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Our Upcoming May 10th CSCA Meeting in Toronto

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Dear Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) members and associates:

 

Our next meeting is this Thursday, May 10. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM with a discussion of CSCA business. The main presentation will begin by 8 PM, the topic is “Financing Space Business” and will be presented by Michael Hollinger of law firm Heenan Blaikie.

 

Please note that the meeting this time is at Heenan Blaikie law offices (333 Bay, Bay Adelaide Centre, Toronto ) and NOT our regular venue (Blakes law offices).

As usual, please email us (meetings@spacecommerce.ca) to book your place.

 

After the main presentation on Financing Space Business and related discussion on the topic, there will be a special discussion related to the Federal Government’s “Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies” (see www.aerospacereview.ca)...

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The National Space Society Comes to Toronto in May 2015

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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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AIAC comments on the appointment of Sylvain Laporte as president of the Canadian Space Agency

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Ottawa (Ontario) – Today Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) issued the following statement in response to the appointment of Sylvain Laporte as President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA):

 

On behalf of the Board and Members of AIAC, I congratulate Mr. Laporte on his appointment as the President of the Canadian Space Agency. Mr. Laporte has a long history of leadership within various government departments and agencies and we are very pleased with his appointment. We applaud the Prime Minister for his choice and thank him for his leadership on this important file...

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Chris Hadfield's flight suit found in Toronto thrift store - CBC.ca

Chris Hadfield's flight suit found in Toronto thrift store - CBC.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A flight suit once worn by astronaut Chris Hadfield is apparently now the property of a Toronto doctor who found it in — of all places — a local thrift store...

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Milsatcom Middle East Conference opens in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi: The UAE is making a quantum leap in the aerospace and space industries with an increasing number of satellites and substantial share of global investment in the sector.


Today, the UAE operates more than seven satellites, both for commercial and military satellite communications (Milsatcom) use, officials and industry executives said at the fourth annual Milsatcom Middle East conference on Tuesday...

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Space Station’s Commercial Users Hitting Bottlenecks

Space Station’s Commercial Users Hitting Bottlenecks | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

WASHINGTON — As NASA continues to encourage the commercial use of the International Space Station, some potential customers, and the companies supporting them, are running into problems making full use of it.

At a workshop on ISS utilization here Feb. 17, organized by Houston-based NanoRacks, agency officials emphasized their efforts to increase commercial use of the ISS as part of a long-term transition to future commercial facilities...


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Don't Worry About Russia Backing Away From Space and WMD Cooperation - U.S. News & World Report

Don't Worry About Russia Backing Away From Space and WMD Cooperation - U.S. News & World Report | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Don't worry about Russia backing away from the International Space Station or an old arms control plan...

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New Alliance to Promote Space Development and Settlement

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A group of 11 organizations announced a new coalition to promote policies to achieve space development and settlement with aid from the U.S. government...

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They also want government money to implement these goals, which likely means that the initiative will never become anything more than a press release...

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510 smallsat launches planned over next five years

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Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, February 26, 2015 - According to Euroconsult's newly released research titled Prospects for the Small Satellite Market, a total of 510 small satellites, or smallsats (meaning nanosats, cubesats, microsats and minisats) are to be launched in the next five years, a two-third increase in the average number of smallsats per year versus that of the past decade. This total includes 14 constellations of different sizes and capabilities that represent a total of 140 satellites...

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Last Call for IAC 2015 Abstracts!

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This is the last weekend of the abstract submission to the 66th International Astronautical Congress which will take place on 12-16 October 2015 in the magic city of Jerusalem...

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Argentina welcomes first Chinese satellite tracking station outside China

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Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Feb 27, 2015; Argentina is to become the location of the first Chinese satellite tracking station outside the country the newspaper La Manana De Cordoba reported on Thursday...

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Grade 6 students explore opportunities in space at Monarch Park

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How does a rocket launch into space? Or how do you know which way is up or down?

 

Those are some of the many questions students explored during the Toronto District School Board’s Air and Space Days at Monarch Park Stadium.

 

Approximately 800 grade 6 students from the West Region 10 family of schools flocked to the stadium over three days (Feb. 18 to 20) for a hands-on learning experience that explored space science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)...

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Mars One Loses Television Deal | SpaceNews.com

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WASHINGTON — A private venture to send humans on a one-way journey to Mars has suffered another setback with the loss of a television deal, although the venture’s leader said it won’t affect the ongoing selection of crews for the mission.

Mars One co-founder and chief executive Bas Lansdorp said Feb. 24 that Mars One had terminated an agreement with entertainment company Endemol announced in 2014 to develop a “worldwide TV event” for the selection of the first Mars One crews. New Scientist first reported the terminated contract Feb. 20.


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Calling on satellites in alpine rescues

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Paris (ESA) Feb 26, 2015; Emergency services rescued 1780 people in the Austrian Alps last year. They can now count on satellites to access maps, send messages, give warnings and stay in contact...

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Air Force Secretary Casts Doubt on RD-180 Replacement Schedule

Air Force Secretary Casts Doubt on RD-180 Replacement Schedule | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A top service official has told US lawmakers that the 2019 deadline set by Congress to replace the Russian RD-180 with a US alternative is probably not feasible...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Part 4: 100 Years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield

The Commercial Space Blog: Part 4: 100 Years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In 1953, while on short leave from Bell Aircraft, at the James Forrestal Research Center in Princeton New Jersey, Kurt Stehling published a paper in which he described the advantages of using space-borne radar to "paint the surface of the Earth" and transmit the data back to the ground for study...

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CBC News - Leonard Nimoy's legacy reaches far beyond science fiction

CBC News - Leonard Nimoy's legacy reaches far beyond science fiction | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction world, he also left his mark on science itself.

 

Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of real-world extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at SETI Research, recalled that Nimoy was regularly willing to lend the organization a helping hand. When he was asked to narrate a planetarium introduction or appear as a guest at an event, Nimoy did so graciously and never charged.

 

"That struck me then, and it strikes me now," said Shostak. "If you play a famous alien, you might have little interest in how science is searching for real aliens, but Nimoy was actually interested in the science — and he was always willing to help us out...

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Leonard Nimoy And Why Space Needs Real Spocks

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Maybe it was those Vulcan ears. But news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing automatically triggered memories of the 83 year-old actor’s most celebrated role as Mr. Spock — both the Starship Enterprise’s first officer and science officer.

 

Try as he might to break free of being typecast as the dispassionate half human/half Vulcan we all came to know and love, audiences never let Nimoy forget that it was his role as Mr. Spock that continually got under their skins...

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Gateway Energy Services partners with new technology company

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A beneficial partnership for the energy services industry took place this week in Edmond when Gateway Full Circle Energy Services combined their services with a Canadian leak detection company, Synodon. The event was celebrated with a signing ceremony and reception Friday morning...

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In the early 90s, the Canadian government funded the development of measuring carbon monoxide from satellites.


Synodon purchased the intellectual property from the Canadian Space Agency, then through research and development launched their “realSens” service. Detected gases include ethane, methane, benzene, ammonia, phosphene and others. Services provided include liquid leak detection, natural gas detection, pipeline threat assessment, right-of-way change detection, tree canopy encroachment, water crossings analysis and pipeline location classification...

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Veteran senior bureaucrat Sylvain Laporte appointed new Canadian Space Agency president

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the following change in the senior ranks of the Public Service: Sylvain Laporte, currently Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trade-marks, becomes President of the Canadian Space Agency, effective March 9, 2015...

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Magellan Aerospace Hosts Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Teams

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Magellan Aerospace hosted students from the teams participating in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge for a workshop on Feb. 17 and 18, at their Winnipeg facility.

 

The workshop was an opportunity for representatives from each of the university teams to meet each other and share ideas, as well as listen to several presentations. These included a Magellan Aerospace Overview, by Ken Kohut; Spacecraft Software and Configuration Management, by Dario Schor (who was the leader of the first University of Manitoba CSDC team and is now a full-time Magellan employee); Satellite Attitude Determination and Control, by Paul Harrison from Magellan’s office at the David Florida Laboratory;

Spacecraft Structural Analysis, by Adam Latour, from PrecisionHawk in Toronto; and, Cubesat Launch Interfacing, by Kirk Woellert of Nanoracks, the company which deploys cubesats from the International Space Station.

 

Each team also gave a short presentation about their planned missions, which included the following:

 

1. Ability of biological samples to withstand exposure to space, which
2. Cubesat-sized ion propulsion systems
3. Testing a self-healing structural material
4. Arctic sea-ice mapping with GPS reflectometry
5. Using spectroscopy to detect greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere
6. Forest fire detection

 

Two students (Tom Dixon and Alice Yue) from the Bluesat project group at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia, attended the workshop, and were treated to a fine example of what Canadian winters can be like. Special thanks to Lisa Hobday, a University of Manitoba student, who loaned Alice a winter jacket while she was here!

The workshop also included a tour of Magellan’s extensive and impressive aircraft and spacecraft manufacturing facilities, including a close-up look at an in-progress satellite bus assembly, and Magellan’s new advanced composites facility where they manufacture the tail section for the F-35 fighter jet.

On behalf of the CSDC Management Society (CSDCMS) and the students who attended the workshop, I would like to thank Magellan Aerospace for hosting us – in particular, Leslie Yakimishyn for co-ordinating the visit, as well as all of the guest speakers for their excellent presentations.

The CSDMS would like to express its sincere appreciation to all who continue to support the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. All participants and teams have shown impressive dedication, energy, capability, and innovation on their projects, and we are extremely fortunate to be able to foster and witness them in this competition.

For more information, please visit the CSDC web-site at: www.csdcms.ca, or contact us at info@csdcms.ca.

Regards,

Larry Reeves
The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society

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Daniel Faber, CEO of Deep Space Industries, to moderate panel at SxSW

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Silicon Valley, CA - February 26, 2015.  Deep Space Industries CEO Daniel Faber will moderate a panel at this years’ South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival on the ramifications of big data in an era of breakthroughs in digital capabilities, space development, and medical innovations.  The panel, “Beyond the Cloud:  Big Data in the Off-Planet Era,” will be featured on Monday March 16th...

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SES Announces Two Launch Agreements With SpaceX

SES Announces Two Launch Agreements With SpaceX | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Hawthorne CA (SPX) Feb 27, 2015; SES has announced an agreement with SpaceX to launch two new satellites in 2017 - SES-14 and SES-16/ GovSat - using the Falcon 9 rocket...

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Russia's New ISS Module to Be Ready in Early 2016

Russia's New ISS Module to Be Ready in Early 2016 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Feb 26, 2015; Russia's Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center will finish assembling the new module for the International Space Station (ISS) in February 2016, the center's acting chief said Wednesday...

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MDA Sees Rebound in U.S. Earth Observation Market

MDA Sees Rebound in U.S. Earth Observation Market | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

PARIS — Satellite manufacturer MDA Corp. of Canada on Feb. 25 said the U.S. government is back in the market as a big customer for Earth observation data after a U.S. budget sequestration-caused slump in 2014.

 

The development, combined with Canada’s slowdown in new exploration or robotics programs, is accelerating the company’s reallocation of resources outside Canada, to Brazil and India in addition to the United States...

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Successful spacewalk ends with water leak | Spaceflight Now

Successful spacewalk ends with water leak | Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

Astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts floated outside the International Space Station Wednesday for the second of three spacewalks to help ready the lab complex for dockings by commercial crew capsules being built by Boeing and SpaceX. Back inside the station’s airlock, Virts reported a small amount of water in his space helmet, but officials said he was never in any danger.

Even so, given a near-catastrophic helmet leak in July 2013, engineers will need to troubleshoot the latest issue to make sure the suit’s internal systems are healthy enough for Virts and Wilmore to carry out a third planned spacewalk Sunday.


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Next Launch of Heavy Angara-5 Rocket Due Next Year

Next Launch of Heavy Angara-5 Rocket Due Next Year | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Feb 26, 2015 The next launch of Russia's newest ecologically friendly heavy-class Angara-A5 carrier rocket is scheduled for 2016, Andrei Kalinovsky, the acting head of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space...
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