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Our Upcoming May 10th CSCA Meeting in Toronto

Our Upcoming May 10th CSCA Meeting in Toronto | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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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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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Boeing Resells Inmarsat-5 Satellite Bandwidth to US Government

Boeing Resells Inmarsat-5 Satellite Bandwidth to US Government | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

El Segundo CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2014: In a first-of-its-kind arrangement for the company, Boeing is providing a U.S. government customer with military Ka-band satellite communications service from a commercial satellite.

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Fifty years of European cooperation in space

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Paris (ESA) Jul 31, 2014
A new book by eminent historian John Krige details fifty years of European collaboration in space, from the origins of the space programmes of the early 1960s, to the many activities and rich complexity of ESA today.
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$248Bln to be spent for manufacture and launch of 1,155 satellites over the next decade

$248Bln to be spent for manufacture and launch  of 1,155 satellites over the next decade | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

PARIS, MONTREAL, WASHINGTON D.C., JULY 31, 2014 - According to Euroconsult's newly released research report, Satellites to be Built & Launched, 115 satellites will be launched on average yearly over the next decade (2014-2023). In comparison with last year's forecast, the number of satellites is stable while market value is growing, thus translating the growing economic importance of the sector, for both governments and commercial satellite companies.

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The market growth is being driven by newcomer governments and non-GEO commercial satellite systems. Welcome to the NewSpace era. 
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Why Russia Was Studying Space Lizard Sex In the First Place - Gizmodo

Why Russia Was Studying Space Lizard Sex In the First Place - Gizmodo | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For a brief moment, the internet was captivated by the thought of geckos copulating madly in a lost Russian satellite. Russia has since regained control of its lizard-sex orbiter, but the whole episode has gifted us an opportunity to consider a topic of extremely legitimate scientific interest. Namely, lizard sex in space...

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Sanctions From ISS Partner Nations Slow Moscow 2024 Decision

Sanctions From ISS Partner Nations Slow Moscow 2024 Decision | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A new round of U.S. and European sanctions leveled at Russia’s rising aggression against Ukraine could slow a key decision this year on Moscow’s participation in the International Space Station (ISS) beyond 2020.
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China releases geoinformation industry plan

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Beijing (XNA) Jul 29, 2014: China has issued its first development plan for the geographic information industry, according to an announcement from China's National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation...

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Judge Recommends Mediation in SpaceX-USAF Dispute

Judge Recommends Mediation in SpaceX-USAF Dispute | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space News has an update on SpaceX’s lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force over the 36-core bulk buy from ULA:


Judge Susan Braden on July 24 directed the two sides to explore a third alternative: mediation...


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In SpaceX vs. USAF lawsuit, judge denies ULA's request for immediate dismissal and gives both SpaceX and the Air Force tasks and deadlines pursuant to a resolution by mediation.

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Payette had doubts her dream would take flight - StarPhoenix

Payette had doubts her dream would take flight - StarPhoenix | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
StarPhoenix Payette had doubts her dream would take flight StarPhoenix Five years after her final flight, retired astronaut Julie Payette admits she had doubts she would ever fly as she watched the Americans send astronauts to the moon in the late...
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NewSpace 2014 conference day 3 Videos

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The three day NewSpace conference organized by the Space Frontier Foundation is underway in San Jose, California and the main sessions have been recorded...

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NASA Orion space capsule gets brain from airliners

NASA Orion space capsule gets brain from airliners | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
New manned spacecraft will use a flight computer adapted from jetliners for deep space missions to the asteroids and Mars.
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Does Canada need its own rockets to launch satellites?

Does Canada need its own rockets to launch satellites? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Sanctions against Russia mean Canada currently can't launch satellites using Russian rockets. Some experts think we should develop our own capability.
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Google offers big prize for small power box

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San Francisco (AFP) July 23, 2014
Google is offering a million-dollar prize for a breakthrough that would make solar or wind generated electricity more enticing for everyday uses.
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US aerospace firm outlines New Zealand-based space program

US aerospace firm outlines New Zealand-based space program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Wellington, New Zealand (XNA) Jul 31, 2014. A United States aerospace company is aiming to make New Zealand one of the exclusive group of countries with a space program by promising a revolutionary new satellite-carrying rocket for a fraction of the...

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Europe's Fifth and Final Resupply Ship Launches to Station

Europe's Fifth and Final Resupply Ship Launches to Station | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2014: The European Space Agency's (ESA) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) launched Tuesday atop an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, at 7:47 p.m. EDT...

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NASA must act soon on 3D printing in Space | Inside3DP.com

NASA must act soon on 3D printing in Space | Inside3DP.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Just a week ago we reported on a study conducted by the US National Research Council (USNRC) that suggested 3D printing in space may not be feasible for a very long time, and that much of the talk surrounding 3D printing in space was merely hype. In the same report it was outlined nonetheless that 3D printing in space is possible now or in the future, but only for very limited or experimental purposes. Now, it seems the same report also dictated an urgent need to research what the benefits of 3D printing could bring to space travel before its too late.
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Optech Providing Advanced Lidar Sensor for OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample

Optech Providing Advanced Lidar Sensor for OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

July 30, 2014 — Optech is pleased to announce that one of the company’s lidar systems will be a critical part of NASA’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission to study asteroid Bennu and return a sample from its surface to Earth. 


Scheduled for launch in late 2016, the probe will use its OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) to survey the entire surface of the 500-m wide carbonaceous asteroid ...

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Kiwi rocket company ready to blast off | Stuff.co.nz

Kiwi rocket company ready to blast off | Stuff.co.nz | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New Zealand aerospace company Rocket Lab has unveiled a 10-tonne rocket capable of sending satellites into space for less than $6 million, a fraction of current costs.

 

At an unveiling in Auckland this morning, Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck said the 18-metre rocket, named Electron, would revolutionise the space game.

 

Electron would make space more accessible. The average cost of sending a satellite into space was about $155m, Beck said...

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Microsatellite Company Spire Raises $25M, Rocket Lab Unveils New Rocket - WSJ

Microsatellite Company Spire Raises $25M, Rocket Lab Unveils New Rocket - WSJ | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Spire, formerly called NanoSatisfi Inc., has raised $25 million in Series A funding to launch a fleet of microsatellites that will help customers collect data on knotty business problems, the company told Venture Capital Dispatch.


That news comes as another company,Rocket Lab Ltd., announced it is building a new rocket, Electron, that it plans to launch in 2015. That rocket could be used to launch microsatellites into space. Rocket Lab raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Khosla Ventures last year.

 

Both events show continued interest by investors in companies that are trying to commercialize space. Since 2008, investments in space-oriented companies have been few in number but steady, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource...

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Cubecab wins 2014 Lightning Pitch Competition and $20,000 Grand Prize

Cubecab wins 2014 Lightning Pitch Competition and $20,000 Grand Prize | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Cubecab has won first place and $20,000 in the 2014 NewSpace Lightning Pitch Competition!
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Customers vs Project Managers: The Real Truth about NEOSSat

Customers vs Project Managers: The Real Truth about NEOSSat | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Beleaguered Mississauga based space contractor Microsat Systems Canada Inc. (MSCI) has lashed out at Canadian Space Agency (CSA) allegations that the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite(NEOSSat), built by MSCI under CSA supervision, is "underfunded" and not working properly by suggesting that the space agency was a lousy project manager.

 

They may have a point. As outlined in the December 5th, 2012 post "What the Space Volume of the Aerospace Review Actually Says," even the David Emerson led Aerospace Review noticed ongoing procurement problems at the CSA and recommended its removal from the direct involvement in the design and manufacture of "space assets purchased by the government" such as NEOSSat."


So what's the real story...

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USAF will provide assured access to space

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Gen. William L. Shelton, Air Force Space Command commander, stressed the importance of maintaining assured access to space to the Senate Subcommittee on Strategic Forces and Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation during a hearing on the options for assuring domestic access to space, July 16th...

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MDA's Peter Garland receives 2014 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award

MDA's Peter Garland receives 2014 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

July 8, 2014 – Reston, Va. – Mr. Peter J. Garland, director, advanced programs, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.,(TSX:MDA) St. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada facility, has won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2014 Aerospace Communications Award.


Garland will receive the award at a noon awards luncheon on August 7, as part of the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE 2014), August 4-7, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego...

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Contractor MSCI blames Canadian Space Agency for NEOSSat cost overruns

Contractor MSCI blames Canadian Space Agency for NEOSSat cost overruns | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The company involved in the building of a made-in-Canada asteroid hunting satellite responds to an audit critical of the project, saying the Canadian Space Agency shouldn't be off the hook.
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End dawns for Europe's space cargo delivery role

End dawns for Europe's space cargo delivery role | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) July 27, 2014
Europe will close an important chapter in its space flight history Tuesday, launching the fifth and final robot ship it had pledged for lifeline deliveries to the International Space Station.
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NewSpace 2014 Conference Day 2Videos with Steve Jurvetson, Jeff Greason and others

NewSpace 2014 Conference Day 2Videos with  Steve Jurvetson, Jeff Greason and others | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The three day NewSpace conference organized by the Space Frontier Foundation is underway in San Jose, California. All of the main sessions are recorded. Here are the sessions for Friday, July 25, 2014.


Speakers include Steve Jurvetson, the Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Brian Rieger, the Co-Founder of Infinity Aerospace, Jeff Greason, the CEO of XCOR Aerospace and quite a few others.

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