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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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Royal Canadian Mint | 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency celebrated on silver collector coin

Royal Canadian Mint | 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency celebrated on silver collector coin | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the organization which is committed to leading the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.The Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates this milestone with a unique silver collector coin featuring an achromatic hologram that brings the CSA's work to life.  The coin was unveiled today at the International Astronautical Congress 2014 held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre...

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No Visas for Russian and Chinese Space Delegates to Attend IAC 2014

No Visas for Russian and Chinese Space Delegates to Attend IAC 2014 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Press is reporting on "an apparent refusal to grant visas to the most senior Russian and Chinese delegates at a prestigious international astronautical conference."

The 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC2014), which began today in Toronto, Ontario, traditionally includes the participation of the heads of the largest national space agencies, including International Space Station (ISS) partner Russia and growing space powerhouse China, which has space cooperation agreements with Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, India, Italy, Pakistan, Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries.

 

But according to the September 29th, 2014 Canadian Press article, "No visas for heads of Russian, Chinese space agencies to attend major conference," senior members of both the Chinese and Russian delegation were refused entry into Canada...

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China's first space lab in operation for over 1000 days

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Beijing (XNA) Sep 29, 2014; Tiangong-1, China's first space lab, has been in orbit for 1092 days since it was launched on September 29, 2011...

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Russia launches Proton-M rocket after accident

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Moscow (AFP) Sep 28, 2014
Russia on Sunday successfully launched a Proton-M rocket carrying a satellite into orbit in the first such launch since one of the rockets fell back to Earth soon after liftoff in May.
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Dream Chaser shows her fight – SNC protest CCtCap decision

Dream Chaser shows her fight – SNC protest CCtCap decision | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has confirmed it will protest NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract award decision. While the protest is ongoing, the spaceplane will continue her pursuit of international partners, while a bid on the next round of commercial cargo contacts will provide additional near-term focus...

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The future of Canada in the cosmos - Canadian Geographic

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A panel of space experts discuss concerns about the militarization of space and Canada's role in future space missions
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Nigeria to launch indigenous satellite by 2018

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Lagos (XNA) Sep 26, 2014; Nigeria would design, fabricate, test and launch its indigenous satellite by 2018, Minister of Science and Technology, Abdu Bulama, said on Tuesday.

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China Exclusive: Mars: China's next goal?

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Beijing (XNA) Sep 26, 2014; Mars receives two visitors from the Earth this week. NASA's new spacecraft MAVEN entered the orbit around Mars on Sept. 21 to hunt for the planet's lost water. and India's first Mars probe has reached Mars on Sept...

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Sierra Nevada To Continue Dream Chaser; May Protest Contract Award | Aviation Week

Sierra Nevada To Continue Dream Chaser; May Protest Contract Award | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Sierra Nevada Corp. plans to develop its Dream Chaser commercial crew vehicle despite its loss to Boeing and SpaceX in the three-way NASAcompetition for contracts to take the development to flight test and operations.

 

The company has built an international network of partners and potential customers, including the European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Mark Sirangelo, who heads the company’s Space Systems unit in Louisville, Colorado, said Sept. 25 that Sierra Nevada will bid on the second-round NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-2) contract to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.

 

He also said the company may file a formal protest of NASA’s decision to reject its commercial crew bid with the U.S. Government Accountability Office.


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Looking Back at Canada's Last International Astronautical Congress

Looking Back at Canada's Last International Astronautical Congress | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Next week I will be in Toronto for the 65th International Astronautical Congress, the world's biggest annual meeting of people involved in the exploitation and exploration of space. This annual event first took place in Paris in 1950, and it has rotated around the world since then, taking place last year in Beijing and scheduled for next year in Jerusalem. The meeting at the Metro Convention Centre, which goes from September 29 to October 3, is the third to take place in Canada - the IAC also took place in Montreal in 1991 and in Vancouver in 2004...
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Africa's socio-economic development depends on C-band satellite services

Africa's socio-economic development depends on C-band satellite services | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

LONDON, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 - New research has revealed that wireless industry efforts to take massive amounts of additional spectrum - amounts that have been shown to be in excess of actual requirements - would undercut African economies, and threaten social and safety-of-life services by disrupting mission-critical satellite services for key applications delivered throughout the continent.

 

The research, which was conducted by international consultancy firm Euroconsult and commissioned by the European Space Agency, was revealed here during the VSAT 2014 conference, as organizations representing a variety of African user groups - including broadcasters, humanitarian and disaster-response agencies, civil aviation authorities, and other stakeholders - reach out to their governments to convey how essential C-band satellite services are for continued socio-economic development...

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India's spacecraft beams back first Mars photos

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Bangalore, India (AFP) Sep 25, 2014
India's spacecraft has beamed back its first photos of Mars, showing its crater-marked surface, as the country glowed with pride Thursday after winning Asia's race to the Red Planet.
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Aerospace executives and parliamentarians meet for AIAC day on the hill

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Ottawa (Ontario) – 31 representatives from the Canadian aerospace industry were in Ottawa today to take part in a Day on the Hill hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC). Designed to promote dialogue and discussion between parliamentarians, key government officials, and aerospace industry leaders, the day consisted of roundtables, an evening reception, and 40 meetings with individual Ministers, MPs and Senators...

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Cosmonaut Krikalyov, Roscosmos delegation fail to attend Astronautical Congress in Canada

Cosmonaut Krikalyov, Roscosmos delegation fail to attend Astronautical Congress in Canada | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A delegation of the Federal Space Agency and a number of specialized Russian agencies failed to attend the 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto as many of their members had been denied Canadian visas, a source in the Russian space industry told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday...

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NASA Expands Commercial Space Program

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On the heels of awarding groundbreaking contracts to U.S. commercial space companies to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the next round of contracts for private-sector companies to deliver experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory.

 

Under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 RFP, NASA intends to award contracts with one or more companies for six or more flights per contract...

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AIAC Congratulates Federal Government on Conclusion of Canada-EU Trade Agreement Negotiations

AIAC Congratulates Federal Government on Conclusion of Canada-EU Trade Agreement Negotiations | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ottawa (Ontario) - Canadian and European Union (EU) leaders, including Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, gathered in Ottawa today for a one-day summit celebrating the conclusion of Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations. 

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What the Canadian Space Agency Really, Really Wants

What the Canadian Space Agency Really, Really Wants | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Anyone looking to discover what the people at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) would like to be doing over the next few years might want to forgo some of the marketing and PR events scheduled during the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC2014), being held in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th - October 3rd, and head directly to the symposium presentations.

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Third Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Launches

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After two successful Canadian Satellite Design Challenges (CSDC) founder and manager Larry Reeves has announced that the 3rd challenge is now underway although they are still accepting applications...

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Com Dev wins satellite equipment contract worth $7.5 million

Com Dev wins satellite equipment contract worth $7.5 million | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Com Dev International says it has won a contract worth more than $7.5 million to supply equipment for a satellite that will provide direct-to-home premium television content to the Middle East and North Africa.
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India's Mars Orbiter Cost Only 11 Percent of NASA's Maven Probe: Reports

India's Mars Orbiter Cost Only 11 Percent of NASA's Maven Probe: Reports | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New Dehli (RIA Novosti) Sep 26, 2014 India's Mangalyaan orbiter reached Mars' orbit Wednesday, becoming the first spacecraft from an Asian country to reach the red planet, but the country hit another record by making the cheapest space probe so...

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SpaceX CRS-4 Launch | YouTube

After four successful missions to the International Space Station, including three official resupply missions for NASA, SpaceX launched its fourth official Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission, CRS-4, to the orbiting lab on Sunday, September 21, at 01:52 EDT from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. If all goes as planned, Dragon will arrive at the station on Tuesday, September 23 for an expected four-week visit. Dragon is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-October for a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of southern California. Dragon is the only operational spacecraft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies back to Earth, including experiments.


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Crew including first woman cosmonaut in 17 years blasts off for ISS

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Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Sep 26, 2014; A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts, including the first woman cosmonaut in 17 years, blasted off on schedule Friday, Russian mission control said.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield uses China trip to promote space cooperation

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China’s space programme is “open for business”, the astronaut Chris Hadfield has said while calling for more international cooperation during a visit to Beijing to meet his Chinese counterparts.

 

“The US and China need symbolic ways to cooperate beyond panda bears and this is a really good way to do it,” he told the Guardian.

 

Astronauts from another nation training with China, or Chinese astronauts training at facilities such as Nasa’s at Houston, would be a positive and symbolic first step towards working together on a more lasting basis, Hadfield said...

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New NASA report on “Emerging Space” emphasizes private-public cooperation

New NASA report on “Emerging Space” emphasizes private-public cooperation | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

When NASA was founded, only a government program could undertake a voyage from the Earth to the Moon. This may not be true in the future.


Thus begins a new NASA report, “Emerging Space” that emphasizes private-public cooperation in creating a “new economic ecosystem in space”. The 42-page, 44-megabyte report is available for free download in PDF format at http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Emerging_Space_Report.pdf. ;

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Arianespace's lightweight Vega launcher is readied for its mission with the European IXV spaceplane

Arianespace's lightweight Vega launcher is readied for its mission with the European IXV spaceplane | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris (SPX) Sep 25, 2014 Another lightweight Vega launcher has begun its build-up at the Spaceport, initiating preparations for Arianespace's mid-November liftoff from French Guiana with the European Space Agency's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle...

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