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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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SpaceX’s target launch date for returning to flight slips to early January

SpaceX’s target launch date for returning to flight slips to early January | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After targeting a return-to-flight mission on December 16th, SpaceX now says it’s next Falcon 9 flight will occur sometime in early January...

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Just what we need: CSA offers $200K+ to build another component for someone else's space mission

Just what we need: CSA offers $200K+ to build another component for someone else's space mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Agency has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to determine the feasibility of a sub-surface ice sounder as a hosted payload on NASA's Next Mars Orbiter (NeMO), a so far unfunded concept mission that organizers think could be headed to Mars in 2022, if funding becomes available...

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According to the RFP, "the bidder financial proposal must not exceed the individual item budget identified below for its bid to be declared responsive."

Those criteria include $300K CDN for the main requirements (as listed under sections 3.3.3.1, 3.3.3.2, 3.3.3.3 and 3.3.3.4), $200K CDN for option 1 (as listed in 3.3.5.1),$100K CDN for option 2 (as listed in setion3.3.5.2) and with an item 4 task authorization of $150K CDN (as per annex GT).

For more on what NASA is hoping to do with the overall mission, check out "Conceptual Studies for the Next Mars Orbiter (NeMO)."

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MDA (though SSL) nearly ready to take another run at satellite servicing

MDA (though SSL) nearly ready to take another run at satellite servicing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MDA Corp. is on the verge of taking another run at satellite servicing five years after putting efforts on hold when its first attempt did not generate enough commercial or government interest. 


When MDA bought satellite-builder Space Systems Loral in 2012, the Canadian company was quick to point out that its new U.S. holding could revive its dream of having a servicing venture. Now, four years after the acquisition, MDA — through SSL — says it is close to deciding whether to jump back in....

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Back around 2011, MDA’s last satellite-servicing venture faced challenges because it was difficult to gauge how the US DoD felt about such a business coming from a Canadian company...
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Una Mano Lava L’altra: One Hand Washes the Other

Una Mano Lava L’altra: One Hand Washes the Other | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The European Space Agency (ESA), despite rising costs and the recent loss of the Schiaparelli Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM), has approved additional funding for a variety of programs, including the second phase of Europe’s ExoMars program, currently scheduled for launch in 2020...

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Crafting Revolutionary Technology For Space and Earth Explorations; NGC Aerospace

Crafting Revolutionary Technology For Space and Earth Explorations; NGC Aerospace | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Vast and enigmatic, space has incited a considerable amount of fascination despite being an impossible destination for the average Earthling. Everything from ancient astronomy to modern-day extraterrestrials demonstrates our fixation with the boundless extension of our skies, but only a few devote their lives …

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ISS Russian Supply Ship Fails to Reach Orbit; Is Russian Ingenuity to Blame?

ISS Russian Supply Ship Fails to Reach Orbit; Is Russian Ingenuity to Blame? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A Russian Progress supply ship transporting cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) has burned up in the atmosphere and been lost. 


The rocket carrying the 7,290-kilogram Progress MS-04 (also identified by NASA as the Progress 65 or 65P mission) lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 1st, 2016, at 17:51:52 Moscow Time (9:51 a.m. EDT). 


A third stage failure of the Suyuz-U rocket carrying the Progress supply ship, which occurred six minutes into the flight, is currently considered the leading cause of the accident, although the investigation is ongoing...

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NASA’s nervous wait for the New US president

NASA’s nervous wait for the New US president | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In Nasa language it’s called a pivot. It’s a policy change, a U-turn or a departure from a goal set by the previous US president. Until the election of Donald Trump, space insiders and even Nasa itself had a pretty good idea what, under a Hillary Clinton presidency, that pivot was going to be. It wasn’t going to be popular but it was necessary. 


People had been whispering it for more than a year. Even as the Nasa PR machine talked endlessly about “the journey to Mars”, those in the know understood that it was little more than a pipe dream. Following the election, a “transition team” would be sent to take stock at Nasa, and the agency’s goals would gradually pivot away from Mars and to the moon...

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Another puff piece about a bunch of NASA people waiting to see what will come down from on high from the new US president. 

But this one at least comes with the admission that NASA's "Journey to Mars," was likely never going to happen, no, matter who became president...
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ESA commits to ISS participation through 2024

ESA commits to ISS participation through 2024 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

At a two-day meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, the European Space Agency’s 22 member states approved a commitment to extend European participation in the International Space Station (ISS) program to 2024. ESA is the final partner agency to do so.

 

“I’m excited all the International Space Station partners have now joined us in committing to operation of this invaluable resource through at least 2024,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a statement on ESA’s commitment.

 

“The European Space Agency contributions to station are essential, and we look forward to continue to work with ESA, the Canadian Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Roscosmos for extended operations, and to collaborating with other nations to push the boundaries of human exploration, and extend our reach farther into the solar system as part of the ongoing Journey to Mars...

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SFU & MDA create Industrial Research Chair (IRC) to exploit SAR data from RADARSAT-2 & others

SFU & MDA create Industrial Research Chair (IRC) to exploit SAR data from RADARSAT-2 & others | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Canada is well known all over the world for its radar imagery expertise. Ever since the launch of our first Earth observation satellite, RADARSAT-1, our country has played an important role in using satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data to help us understand and monitor the resources of our planet. As such, there is a strong interest among the space community in continuously developing state-of-the-art SAR technologies and increasing the number of Canadian specialists with remote sensing and data analysis skills.
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These partnerships, and the government money used to fund them, were last discussed in the October 24th, 2016 post, "Government Driven Innovation Policies, MacDonald Dettwiler, Export Development Canada, CSA Grants & Elon Musk" at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2016/10/government-driven-innovation-policies.html

It's also worthwhile checking out the October 22st, 2016 post, "the Canadian Space Agency Gave Out Almost $5Mln CDN in Grants and Contributions Last Quarter!" at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2016/10/the-canadian-space-agency-gave-out.html



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Establishing India’s NewSpace Ecosystem - Finding the investors, their advice/insights to capitalise on the space economy

Establishing India’s NewSpace Ecosystem - Finding the investors, their advice/insights to capitalise on the space economy | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
NewSpace is starting to brew in India. Space startups are doing everything from sending a rover to the Moon to claim the Google Lunar XPrize, building a satellite constellation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to provide internet from space to rural India, providing crop risk management and for making agriculture predictable and profitable. The question is how is this different from what the government is already doing with the space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)...
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European Space Agency Expects Members to Back ISS, ExoMars

European Space Agency Expects Members to Back ISS, ExoMars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

FRANKFURT — Europe's space agency expects its member states to back major programs such as the International Space Station and the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet this week, even if it does not receive the full 11 billion euros ($11.6 billion) of funding it is requesting, its director general said. 


"If we get only 90 percent of the funding then this is not a catastrophe," Jan Woerner told Reuters in an interview ahead of a meeting in Lucerne on Thursday and Friday this week, at which ministers of the 22 member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) are to approve spending plans...

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Progress MS-04 to resupply the ISS may have crashed; Russian Space Web

Progress MS-04 to resupply the ISS may have crashed; Russian Space Web | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A fresh cargo ship lifted off from Baikonur on Dec. 1, 2016, heading to the International Space Station, ISS. However six minutes into the flight, the telemetry stopped coming from the spacecraft during the powered flight of the third stage of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle.

There is a possibility that it crashed, according to Anatoly Zak...
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Commercial Spaceflight Challenges for Emergency Medical Response

Commercial Spaceflight Challenges for Emergency Medical Response | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Emergency medical responders for high-altitude flight and spaceflight need to be prepared for a broad range of potential medical problems, challenging logistical issues, and potentially severe environmental conditions...

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The latest issue of "The Current," from Global Fishing Watch

The latest issue of "The Current," from Global Fishing Watch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The first step in catching illegal and unreported fishing activity can feel a little like casting a net over a wide swath of the ocean. There’s going to be a lot of bycatch, because much of what fits in your net isn’t really what you’re after. It takes some background knowledge and often a little investigative work to find the keepers. Sometimes you come up empty handed...
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Global Fishing Watch uses open source satellite imagery to enable the public to monitor global fishing activity in an attempt to curb illegal fishing and rebuild depleted fish stocks. 

It was last profiled in the September 19th, 2016 post, "New Leonardo DiCaprio App Tracks Fishy Things on the High Seas," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2016/09/new-app-tracks-fishy-things-on-high-seas.html
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Canada to spend $218M on one-stop hub to lure investors | Toronto Star

Canada to spend $218M on one-stop hub to lure investors | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says the money will go to the Invest in Canada Hub...

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A Win for MDA, Maybe not for Canada: NASA Awards $127Mln Restore Mission to Space Systems Loral

A Win for MDA, Maybe not for Canada: NASA Awards $127Mln Restore Mission to Space Systems Loral | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, Dec 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus and Support Services contract to Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, California. Restore-L is a robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to service satellites currently in orbit.  


The contract has a firm-fixed-price and includes a three-year core period and a two-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity portion. The total maximum value of the contract is $127 million...

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The December 6th, 2016 Spaceref.ca story, "MDA Scores a Win in Long Sought After Satellite Servicing Business Segment," calls this a "win for Canada," because Space Systems Loral (SSL) is a subsidiary of BC based Macdonald Dettwiler (MDA). 

This statement is incorrect. 

As outlined in the October 4th, 2016 post, "A Quick Update to 'Iconic Macdonald Dettwiler is now SSL MDA Holdings, a US Based Company'," both MDA and SSL are currently subsidiaries of Delaware based MDA Holdings.

There is no word on whether any of the NASA awarded work will be performed in Canada. 

Stay tuned....


The October 4th, 2016 Commercial Space blog post is at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2016/10/a-quick-update-to-iconic-macdonald.html
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Another Call for Federal Assistance in Space, plus Kepler, Clyde Space, ULA & Mars One, which can now sell Stock

Another Call for Federal Assistance in Space, plus Kepler, Clyde Space, ULA & Mars One, which can now sell Stock | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This publication has always felt that bankers, businessmen and bureaucrats were more important to our conquest of space than were scientists or engineers. 


With that in mind, here are a few of the items we're currently tracking for the Commercial Space blog...

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SpaceX Plans a Return to Flight Next Week -- The Motley Fool

SpaceX Plans a Return to Flight Next Week --  The Motley Fool | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Last week, SpaceX and mobile voice and data satellite company Iridium (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced a Dec. 16 mission for SpaceX's return to flight. The planned launch comes after the American rocket company's Falcon 9 exploded on the launch pad, destroying the rocket and a $200 million payload, in September...

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The International Forecaster Economics Is Not A Science

The International Forecaster Economics Is Not A Science | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Quick. When I say the word "economist," what comes to mind? 


Fearless truth-teller? Sage wise man? Someone whose deep understanding of the complex web of billions upon billions of daily interactions in the sphere of human activity enables them to predict the outcome of those interactions years in advance with near certainty? ...


Or do you think of Paul Krugman? .... Be honest now. It's Krugman, isn't it?..

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Toyota, Kymeta, and the Future of Intelligent Transport Systems - Space Angels

Toyota, Kymeta, and the Future of Intelligent Transport Systems - Space Angels | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In January 2016, Kymeta Corporation—a leading-edge satellite antenna manufacturing company based in Washington state—announced that their Series D investment round closed with $62M in project funding. 

A detail that was extremely promising to investors was that one of these late-round investors was Toyota Motor Corporation. Their partnership signaled that investors could soon expect to see real advancements in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)...
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Second SpaceShipTwo performs first glide flight | SpaceNews.com

Second SpaceShipTwo performs first glide flight | SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo performed its first free flight Dec. 3, a glide test that begins the next phase in testing of the commercial suborbital spaceplane.

SpaceShipTwo, named VSS Unity, and its carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California at about 9:50 a.m. Eastern. The spaceplane separated from WhiteKnightTwo at 10:40 a.m. Eastern, gliding back to a runway landing in Mojave ten minutes later, according to updates provided by the company.

At the controls of SpaceShipTwo were David Mackay, Virgin Galactic’s chief pilot, and Mark Stucky, a former Scaled Composites pilot who flew a number of test fights of the first SpaceShipTwo before joining Virgin Galactic in 2015...


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Virgin Galactic is at last flying a spaceship again.
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NASA’s Cautious Approach To Human Lunar Return

NASA’s Cautious Approach To Human Lunar Return | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA has decided to ease humans back to the Moon in a free-return flyaround trajectory on the first flight of the Orion crew capsule with astronauts on board, instead of going directly to the lunar orbit where it plans to test hardware for human missions to Mars...

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ESA approves extra 440 million euro for 2020 ExoMars rover despite crash earlier this year

ESA approves extra 440 million euro for 2020 ExoMars rover despite crash earlier this year | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Europe’s bold attempt to search for life on Mars will launch as planned in 2020, despite concerns over escalating costs and the spectacular loss of the mission’s lander demonstrator. 


 European Space Agency (ESA) member states agreed to stump up the extra 440 million euro (£370 million) needed to ensure the future of the ExoMars Rover.

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European Space Agency releases first images from ExoMars spacecraft

European Space Agency releases first images from ExoMars spacecraft | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released detailed high-resolution images from its ExoMars spacecraft, which has been in orbit around the red planet since mid-October...

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Europe space ministers meet to decide Mars rover plan - BBC News

Europe space ministers meet to decide Mars rover plan - BBC News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Europe’s research ministers are meeting to decide whether to try to land a robot rover on Mars...

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