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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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The National Space Society Comes to Toronto in May 2015

The National Space Society Comes to Toronto in May 2015 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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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SpaceBillboard, the first billboard in Space ready for launch

SpaceBillboard, the first billboard in Space ready for launch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Jan 28, 2015; A European startup is set to launch the world's first electronic "billboard in space" in a milestone that marks the increasing importance of cubesats to space exploration...

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Canadian Space Tech to Help Sick Children

Canadian Space Tech to Help Sick Children | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Not much rivals the dexterity of a good surgeon's hands. But humans being humans, fatigue or even tremors after a long day at the hospital can make things challenging, especially when operating on small children ...

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NASA's CATS Installed on ISS by Robotic Handoff

NASA's CATS Installed on ISS by Robotic Handoff | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On Jan. 22, 2015, robotic flight controllers successfully installed NASA's Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) aboard the International Space Station through a robotic handoff - the first time one robotic arm on station has worked in concert with a second robotic arm.

 

CATS will collect data about clouds, volcanic ash plumes and tiny airborne particles that can help improve our understanding of aerosol and cloud interactions and improve the accuracy of climate change models...

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Boeing will be first to carry US astronauts to space

Boeing will be first to carry US astronauts to space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Miami (AFP) Jan 26, 2015: Boeing will be the first commercial company to carry a NASA astronaut to space in July 2017 under a contract with the US space agency, followed by its competitor SpaceX, officials said Monday...

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Canadian Space Company UrtheCast is Hiring

Canadian Space Company UrtheCast is Hiring | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

BC based UrtheCast is opening new offices and hiring new people. The firm has announced plans to open a second office in Vancouver able to house up to 40 engineers, video specialists, GIS experts, web developers and space systems engineers.


The additional space is required to support staff expected to be hired to fulfill a $65Mln CDN, five year contract signed last November with an unnamed, "confidential customer" for the provision of "engineering services, value-added services, and Earth imagery data." The new facilities are expected to open in March 2015...

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Virgin Galactic to test new rocket without longtime aerospace partner, Scales Composites

Virgin Galactic to test new rocket without longtime aerospace partner, Scales Composites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After last year's fatal crash, Richard Branson 's Virgin Galactic will now test its new SpaceShipTwo rocket without its longtime aerospace partner that designed and built the first plane...

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NGA Eyes Role for Small Sats | Aviation Week

NGA Eyes Role for Small Sats | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is in the early stages of crafting a strategy to leverage the influx of imagery available from what agency director Robert Cardillo calls an “explosion” of new information services providers.

 

The strategy will include money, but how much is not yet known...

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Google Lunar XPrize: Moon Express's unorthodox approach to the prize

Google Lunar XPrize: Moon Express's unorthodox approach to the prize | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The criteria for winning the grand $20 million Google Lunar XPrize seems fairly straightforward: Land on the moon, cross a distance of 500 meters and send back high-definition footage to Earth along the way. The natural solution to the problem, indeed the one that most of the GLXP competitors have envisioned, is to gently deposit a rover upon the lunar surface and then let it pick its way across the required distance, dodging rocks and other moon junk along the way.

 

For the Mountain View-based Moon Express team, however, they're taking a rather different approach...

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NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto

NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington (AFP) Jan 25, 2015: Nine years after leaving Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is at last drawing close to Pluto and on Sunday was expected to start shooting photographs of the dwarf planet...

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More Astronauts for China

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Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jan 26, 2015: The next Chinese crewed space mission won't fly until 2016. China is expected to send a crew of three astronauts to the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is expected to launch in the same year...

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Will Canada help fund the Thirty Meter Telescope?

Will Canada help fund the Thirty Meter Telescope? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canadians want to use a basketball-court sized telescope to hunt for alien life and will blame Stephen Harper if he doesn't kick in $300Mln extra to help build it...

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NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts from the U.S. in 2017

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts from the U.S. in 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA, Boeing and SpaceX will hold a news briefing on NASA Television at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston at noon EST (11 a.m. CST) Monday, Jan. 26, to highlight key development activities, test plans and objectives for achieving certification of two American crew transportation systems...

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Congressman claims relying on GLONASS jeopardizes US lives

Congressman claims relying on GLONASS jeopardizes US lives | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Depending on a Russian satellite system to route US emergency phone calls, as outlined in a proposal being considered by the US government's main communications agency, would endanger the lives of American citizens, US Congressman Mike Rogers' spokesperson Shea Miller told Sputnik...

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Photo Gallery: Land of Opportunity in Space | Aviation Week

Photo Gallery: Land of Opportunity in Space | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The boom in small Earth-observation satellites is expanding a market in which businesses and governments alike can gather valuable insight for monitoring climate change, political hot spots, business activities and disaster zones...

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NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Outline Objectives to ISS Flights

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Outline Objectives to ISS Flights | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Jan 27, 2015 American spacecraft systems testing followed by increasingly complex flight tests and ultimately astronauts flying orbital flights will pave the way to operational missions during the next few years...

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The StarSpot Episode 69: Dynamic Stars and Ubiquitous Disks: Part 1, with Aaron Sigut and Carol Jones

The StarSpot Episode 69: Dynamic Stars and Ubiquitous Disks: Part 1, with Aaron Sigut and Carol Jones | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Disks are ubiquitous in our universe. They are found in the spiral arms of galaxies. They are found among new and old stars, whether in the protoplanetary gas associated with stellar births or the black holes which follow many stellar deaths.

 

Today we have a special treat. I’m excited to be joined by both Carol Jones and Aaron Sigut here at The Star Spot for the first of a special two-part series...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Elon Musk as a Big Pimpin Playah! Raises $1Bln USD for SpaceX

The Commercial Space Blog: Elon Musk as a Big Pimpin Playah! Raises $1Bln USD for SpaceX | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On January 20th, Hawthorne,CA based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) confirmed that it has raised approx. $1Bln USD ($1.24Bln CDN) from two new powerhouse investors, Mountain View, CA based Google Inc. and Boston, MA based Fidelity Investments.

 

The deal will not only provide SpaceX with the capital needed to achieve its goals, but also marks a watershed moment in the history of the NewSpace industry...

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Richard Branson also went to Davos according to the Financial Times

Richard Branson also went to Davos according to the Financial Times | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Richard Branson will press on with his Virgin space tourism venture despite the fatal crash of one of his rocket ships in October and hopes eventually to use it for high-speed flights around the Earth. Sir Richard, whose Virgin Galactic venture this
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Europe’s IVX spaceplane on a trajectory for February launch | NASASpaceFlight.com

Europe’s IVX spaceplane on a trajectory for February launch | NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) spaceplane is finally into its final processing flow towards launch, following the loading of propellants and work...

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Asteroid mining executive Chris Lewicki goes to Davos

Asteroid mining executive Chris Lewicki goes to Davos | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In Davos, you meet a lot of people who do interesting and unusual things. After all, those who are part of the global elite dream big.

On a shuttle, I sat across from someone who was fighting corruption in Angola and elsewhere. Next to me was the photographer Platon (he goes by one name), who chased Edward Snowden for a year before photographing him hugging a flag for Wired. He now has a non-profit that plans to raise awareness about human rights issues through portraiture.

 

But Chris Lewicki has by far the most out there (literally) job of anyone I have ever met at the World Economic Forum...

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THE SIMPSONS: As Vibrant As Detroit Itself from "The Musk Who Fell To Earth" - ANIMATION on FOX | YouTube

Mr. Burns comes face to face with Elon Musk.


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Planetary Society announces test flight for LightSail

Planetary Society announces test flight for LightSail | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Pasadena, CA (SPX) Jan 26, 2015; The Planetary Society today announced the first of its LightSail spacecraft will embark on a May 2015 test flight...

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USAF To Boost Launch Competitions as SpaceX Shelves Lawsuit

USAF To Boost Launch Competitions as SpaceX Shelves Lawsuit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has agreed to drop its lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force. In return, the service is vowing to increase the number of launches it plans to compete.

 

SpaceX is working to break a long-held monopoly on national security space missions held by the United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing formed in 2006. ULA builds the Air Force’s Atlas V and Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV)...

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Turf War Seen at Heart of Russian Space Industry Shake-Up

Turf War Seen at Heart of Russian Space Industry Shake-Up | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An ambitious drive by a friend of President Vladimir Putin’s to take control of Russia’s defense industry may be behind a shock announcement this week that Russia would merge its federal space agency with a major industry group...

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Elon Musk: Guest-Starring on The Simpsons Was 'Kind of Trippy'

Elon Musk: Guest-Starring on The Simpsons Was 'Kind of Trippy' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This Sunday, Elon Musk, the head honcho at Tesla Motors and SpaceX, will enjoy the rare experience of watching himself in a Simpsons episode called “The Musk Who Fell to Earth...

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