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NASA's Mars rover zeroes in on August landing

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NASA's Mars rover, nicknamed Curiosity, is zeroing in on its August landing on the Red Planet and aims to touch down closer than expected to its mountain target, the US space agency said Monday...

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The Commercial Space Blog: 2015 Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing

The Commercial Space Blog: 2015 Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Periodically, the Commercial Space blog organizes, hosts and sponsors events to bring together industry experts for detailed in-person discussions, collaboration and networking on a wide variety of topics.

Our next event is the 2015 Commercial Space Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing, which will be held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on November 16th, 2015.  

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SpaceX Reviewing Suppliers' Quality Control Before Renewing Launches - Wall Street Journal

SpaceX Reviewing Suppliers' Quality Control Before Renewing Launches - Wall Street Journal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is conducting a review of quality-control issues affecting its suppliers before the anticipated resumption of Falcon 9 rocket launches late this fall, according to company officials...

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DARPA project studies new uses for drones

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Arlington, Va. (UPI) Aug 31, 2015
The U.S. military is launching a program for the use of air-recoverable swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles, each with coordinated, distributed capabilities.
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Rocket Launches Crew of 3 Toward Space Station : DNews

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Three new crew members launched toward the International Space Station early Wednesday morning...

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Blue Origin's rocket-landing patent canceled in victory for SpaceX - GeekWire

Blue Origin's rocket-landing patent canceled in victory for SpaceX - GeekWire | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture has capitulated to Elon Musk’s SpaceX in a dispute over a Blue Origin patent covering the landing of rockets at sea.

 

In an order made public today, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board granted a motion to cancel the remaining 13 of 15 claims in the Blue Origin rocket-landing patent. Blue Origin itself had made the motion to cancel those claims, effectively acknowledging that its case was lost.

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It looks like there will be one less patent troll wandering the halls of the space industry...

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New Russian Spaceship to Be Ready Ahead of Schedule

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The first prototype of a new Russian manned spacecraft for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) and the Moon may be created ahead of schedule, president of Russian space manufacturer RSC Energia Vladimir Solntsev told RIA Novosti on Saturday. The International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2015 is currently underway in the town of Zhukovsky near Moscow, and is due to finish on Sunday...

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World's most powerful digital camera sees construction green light

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Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 01, 2015; The Department of Energy has approved the start of construction for a 3.2-gigapixel digital camera - the world's largest - at the heart of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)....

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Greed Is Good? Especially for Space Exploration!

Greed Is Good? Especially for Space Exploration! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The cost of space travel must be spread across nations and generations. In his paper A Bridge Too Far (JBIS, April 2014), Len Halprin gives a hard-hitting analysis of reasons behind the stagnation of manned spaceflight over the past forty years. He concludes that only governments, or even groups of governments, will ever be able to afford to venture into space, which he also sees as a trans-generational enterprise. But there’s still the need for a reason to go into space in the first place, and Dr Halprin is clear that there are currently no politically or economically justifiable reasons which could persuade governments to even begin to invest on the scale required.

 

We only need to look back in history to see reasons for large-scale exploration in the past. In his masterly 1963 work The Age of Reconnaissance: Discovery, Exploration and Settlement 1450 to 1650, John Parry, then principal of University College Swansea, examines the political, religious and economic background to European expansion during that period. He describes the knowledge gained, and the desire to spread Christianity, but stresses the impact of sheer financial greed. The Spanish conquistador Bernal Díaz del Castillo, writing his History of the Conquest of New Spain in the sixteenth century, was clear that he went to the New World “to serve God and His Majesty, to give light to those who were in darkness, and to grow rich, as all men desire to do...

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SpaceX: We're Grounded for a 'Couple More Months' After Accident - NBCNews.com

SpaceX: We're Grounded for a 'Couple More Months' After Accident - NBCNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX plans to keep its Falcon 9 rocket grounded longer than planned following a launch accident involving the unmanned booster in June...

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How to Build a Space Elevator From Scratch

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Even with innovations like SpaceX’s reusable robotic boosters, chemical rockets remain an expensive, dangerous and unreliable way to reach orbit. How much easier it would be if astronauts could simply step into an elevator, press O for Orbit, and ascend gracefully to outer space.

 

This is the dream of the collection of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs in the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) who got together for its annual conference last week in Seattle.

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Canadian scientist being investigated for writing and performing anti-Tory song

Canadian scientist being investigated for writing and performing anti-Tory song | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An Ottawa federal scientist is being investigated for breaching the public service’s ethics code for writing and performing a highly political protest song...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Canadian NewSpace Start-Up to Offer Commercial Satellite Repeaters

The Commercial Space Blog: Canadian NewSpace Start-Up to Offer Commercial Satellite Repeaters | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The recent announcement that Canada will install twenty-four search-and-rescue signal repeaters on-board US Air Force next generation global positioning satellites, as part of the quarter billion dollar Canadian Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite project (which also includes the building of three dedicated Canadian build and funded ground-stations), highlights the growing need for satellites to maintain full time contact with ground stations where the data can be collected and acted upon.

 

But Kepler Communications, a small Toronto, ON based start-up sees the potential for commoditizing inter-satellite communications, and is building commercial “off the shelf” re-transmitters (or "repeaters") able work on a wide variety of satellites. As outlined by Kepler co-founder Jeffrey Osborne, "a fundamental transformation is happening today in the space industry" and his company aims to take advantage of it...

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Boeing Unveils Air-Launched Space-Access Concept using Scaled Composites-designed WhiteKnightTwo

Boeing Unveils Air-Launched Space-Access Concept using Scaled Composites-designed WhiteKnightTwo | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Growing interest in small satellites and the problem of how to launch them affordably could provide hypersonic system developers with a long-awaited first step on the way to reusable, routine access to space...


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Boeing looks to launch small satellited for $300,000 per launch using White Knight 2 and three more reusable stages.

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Panel discussions from AIAA SPACE 2015, held from August 30th - September 2nd in Pasadena, CA

Panel discussions from AIAA SPACE 2015, held from August 30th - September 2nd in Pasadena, CA | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Presentations include the Current Launch Vehicle Update (moderated by Janet C. Karika, the Executive Director of Interagency Launch Programs, Jacobs NASA Launch Services Program), the Business of Space – How is the Space Business Evolving to Meet Future Needs (moderated by Carissa Christensen, the managing partner, The Tauri Group), On-Orbit Servicing Horizons (moderated by Gregory P. Scott, an aerospace engineer with the Service Robotics & Technologies department of the Naval Research Laboratory) and a Crystal Ball – Executive Vision Discussion (moderated by James F. “Jim” Albaugh, the current president of the AIAA). 

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In Virginia, TechShop lets 'makers' tinker, innovate

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Arlington, United States (AFP) Sept 2, 2015; It's hard to miss the plane that sits triumphantly in the midst of a store in Washington's suburbs. But there are no wings, cockpit or motor attached to its shiny fuselage...

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UrtheCast is a high-risk bet on the appeal of satellite images

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UrtheCast is going beyond the Earth’s limits in search of business.

The four-and-a-half-year-old business surveys the globe from two cameras aboard the Russian module of the International Space Station. While it has yet to turn a profit from the images it generates, it is finally generating revenue. It took in $3.9-million in 2014, and analysts say it can increase that to $31-million this year.

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ARCA Space Corp. plans drone, rocket testing at Spaceport America

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LAS CRUCES >> Spaceport America and ARCA Space Corp. on Tuesday announced an agreement for the Las Cruces autonomous aircraft development company to test its drones at high altitude over the
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Annoying? US 'That Kissed the Moon' Has to Pay Russia for Space Flights

Annoying? US 'That Kissed the Moon' Has to Pay Russia for Space Flights | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A retired NASA astronaut has wrote an article lamenting that the US, "the country that kissed the moon and is roving Mars" has to pay Russia to be able to get to the International Space Station due to the systematic underfunding of the Commercial Crew space program by Congress.

 

Maj. General and retired NASA astronaut Charles Bolden has scolded his country's Congress for the systematic underfunding of the US Commercial Crew space program.

 

"Congress has consistently underfunded the amount requested by the President for NASA's program to return launches of American astronauts to the Kennedy Space Center.

 

"Since 2010, the President has received approximately $1 billion less than he requested for NASA's Commercial Crew initiative," he wrote in his article, which was published by the technology magazine Wired. "During this time we've sent $1 billion to Russia," he added...

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Progress for Tiangong 2

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Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 01, 2015; At some time in 2016, China will launch the Tiangong 2 space laboratory...

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NASA begins Study into Rapid Climate Change in Alaska and Northwestern Canada - Clarksville Online

NASA begins Study into Rapid Climate Change in Alaska and Northwestern Canada - Clarksville Online | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Pasadena, CA – As part of a broad effort to study the environmental and societal effects of climate change, NASA has begun a multi-year field campaign to investigate ecological impacts of the rapidly changing climate in Alaska and northwestern Canada, such as the thawing of permafrost, wildfires and changes to wildlife habitats...

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'How We'll Live on Mars': Q&A with Author Stephen Petranek

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Stephen Petranek, an award-winning journalist and technology forecaster, thinks people will be living on Mars within 20 years.

Petranek states his case in a new book called "How We'll Live on Mars" (Simon & Schuster/TED, 2015).

 

Complementing Petranek's TED talk of the same name, the book paints a picture of humanity's first journey to the Red Planet, which he sets in 2027, and describes the key technologies needed to reach, survive and thrive on the planet and exactly how that process would play out.

 

In the book, Petranek - a former editor-in-chief of Discover Magazine - delves into the history of spaceflight, revealing that our species has had the capability to get to Mars for at least 50 years, and explores in detail how private spaceflight makes 'now' the time for it to all come together...

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NASA to explore climate change impacts in the Arctic - The Space Reporter

NASA to explore climate change impacts in the Arctic - The Space Reporter | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

According to a NASA statement, the agency has initiated a multi-year effort to study the ramifications of climate change for the Arctic ecosystem. The study, known as the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), will focus on a region of Alaska and northwestern Canada encompassing 2.5 million square miles.

 

The field campaign will continue for the next 10 years and will combine ground-based research and observations from NASA resources such as SMAP, OCO-2, ICESat-2, and NISAR. NASA will collaborate with other public institutions, as well as private initiatives, in the United States and Canada...

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Dr. Crater's deep impacts - London Community News

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Dr. Gordon Osinski could possibly be London’s biggest rock star. But before you go looking him up on iTunes, it might be helpful to know his latest hit goes back at least a few million years.

 

Osinski is an associate professor in Earth Sciences at Western University. His primary area of study is the Earth, Moon and Mars, and how geological processes have shaped those three planetary objects. His specialty, however, is asteroid impacts or as Osinski described it, “what happens when big chunks of rocks hit the earth and other planetary objects.”

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Proton-M Brings Satellite Into Orbit for First Time Since May Accident

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Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2015; The launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket, the first since the May accident, has been successful, a representative of Russian space agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti early on Saturday...

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What's it really like in space? Canada's astronauts tell all - Macleans.ca

What's it really like in space? Canada's astronauts tell all - Macleans.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Seven Canadians who have been in space tell us all about the experience
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The Commercial Space Blog: Russia’s Space Plans More Fantasy Than Fact

The Commercial Space Blog: Russia’s Space Plans More Fantasy Than Fact | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

When is a space announcement not worth a plugged kopek? When it’s about Russia’s space plans...

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