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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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VASIMR Moves Forward; Franklin Chang-Diaz Remains Unbowed

VASIMR Moves Forward; Franklin Chang-Diaz Remains Unbowed | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Ad Astra Rocket Company's (AARC) variable specific impulse magneto-plasma rocket engine (VASIMR) has reached a major milestone towards fulfilling its NASA contract. As outlined in the February 23rd, 2017 ArsTechnica UK post, "NASA’s longshot bet on a revolutionary rocket may be about to pay off," VASIMR has been fired at 100kW for 10 seconds and at 50kW for one minute. 

Now, reaping the fruits of perseverance after years of criticism, the engine’s designer stands on the verge of opening up more of the solar system to humanity...
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OneWeb weighing 2,000 more satellites - SpaceNews.com

OneWeb weighing 2,000 more satellites - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Satellite telecom startup OneWeb, emboldened by the oversubscribed $1.2 billion Softbank-led investment gained in December, is on the verge of adding another 2,000 satellites to its previously proposed constellation of several hundred satellites...

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$1Mln US grant seen as a boost for Houston Spaceport

$1Mln US grant seen as a boost for Houston Spaceport | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Houston Spaceport is receiving a $1 million grant to help build roadways and utilities needed to attract aerospace companies and, ultimately, pave the way for space flights from Ellington Airport...

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Dr. Sara Seager on unlocking the universe's mysteries - Macleans.ca

Dr. Sara Seager on unlocking the universe's mysteries - Macleans.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A renowned Canadian exoplanet expert talks NASA's big announcement and the allure of finding another Earth
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The US dept of defense is providing funding for Reaction engine hypersonic wind tunnel tests

The US dept of defense is providing funding for Reaction engine hypersonic wind tunnel tests | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Reaction Engines is making hypersonic planes and spaceplanes. Their key technology is a precooler.

Reaction Engines is making hypersonic planes and spaceplanes. Their key technology is a precooler. Reaction Engines is looking for an engine partner now. They have some good contacts with Safran through Airbus Safran Launchers. 

A large amount of money is being made available by the US DoD for testing the precooler in a hypersonic wind tunnel...
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Space 2.0 India - Commerce, Policy, Security and Governance Perspectives

Space 2.0 India - Commerce, Policy, Security and Governance Perspectives | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The first comprehensive book on India's space commerce, policy, security and governance.

Please feel free to download, read and share the publication. Its at http://cf.orfonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ORF_Space-India-2.0.pdf
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Astronomers discover seven Earthlike planets that could hold life | Toronto Star

Astronomers discover seven Earthlike planets that could hold life  | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Astronomers have discovered a system of seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting a nearby star, at least three of which sit in the temperate “habitable zone” where liquid water could exist.

The proximity of the planets’ host star, known as TRAPPIST-1, to our own — just 39 light years away — immediately makes this system one of the best places to look for life outside our solar system. 

And a Canadian instrument aboard the James Webb Space Telescope, a next-generation space telescope set to launch next year, will be positioned to do just that.
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GHGSat Orders New Satellites

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GHGSat has started work on two new satellites, called GHGSat-C1 and GHGSat-C2. The satellites will share the same design but will stagger manufacturing for planned launches in H2 2018 and H1 2019. These satellites are indicative of the strong market response to GHGSat products and services in just 8 months after launch of GHGSat’s demonstration satellite, Claire...
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U of T physicists discovered a way to increase the resolution of microscopes and telescopes

U of T physicists discovered a way to increase the resolution of microscopes and telescopes | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

University of Toronto researchers have found a way to increase the resolution of microscopes and telescopes beyond long-accepted limitations by tapping into previously neglected properties of light.

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LatAm Startups -- Scaling Startups in Latin America

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LatAm Startups Hub is thrilled to announce the official launch of the Hub with the first cohort of nine startups from Latin America. 

Startups from eight countries applied, and the final group includes innovative, scalable startups from Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. 

Much to our surprise, more than half of applications came from Brazil, and seven of the successful nine startups are Brazilian. The startups will be in residence in Toronto for four months, from April-July 2017...
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MacDonald Dettwiler acquires DigitalGlobe for $35 US a share in cash and stock

MacDonald Dettwiler acquires DigitalGlobe for $35 US a share in cash and stock | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA”) (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, and DigitalGlobe, Inc. (“DigitalGlobe”) (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which MDA will acquire DigitalGlobe for US$35.00 per share in a combination of cash and stock. 

The transaction values DigitalGlobe at an equity value of approximately C$3.1 billion (US$2.4 billion), and an enterprise value of C$4.7 billion (US$3.6 billion), including assumption of DigitalGlobe’s C$1.6 billion (US$1.2 billion) in net debt. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and is expected to close in the second half of 2017.
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MDA reports fourth quarter and full year 2016 results

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VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016. For the full year 2016, consolidated revenues were $2.1 billion, operating EBITDA was $370.7 million and operating earnings were $211.0 million or $5.78 per share. 


This is comparable with fiscal year 2015, with consolidated revenues of $2.1 billion, operating EBITDA of $376.8 million and operating earnings of $221.1 million or $6.08 per share. Net earnings under IFRS for the full year 2016 were $139.6 million, consistent with $142.8 million for 2015...

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SpaceX Dragon arrives safely at ISS

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Dragon and nearly 5,500 pounds of cargo arrived safely at the ISS early Thursday, after aborted rendezvous Wednesday.

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Trump's Departing NASA Liaison Urges Careful Vetting of Crewed Test Flight Idea

Trump's Departing NASA Liaison Urges Careful Vetting of Crewed Test Flight Idea | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Trump administration's liaison to NASA, Greg Autry, is leaving his post. He urges careful study of an idea to launch astronauts on the first test flight of agency's Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule...

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In buying DigitalGlobe, MDA ensures SSL will build just-disclosed WorldView Legion constellation - SpaceNews.com

In buying DigitalGlobe, MDA ensures SSL will build just-disclosed WorldView Legion constellation - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Before going public with their plans to merge, Canada’s MDA Corp. and DigitalGlobe were already working together on a next-generation imaging constellation that can revisit some locations on Earth up to 40 times in a day...

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SpaceTech Is Going Global

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Space startups are a big thing now. Reusable rockets, satellites, observing the Earth in real-time and asteroid mining technologies — it’s very easy to get fascinated with space


And many of top-tier VC funds, including Sequoia, GV and Bessemer Venture Partners have already done so by writing multi-million checks to several SpaceTech companies. Generally, the amount of funding to space-related startups reached astonishing $2,3 bn. in 2015, according to CB Insights and recently announced OneWeb’s $1,2 bn. financing is supporting this thesis: SpaceTech is a really hot topic right now...

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Space travel’s Canadian origins

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More than four decades before the Wright Brothers got an airplane off the ground at Kitty Hawk, a Canadian man predicted rocket-based space flight, says one historian. This was discovered by our guest, space enthusiast and publisher Rob Godwin.
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NASA’s longshot bet on VASIMR may be about to pay off

NASA’s longshot bet on VASIMR may be about to pay off | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

HOUSTON—Franklin Chang-Díaz bounds up a handful of stairs and peers through a porthole cut into the side of a silver, tanker-truck-sized vacuum chamber. Inside, a blueish-purple light shines, unchanging and constant, like a bright flashlight. “It looks kind of boring,” Chang-Díaz admits. “But that plume is 3.5 million degrees. If you stuck your hand in that, it would be very bad.” Truth be told, the plume does not look impressive at all. 


And yet the engine firing within the vacuum chamber is potentially revolutionary...

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CSDC Hosts its Largest-ever Workshop

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The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge held its second workshop on Feb. 20 and 21, in Toronto. The workshop was attended by 60 representatives from the 14 participating universities, making it the largest CSDC workshop ever held (which could have been aided by the fact that it was Reading Break for most of the participating universities)...
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Vega flight opportunity for multiple small satellites

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24 February 2017 Europe’s Vega small launcher is set to demonstrate its extended capability to deploy multiple light satellites using its new versatile Small Satellites Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser, in the second half of 2018...
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Studying the Arctic atmosphere from the ground, air and space - Infographic

Studying the Arctic atmosphere from the ground, air and space - Infographic | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

2017-02-24 - From February 23 to April 1, 2017, a group of eight researchers (including postgraduate students, a postdoctoral fellow and a senior research associate) is collecting data on atmospheric conditions from the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) facilities in Nunavut. 


These measurements, taken with state-of-the-art instruments installed on the ground and aboard balloons, are used to validate data from Canadian instruments on the SCISAT and Odin satellites.The campaign has been running at PEARL since 2004...

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Scottish space industry soaring high - BBC News

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In the last two years Glasgow has built more satellites than any other city in Europe. So why is the Scottish space industry such a success?


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MacDonald Dettwiler to buy DigitalGlobe for about $3.1Bln USD

MacDonald Dettwiler to buy DigitalGlobe for about $3.1Bln USD | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd said on Friday it had agreed to buy U.S.-based DigitalGlobe Inc for about $3.10-billion to strengthen its position in the lucrative satellite imagery market. Under the deal, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) will offer $17.50 in cash and 0.3132 of its share for each DigitalGlobe share held. The deal includes assumption of DigitalGlobe’s debt of C$1.60-billion and is expected to add to MDA’s operating earnings per share in 2018.

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The Telesat Q4 2016 conference  call will be held on Thursday March 2nd, 2017

The Telesat Q4 2016 conference  call will be held on Thursday March 2nd, 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
OTTAWA, CANADA, February 23, 2017. Telesat has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the three month and one year periods ended December 31, 2016, 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.
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CDN office of US based CPI gets $3.8Mln Canadian Space Agency contract for SWOT satellite

CDN office of US based CPI gets $3.8Mln Canadian Space Agency contract for SWOT satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ The Communications & Medical Products Division of Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has been awarded a $3.8 million Canadian, or approximately $2.8 million U.S., contract by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to manufacture the flight hardware of the Ka-band Extended Interaction Klystron (EIK) for the Surface Water & Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. 


SWOT, scheduled to launch in April 2021, is a joint mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the French Space Agency (CNES), with a contribution from the CSA. The SWOT mission will survey 90 percent of Earth's surface and collect precise altimetric measurements of rivers, lakes, reservoirs and flooded zones, as well as the sea-surface height (SSH) of all oceans...

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