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Capturing defective satellites in space - DLR awards contract to Astrium

Capturing defective satellites in space - DLR awards contract to Astrium | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A service satellite captures an uncontrollable satellite in space, repairs or refuels it and, at the end of the mission, ensures that the defective satellite is disposed of in a controlled manner.

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The Interview: MDA's Canadian Future and the Critical Need for a New Space Strategy - SpaceQ

The Interview: MDA's Canadian Future and the Critical Need for a New Space Strategy - SpaceQ | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

"We're on a cliff." That's how Don Osborne, President of MDA in Canada, described the current status in Canada without a new space strategy in place... 

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Building off US law to create an international registry of extraterrestrial mining claims

Building off US law to create an international registry of extraterrestrial mining claims | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In 2015, Congress passed the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (hereafter, “the Act”), which gave formal legal support to commercial activity in space.1 Title IV of the Act, which establishes property rights for extraterrestrial resources, is a boon to companies like Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, both of which have plans to mine asteroids.

But while the Act has displayed Congressional intent to support space miners, it is still unclear how mining rights in space will be defined...
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UrtheCast Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

UrtheCast Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER, Aug. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) ("UrtheCast" or the "Company") today announces financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.


Excluding the non-cash revenue related to the ISS cameras of $5.1 million recorded in the second quarter of 2016, revenues decreased by $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2017. While EO imagery sales increased by $0.2 million compared to the prior year, engineering services revenue was $4.2 million lower, primarily due to an adjustment in the second quarter of 2016 to record $8.0 million of engineering services revenue from a contract amendment, which included some services performed in the first quarter of 2016...

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Ursa Space Systems Announces World’s First Weekly Global Oil Inventory Report - SpaceWatch Middle East

Ursa Space Systems Announces World’s First Weekly Global Oil Inventory Report - SpaceWatch Middle East | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Ursa Space Systems Inc. (Ursa) announced on August 10, 2017, their planned expansion to provide the world’s first reliable, global oil inventory coverage. Building on Ursa’s ground-breaking China Oil Storage Report, Ursa will deliver Global oil storage reports on a region by region basis, starting with the Caribbean, Middle East/North Africa, and Europe, which are …
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Winnipeg woman puts $20K toward Virgin Galactic commercial space flight

Winnipeg woman puts $20K toward Virgin Galactic commercial space flight | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Astronaut wannabe Judy Anderson says she has always dreamed of going to space, and Virgin's commercial flights are the way to achieve that dream...

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NASAWatch is promising an announcement on NASA's New Adm and Deputy Adm soon

NASAWatch is promising an announcement on NASA's New Adm and Deputy Adm soon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Stand by for adventure...
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The Black Brant Rocket | Innovation150

The Black Brant Rocket | Innovation150 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Today the Churchill Rocket Range looks out of date and abandoned. Although it may seem that way, this was not always the case. In the 1950’s, the International Geophysical Year (IGY) and the Cold War created a fascination for space exploration. 


The idea of setting up the IGY was accepted after Stalin’s death in 1953 because the Soviet Union had interrupted scientific communication between the East and West. These events led to great scientific collaborations.

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It's worth noting that the Innovation 150 website miss-spelled the name "Black Brant" multiple times in the article. 

They kept spelling it "Black Brandt....
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Federal supercluster application deadline passes with few questions answered

Federal supercluster application deadline passes with few questions answered | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian government’s deadline for its initial supercluster proposals has officially come and gone, but applicants aren’t clear on when they’ll hear back about next steps. 


The federal Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI) was revealed in the 2017 budget and aims to economically kickstart Canadian technological innovation in key economic sectors, with $950 million (CAD) earmarked for the project, and strengthen the relationships between Canadian businesses and academic and research institutions. 


The first round of applications, which need to be industry or private sector-led, began at the end of May and concluded on July 21, but the steps forward are less clear...

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As outlined in the August 3rd, 2017 post, "Satellite Canada Applies for Innovation SuperCluster Funds," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/08/satellite-canada-applies-for-innovation.html, at least one space focused organization has applied for funding...
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NASA, Norway to develop Arctic laser-ranging station

NASA, Norway to develop Arctic laser-ranging station | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are partnering to develop a state-of-the-art satellite laser ranging station 650 miles from the North Pole that will produce high-precision locations of orbiting satellites, help track changes in the ice sheets and improve the efficiency of marine transportation and agriculture...

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Once, not so very long ago, NASA's partner in a project of this nature would have been Canada.

What happened?
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The 2017 Edition of "Jobs, Jobs Jobs in Space!"

The 2017 Edition of "Jobs, Jobs Jobs in Space!" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
For those of us interested in working in the telecommunications, space or aerospace industry, here's a listing of several dozen useful places to begin the search. 

The list includes direct links to the job pages of some of the largest Canadian space companies and a couple of interesting international organizations.
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Lockheed Martin Closes In On Shrinking The Telescope | Colorado Space News

Lockheed Martin Closes In On Shrinking The Telescope | Colorado Space News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
August 3, 2017 – Lockheed Martin today revealed the first images from an experimental, ultra-thin optical instrument, showing it could be possible to shrink space telescopes to a sliver of the size of today’s systems while maintaining equivalent resolution.
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Eight CDN Teams in Top 30 at 2017 America's Cup Rocketry Contest in June 2017

Eight CDN Teams in Top 30 at 2017 America's Cup Rocketry Contest in June 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The event took place at Spaceport America from June 20th - 24th, 2017. 
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Who said that Canada can't build rockets.

For more on the event, check out https://spaceportamericacup.com/ ;

For more on the winning team from the University of British Columbia, check out the July 19th, 2017 Summerland Review post, "Rocket team rises to first-place finish," at http://www.summerlandreview.com/community/rocket-team-rises-to-first-place-finish/ ;
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Academics Release their "Vision for Canadian Space Exploration" Cost $1.3Bln+

Academics Release their "Vision for Canadian Space Exploration" Cost $1.3Bln+ | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A trio of authors from UBC and Western yesterday released "A Vision for Canadian Space Exploration," a proposal originally submitted to the Innovation Minister in response to the Space Advisory Board consultation on a new space strategy earlier this year.


The 26 page document proposes "a sustained and balanced program in space exploration to fuel innovation in the space sector, ​support Canada's world-leading space researchers, inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators, and create thousands of highly skilled, well-paying jobs for Canadians." 


It also asks for "a total investment of approximately $1B, increasing to $1.3B in each decade that follows," for a variety of academically led space missions "including a regular flagship mission that Canada would lead and a constellation of smaller missions, either led by Canada or in collaboration with international partners..."

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Google Lunar X Prize Foundation Extends Prize to March 31st, 2018 - SpaceNews.com

Google Lunar X Prize Foundation Extends Prize to March 31st, 2018 - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — After months of stating that it would offer no further extensions of the Google Lunar X Prize competition, the X Prize Foundation announced Aug. 16 it was effectively giving the five remaining teams a little extra time. 


In a statement, the foundation, which administers the lunar landing competition, said that teams now had until March 31, 2018, to complete all the requirements of the prize, which include landing on the lunar surface, traveling at least 500 meters, and returning video and other data...

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The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canadian technology will play a key role in the first-ever global survey of Earth's surface waters - the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission...

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exactEarth’s Small Vessel Tracking Service is now supported by the VMS Track-Pro from Weatherdock AG

exactEarth’s Small Vessel Tracking Service is now supported by the VMS Track-Pro from Weatherdock AG | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

exactEarth is the world leader in Satellite AIS data services. Providing global shipping and vessel tracking information to authorities looking for accurate maritime intelligence...

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UrtheCast building precursor radar satellite, delays OptiSAR constellation by a year - SpaceNews.com

UrtheCast building precursor radar satellite, delays OptiSAR constellation by a year - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — An unnamed backer of Canadian Earth observation company UrtheCast’s proposed radar and optical satellite constellation has asked for UrtheCast to develop a standalone radar satellite ahead of the rest of its constellation. 


The customer signed a contract in “excess of one hundred million Canadian dollars” ($78.4 million) for a synthetic aperture radar, or SAR, satellite, including in-orbit operations support and some aspects of the ground system, UrtheCast said Aug. 14. Vancouver-based UrtheCast plans to use that satellite to pave the way for the larger constellation of eight optical satellites and eight dual-band X- and L-band radar satellites, “the date of which is now pushed out by at least a year,” to 2023, the company said...

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Entities such as the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Department of National Defence (DND) have provided funding for the development of the technology.
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UrtheCast Announces the Signing of a Contract exceeding $100M for the Delivery of a SAR-XL Satellite

UrtheCast Announces the Signing of a Contract exceeding $100M for the Delivery of a SAR-XL Satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER, Aug. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (the "Company") announced today that it has entered into a contract with a confidential customer for the development and delivery of a dual-frequency stand-alone Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operational-class satellite as an "accelerator" for the OptiSARTM Constellation.


The exact amount of the contract is not being disclosed at this time for confidentiality and competitive reasons, but the Company can confirm that it is a substantial contract worth in excess of one hundred million Canadian dollars. 


The contract is for the delivery of the SAR spacecraft, key elements of the ground segment, namely the mission control and planning system and the SAR processor, and in-orbit operations support, but does not include the price of the launch or insurance (which are the customer's responsibilities). 


This confidential customer has previously signed an MOU with the Company for the OptiSAR Constellation...

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SpaceX lands another one of its Falcon 9 rockets on solid ground

SpaceX lands another one of its Falcon 9 rockets on solid ground | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX has landed yet another one of its Falcon 9 rockets after launching the vehicle into space...

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Lobbyists: Not As Bad As You Think

The public generally regards lobbyists are shills for big-money interests, but their expertise can actually help lawmakers craft effective policy of benefit to the public and to science...

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Great title, used to provide context for the August 10th, 2017 post, "The Canadian Space Agency Will Spend $50,000 So That AI Sales People Can Pitch Them Products," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/08/the-canadian-space-agency-will-spend.html
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The Canadian Space Agency has issued a "guide to enjoying eclipses"

The Canadian Space Agency has issued a "guide to enjoying eclipses" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Discover what causes solar and lunar eclipses and how you can observe them safely.
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On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible in totality within a band across the entire contiguous United States.

The eclipse will be partially visible in Canada...
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Canada to push environmental, labour demands as NAFTA talks begin

Canada to push environmental, labour demands as NAFTA talks begin | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
After months of heated rhetoric and diplomatic groundwork, talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement will formally begin this week with Canada pushing for more stringent labour and environmental standards in the deal.
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How does a NAFTA revision affect the Canadian space industry. 

That's easy. The majority of the items sold by Canada's space and aerospace industry are for export, often to the US.

"A redrawn NAFTA offers a platform to empower innovation as the driving force of manufacturing and economic growth," according to Dennis Darby, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. 

"It is also an opportunity to identify and eliminate some of the challenges that manufacturers are currently facing in the North American market such as non-tariff barriers, protectionist policy, and stimulate job creation through the flow of skilled labour."
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Canadian's Can Absolutely Build Rockets Anytime They Want!

Canadian's Can Absolutely Build Rockets Anytime They Want! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This blog certainly missed the story when the winners of the 2017 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) and 1st Annual Spaceport America Cup, which was held from June 20th - 24th in Las Cruces, NM and at Spaceport America in Truth or Consequences, NM were first announced.


But by early August, when the results were posted on the Space Concordia Facebook page, it was becoming obvious that Canadian universities had won far more than their fair share of trophies...

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Accelerating Space Startups: How to Break Into the Next Trillion-Dollar Industry

Accelerating Space Startups: How to Break Into the Next Trillion-Dollar Industry | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
New initiatives are helping "astropreneurs" chart their course for success.
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Corporate Canada giants vie for Ottawa supercluster funds

Corporate Canada giants vie for Ottawa supercluster funds | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Federal government received about 50 bids for $950-million in federal innovation funding

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Royal Bank of Canada, Magna International Inc., Telus Corp., Teck Resources Ltd., Loblaw Cos. Ltd. Shoppers Drug Mart unit and Open Text Corp. are among the more than 200 companies that have joined with 20 post-secondary institutions – some of which are supporting more than one bid - to create "superclusters" in such wide-ranging fields as agriculture, advanced manufacturing, cryptocurrency, big data, medical technology and artificial intelligence. 

They have been joined by some of Canada's most prominent startups and "scaleups," including Stemcell Technologies Inc., Thalmic Labs Inc, Miovision Technologies and Don Tapscott's Blockchain Research Institute.

As outline in the August 3th, 2017 post, "Satellite Canada Applies for Innovation SuperCluster Funds," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/08/satellite-canada-applies-for-innovation.html , there is even a bid focused on the space industry...
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