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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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Look Inside the International Space Station With This Interactive Tour

Look Inside the International Space Station With This Interactive Tour | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered what the International Space Station (ISS) looks like inside? Wonder no more...

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Federal election sure to be nasty, expensive and long | Toronto Star

Federal election sure to be nasty, expensive and long | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says most political parties have already started campaigning ahead of the October 19th federal election and has officially announced the campaign in order to force all parties to operate within the rules...

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Thus ends all those Federal government aerospace funding announcements which have been happening with frenetic frequency over the last months...

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The Commercial Space Blog: ‘Space is Hard’ Did Not Cause SpaceShipTwo crash

The Commercial Space Blog: ‘Space is Hard’ Did Not Cause SpaceShipTwo crash | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Whenever a space-related accident happens, people chant “space is hard.”

 

Not this time. Virgin Galactic’s (VG) SpaceShipTwo (SS2) did not disintegrate and crash on October 31st, 2014 near Koehn Dry Lake, California because space is hard. A July 28th, 2015 public meeting at National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) headquarters in Washington, DC made that clear...

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Federal science, tech announcements home in on Canada's Arctic - CBC.ca

Federal science, tech announcements home in on Canada's Arctic - CBC.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As Canada steers itself towards what could be the longest election campaign in history, here's a round-up of the government's last-minute science and technology announcements, many of which relate to the Arctic...

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$1.5M government funding for National Angel Capital Organization

$1.5M government funding for National Angel Capital Organization | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Today, Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $1.5 million in Western Diversification Program funding to NACO...

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Part 3 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program

Part 3 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Just three days after the termination of the Avro Arrow interceptor program James C. Floyd, chief engineer for the cancelled aircraft, was scheduled to speak in Montreal at a Canadian Aeronautical Institute conference. The event was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of flight in the Commonwealth. Floyd was supposed to chair the Space Flight session where he would introduce Hugh Dryden (Deputy Administrator of the brand-new American National Aeronautics and Space Agency) who had come to Canada to explain the workings of the American space program...

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CSA kicks in $1.6Mln CDN for companies to partner with Germany on disaster preparedness

CSA kicks in $1.6Mln CDN for companies to partner with Germany on disaster preparedness | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Today the Honorable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta—Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue announced that six Canadian companies will partner with German companies to undertake research to better understand environmental conditions so that Canadians can be better prepared for major events such as droughts and forest fires.

 

The Canadian Space Agency is providing a total of $1.6 million in funding as part of this announcement. Each Canadian company will receive approximately $300,000 over two years. This announcement will leverage at minimum an additional $575,000 in private sector investment...

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Big year ahead for James Webb telescope - BBC News

Big year ahead for James Webb telescope - BBC News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's been a long time coming but we really are now at the business end of building Hubble's successor, and the next few months should see the James Webb telescope finally start to take shape...

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ExactEarth postpones IPO

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CAMBRIDGE — ExactEarth Ltd. has put its plan to go public on hold.

The Cambridge-based company, a provider of technology used for tracking ocean-going ships, said in a news release Friday that its initial public offering of shares is "being postponed due to current challenging conditions in the capital markets."

 

ExactEarth, owned jointly by Cambridge-based satellite equipment company Com Dev International and Spanish satellite company Hisdesat Servicios Estrategicos S.A., filed a preliminary prospectus for an offering of shares in June...

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MacDonald, Dettwiler Q2 2015 Earnings Call Transcript

MacDonald, Dettwiler Q2 2015 Earnings Call Transcript | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Here's the transcript of the MacDonald, Dettwiler Q2 2015 earnings conference call, which was held on July 30th, 2015.

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Col. Chris Hadfield answers your space oddities - Macleans.ca

Col. Chris Hadfield answers your space oddities - Macleans.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Read some of the best answers from our live Facebook Q&A, where Canadian space hero Col. Chris Hadfield answered your questions...

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China's supercomputer to support world's largest radio telescope

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Tianjin (XNA) Jul 30, 2015; Supercomputer Skyeye-1, capable of a quadrillion computing operations per second, will support space exploration by the world's largest radio telescope based in southwest China's Guizhou Province...

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Alenia Successfully Tests Partially 3D Printed Winglets for C-27J Spartan Aircraft

Alenia Successfully Tests Partially 3D Printed Winglets for C-27J Spartan Aircraft | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
When it comes to military uses for 3D printing, the last two years have been somewhat of a breakthrough window for the technology. In the US, virtually every b
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Telesat Soon to Order Telstar 18 Successor, Reports Q2 Earnings

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Telesat expects it will order a previously announced replacement satellite by the end of this year. The new satellite would replace Telstar 18, which is currently in orbit at 138 degrees east providing coverage for the Asia-Pacific...

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Startups Rocket To The Front Of The Space Race

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Capitalizing on the falling cost of launch services and the miniaturization of satellites, a new breed of startups are gearing up for the space race under the moniker of NewSpace.

 

At a recent conference in San Jose, Calif., leading figures in this NewSpace movement (a term used to describe the startups that stand in the shadows of space industry giants such as Boeing and Lockheed-Martin) discussed their novel approaches to spaceflight and exploration and discovery...

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Is the EM Drive getting the appropriate level of attention from the science community

Is the EM Drive getting the appropriate level of attention from the science community | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

There have been many news stories saying that the EM Drive will solve almost all problems in interplanetary travel, permit low cost flying cars and who knows what else. Other stories say that it is flat out impossible and we shouldn't spend a single publicly funded research dollar on it.

 

But I haven't seen a single article with the rather boring suggestion that perhaps in this case the research community has got it exactly right.

 

That it's not a perpetual motion machine, but doesn't deserve to be dismissed out of hand. But it's far too soon to justify huge research programs into it, even if it is a real effect. We just have to be patient and see how the experiment develops...

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This is the essence of the process of peer review... 

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Space agency funds Guelph-based soil research - Guelph Mercury

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GUELPH — University of Guelph geography professor Aaron Berg is using space, and space-age technology, to help farmers grow crops and help meteorologists make forecasts.

 

Berg has received $280,000 from the Canadian Space Agency to help predict crop yields, floods, droughts and weather by studying global soil moisture levels using the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite...

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Iridium Delay Allows Glimpse of SpaceX Insurance Policy

Iridium Delay Allows Glimpse of SpaceX Insurance Policy | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications on July 30 said the Russian launch of its first two Iridium Next second-generation satellites would be delayed by two months, to December, because of a recent problem with hardware assuring the satellites’ Ka-band feeder links.

McLean, Virginia-based Iridium said that despite the delay, it still expects commercial launch provider SpaceX to conduct the seven following Iridium Next launches, each carrying 10 satellites, by the end of 2017.

Insurance officials in the past have said they want to see the first two Iridium Next satellites operational for around four months before underwriting coverage for the follow-on launches, to be sure there are no systemic issues on the satellites...


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Canada announces first satellite antenna in Inuvik - CBC.ca

Canada announces first satellite antenna in Inuvik - CBC.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian government’s newest satellite antenna is in operation, and with a $3.7 million announcement, Inuvik's satellite station is preparing for expansion...

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VIDEO | 2015 UK Space Conference in 3 Minutes - SpaceNews

VIDEO | 2015 UK Space Conference in 3 Minutes - SpaceNews | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Stephanie McClellan, reporting for Imperative Space, interviews some of the key players announcing significant partnerships at this year's UK Space Conference...

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Roscosmos to Set Up National Manned Spaceflight Center

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Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jul 30, 2015; Ex-cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev is tapped to be the head of Russia's future national center for manned flights to space, Russian media reported on Wednesday...

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US Navy is 3D Printing Custom Drones Onboard the USS Essex

US Navy is 3D Printing Custom Drones Onboard the USS Essex | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Back in April of last year, we reported that the United States Navy had installed a 3D printer onboard the USS Essex. This was quite a significant move at the t
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MacDonald Dettwiler reports second quarter 2015 results

MacDonald Dettwiler reports second quarter 2015 results | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

 

The Company posted consolidated revenues of $524 million and operating earnings1 of $57 million, or $1.56 per share1, for the second quarter of 2015. These results compare to consolidated revenues of $553 million and operating earnings of $54 million, or $1.50 per share, for the same period of 2014. Second quarter net earnings in 2015 were $44 million compared to $36 million for the same period a year ago...

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Clearpath Robotics to open Silicon Valley office - Waterloo Record

Clearpath Robotics to open Silicon Valley office - Waterloo Record | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Robot manufacturer Clearpath Robotics is rolling into Silicon Valley with a new office.
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Russia schedules first Proton rocket launch since crash

Russia schedules first Proton rocket launch since crash | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (AFP) July 29, 2015; Russia on Wednesday set a date for the first Proton rocket launch since an engine failure in May saw a Mexican satellite destroyed...

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