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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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Astronaut Roberta Bondar is a Canadian legend

Astronaut Roberta Bondar is a Canadian legend | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The morning of January 22, 1992, was chilly along the east coast of Florida. NASA officials watched the temperatures closely — just six years earlier, cold temperatures contributed to the Challenger disaster, claiming the lives of seven astronauts and grounding the shuttle fleet for three years. 

On launch pad 39A, Roberta Bondar was strapped in aboard the Shuttle Discovery, waiting to become Canada’s first woman in space...
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Made In Space and Axiom Space Announce Joint Agreement for Manufacturing in Low Earth Orbit

Made In Space and Axiom Space Announce Joint Agreement for Manufacturing in Low Earth Orbit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
HOUSTON, Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Made In Space and Axiom Space today, announce an agreement to be users and providers of one another's capabilities to manufacture products in space. 

Made In Space is the only company to produce 3D printed products in Space and Axiom Space is the leading developer of the world's first privately-owned commercial space station. 

This collaboration signifies Made In Space's exciting transition from research phase, to manufacturing for commercial customers...
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Elon Musk's surprising secret weapon: Donald Trump?

Elon Musk's surprising secret weapon: Donald Trump? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Elon Musk has more in common with Trump that some might assume, and that relationship could prove to be a boon to his businesses...

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Cambridge-based ExactEarth post $4.1M Q4 loss on lower sales

Cambridge-based ExactEarth post $4.1M Q4 loss on lower sales | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
CAMBRIDGE —ExactEarth reported a fourth-quarter loss of $4.1-million as sales were more than halved due a reduction in revenue from a contract with the federal government. The Cambridge-based provider of data on ship traffic it obtains via satellites earned profits of $441,000 in the fourth quarter a year earlier...
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Boeing Might Scalp a Few Tickets to the ISS to NASA

Boeing Might Scalp a Few Tickets to the ISS to NASA | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Since 2011, NASA and European Space Agency astronauts have been hitching a ride to the International Space Station on the Roscosmos Soyuz spacecraft. 


NASA only pays for a certain amount of tickets aboard the Russians’ multi-million taxi into space, but fortunately, U.S. aerospace company Boeing has a few spares it’s willing to scalp...

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MDA receives CA$3.7 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission

MDA receives  CA$3.7 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Vancouver, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has received a contract for CA$3.7 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission. MDA will provide operations engineering support for the CSA's contribution to the mission, the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter, which will provide ranging and topographic data of the asteroid Bennu. It will allow scientists to create a high resolution 3D model of its surface. Launched in September 2016, OSIRIS-REx is planned to reach Bennu in late 2018.

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For more on Canada's contribution to OSIRIS-REx, check out the January 10,th 2017 post, "SSL MDA Sells to Both Canada (But Quietly) & the USA (With Fanfare)" at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/01/ssl-mda-sells-to-both-canada-but.html
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Rocket Man: a fascinating article from American Craft on the artist who uses science for inspiration

Rocket Man: a fascinating article from American Craft on the artist who uses science for inspiration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Space. It’s the final frontier, as any Trekkie can tell you – whether that means the outer reaches beyond the stars or the inner realms of your own mind. 

Rik Allen’s blown-glass and metal art evokes exploration of both kinds. Rocket ships, cosmonauts, and space helmets sport the cheery, chunky gleam of midcentury sci-fi imagery, but with the slightly battered patina of experience...
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Four Student Teams Selected for the CAN-RGX Challenge – SEDS Canada

Four Student Teams Selected for the CAN-RGX Challenge – SEDS Canada | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Last month, we received 21 extraordinary proposals from student teams across Canada who hoped to be one of the four winners to build and test a small experiment in reduced gravity onboard the NRC Falcon 20 research aircraft. 

With the help of experts in microgravity flight sciences, we meticulously evaluated the proposals on the basis of scientific merit, technical feasibility, project management and community outreach. After a difficult deliberation, SEDS-Canada is pleased to announce the top four teams who have been selected for the first Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge...
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SpaceX Plans 18 Landings Per Year on New, Cape Canaveral Launch Pads

SpaceX Plans 18 Landings Per Year on New, Cape Canaveral Launch Pads | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
SpaceX plans to build three new landing pads at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., for use by its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. In a draft version of an environmental impact study prepared for the 45th Space Wing, the company estimates that the new pads will allow as many as 18 landings per year—up from the original plan of 12. 

The new launch pads are part of SpaceX’s overall goal to improve “the cost and frequency of launches” in accordance with Air Force and DARPA statements that a higher mission tempo is a key requirement for the US to respond to the increasing militarization of space. 

The new pads will also include testing areas for SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, which is part of the company’s plan for manned spaceflight. The final version of the environmental impact study is due out in the coming weeks, according to a 45th Space Wing spokesperson. 

The draft report does not offer a timeline for completion of the work on the new launching pads...
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The Space Review: Is the purpose of deep space exploration pure science or proving humanity’s worth?

The Space Review: Is the purpose of deep space exploration pure science or proving humanity’s worth? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
It almost certainly begins with a head tilted toward the night sky—that burst of wandering imagination that compels our fingers to trace paths between the stars, wonder out loud what it might have been like for astronauts to step on the Moon, and whisper under the sheets our scenarios of alien encounters in the backyard....
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UrtheCast Closes $180Mln OptiSAR Deal, SpaceX's Success, Canada's Contribution to SWOT & More Thirty Meter Telescope

UrtheCast Closes $180Mln OptiSAR Deal, SpaceX's Success, Canada's Contribution to SWOT & More Thirty Meter Telescope | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Here are some of the items we're currently tracking for the Commercial Space blog...

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Canadian Space Agency provides $3.8Mln to CPI for Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) components 

Canadian Space Agency provides $3.8Mln to CPI for Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) components  | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

LONGUEUIL, QC, January 16, 2017 -- The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded a small, $3.8M contract to Communications & Power Industries Canada (CPI) to build components for the upcoming Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. 


SWOT will survey 90 percent of the Earth's surface water, observe the fine details of the ocean's surface topography, and measure how lakes, rivers, reservoirs and oceans are changing over time. The scientific data will contribute to improving ocean circulation models, weather and climate predictions, and the management of water as a strategic resource...

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As outlined in the November 23rd, 2016 Spaceflight. 101 post, "SpaceX wins NASA Launch Contract for Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Mission," SWOT is a  "cooperative effort between NASA and the French Space Agency CNES with the spacecraft currently under construction at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

The mission will fly a pair of Ka-Band radar antennas at the end of a pair of booms creating a separation of ten meters to enable high-resolution radar interferometry for accurate monitoring of local sea level changes."

The total cost of the mission is expected to be approximately to $1.1Bln USD ($1.45Bln CDN) including launch and operational costs.

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A REAL Funding Opportunity Behind the Upcoming Canadian Space Agency "Long-Term Strategy"

A REAL Funding Opportunity Behind the Upcoming Canadian Space Agency "Long-Term Strategy" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Want to know why a "long-term strategy" for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is expected to be announced in June 2017?

That's easy. The CSA's "key strategic priorities," need to be defined, assessed and costed out before the next CSA "five year investment plan" is approved in 2018 - 2019. The time-frame for those decisions were made in 2014, based on the findings of the 2012 David Emerson led Aerospace Review. 

At least that's the story you get when reading the June 2015 Audit on Governance Report (Project #14/15 01-13), which was posted on the CSA website in February 2016 and the June, 2016 follow-up report under the title Management Action Plans Follow-up for Internal Audit Annual Report as of March 31st, 2016, which was posted on the CSA website on November 18th, 2016...
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Ground-Penetrating Radar Helps Archaeologists Find Viking Age Manor | Archaeology | Sci-News.com

Ground-Penetrating Radar Helps Archaeologists Find Viking Age Manor | Archaeology | Sci-News.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A large manor has been found at the archaeological site of Korshamn near the Viking Age proto-town of Birka in Sweden...

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Taryns Audacious Vision - Campbell River News

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Taryn Tomlinson , an engineer for the Canadian Space Agency since 2008, is six months into her 1.5 year term as the CSA chief of staff...
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Science Advice in a Troubled World - CSPC Lecture Series

Here's a lecture Provided by Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand....

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Interesting presentation from the organizers of the annual Canadian Science Policy Conferences.
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Billions of NASA contract dollars going to Russian government | Bloomberg Government

Billions of NASA contract dollars going to Russian government | Bloomberg Government | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Amid rising tensions over alleged Russian hacking in the U.S., NASA continues to pay Roscosmos, that country’s space agency, hundreds of millions of dollars to send crews to the International Space Station.  

NASA has spent $897 million with state-controlled Roscosmos since fiscal 2015 and $2.1 billion since the U.S. retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011, Bloomberg Government data show...

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Tom Marsh's curator insight, January 20, 4:34 PM
Of course it is.  Since our Congress couldn't see fit to maintain funding and support the next generation of rockets, we've been stuck hitching a ride from the Russians and will until we get smart about space.  China will be kicking our ass soon if we don't invest in the future.
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Launching 103 Satellites In Single Mission No Big Deal: Former ISRO Chiarman G Madhavan Nair

Launching 103 Satellites In Single Mission No Big Deal: Former ISRO Chiarman G Madhavan Nair | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Eminent space scientist G Madhavan Nair indicated that India planning to launch 103 satellites in a single mission next month is no big deal as the country has already proved such capability, and advocated the need for ISRO to focus on reviving human spaceflight venture and other technology development...

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NASA says farewell to agency leaders, Charles Bolden and Dava Newman

NASA says farewell to agency leaders, Charles Bolden and Dava Newman | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The final week of having Charles Bolden and Dava Newman as NASA’s top officials has arrived. 

 The space agency reflected this week on the past eight years under NASA Administrator Bolden's and President Barack Obama’s leadership. 

Marshall Space Flight Director Robert Lightfoot will be the acting NASA administrator until President-elect Donald Trump names Bolden’s successor...
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Hometown honour for William Leitch, the fifth principal of Queen’s University

Hometown honour for William Leitch, the fifth principal of Queen’s University | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In 2015 it was discovered the William Leitch, the fifth principal of Queen’s University (from 1859 till his death in office in 1864), was the first person to apply scientific principles to accurately describe the rocket as the best device for space travel. 


Understandably, it was a significant finding not only for the university but for Leitch’s hometown, the Isle of Bute. 


On Wednesday, Jan. 11, Principal Daniel Woolf accepted the Baird of Bute Innovation Award on behalf of his predecessor for “his ground-breaking contribution to space science...

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Should Ottawa be aiming for a ‘moonshot’? Paul Wells | Toronto Star

Should Ottawa be aiming for a ‘moonshot’? Paul Wells | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canadian focus groups were asked last year whether Ottawa should invest in high-tech schemes including self-driving cars, drone delivery and Internet balloons...

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Justin Trudeau likes the idea of a "Moonshot,"  large spectacular projects, for enhancing Canada’s science and technology capability, at least according to Paul Wells. 

So why doesn't he organize one?
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The Space Review: A human spaceflight program for the new administration

The Space Review: A human spaceflight program for the new administration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
America is on the verge of a revolution in opening the space frontier, led by the entrepreneurial genius of the American people. There is reason to believe that a much greater NASA emphasis on supporting commercial space development will substantially increase American activity in space without increased government expenditure. We call on the next President to partner with America’s entrepreneurs to lead humanity’s ongoing development of space...
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Japan's miniature rocket crashes, but may hold hints of the future

Japan's miniature rocket crashes, but may hold hints of the future | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

JANUARY 16, 2017 —Though Japan’s mini-rocket met its end this weekend, the era of mini-rockets may be just beginning. 


On Sunday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) sent its much-anticipated SS-520 F4 mini-rocket into space, tiny satellite in tow. The rocket lifted off successfully from its launch pad at Uchinoura Space Center in southern Japan. 


Within minutes, however, the rocket stopped transmitting data about its temperature and position, Nikkei reported, leading JAXA to abort the mission. Both rocket and satellite crashed into the sea...

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Quantum Computing Is Real; A Canadian Company Now Offers Open-Source Tools & the Chinese are Building Spacecraft

Quantum Computing Is Real; A Canadian Company Now Offers Open-Source Tools & the Chinese are Building Spacecraft | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian company behind Google's quantum computer has released a new set of open source tools so coders can create software without needing an advanced physics degree...

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exactEarth Announces Successful Initial Launch for its Second Generation Real-Time Constellation by SpaceX

exactEarth Announces Successful Initial Launch for its Second Generation Real-Time Constellation by SpaceX | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Jan 16, 2017 /CNW/ - exactEarth Ltd. (TSX: XCT), the leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, announced the successful launch of four hosted payloads for its next generation constellation, exactView™ RT powered by Harris. Launched aboard an Iridium NEXT satellite on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, 


These hosted maritime payloads are now being commissioned and are expected to be brought into service within the next four months. 


The exactView RT system is the result of the agreement signed with Harris Corporation in June 2015 under which Harris deploys and operates the hosted payloads and exactEarth performs the ground-based data processing and has exclusive distribution rights for the data for all markets except the US Government...

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