More Commercial S...
Follow
Find
32.9K views | +0 today
 
Scooped by Chuck Black
onto More Commercial Space News
Scoop.it!

Episode 7: The Business of Space Exploration, with Chuck Black

Episode 7: The Business of Space Exploration, with Chuck Black | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Our guest today is Chuck Black who joins The Star Spot to discuss the business case for space within the international scene. Following hot on the heels of the success of private spacecraft Dragon and the upcoming Chinese launch to the Tiangong Space Station, in this interview with Justin Trottier, the two discuss the space programs of various nations, debate private versus public-led initiatives, analyze the interaction of the 3 main players (government, industry and research centres), reflect on reforms being implemented by various countries to better respond to the changes in the space sector, and conclude with a focus on the challenges and opportunities of space exploration...

more...
No comment yet.
More Commercial Space News
A supplement to the Commercial Space Blog (http://acuriousguy.blogspot.com)
Curated by Chuck Black
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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.  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Progress for Tiangong 2

Progress for Tiangong 2 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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

'How We'll Live on Mars': Q&A with Author Stephen Petranek | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Dr. Crater's deep impacts - London Community News

Dr. Crater's deep impacts - London Community News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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

Proton-M Brings Satellite Into Orbit for First Time Since May Accident | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

GSLV Launches India's Latest Communication Satellite GSAT-6

GSLV Launches India's Latest Communication Satellite GSAT-6 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New Delhi (IANS) Aug 29, 2015 In its ninth flight (GSLV-D6) conducted today, (August 27, 2015), India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, equipped with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS), successfully launched GSAT-6...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

ESA Chief warns not to politicize partnership with Russian space program

ESA Chief warns not to politicize partnership with Russian space program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2015 The ongoing crisis in ties between Russia and the West should not tarnish their cooperation when it comes to space exploration, according to Johann-Dietrich, the head of the European Space Agency...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

ISS Crew Redocks Soyuz Spacecraft

ISS Crew Redocks Soyuz Spacecraft | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2015; The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday successfully performed a manual redocking of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, clearing a port for the arrival of a new crew, the Russian Mission Control said...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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.

Chuck Black's insight:

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

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

New Russian Spaceship to Be Ready Ahead of Schedule

New Russian Spaceship to Be Ready Ahead of Schedule | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

World's most powerful digital camera sees construction green light

World's most powerful digital camera sees construction green light | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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)....

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

How to Build a Space Elevator From Scratch

How to Build a Space Elevator From Scratch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

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...

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Chuck Black from New Space
Scoop.it!

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...


Via Allen Taylor
more...
Allen Taylor's curator insight, August 30, 5:45 PM

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

Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

One year and counting: Another Mars isolation experiment begins

One year and counting: Another Mars isolation experiment begins | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Six people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars. In a place with no animals and little vegetation around, they closed themselves in at 3:00 pm Hawaii time (0100 GMT Saturday), marking the official start to the 12-month mission. Crew member Sheyna Gifford described the team as "six people who want to change the world by making it possible for people to leave it at will," she wrote on her blog, LivefromMars.life.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Russia launches Proton rocket with British satellite

Russia launches Proton rocket with British satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (AFP) Aug 28, 2015; Russia on Friday successfully launched a Proton rocket with a British satellite in the first such launch since an engine failure in May resulted in a Mexican satellite being destroyed...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Don't make us hitch rides with Russia: NASA chief

Don't make us hitch rides with Russia: NASA chief | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington (AFP) Aug 28, 2015; The head of NASA appealed to Congress on Friday to put more money into restoring America's ability to send astronauts into space instead of relying on Russian rockets...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

University of Lethbridge gets new cryogenic testing facility

University of Lethbridge gets new cryogenic testing facility | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The University of Lethbridge’s new cryogenic test facility (CTF) has allowed researchers in Dr. David Naylor’s astrophysics lab to be more productive, more energy efficient and more flexible.

 

“It’s working exactly as intended. It’s great,” said Naylor, a U of L physics and astronomy professor and Board of Governors Research Chair. “I do have to thank the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the province, and the manufacturer, Quantum Technologies.”

 

The CTF, which cost slightly more than $375,000, allows U of L scientists to test instruments to ensure they work in extreme cold before they are sent into space...

more...
No comment yet.