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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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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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Canadians' science literacy ranks 1st among 35 countries

Canadians' science literacy ranks 1st among 35 countries | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canadians are among the most scientifically literate people in the world, a new report reveals. But don't get too smug yet — in spite of that, fewer than half of us would be able to read and understand a newspaper article about a new scientific discovery.

 

A new report, Science Culture: Where Canada Stands, released today by the Canadian Council of Academies found that 42 per cent of Canadians have a basic level of scientific literacy necessary to understand media reports about science, putting Canada first among 35 countries with similar available data. The council is an independent non-profit group that puts together expert panels to conduct assessments for the federal government on a wide range of public policy issues ranging from policing to wind turbine noise...

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Battle of the heavyweight rockets – SLS could face equally large SpaceX rival

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With the recent announcement the Space Launch System (SLS) has become challenged by her schedule, the NASA rocket may soon find herself in a battle with a commercial “alternative”.

 

SpaceX’s super powerful Exploration Class rocket is targeting crewed missions to Mars up to 10 years ahead of SLS – although both vehicles continue to avoid being classed as competitors...


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COMDEV International Q3 conference call will be held on September 5th, 2014

COMDEV International Q3 conference call will be held on September 5th, 2014 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV) today announced that it expects to issue its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 6:30 am EDT.  The Company will host an investor conference call that same day at 7:30 am EDT to discuss the results...

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A listing of Ontario's hottest start-ups; lots of apps but no manufacturing or aerospace

A listing of Ontario's hottest start-ups; lots of apps but no manufacturing or aerospace | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Who are Ontario's hottest startups? To answer it, Mark Evans and Mike Fox created a list of 190+ companies that met the 5/5/50 criteria (although there are exceptions).

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I recognize Clearpath Robotics and ScienceScape on the list, but not a lot of others. Perhaps we need more aerospace and manufacturing firms on this list.

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Russian Military plans switch to Soyuz, Angara launchers From 2016

Russian Military plans switch to Soyuz, Angara launchers From 2016 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 29, 2014 The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to stop using the Rokot light rocket carrier from 2016 because of its reliance on imported parts and will switch to the Soyuz and Angara carriers, Aerospace Defense Forces...

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China Aims for the Moon, Plans to Bring Back Lunar Soil

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Chinese scientists are in the course of developing a recoverable lunar robotic spacecraft Chang'e 5 that is to reach the Moon by 2017 with a mission to deliver samples of rock and soil back to Earth, according to Space Industry News.

 

"The development of Chang'e 5 is proceeding smoothly," a China State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry spokesman Wu Zhijian was cited as saying by an online media publication China Topix...

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Everything is on target, and I expect this project to be successful.

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AIAC Confirms Impressive Lineup of Industry Executives for Canadian Aerospace Summit

AIAC Confirms Impressive Lineup of Industry Executives for Canadian Aerospace Summit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ottawa (Ontario) – NASA, the Pentagon, Boeing, and Bell Helicopter Textron Canada are among the top-tier industry and government leaders who will be speaking at the Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa this November.

 

"Our lineup of speakers at this year's Summit is very impressive," said Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), which hosts the annual event. "The Summit is focused on equipping aerospace executives and their teams from around the world to deliver results in a global market. We are very pleased to offer presenters with such a vast range of experience and expertise to our attendees...

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Defence scientists in Arctic conduct sonar and robotic experiments - Ottawa Citizen

Defence scientists in Arctic conduct sonar and robotic experiments - Ottawa Citizen | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Scientists from Defence Research and Development Canada have been in the Arctic conducting various experiments. They are assessing and the impact that low water temperatures have on the performance of various types of imaging sonars.

 

DRDC is involved in the Joint Arctic Experiment 2014. That focuses on the employment of unmanned and autonomous systems and communication systems. The experiment will be held at CFS Alert. This photo of a robotic vehicle from the experiments was posted on a DRDC twitter page but it prompted some snide comments such as: “So let me get this straight US gets high-tech unmanned bombers and we get this…”

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The StarSpot episode 59: Brown Dwarfs: Super Planet or Failed Star?, with Stanimir Metchev

The StarSpot episode 59: Brown Dwarfs: Super Planet or Failed Star?, with Stanimir Metchev | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Brown dwarfs: giant planets or failed stars? The debate rages on with comparable intensity to the surprisingly violent storms seen to roil these fascinating bodies. To help settle the debate, and for cutting edge discoveries of brown dwarfs and their startling behaviour, Stanimir Metchev joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot...

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Tech resurgence on Canadian public markets gives firms new funding opportunities

Tech resurgence on Canadian public markets gives firms new funding opportunities | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After an uncertain first decade of the 21st century, Canadian technology companies have been mounting a comeback on Canada’s leading public equities markets, Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV). The performance of the innovation sector – comprised of the technology, clean technology, renewable energy, and life sciences sectors – on the two exchanges has thrust it back into a well-deserved spotlight and is giving companies (and their backers) new options for raising capital...


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How the SpaceX economy can make you money

How the SpaceX economy can make you money | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Dramatic rocket launches capture our attention, but opportunities to invest in the commercial space industry (also known as NewSpace) should not be overlooked.

 

In contrast to the traditional model of large government-run programs, NewSpace is a global industry of private companies and entrepreneurs who primarily target commercial customers, are backed by risk capital seeking a return and profit from innovative products or services developed in or for space. As a result, from large publicly traded companies to nimble start-ups, there have never been more (or better) opportunities to invest in the future of space.


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UTIAS-SFL satellite still "Lost in space"

UTIAS-SFL satellite still "Lost in space" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

About once a day, mission controllers at the University of Toronto’s Space Flight Laboratory point a radio dish at a piece of orbiting space debris and say “Hello” to Montreal. One day they hope to get an answer back.

 

In this case, Montreal is not a city but the name of a small Canadian astronomy satellite launched from Russia on June 19 along with more than 30 others. All, including Montreal’s sister satellite named Toronto, were successfully lofted into orbit by a re-purposed Soviet-era missile.

 

But Montreal failed to signal Earth after launch and has not shown up on radar.

 

Its disappearance has left engineers with a million-dollar mystery.

There is also a lingering tension among engineers at the Downsview, Ont., laboratory over how little information they’ve been able to pry from the satellite’s Moscow-based launch provider, ISC Kosmotras...

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The Lebanese Rocket Society

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Not every space or missile launch program requires hundreds of millions of dollars to create and sustain.

 

As described in the 2012 Franco - Lebanese documentary film, the Lebanese Rocket Society, all you really needed, at least back in the starry eyed 1960's, was a certain stoic stubbornness, a dream you could believe in and a modicum of good luck...

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Graphene as the Next Great Miracle Material for Space

Graphene as the Next Great Miracle Material for Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On August 20th, Ottawa-based Grafoid Inc, a company involved in the research, development and production of graphene, opened a 225,000 square foot production facility in Kingston, Ontario. The move has Canada positioned to become a world leader in the production of the much-hyped super-material, with effects on many industries, not the least of which is aerospace... 

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Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology

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NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
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These photos show Antarctica as you've never seen it before

These photos show Antarctica as you've never seen it before | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Climate scientists call the polar continents "canaries in the coal mine" for climate change. When we see big departures from the norm in the extreme north and south, changes are likely on the way for the rest of the planet.

 

The images here show the south end--Antarctica. Each one is a mosaic of 3,150 satellite pictures mashed together to form one grand view. They're at a very high resolution and can be used by scientists to understand the condition of the ice...

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Going Up: LiftPort Gets Set for Crowdfunded Space Elevator Test

Going Up: LiftPort Gets Set for Crowdfunded Space Elevator Test | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

r decades, visionaries have dreamed about building space elevators that could carry payloads into orbit for a fraction of what it costs for a rocket launch — and even though that multibillion-dollar construction project is still little more than a vision, a crowdfunded experiment could soon take one small step toward outer space.

 

The test calls for launching a high-altitude balloon on the end of a string that will stretch as far as 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) in length — and then setting loose a robotic climber to make its way up the string, all the way to the top. It would be the most ambitious test ever conducted by the LiftPort Group, a Tacoma, Washington-based venture specializing in space elevator technology...

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Russian official criticizes excessive use of foreign space equipment

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The decision to use foreign hardware in Russian space rocket industry was a strategic mistake which had harmed reliability of the final products, a senior Russian official in the space industry said Wednesday.

 

"The decision to use foreign electronics instead of domestic ones was immature," Vice President of the United Rocket and Space Corporation Gennady Raikunov told reporters at his appointment ceremony.

 

Russian commercial satellites use up to 75 percent of foreign-made hardware, which has been the main source of problems, he said...

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New Space Accelerator Seeking to Jumpstart Australian Space Industry - Via Satellite

New Space Accelerator Seeking to Jumpstart Australian Space Industry - Via Satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] Delta-V, a new space industry accelerator, hopes to create a $1 billion commercial space industry in Australia. Ranked by the World Bank as a high-income country with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $1.561 trillion in 2013, Australia has high potential to be one of the world’s next satellite industry hubs. Delta-V [...]
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The Business of Innovation: The StoneCracker Scientific Legal Network

The Business of Innovation: The StoneCracker Scientific Legal Network | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

While some, as represented by the August 15th, 2014 Globe and Mail article “Is there an innovation gap in Canada?” question whether our great white north is even able to bring new and innovative ideas to market; others, like those behind the Alberta based Stonecracker Scientific Legal Network, think the real issue is simply getting the right support people to build upon existing and acknowledged Canadian expertise.

 

At least that’s the perspective advanced by Stonecracker founding partner Kevin Wong...


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The new OMX innovation blog

The new OMX innovation blog | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A new project I've been working on, the OMX innovation blog which focuses not just on space, but also on the broader question of innovation...

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Update on Galileo launch injection anomaly

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Work at ESA's ESOC control centre continues relentlessly on the two Galileo satellites.
 

Despite the non-nominal orbit, the satellites are safely under control after they were released from the launcher upper stage and their orbital position was determined by the European ground teams deployed at ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany...

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The two satellites were launched into the wrong orbit last week...

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Canada, the Accidental Tax Haven - Businessweek

Canada, the Accidental Tax Haven - Businessweek | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Is Canada a tax haven? You could be forgiven for asking the question after hearing that Burger King (BKW), founded in Miami in 1954, plans to move its headquarters north of the border as part of its purchase of Tim Hortons (THI), the Ontario-based coffee and doughnut chain. Burger King insists its deal isn’t tax-motivated. Still, it is treading a path that others have used to lower their tax bills...


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SpaceX Alum Goes After Falcon 1 Market With Firefly

SpaceX Alum Goes After Falcon 1 Market With Firefly | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As entrepreneurial “New Space” grows up, veterans of its early days are finding innovative ways to tackle old problems and enter emerging markets that did not exist when their industry was an infant—a decade ago.

 

Thomas E. Markusic, a propulsion engineer who cut his New Space teeth running Elon Musk’s flight-test center in Texas and later held senior posts at Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, has kicked off a startup called Firefly Space Systems that is developing  a low-cost Falcon 1-class launch vehicle to launch small satellites using a methane-fueled aerospike engine and composite cryotanks...

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Officials expand space-tracking website

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Defense Department officials announced additions to its space situational awareness program's Space-Track.org website.

In a recent telephone interview with DOD News, Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, U.S. Strategic Command's director of plans and policy at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, said the release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of an unknown origin will help owner-operators better protect their satellites from objects and ultimately create less space debris.

 

"We run a predictive program that shows where the objects are, where they will be in the future, and the potential for these objects to run into each other," Thompson said...

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