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

REMINDER: Chris Hadfield is Getting Ready to Take Command of the ISS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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 National Space Society Comes to Toronto in May 2015

The National Space Society Comes to Toronto in May 2015 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For the second time in under a year, a major international space conference is setting up shop in Toronto. 

 

Hot on the heels of very successful 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2014) comes the 2015 International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2015) which will be held in Toronto, ON from May 20th - 24th, 2015...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Part 12 of 100 Years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield

The Commercial Space Blog: Part 12 of 100 Years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Long before the establishment of a national space agency Canadian astronauts began training to fly in space...

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'We have lift off' - The Press

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Their rocket launch sees four Kristin School friends came out winners in the International Space Apps Challenge...

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Thirty concise thoughts about building start-ups...

Thirty concise thoughts about building start-ups... | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

1. Building Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) is easy. Knowing which assumptions to validate is not...

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MacDonald Dettwiler AGM and Q1 2015 conference call will be held on May 4th

MacDonald Dettwiler AGM and Q1 2015 conference call will be held on May 4th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Annual General Meeting of shareholders will be held at the Corporate Head Office of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., 13800 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, BC on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. PDT...

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Sky is limit for North Bay space industry - NorthBayNipissing.com

Sky is limit for North Bay space industry - NorthBayNipissing.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NORTH BAY – Jeremy Hansen has lived in underground caves, on frozen Artic tundra, and deep under the ocean, but the place he most wants to be is outer space.

 

The former CF18 pilot, now Canadian astronaut, says he’s had “two of the coolest jobs on the planet,” and encouraged North Bay area students to open their minds to the possibilities and opportunities available in the aerospace sector...

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Clyde Space and UNC to produce game-changing ocean monitoring tech

Clyde Space and UNC to produce game-changing ocean monitoring tech | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Clyde Space is collaborating with an American university and a team of leading US-based scientists to develop a "game-changer" in vital new technology to study ocean biology.

 

The Glasgow company has announced it is building CubeSats to observe the changing biology of the surface ocean and its implications for the marine food chain, climate scientists, fisheries and coastal resource managers, and a range of other experts from the military to oil spill responders...

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Soil Moisture Mission Produces First Global Maps

Soil Moisture Mission Produces First Global Maps | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 24, 2015 With its antenna now spinning at full speed, NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has successfully re-tested its science instruments and generated its first global maps, a key step to beginning...

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The Commercial Space Blog: The Canadian Space Industry

The Commercial Space Blog: The Canadian Space Industry | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada has a well-developed space industry, including about 200 private companies, in addition to research institutions and universities, some of which have some commercial activities.

 

The ten biggest companies accounted for almost 88% of revenues and 64% of employment (Canadian Space Agency, 2013). Space manufacturing is mainly located in Ontario (more than half of the workforce) and in Quebec (19% of workforce). Some 7 993 people were employed in the space sector in 2012, an increase compared to 2011, with more than half defined as “highly” qualified’ (engineers, scientists and technicians).

 

Total Canadian space sector revenues amounted in 2012 to CAD 3.3 billion (USD 3.3 billion), a 4.5% decrease as compared to 2011 (Canadian Space Agency, 2013). Satellite communications applications and services generated the largest revenue share, followed by the earth observation sector. The applications and services segment generated two thirds of total revenues...

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Join UrtheCast at Science World 2015!

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This summer, Science World British Columbia presents Planet Earth — an art exhibit that brings together art and science, exposing the compelling beauty of our planet.

 

Canadian artist Norah Borden is teaming up with UrtheCast to showcase our world from an alternate perspective. This innovative collaboration will feature Norah Borden’s large-scale Planet Earth series of paintings in the atrium, while UrtheCast — the world’s first Ultra HD video platform of Earth streamed from space — will display its footage and imagery in the front entrance...

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UAE opens space center to oversee mission to Mars

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) opened the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center on Saturday to oversee preparations of the country's Mars exploration probe mission.

 

A resolution to this effect was issued by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai...

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Russia Cuts Budget for New Space Program by $15Bln Due to Crisis

Russia Cuts Budget for New Space Program by $15Bln Due to Crisis | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 23, 2015; Russia's draft Federal Space Program for 2016-2025 envisions budget cuts by more than 800 billion rubles ($15 bln) to 2 trillion rubles ($37 bln), Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Wednesday...

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Canadian research councils get a rain check from Harper government

Canadian research councils get a rain check from Harper government | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New budget delays small increases until next year and continues support for commercialization...

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And while the government committed to supporting ISS activities, no dollar amount was attached to that promise and no one seriously expected the Canadian government to drop it's ISS commitments...

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We Asked a Military Expert What Would Happen if There Were a War in Space | VICE | United States

We Asked a Military Expert What Would Happen if There Were a War in Space | VICE | United States | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Pentagon been quietly but clearly voicing concern that war is coming to space. But what exactly would that look like?

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UK Space Conference highlights strong appetite to invest in new UK space businesses

UK Space Conference highlights strong appetite to invest in new UK space businesses | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

At the Satellite Finance Network Annual Conference in London, speakers were buoyant about the state of the space industry in the United Kingdom, and even an upcoming election — the outcome of which remains to be discovered — failed to dampen the mood. Simon Acland, CIO of Imprimatur Capital and an experienced investor in the satellite technology arena, summed it up best by saying there is a real excitement from investors to put fresh capital in new space-based initiatives...

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Shoot video of your BBQ or golf game … from space. Vancouver company offers ... - National Post

Shoot video of your BBQ or golf game … from space. Vancouver company offers ... - National Post | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For the past four years, UrtheCast has been developing what it calls the world’s first Ultra HD video feed of Earth, streamed from space in full colour...

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Com Dev is positioned for growth, shareholders told at AGM

Com Dev is positioned for growth, shareholders told at AGM | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE — With new opportunities in space exploration and in communications and data-gathering satellite services, Com Dev International is poised for "a new period of accelerated growth," says Michael Pley, the company's chief executive officer.

 

"This year is shaping up to be a good one for us," Pley said Thursday evening at the company's annual meeting in Kitchener.

 

The Cambridge-based company faced challenges last year because military communications satellite contracts in the United States dried up, forcing the company to close its facility in at El Segundo, Calif., this year...

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Telesat Q1 2015 Conference Call will be held on April 30th

Telesat Q1 2015 Conference Call will be held on April 30th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA, CANADA, April 23, 2015. Telesat has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2015, and other recent developments.

 

The call will be hosted by Daniel S. Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Michel Cayouette, Chief Financial Officer, of Telesat.

 

Prior to the commencement of the call, Telesat will post a news release containing its financial results on its website (www.telesat.com) under the tab “News & Events” and the heading “News”...

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A blueprint for clearing the skies of space debris

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An international team of scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of space debris. The proposal, published in Acta Astronautica, combines a super-wide field-of-view telescope, developed by RIKEN's EUSO team, which will be used to detect objects, and a recently developed high-efficiency laser system, the CAN laser that was presented in Nature Photonics in 2013, that will be used to track space debris and remove it from orbit...

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Space law is no longer beyond this world

Space law is no longer beyond this world | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space may be the "final frontier" but the legal ramifications of what happens in space are now very much a reality - and they've also become the subject of teaching and research at the University of Adelaide.

For the first time, the University will run a short, intensive postgraduate course on Strategic Space Law as part of this year's Winter School program...

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2015 Economic Action Plan Supports Key Space, Supply Chain Initiatives; AIAC

2015 Economic Action Plan Supports Key Space, Supply Chain Initiatives; AIAC | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ottawa (Ontario) – Essential funding for the Canadian space industry and a program to develop the Canadian supply chain were included in today’s federal Economic Action Plan (EAP), which was praised by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) for its leadership on the important contributions the industry makes to Canada’s economy...

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Vancouver-based UrtheCast to help NASA stream space station videos

Vancouver-based UrtheCast to help NASA stream space station videos | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver-based company has announced that it's teaming up with NASA to help send out live, high definition video of the Earth taken from the International Space Station...

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Japan to land first unmanned spacecraft on moon in 2018

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Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Apr 23, 2015; Japan is planning to deliver its first lander on the surface of the moon in three years, local media reported on Sunday, citing sources with close knowledge of the project...

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NASA Space Apps Hackathon Encourages Women In Data - Space.com

NASA Space Apps Hackathon Encourages Women In Data - Space.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The fourth annual NASA Space Apps Challenge took place April 10 to 12, connecting participants from all over the globe in a three-day hackathon aimed at tackling global problems in creative ways...

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Hubble Space Telescope's chief scientist on what it took to get the project off the ground

Hubble Space Telescope's chief scientist on what it took to get the project off the ground | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Hubble Space Telescope launched 25 years ago in 1990. But O'Dell started on the project in 1972, garnering support for the world's first telescope free of Earth's atmosphere's blurring effects...

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Kingston company's bone-loss experiment in space wraps up - The Kingston Whig-Standard

Kingston company's bone-loss experiment in space wraps up - The Kingston Whig-Standard | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
KINGSTON — At 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Lowell Misener got an email telling him that the latest chapter in his company’s space adventure was complete.
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