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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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Reports Caution on Space Launch System, Orion Spacecraft Issues

Reports Caution on Space Launch System, Orion Spacecraft Issues | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued two new reports on the overall status of NASA’s Space Launch System and the space agency’s next piloted program, Orion.   


What GAO found in summary is that the SLS has resolved some technical issues and matured its design since GAO’s July 2015 report, but…

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Justin Trudeau’s summer homework: easing Canada’s brain drain: Paul Wells | Toronto Star

Justin Trudeau’s summer homework: easing Canada’s brain drain: Paul Wells | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The appointment was right there last Friday in Justin Trudeau’s public itinerary, which the Prime Minister’s Office sends daily to every Ottawa reporter who cares to sign up. “The prime minister will attend the Dock Innovators Retreat,” it said. 


“Closed to media.” Attend the what? 


Googling the mysterious term provided no further information. I was finishing a vacation and assumed some other reporter would ask what the PM had done with his day — normally an interesting question. But by this week nobody had asked. So I did, and here is what I’ve found. 


The retreat was a real thing. The dock in question is attached to a sprawling cottage somewhere north of Toronto. Dock and cottage belong to Magna CEO Donald Walker, who welcomed 30 corporate CEOs and tech leaders for a two-day gathering whose correct and somewhat precious name is the “Dock (Un)Conference...

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Justin Trudeau's economic policy will have four big themes — innovation, infrastructure, immigration and foreign investment, writes Paul Wells.
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SpaceX will spend $300 million on Red Dragon Mars mission, NASA says

SpaceX will spend $300 million on Red Dragon Mars mission, NASA says | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A NASA official has estimated that SpaceX will spend $300 million on its Red Dragon Mars mission...

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University of Calgary researcher using NASA satellite to predict Alberta forest fires

University of Calgary researcher using NASA satellite to predict Alberta forest fires | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Research out of the University of Calgary aims to anticipate where forest fires might strike in our province — even the ones in remote areas we currently can’t see coming...

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OneWeb Announces Appointment of Eric Beranger | OneWeb

OneWeb Announces Appointment of Eric Beranger | OneWeb | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

London, 26 July 2016: OneWeb which is building a new global communications system to create affordable broadband services for all, announces the appointment of Eric Beranger as Chief Executive Officer...

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A OneWeb press release has announced that Eric Beranger, a member of the management team at Airbus Defence & Spacei, is the new CEO of OneWeb...
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New Contest to 3D-Print aboard International Space Station; Chris Hadfield judging

New Contest to 3D-Print aboard International Space Station; Chris Hadfield judging | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

DALLAS & FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mouser Electronics Inc. today announced that celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and former commander of the International Space Station (I.S.S.) Colonel Chris Hadfield are among the guest judges for the I.S.S. Design Challenge, the newest series in the exciting Empowering Innovation Together™ program. 


Mouser is accepting entries for this incredible competition now through Oct. 7, 2016....

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Telesat reports revenue and profit increase, and a contract win in Brazil - SpaceNews.com

Telesat reports revenue and profit increase, and a contract win in Brazil - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Satellite fleet operator Telesat on July 26 reported slightly higher revenue and gross profit for the three months ending June 30 compared to a year ago even after stripping away the effects of a higher U.S. dollar against Telesat’s home currency, the Canadian dollar...

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Danish open source rocket launches then crashes

Copenhagen Suborbitals’ Nexø I rocket looked bound for orbit for the first minute after it launched from the Sputnik floating platform. 

“That is so beautiful,” said a commentator on the launch’s live feed. “What a wonderful sight! That is Nexø I functioning perfectly! What a treat, what a treat.” 

But the commentator’s excitement quickly turned to confusion. “Oh, hey, what’s happening now?” he asked as a voice over the radio called out that the rocket was losing power. Less than 30 seconds later, the rocket from the first-ever fully crowdfunded, nonprofit space exploration startup met its end in the ocean off of Denmark’s eastern shore...



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Boeing Mentors Small Business During Commercial Crew Development

Boeing Mentors Small Business During Commercial Crew Development | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Boeing has announced a new mentor-protégée program with one if its subcontractors working on the next capsule that will send U.S. astronauts to space. 


Bastion Technologies works with Boeing by manufacturing training mock-ups of the next crewed spacecraft, the CST-100 or Starliner. Bastion is a small business based out of Houston, Texas, that worked with Boeing in the past on computer aided modeling...

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APT and Chinese partners plan global mobile broadband network - SpaceNews.com

APT and Chinese partners plan global mobile broadband network - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Satellite fleet operator APT Satellite Holdings of Hong Kong has created a joint venture with mainland Chinese institutions to launch a global mobile broadband satellite network aimed principally at the aeronautical and maritime markets...

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CSA's astronaut recruitment campaign -- Help get the word out!

CSA's astronaut recruitment campaign -- Help get the word out! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is currently accepting applications for the next class of astronauts for Canada's space program. 

Applications are being accepted until August 15, and the CSA expects to announce selected candidates in Summer 2017. This next class of Canadian astronaut candidates will start their training at NASA in August 2017. 

 The CSA has asked AIAC and members of the aerospace community for help with promoting this campaign to our audiences and networks...
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The AIAC is reminding the federal government that they are attempting to lobby, not just for aerospace industry, but for the space industry as well...
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Canada’s high-tech bigger than thought, report finds | Toronto Star

Canada’s high-tech bigger than thought, report finds | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
New report says tech sector represents a much larger part of Canadian economy, exceeding even finance and insurance
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Tiny satellites signal new era in Canadian spaceflight

Tiny satellites signal new era in Canadian spaceflight | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The student-led Alberta project demonstrates how space programs in Canada can get bigger by going smaller...

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Looks like two Canadian university built satellites have signed up to fly on an unmanned Orbital Sciences capsule when it ferries supplies to the space station in late December as part of the larger Europe-based QB50 program...

For more on QB50, check out https://www.qb50.eu/
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New exhibit on popular space culture at the Malton Gallery in Pearson Terminal 1

New exhibit on popular space culture at the Malton Gallery in Pearson Terminal 1 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A new space exhibit opened yesterday at the Malton Gallery in Pearson Terminal 1. 

The Malton Gallery at Pearson is located on the departures level heading toward the "D" gates. You don't need a flight ticket to see it. Just park in departures at Terminal 1 at the "near" end of the Terminal. 

The exhibit is a small sampling of the story of space exploration as seen through popular culture. books, magazine, toys, models and even some flight artifacts.

The exhibit was created by the Toronto Aerospace Collection (formerly the Canadian Air and Space Museum) and the General Astronautics Research Corporation, which is owned by Rob Godwin, who also owns Apogee Books and the Space Library...
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UK investing £1.15 million to fund sub-orbital spaceflight and small satellite launches from the UK

UK investing £1.15 million to fund sub-orbital spaceflight and small satellite launches from the UK | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In 2015, the National Space Policy set out the government’s ambition to establish a spaceport in the UK. In February 2016, proposals were invited for industrial research projects to investigate the challenges associated with the introduction and operation of commercial viable services in the UK, and to identify the underpinning technological developments required to support these activities...

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New Space Startup Audacy Shoots for the Moon

New Space Startup Audacy Shoots for the Moon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A new company aims to provide the communications capacity required for the ongoing private spaceflight revolution. 


Around Aug. 1, California-based Audacy plans to close a Series A fundraising round of at least $15 million to begin creating three satellites and two Earth stations. The goal is to raise four major rounds of funding, build the ground stations and get the satellites launched by 2019. 


All told, the plan will cost about $750 million — $250 million in funding and $500 million more in government-backed debt, Audacy representatives said...

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MDA receives $5.3Mln to support mobile servicing system on ISS

MDA receives $5.3Mln to support mobile servicing system on ISS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Richmond, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has signed a contract amendment with the Canadian Space Agency for CA$5.3 million. The amendment provides funding for additional support to the ongoing robotic operations of the Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station (ISS). 

The Mobile Servicing System comprises Canadarm2, the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator known as “Dextre,” and the Mobile Base System. These three robotic systems perform a variety of operations ranging from resupply, maintenance, and servicing tasks on the space station that are critical to the on-going operations of the ISS.
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Syria-Jordan Border Refugee Camps: Rapid Growth Revealed by UN Analysis of UrtheCast Imagery

Syria-Jordan Border Refugee Camps: Rapid Growth Revealed by UN Analysis of UrtheCast Imagery | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In May, a UN-led analysis of UrtheCast Deimos-2 satellite data revealed that Rukban and Hadalat — two Syria-Jordan border crossings — had experienced 81% and 587% increases in refugee camp structures, respectively, from early 2016. 

On July 13, additional UrtheCast imagery revealed that the refugee camp in Hadalat had experienced a population increase of 9% since mid May. That's an increase of just under 600% since January 29, 2016...
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Market doesn’t justify reusable launchers, expendable rocket makers argue

Market doesn’t justify reusable launchers, expendable rocket makers argue | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The US government and some of its major aerospace contractors have tried to tackle the problem of reusable rockets and spacecraft for several decades, from the DC-X to the space shuttle, with mixed success. 


Even after spending hundreds of billions of dollars on these technologies in development and flight costs, neither the government nor its traditional aerospace contractors have mastered the art of flying vehicles to space, recovering them, and turning them around for new missions quickly and at low cost. 


During the last half year, however, both SpaceX and Blue Origin have begun to demonstrate these capabilities. Although much work remains to be done, Blue Origin has already flown a suborbital rocket four times, in relatively short order, with low turnaround costs. And SpaceX has recovered five orbital rockets at land and sea and expects to refly at least one of them later this year...

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The mainstream ELV guys won't give up on throwaways until companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are selling rides to space for a few hundred dollars a kilogram..
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Virgin Galactic vs Firefly CEO law suit getting entertaining • /r/space

Virgin Galactic vs Firefly CEO law suit getting entertaining • /r/space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Virgin Galactic is going after Firefly’s CEO Tom Markusic to lay claim to the IPR they allege he took with him when he left Virgin to start Firefly. 


Virgin Galactic is basically saying that - if proven - they own Firefly, and one attorney for Markusic (Pellegrino) said that at least one investor has turned away from Firefly because of the case. 


Meanwhile Markusic strenuously denies all claims. There is some really extraordinary evidence being filed in the main case, it's in LA County Court under #BC609407...

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How Colorado kindergartners helped launch 50-foot-tall sports rocket

How Colorado kindergartners helped launch 50-foot-tall sports rocket | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Fifteen teams of K-12 students worked on the launch of the world’s largest high-powered sports rocket last week...

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SKYLON Spaceplane inches closer to orbit thanks to 3D printed injector

SKYLON Spaceplane inches closer to orbit thanks to 3D printed injector | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As previously reported on 3D Printing Industry, the Reaction Engines Ltd. SKYLON Spaceplane is an innovative new aircraft designed in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). 


The SKYLON houses one exciting feature on its aircraft: a SABRE rocket engine with a 3D printed injector. After multiple tests and long duration burns, the exciting engines have proven capability of smoothly transitioning from air-breathing mode (in which the engine acts as a typical jet engine, taking in atmospheric air as a source of oxygen to burn with fuel in the rocket combustion chamber) to rocket mode (in which the engine is above the atmosphere and transitions to using stored liquid oxygen) while in flight...

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Prof. Ram Jakhu reappointed to Space Council of World Economic Forum | Faculty of Law - McGill University

Prof. Ram Jakhu reappointed to Space Council of World Economic Forum | Faculty of Law - McGill University | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
We are pleased to announce that Professor Ram Jakhu, currently serving as Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL), has been reappointed, for a rare fourth consecutive term, to the Global Agenda Council on Space of the World Economic Forum (WEF). 

In his letter to Professor Jakhu, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF, expressed that Professor Jakhu's ”leadership would be instrumental in helping this council to develop pertinent insights and collaboratively shape solutions to improve the state of the world."
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DIY Space Suits - 99% Invisible

DIY Space Suits - 99% Invisible | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Cameron Smith is building a space suit in his apartment. 


He’s not an astronaut. He’s not even an engineer. Cameron Smith is an archaeologist–on faculty in the anthropology department at Portland State University in Oregon. But Cameron is an explorer by nature. He’s been diving in Puget Sound, survived arctic winters in Iceland and Alaska..

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The Russian Plan To Spin Off a New Space Station From the ISS

The Russian Plan To Spin Off a New Space Station From the ISS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The end of the International Space Station may not be the end after all...​​

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