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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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UTIAS-SFL satellite still "Lost in space"

UTIAS-SFL satellite still "Lost in space" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

About once a day, mission controllers at the University of Toronto’s Space Flight Laboratory point a radio dish at a piece of orbiting space debris and say “Hello” to Montreal. One day they hope to get an answer back.

 

In this case, Montreal is not a city but the name of a small Canadian astronomy satellite launched from Russia on June 19 along with more than 30 others. All, including Montreal’s sister satellite named Toronto, were successfully lofted into orbit by a re-purposed Soviet-era missile.

 

But Montreal failed to signal Earth after launch and has not shown up on radar.

 

Its disappearance has left engineers with a million-dollar mystery.

There is also a lingering tension among engineers at the Downsview, Ont., laboratory over how little information they’ve been able to pry from the satellite’s Moscow-based launch provider, ISC Kosmotras...

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Australia approves GPS project

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Canberra, Australia (UPI) Aug 26, 2014
The Australian government has approved a project to upgrade its military's global positioning system capability and its protection against jamming.
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The Star Spot partnered with Rexdale Summer of Innovation Camp

The Star Spot partnered with Rexdale Summer of Innovation Camp | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As a sign of the growth and maturity of our program, The Star Spot came to the attention of the Rexdale Summer of Innovation Camp, a project of the Rexdale Community Hub. The camp is the brainchild of Amra Munawar, a dedicated community activist and a champion of youth education. Working with major sponsors United Way and IBM, she pioneered the idea of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focused summer camp for students in the Rexdale neighborhoods...

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Experts probe launch failure for EU's satnav project

Experts probe launch failure for EU's satnav project | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Aug 25, 2014
Experts are racing to identify and fix a problem that saw two satellites from Europe's troubled Galileo satnav programme sent into the wrong orbit.
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Astrotech Space Operations now a Lockheed Martin subsidiary

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Bethesda, Md. (UPI) Aug 25, 2014
Lockheed Martin has announced the completion of its acquisition of Astrotech Space Operations, previously part of Astrotech Corporation.
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Canadian Space Agency prepares another study for launch

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The Canadian Space Agency, which has struggled for years with the gravitational pull of tight budgets, is poised to undertake a sweeping study of the benefits of Canada’s involvement in space...

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US to Stop Using Soyuz Spacecraft, Invest in Domestic Private Space Industry

US to Stop Using Soyuz Spacecraft, Invest in Domestic Private Space Industry | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 25, 2014
NASA is expected to sign a multibillion-dollar deal with a private company to launch US astronauts from the United States instead of paying Russia to use its Soyuz spacecraft, according to The Washington Post.
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Russia to develop scavenger to collect cosmic debris by 2025

Russia to develop scavenger to collect cosmic debris by 2025 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Aug 25, 2014 The Russian space agency is allocating around $297 million to design and construct a spacecraft that would clean circumterrestrial space of disabled communication satellites and upper-stage rockets currently...
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Artist Matt Mazur wants you to think galactically with 3D universe images

Artist Matt Mazur wants you to think galactically with 3D universe images | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

When a storm of magazines and major dailies published an astronaut’s photograph of the Earth cresting above the moon in January, 1969, the image spurred a new era of global consciousness.

 

We were a small, united society sharing one large playground.

 

Today, a 41-year-old Vancouver man with a laptop, cache of space telescope images and 15-year passion for outer space is mapping our corner of the universe in a quest to do the same on a galactic scale...

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Two Galileo satellites lose their way

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Paris (AFP) Aug 23, 2014
Two European Galileo satellites fired into space by a Russian-built rocket on Friday from French Guiana failed to reach their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday.
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NASA and Commercial Partners Review Summer of Advancements

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Washington DC (SPX) Aug 22, 2014 NASA's spaceflight experts in the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) met throughout July with aerospace partners to review increasingly advanced designs, elements and systems of the spacecraft and launch vehicles under...
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USAF Issues RFI for New Rocket Engine

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The US Air Force is officially looking into a replacement for the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine.
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SpaceX Alum Goes After Falcon 1 Market With Firefly

SpaceX Alum Goes After Falcon 1 Market With Firefly | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As entrepreneurial “New Space” grows up, veterans of its early days are finding innovative ways to tackle old problems and enter emerging markets that did not exist when their industry was an infant—a decade ago.

 

Thomas E. Markusic, a propulsion engineer who cut his New Space teeth running Elon Musk’s flight-test center in Texas and later held senior posts at Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, has kicked off a startup called Firefly Space Systems that is developing  a low-cost Falcon 1-class launch vehicle to launch small satellites using a methane-fueled aerospike engine and composite cryotanks...

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Officials expand space-tracking website

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Defense Department officials announced additions to its space situational awareness program's Space-Track.org website.

In a recent telephone interview with DOD News, Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, U.S. Strategic Command's director of plans and policy at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, said the release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of an unknown origin will help owner-operators better protect their satellites from objects and ultimately create less space debris.

 

"We run a predictive program that shows where the objects are, where they will be in the future, and the potential for these objects to run into each other," Thompson said...

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Canadian Space Agency funding more firms to develop apps from Earth imaging data

Canadian Space Agency funding more firms to develop apps from Earth imaging data | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Nine firms, four of them from Quebec, have qualified for funds from the Canadian Space Agency to develop projects that will use data collected by CSA space missions.
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According to the article, "each project in areas like “security, maritime surveillance; agriculture; environmental protection; river and ice cover monitoring; and land movement” will receive up to $100,000 over a period of 18 months. The company must cover at least 25 per cent of the over project’s overall value."

 

Among the qualifying companies are PCI Geomatics Enterprise Inc., of Gatineau, Dromadaire Geo-Innovations Inc., of Montreal, GlobVision Inc., of St-Laurent and Effigis Géo-Solutions Inc., of Montreal. Several have been funded previously in this area.

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Hypersonic weapon detonated after lift-off: US military

Hypersonic weapon detonated after lift-off: US military | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Aug 25, 2014
The US military had to detonate a hypersonic weapon seconds after lift-off Monday due to a technical problem, cutting short a flight test for the experimental project, officials said.
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SpaceX makes late call to delay ASIASAT-6 launch

SpaceX makes late call to delay ASIASAT-6 launch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX has delayed the launch of its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket – tasked with lofting the ASIASAT-6 satellite into orbit – for at least several days. The call was made by CEO Elon Musk shortly after the rocket had been erected at her Space Launch Complex -40 (SLC-40) pad, with the rationale based on giving the team more time to evaluate the health of the launch vehicle.


No specific reasons have been provided as to why the call was made, although engineers had been working on a helium leak throughout the past 24 hours or so.

 


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Open Source Development of Earth Imaging Data Applications

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Two recent announcements, one American and one Canadian, highlight the growing influence of open source development methodologies in the processing of Earth image data.

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Pediatric surgical robot inspired by ISS remote manipulator arm - Gizmag

Pediatric surgical robot inspired by ISS remote manipulator arm - Gizmag | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The technology that built (and continues to maintain) the International Space Station can now be used to help heal sick children. KidsArm, a robotic arm designed for delicate pediatric surgery, was built by the same companies that are behind the robotic arms used by astronauts to construct the ISS.

 

"Our tests indicate we can operate on tiny structures such as blood vessels without damaging them," says Thomas Looi, the program director of the Center for Image Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, where KidsArm is being tested...

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NASA Picks Top Earth Data Challenge Ideas, Opens Call for Climate Apps

Washington DC (SPX) Aug 25, 2014
NASA has selected four ideas from the public for innovative uses of climate projections and Earth-observing satellite data.
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We can terraform Mars for the same cost as mitigating climate change. Which would you rather?

We can terraform Mars for the same cost as mitigating climate change. Which would you rather? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

One frequently quoted study of the global costs of mitigating climate change put them at around $3 trillion by 2100, with the main benefits being felt between 2100 and 2200. Here is alternative way to spend around the same amount of money with around the same timescale of payback: terraforming Mars...

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Space Agency Seeks Insight into Space Industry

Space Agency Seeks Insight into Space Industry | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is soliciting bids of up to $250,000 CDN from "qualified suppliers" to undertake a "comprehensive socio-economic impact assessment" of the Canadian space sector.

 

As outlined in the Public Works and Government Services Canada BuyandSell.ca website under the title Comprehensive Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of the Canadian Space Sector (9F012-140360/A), the objective of the request for proposal (RFP) is to "capture the economic argument for investment in space, as well as, demonstrate the larger socio-economic impacts that result from activity in the Canadian space sector, whether public or private."

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SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight

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A SpaceX rocket exploded in midair during a test flight Friday, though no one was injured, as the company seeks to develop a spacecraft that can return to Earth and be used again.

 

The rocket was a three-engine version of the F9R test vehicle that succeeds SpaceX's Grasshopper prototype.

 

"During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission," the company said in a statement...

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Canada Devising Action Plan for Taking Over Troubled Space Projects - Space News

Canada Devising Action Plan for Taking Over Troubled Space Projects - Space News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VICTORIA, British Columbia — The Canadian Space Agency is working on a plan  to intervene in troubled government space projects, providing commercial firms the technical expertise, if necessary, to complete what they had been hired to do.

 

The backup plan comes after an internal audit found that the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat), built on contract by a commercial firm, ran into difficulties and fell 41 months behind schedule...

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Humans to Mars a Principle of Space Exploration

Humans to Mars a Principle of Space Exploration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2014
Let's say it straight. Mars is, without any doubt our next step in space exploration, sparking our imagination for many years in spaceflight history.
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