory on the first flight of the Orion crew capsule with astronauts on board, instead of going directly to the lunar orbit where it plans to test hardware for human missions to Mars...

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ESA approves extra 440 million euro for 2020 ExoMars rover despite crash earlier this year

ESA approves extra 440 million euro for 2020 ExoMars rover despite crash earlier this year | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Europe’s bold attempt to search for life on Mars will launch as planned in 2020, despite concerns over escalating costs and the spectacular loss of the mission’s lander demonstrator. 


 European Space Agency (ESA) member states agreed to stump up the extra 440 million euro (£370 million) needed to ensure the future of the ExoMars Rover.

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European Space Agency releases first images from ExoMars spacecraft

European Space Agency releases first images from ExoMars spacecraft | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released detailed high-resolution images from its ExoMars spacecraft, which has been in orbit around the red planet since mid-October...

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Europe space ministers meet to decide Mars rover plan - BBC News

Europe space ministers meet to decide Mars rover plan - BBC News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Europe’s research ministers are meeting to decide whether to try to land a robot rover on Mars...

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Russia loses contact with a cargo ship headed to the International Space Station

Russia loses contact with a cargo ship headed to the International Space Station | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An uncrewed Russian spacecraft meant to resupply the International Space Station appears to have suffered a malfunction shortly after launch today...

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Learning to design gadgets for outer space opens doors to other fields - Macleans.ca

Learning to design gadgets for outer space opens doors to other fields - Macleans.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A program that teaches students how to design instruments for outer space is a launching pad to many other careers, too...

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Of course, the best way to design gadgets for outer space is to go to outer space and design them there.

Hoping to get a job in another field after a few Earthbound paper studies seems kinda silly...  
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The Media War Has Begun...What Side Are You On?

Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" but there is no peace. The war is actually begun...
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An interesting video from Corbett Report focused on the current media war between traditional outlets (such as the Washington Post and the New York Times) and alternative media. 

Will the winners be the alternative ("unaffiliated") sites like the Corbett Report (and maybe even the Commercial Space blog) or the traditional media?

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La Vendetta Schiaparelli

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This week, in the wake of new information on the October, 2016 crash of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Schiaparelli Mars lander (part of the ExoMars program), a vendetta of sorts is playing out. 


The vendetta and its consequences illustrate the pitfalls of operating within the government space realm...

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HawkEye 360 Raises $11 Million in Series A Financing; Parabolic Arc

HawkEye 360 Raises $11 Million in Series A Financing; Parabolic Arc | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
BOSTON (HawkEye 360 PR) — Allied Minds (LSE: ALM), a diversified holding company focused on venture creation within the life science and technology sectors, today announces that its subsidiary, HawkEye 360, Inc. (HawkEye 360 or the company), a developer of a space-based radio frequency (RF) mapping and analytics system, has raised $11.0 million in new equity investments in a Series A preferred financing led by Razor’s Edge Ventures, with additional participation by Allied Minds and a defence market leader. HawkEye 360 also intends to issue up to an additional $2.75 million in Series A preferred shares to new and existing shareholders within 60 days, resulting in a total expected financing of up to $13.75 million.

The funds will be used to complete the development and manufacturing of the HawkEye 360 Pathfinder Cluster of three small satellites, which is scheduled for launch and testing in late 2017, as well as grow the company’s engineering and business development teams...
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AIA, CSE call on Trump Administration to support space exploration roadmap

AIA, CSE call on Trump Administration to support space exploration roadmap | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Two leading space-related groups have issued a call to support space exploration and provide NASA with a mandate to send astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit...

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Apogee Publishes New Book on "The Father of Canadian Astronautics"

Apogee Publishes New Book on "The Father of Canadian Astronautics" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Collector's Guide (CG) Publishing, under its award winning Apogee Books imprint, has just released the second of two new books on notable, but until now mostly forgotten, Canadian space pioneers...

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SpaceX plans five-year lease of Port Canaveral complex

SpaceX plans five-year lease of Port Canaveral complex | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Port Canaveral has reached a tentative five-year lease agreement with SpaceX, which will operate a rocket refurbishing facility there.

As part of the deal, SpaceX will continue to work out of a 53,360-square-foot building at the port that formerly was used by SpaceHab.

SpaceX currently is using that facility at 620 Magellan Road, occupying the building under terms of a month-to-month temporary use permit. It also plans to build a 44,000-square-foot hangar building on the 4-acre site.


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