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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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Considering a career in aerospace or enrolled in an aerospace program? OAC scholarships now available

Considering a career in aerospace or enrolled in an aerospace program? OAC scholarships now available | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Ontario Aerospace Council is pleased to be able to offer three scholarships for the 2017-2018 Academic Year for students going into or currently enrolled in an aerospace studies program at a post-secondary institution (college or university) in Ontario. The value of each scholarship is $2,000.00 CAD...
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A Flyboard Air Demo in Naples, Florida

Read This Report: http://www.billstill.com/reports/flyboard-air-demo-naples-florida/ Nine months ago, we put up the first video of the Zapata Racing’s ne
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Website tracking scientific journals with "questionable publishing practices" taken offline

Website tracking scientific journals with "questionable publishing practices" taken offline | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A website that tracks scientific journals with questionable publishing practices has been taken offline, a move that is worrying the academic community...

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A Moon Cycler for ferrying space tourists on missions to the moon

A Moon Cycler for ferrying space tourists on missions to the moon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Cycler is a novel spacecraft that would travel between Earth and the Moon to ferry people, supplies, and equipment to various moon bases

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Ground-Penetrating Radar Helps Archaeologists Find Viking Age Manor | Archaeology | Sci-News.com

Ground-Penetrating Radar Helps Archaeologists Find Viking Age Manor | Archaeology | Sci-News.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A large manor has been found at the archaeological site of Korshamn near the Viking Age proto-town of Birka in Sweden...

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Taryns Audacious Vision - Campbell River News

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Taryn Tomlinson , an engineer for the Canadian Space Agency since 2008, is six months into her 1.5 year term as the CSA chief of staff...
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Science Advice in a Troubled World - CSPC Lecture Series

Here's a lecture Provided by Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand....

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Interesting presentation from the organizers of the annual Canadian Science Policy Conferences.
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Billions of NASA contract dollars going to Russian government | Bloomberg Government

Billions of NASA contract dollars going to Russian government | Bloomberg Government | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Amid rising tensions over alleged Russian hacking in the U.S., NASA continues to pay Roscosmos, that country’s space agency, hundreds of millions of dollars to send crews to the International Space Station.  

NASA has spent $897 million with state-controlled Roscosmos since fiscal 2015 and $2.1 billion since the U.S. retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011, Bloomberg Government data show...

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Of course it is.  Since our Congress couldn't see fit to maintain funding and support the next generation of rockets, we've been stuck hitching a ride from the Russians and will until we get smart about space.  China will be kicking our ass soon if we don't invest in the future.
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Launching 103 Satellites In Single Mission No Big Deal: Former ISRO Chiarman G Madhavan Nair

Launching 103 Satellites In Single Mission No Big Deal: Former ISRO Chiarman G Madhavan Nair | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Eminent space scientist G Madhavan Nair indicated that India planning to launch 103 satellites in a single mission next month is no big deal as the country has already proved such capability, and advocated the need for ISRO to focus on reviving human spaceflight venture and other technology development...

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NASA says farewell to agency leaders, Charles Bolden and Dava Newman

NASA says farewell to agency leaders, Charles Bolden and Dava Newman | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The final week of having Charles Bolden and Dava Newman as NASA’s top officials has arrived. 

 The space agency reflected this week on the past eight years under NASA Administrator Bolden's and President Barack Obama’s leadership. 

Marshall Space Flight Director Robert Lightfoot will be the acting NASA administrator until President-elect Donald Trump names Bolden’s successor...
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Hometown honour for William Leitch, the fifth principal of Queen’s University

Hometown honour for William Leitch, the fifth principal of Queen’s University | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In 2015 it was discovered the William Leitch, the fifth principal of Queen’s University (from 1859 till his death in office in 1864), was the first person to apply scientific principles to accurately describe the rocket as the best device for space travel. 


Understandably, it was a significant finding not only for the university but for Leitch’s hometown, the Isle of Bute. 


On Wednesday, Jan. 11, Principal Daniel Woolf accepted the Baird of Bute Innovation Award on behalf of his predecessor for “his ground-breaking contribution to space science...

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Should Ottawa be aiming for a ‘moonshot’? Paul Wells | Toronto Star

Should Ottawa be aiming for a ‘moonshot’? Paul Wells | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canadian focus groups were asked last year whether Ottawa should invest in high-tech schemes including self-driving cars, drone delivery and Internet balloons...

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Justin Trudeau likes the idea of a "Moonshot,"  large spectacular projects, for enhancing Canada’s science and technology capability, at least according to Paul Wells. 

So why doesn't he organize one?
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The Space Review: A human spaceflight program for the new administration

The Space Review: A human spaceflight program for the new administration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
America is on the verge of a revolution in opening the space frontier, led by the entrepreneurial genius of the American people. There is reason to believe that a much greater NASA emphasis on supporting commercial space development will substantially increase American activity in space without increased government expenditure. We call on the next President to partner with America’s entrepreneurs to lead humanity’s ongoing development of space...
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Building satellite components for UTIAS: a customer success story - macfab

Building satellite components for UTIAS: a customer success story - macfab | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This article, based on an interview with Charles Day, Macfab’s manager of research and development, describes one of Macfab’s longstanding customer relationships – with the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies...

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As outlined in the January 23rd, 2017 edition of the Canadian Space Society Space Gazette, "The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto's Institute of Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) is well-known for making small satellites for international customers. 

SFL doesn't do everything themselves. For almost 10 years, Macfab Manufacturing of Mississauga, Ontario, has built and assembled SFL's XPOD's, enclosures that hold small satellites during launch and separate them from the rocket into orbit. 

 This article describes the build process, the difficulties the company had to overcome, and the potential dangers of working with cutting-edge technology.

For more on the Canadian Space Gazette, check out the most recent issue at http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a0250e622dc3f551f990977f8&id=252471bb69&e=b610c5981f
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If Justin Trudeau Wants " Moon Shots," He Should Look to the Moon!

If Justin Trudeau   Wants " Moon Shots,"  He Should Look to the Moon! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As outlined in both Federal government literature and in a recent editorial in the Toronto Star, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is looking for "Moon Shots."


The Federal government's website on Canada's Innovation Agenda, Innovation for a Better Canada, What you Told Us," provides some context for the type of "Moon Shots," the Canadian PM is interested in...

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Already Used Falcon 9 May See A Relaunch

Already Used Falcon 9 May See A Relaunch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After last week's success, SpaceX is once again on track with sending rockets up in space. And it could next relaunch an already used Falcon 9 rocket...

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Astronaut Roberta Bondar is a Canadian legend

Astronaut Roberta Bondar is a Canadian legend | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The morning of January 22, 1992, was chilly along the east coast of Florida. NASA officials watched the temperatures closely — just six years earlier, cold temperatures contributed to the Challenger disaster, claiming the lives of seven astronauts and grounding the shuttle fleet for three years. 

On launch pad 39A, Roberta Bondar was strapped in aboard the Shuttle Discovery, waiting to become Canada’s first woman in space...
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Made In Space and Axiom Space Announce Joint Agreement for Manufacturing in Low Earth Orbit

Made In Space and Axiom Space Announce Joint Agreement for Manufacturing in Low Earth Orbit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
HOUSTON, Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Made In Space and Axiom Space today, announce an agreement to be users and providers of one another's capabilities to manufacture products in space. 

Made In Space is the only company to produce 3D printed products in Space and Axiom Space is the leading developer of the world's first privately-owned commercial space station. 

This collaboration signifies Made In Space's exciting transition from research phase, to manufacturing for commercial customers...
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Elon Musk's surprising secret weapon: Donald Trump?

Elon Musk's surprising secret weapon: Donald Trump? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Elon Musk has more in common with Trump that some might assume, and that relationship could prove to be a boon to his businesses...

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Cambridge-based ExactEarth post $4.1M Q4 loss on lower sales

Cambridge-based ExactEarth post $4.1M Q4 loss on lower sales | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
CAMBRIDGE —ExactEarth reported a fourth-quarter loss of $4.1-million as sales were more than halved due a reduction in revenue from a contract with the federal government. The Cambridge-based provider of data on ship traffic it obtains via satellites earned profits of $441,000 in the fourth quarter a year earlier...
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Boeing Might Scalp a Few Tickets to the ISS to NASA

Boeing Might Scalp a Few Tickets to the ISS to NASA | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Since 2011, NASA and European Space Agency astronauts have been hitching a ride to the International Space Station on the Roscosmos Soyuz spacecraft. 


NASA only pays for a certain amount of tickets aboard the Russians’ multi-million taxi into space, but fortunately, U.S. aerospace company Boeing has a few spares it’s willing to scalp...

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MDA receives CA$3.7 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission

MDA receives  CA$3.7 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Vancouver, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has received a contract for CA$3.7 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission. MDA will provide operations engineering support for the CSA's contribution to the mission, the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter, which will provide ranging and topographic data of the asteroid Bennu. It will allow scientists to create a high resolution 3D model of its surface. Launched in September 2016, OSIRIS-REx is planned to reach Bennu in late 2018.

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For more on Canada's contribution to OSIRIS-REx, check out the January 10,th 2017 post, "SSL MDA Sells to Both Canada (But Quietly) & the USA (With Fanfare)" at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/01/ssl-mda-sells-to-both-canada-but.html
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Rocket Man: a fascinating article from American Craft on the artist who uses science for inspiration

Rocket Man: a fascinating article from American Craft on the artist who uses science for inspiration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Space. It’s the final frontier, as any Trekkie can tell you – whether that means the outer reaches beyond the stars or the inner realms of your own mind. 

Rik Allen’s blown-glass and metal art evokes exploration of both kinds. Rocket ships, cosmonauts, and space helmets sport the cheery, chunky gleam of midcentury sci-fi imagery, but with the slightly battered patina of experience...
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Four Student Teams Selected for the CAN-RGX Challenge – SEDS Canada

Four Student Teams Selected for the CAN-RGX Challenge – SEDS Canada | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Last month, we received 21 extraordinary proposals from student teams across Canada who hoped to be one of the four winners to build and test a small experiment in reduced gravity onboard the NRC Falcon 20 research aircraft. 

With the help of experts in microgravity flight sciences, we meticulously evaluated the proposals on the basis of scientific merit, technical feasibility, project management and community outreach. After a difficult deliberation, SEDS-Canada is pleased to announce the top four teams who have been selected for the first Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge...
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SpaceX Plans 18 Landings Per Year on New, Cape Canaveral Launch Pads

SpaceX Plans 18 Landings Per Year on New, Cape Canaveral Launch Pads | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
SpaceX plans to build three new landing pads at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., for use by its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. In a draft version of an environmental impact study prepared for the 45th Space Wing, the company estimates that the new pads will allow as many as 18 landings per year—up from the original plan of 12. 

The new launch pads are part of SpaceX’s overall goal to improve “the cost and frequency of launches” in accordance with Air Force and DARPA statements that a higher mission tempo is a key requirement for the US to respond to the increasing militarization of space. 

The new pads will also include testing areas for SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, which is part of the company’s plan for manned spaceflight. The final version of the environmental impact study is due out in the coming weeks, according to a 45th Space Wing spokesperson. 

The draft report does not offer a timeline for completion of the work on the new launching pads...
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