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Debating Support for Commercial Spaceflight

Debating Support for Commercial Spaceflight | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This week saw the successful arrival of SpaceX's Dragon at the International Space Station, satisfying the delivery component of the first flight under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract. Earlier this week also saw a posting on The Space Review, “Perceptions vs. reality in NASA's commercial crew and cargo program”, pointing out that support for commercial spaceflight from a policy and law standpoint extends back to previous administrations. (Stone, 2012.) Although this article was an attempt to show that support for commercial spaceflight is not simply a manifestation of the current administration, it does miss part of the equation...

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Preparing for the 65th International Astronomical Congress; September 29th - October 3rd in Toronto, ON

Preparing for the 65th International Astronomical Congress; September 29th - October 3rd in Toronto, ON | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's close to being the greatest show on Earth for space scientists, engineers and policy advocates, second perhaps only to the roar of a manned rocket launch.

Preparations and plans are coming together to make the 65th International Astronomical Congress (IAC 2014), which is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th - October 2nd, into the best edition yet of what is generally considered to be the "world's premier space event....

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Balloon base rises above city hopes - Timmins Press

Balloon base rises above city hopes - Timmins Press | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TIMMINS - The Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base, constructed just two years ago at the Victor M. Power Airport, is already paying off for the City of Timmins.

 

“Oh absolutely, actually it is paid off,” Timmins City CAO Joe Torlone told The Daily Press on Friday.

 

He was referring to the cluster of new buildings near the end of Runway 10-28 at the airport, built two years ago at a cost of $3.4 million, to house the scientific equipment as well as an administrative centre.

 

“The actual capital cost of the buildings was supposed to be paid over eight years. It is now fully paid, so the City of Timmins owns all those structures and now we lease the structures to them when they come for a launch,” Torlone continued.

 

“They” are the two main member agencies involved in the Timmins project, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)...

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MDA building $19.8M data system for European Space Agency

MDA building $19.8M data system for European Space Agency | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER—MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) says its British subsidiary has received a contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) valued at about $19.8 million.

 

The British Columbia-based space communications and information company says the contract is for the development and construction of a Ka band data relay terminal flight model for use on the ESA Columbus module of the International Space Station (ISS)...

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India A New Contender in Asian Space Race or Technological Breakthrough

India A New Contender in Asian Space Race or Technological Breakthrough | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 19, 2014
India's first Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is ready to enter the Red Planet's orbit on September 24, after a ten-month journey through space.
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Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies at 92

Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies at 92 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A spaceship designer who worked on Yury Gagarin's Vostok spaceship and was the last to shake his hand before liftoff, Oleg Ivanovsky, died on Thursday at 92, the Russian space agency said.

 

Ivanovsky was a senior designer at the facility codenamed OKB-1 which built the Vostok spaceship that blasted Gagarin into orbit in 1961.

"He participated directly in preparing the flight of the world's first cosmonaut," Roscosmos said in a statement...

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Elon Musk gets fresh challenge with space contract

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Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2014
With a $2.6 billion contract for his firm SpaceX to build a spacecraft for carrying astronauts to the International Space Station, Elon Musk's star is on the rise again.
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CSA communications expert honored at Rideau Hall

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Anna Kapiniari says one of the best moments of her public-service career was standing in a silent but packed school auditorium. Astronaut Chris Hadfield was live on screen from the International Space Station, ringing out a wet washcloth to show what happens when there is no gravity.

 

“We all saw how the water gelled around his hands and sort of pooled there,” said Kapiniari, acting director of communications with the Canadian Space Agency. “There were over a thousand students in the room at that moment and you could’ve heard a pin drop.”

 

Kapiniari’s team co-ordinated Hadfield’s viral appearances during his five months in space last year. The team was among 33 groups and individuals honoured Tuesday as Governor General David Johnston handed out the Public Service Award of Excellence...

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Boeing, Lockheed, Bezos to develop new rocket engine

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United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), plans to announce a partnership to develop a new rocket engine with Blue Origin, a company run by Jeff Bezos.

 

ULA currently uses Russian-built RD-180's to power its heavy-lift Atlas 5 rockets, which are used to launch many U.S. military and spy satellites...

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Western Sanctions Fail to Impede GLONASS Satellite Production

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SC Russian Space Systems (RSS) is continuing to produce equipment for GLONASS satellites, despite difficulties with shipments of foreign electronics, caused by the Western economic sanctions, RSS Director General Andrei Tyulin told journalists on Monday...

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Slovenia expects to launch nanosatellite within 3 years

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Slovenian scientists are trying to improve the design and the making of a nanosatellite in a bid to have it launched into space in 2016 or 2017, Slovenian Press Agency reported on Sunday.

 

The nanosatellite, which weighs only four kilograms, is a 1 million-U.S.-dollar project by Slovenian firms including SkyLabs with the help of Faculty of Electrical Engineering experts and under the watch of the European Space Agency...

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4th SpaceX Cargo Mission to ISS Dragon Scheduled for Sep 20

4th SpaceX Cargo Mission to ISS Dragon Scheduled for Sep 20 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 15, 2014: The launch of the next SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) has been scheduled for September 20, NASA said in a statement Saturday...

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Space Crowdfunding: What’s the Secret?

Space Crowdfunding: What’s the Secret? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

But space projects are expensive, and not every campaign works. Planetary Resources asked for $1 million to work on its Arkyd orbital space telescope and ended up with more than $1.5 million, making it the most successful crowdfunded space project to date. But when Golden Spike attempted to raise $240,000 to jumpstart a human mission to the moon, they received less than one tenth of the requested amount. Both projects are technically feasible, if ambitious, and both involve respected experts and ex-NASA personnel. So why the difference? What makes for an effective large-scale funding campaign?

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China eyes working with other nations as station plans develop

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China is open to cooperation with foreign nations on its manned space station project, according to a senior space official.

 

"We reserved a number of platforms that can be used for international cooperative projects in our future space station when we designed it," Yang Liwei, deputy director of China Manned Space Agency, said at a news conference following the opening ceremony of the 27th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers in Beijing on Wednesday...

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LightSpeed, Frank & Oak deals put VC raised by C100 companies at $1.1 bln

LightSpeed, Frank & Oak deals put VC raised by C100 companies at $1.1 bln | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Venture capital raised by C100 companies has passed the $1 billion dollar mark...

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Google in Space? Startup Disruption Reaches the Final Frontier

Google in Space? Startup Disruption Reaches the Final Frontier | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Are Google and Facebook a new breed of competitors for aerospace and defense behemoths like Boeing and Airbus Group , or a potentially emerging market?

 

For years, large aerospace and defense companies have rarely had to worry about startup rivals. Barriers to entry are huge on the commercial-aerospace front, where developing new jets can require more than $10 billion in capital outlays, while defense contractors enjoy close ties with their national governments that newcomers struggle to match.

 

The serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has upset that world view, though, with his SpaceX rocket venture, which offers satellite makers launches at rates other Western companies struggle to match...

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Canadian Space: Thoughts on the History of Technology

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What do historians of technology do? Many people may think that we simply track the parts that go into the machines that we use in our lives and the systems that make modern life what it is. Or that we look at the individuals who are associated with various technologies, such as Thomas Edison or Bill Gates...

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France raises heat on decision for next Ariane rocket

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France's space agency on Thursday unveiled a revised proposal for an Ariane rocket ahead of a tough decision on launchers by the European Space Agency (ESA).

 

Ministers must decide whether they can afford to fund the development of two projects for Europe's next rocket.

 

These are an Ariane 6, promoted by France, that would be operational from the next decade and an intermediate launcher, the Ariane 5 ME, backed by Germany...

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Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Again Dismiss Satellite Explosion Rumors

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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 18, 2014
The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces again dismissed US media rumors of a Russian military satellite allegedly exploding above the United States.
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Aerospace engineer bets on space tech to cash in on gas flaring - CanadianManufacturing.com

Aerospace engineer bets on space tech to cash in on gas flaring - CanadianManufacturing.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

COLORADO—Few in the oil industry can claim that their recovery technologies were designed for use on Mars, but since his days with NASA, Robert Zubrin has come down to Earth to help protect it as its terrestrial resources are squandered.

 

Zubrin, 62, knows that squandering isn’t exactly a fashionable play in modern society, particularly under the environmental microscope that perpetually scrutinizes the oil industry. After gaining an international reputation for his research into interstellar exploration and the colonization of Mars, which involved the use of alternative fuels, the aerospace engineer chose instead to help the United States return to a firm path towards oil independence, one that could strike a balance that potentially pleases not only industry players, but environmental critics alike...

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NASA Gives $6.8 Billion to Boeing and SpaceX for Apollo-Style Spaceships - NBC News

NASA Gives $6.8 Billion to Boeing and SpaceX for Apollo-Style Spaceships - NBC News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA is going back to the future with $6.8 billion in backing for Apollo-style spaceships designed by Boeing and SpaceX...


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As Allen Taylor said in his post, "Both were awarded the amount of money they proposed they would need to fulfill the objectives. Boeing got more because they asked for more, not because they were considered more favorably..."
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Boeing and SpaceX win commercial crew contracts. Both were awarded the amount of money they proposed they would need to fulfill the objectives. Boeing got more because they asked for more, not because they were considered more favorably.

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Getting the rules right: LEO as an economic development region

Getting the rules right: LEO as an economic development region | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Last week’s issue included a piece by Jeff Foust on entrepreneurial efforts (see “The startup-ification of commercial space”, The Space Review, September 8, 2014). A few months ago, NASA placed a Request For Information (RFI) titled “Evolving ISS into a LEO Commercial Market”.

 

These publications share in common the acknowledgement of a sea-change in the space business that began in 2006 with the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) development program—which has now evolved to the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contracts—that opened the door to new era of commercial partnering and to new types of contractual relationships between the private sector and NASA.

 

Entrepreneurial companies are responding, developing a range of products and services with hopes of igniting a commercial market in LEO...

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India's spacecraft 'on target' to reach Mars

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Bangalore, India (AFP) Sept 15, 2014: An Indian spacecraft is on course to reach Mars, an official said Monday, following a 666-million-kilometre voyage that could see New Delhi's low-cost space programme win Asia's race to the Red Planet.

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Fred Ordway Tribute, International Meetups and Space Art During IAC 2014

Fred Ordway Tribute, International Meetups and Space Art During IAC 2014 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

We all contribute as best we can to build the world we live in and the members of the Canadian Space Society (CSS) are certainly no exception to this rule.  

 

One of their major contributions to the fast approaching 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC2014), which is being held in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th - October 3rd, 2014, will be a small tribute to the man who never missed an IAC congress ever, at least until his untimely death earlier this year...

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Canada's Space Program Today and Tomorrow with Bill Nye & the Planetary Society

Canada's Space Program Today and Tomorrow with Bill Nye & the Planetary Society | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Think the Canadarm and Chris Hadfield are the entire Canadian space program? Think again! Join Bill Nye in Toronto on the evening of October 1st to explore Canada’s exciting contributions to the exploration of our solar system and beyond...

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China hosts the First Space Conference in Collaboration with ASE

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Despite a U. S. law banning official cooperation with China's ambitious space program, various astronauts from the U. S. visited China in a rare gathering of international planetary all-stars in Beijing. Astronauts at the gathering talked about their friendship and cooperation.

 

Buzz Aldrin and 30 other well-known space explorers from the United States, including some of the active NASA astronauts joined a large group of astronauts and cosmonauts from 16 different countries at the first space conference hosted by China in collaboration with the Association of Space explorers (ASE)...

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Hadfield in China for International Planetary Congress; PM to Follow in November

Hadfield in China for International Planetary Congress; PM to Follow in November | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Several events over the past few weeks have highlighted China's growing influence both in space affairs and the world at large.

For example, the International Planetary Congress, a major space conference, is being held Sept 10th to 15th in Beijing, China for the first time. The event is organized by the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) in co-operation with the Association of Space Explorers(ASE), a group which represents some 400 astronauts/cosmonauts from 35 nations...

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