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REMINDER: Chris Hadfield is Getting Ready to Take Command of the ISS

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Less than three months before Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield takes off on Expedition 34/35, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invites media representatives to the crew news conference.

 

This press conference will be held at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston and will be broadcasted live at CSA's office. Chris Hadfield and his crew members will answer media questions via NASA TV...

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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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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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One year and counting: Another Mars isolation experiment begins

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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.
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Russia launches Proton rocket with British satellite

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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...

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

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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...

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University of Lethbridge gets new cryogenic testing facility

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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...

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Next Big Future: LPP Fusion closes last of $2 million stock offering and slogs away on Tungsten electrode work

Next Big Future: LPP Fusion closes last of $2 million stock offering and slogs away on Tungsten electrode work | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

They have cleaned the Tungsten. There was a lot of non-trivial engineering needed.

LPP fusion is working out theoretically ways to transfer more of the energy from the electron beam to the heating of plasmoid, leaving less available to damage the anode. This work involves mixing in heavier gases and is still under way. We’ll report more on it next month. Reassembly of the cleaned electrodes is now almost complete. LPP Fusion expects new experiments in early September.

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Tracking the medical risks of spaceflight with Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk

Tracking the medical risks of spaceflight with Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Last week, I was in Houston, Texas for medical testing. Every year, usually around my birth date, I return to the NASA Johnson Space Center to participate in the Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health program. The Canadian Space Agency supports my participation.

 

Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health (LSAH) is a proactive medical surveillance program. Its purpose is to monitor astronauts for occupationally-related disease.

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U of T astrophysicist’s Dragonfly offers a bug’s eye view of the universe | Toronto Star

U of T astrophysicist’s Dragonfly offers a bug’s eye view of the universe | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A Q&A with astronomer Roberto Abraham, co-creator of a new kind of multi-lens telescope capable of detecting faint realms of outer space...

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To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing

To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Like most investors, Sunil Nagaraj of Bessemer Venture Partners is always looking for that next big thing to invest in and turn into a significant return. While the global venture capital firm has primarily invested in tech and health care, the fund has significantly ramped up its efforts around investing in space. He sat down with me to talk about boldly going where few people have gone before in investing and what he and his team look for when selecting a startup for funding...


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Isro's GSLV-D6 with indigenous cryo engine places GSAT-6 in orbit - The Times of India

Isro's GSLV-D6 with indigenous cryo engine places GSAT-6 in orbit - The Times of India | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This marks the second successful GSLV launch using an indigenous cryogenic engine...

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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

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...

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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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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...

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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...

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ISS Crew Redocks Soyuz Spacecraft

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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...

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Tri Alpha Energy reportedly makes important breakthrough in developing fusion reactor

Tri Alpha Energy reportedly makes important breakthrough in developing fusion reactor | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Science Magazine is reporting that physicists working at Tri Alpha Energy in Los Angeles have succeeded in building a device that held a ball of superheated hydrogen plasma for five milliseconds, longer than any other effort before, offering proof that it is possible to hold such gases in a steady state. The development represents a possible breakthrough in the development of a fusion reactor as the process involved is a move towards developing technology that can hold gases at temperatures high enough to sustain a fusion reaction.

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Controlled nuclear fusion could take us to the stars. This achievement is a step along the way.

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Canadian Space: Al Gore's Great Idea Produces Memorable Images

Canadian Space: Al Gore's Great Idea Produces Memorable Images | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Simply because this was the season where we finally saw close-up photos of Pluto and its moons, the summer of 2015 has been a memorable one for space exploration. And that’s even before considering Dawn’s close-up shots from the largest body in the asteroid belt, Ceres, and more photos from Rosetta as Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko made its closest approach to the Sun.

 

But those images have been upstaged in my mind by images from a spacecraft that was launched on February 11 to little fanfare. Today the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR is parked in space a million miles away from Earth at the L1 Lagrangian point where the gravity of the Earth and Sun balance the centrifugal forces of the satellite. A number of spacecraft at L1 are gathering data on the Sun, but DSCOVR is taking advantage of the fact that from this point, spacecraft always see the sunlit side of the Earth...

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The 2016 NewSpace Business Plan Competition, entrepreneurial funding and education

The 2016 NewSpace Business Plan Competition, entrepreneurial funding and education | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The NewSpace Business Plan Competition has announced the first two regional qualifying events for the 2015 -2016 competition:  New York in October, Los Angeles in December...

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Canada Seeks To Deploy Repeaters on USAF Satellites

Canada Seeks To Deploy Repeaters on USAF Satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada will negotiate an agreement with the US Air Force for the installation of search-and-rescue repeaters.

 

The repeaters provided by Canada’s Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite project will significantly cut down on the time it takes to locate a distress signal, according to Canadian military officers.

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For more about the Canadian repeaters, check out the August 11th, 2015 post "MEOSAR Project Funded & CCMEO Gets Free TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X Satellite Imagery," which is available online at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2015/08/meosar-project-funded-ccmeo-gets-free.html.

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NASA And The Politics Of Going Back To The Moon

NASA And The Politics Of Going Back To The Moon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A year ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, it’s amazing at how small a role the American space program has played during this tempestuous summer of early primary campaigning.

 

It’s certain that NASA will live long and prosper no matter who’s ultimately elected as our 45th president; the American space agency has done so for 50-plus years. But even in this burgeoning age of commercial space development, political catchphrases such as “Back to the Moon and on to Mars ;” “Capture an asteroid and on to Mars;” or even bypass the Moon and “Go directly to Mars” somehow still ring hollow...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Part 7 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program

The Commercial Space Blog: Part 7 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On September 26th 1960 The British Aviation Minister, Peter Thorneycroft, arrived in Ottawa to solicit Canada's support.[1] The Diefenbaker government reversed their position of a year earlier and made it known that they were not interested in participating in a Commonwealth space program.[2]...

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