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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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Lori Garver on the public-private future of NASA

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On this week's Women of Washington radio show, former NASA Deputy Director Lori Garver gives her take on the agency's future...

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The Canadian Space Agency might want to take note.

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Guess which iconic Canadian astronaut has offered to help UAE's space aspirations?

Guess which iconic Canadian astronaut has offered to help UAE's space aspirations? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

DUBAI: A Canadian astronaut, whose social-media postings from the international space station inspired millions, has offered to consult with authorities here about setting up a space agency...

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Analyzing Next Steps, Airbus Chief Is Closely Watching Google, Facebook & SpaceX

Analyzing Next Steps, Airbus Chief Is Closely Watching Google, Facebook & SpaceX | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

LONDON — Thomas Enders, the chief executive of the Airbus Group, has not been shy in his public admiration for the speed and scale of innovation that has been achieved by American high-technology giants like Google, Facebook and SpaceX. But it is only recently that he has begun to consider such companies potential future aerospace partners...

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Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future

Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) July 16, 2014
A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in Japan.
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Space Angels Network Co-Sponsors The Space Frontier Foundation’s Lightning Pitch 2014 Competition

Space Angels Network Co-Sponsors The Space Frontier Foundation’s Lightning Pitch 2014 Competition | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Seattle, WA – July 21, 2014 – Space Angels Network is pleased to announce a partnership with the Space Frontier Foundation’s Lightning Pitch 2014. This event will be held at the NewSpace 2014 Conference on the morning of Thursday July 24, 2014.
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Why the NRC is Wrong About 3D Printing in Space

Why the NRC is Wrong  About 3D Printing in Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The National Research Council has released a report, commissioned by NASA and the US Air Force, on 3D Printing in Space. Although fairly positive about the long-term value of 3D printing in space, ...
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NASA sends odor-resistant clothes to ISS

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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Jul 21, 2014
An Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus spacecraft full of supplies was fired toward the International Space Station on Sunday.
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UrtheCast Hi-Res Camera still not Working but Solution (and More Cameras) are on the Way

UrtheCast Hi-Res Camera still not Working but Solution (and More Cameras) are on the Way | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's been a rough few months for BC based UrtheCast, which announced last Wednesday that the firms high resolution camera (HRC) installed on board the International Space Station (ISS) last winter was still not operational. Fortunately for the company, its partners and its stock price, a potential solution (and more cameras) are on the way...

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MDA subsidiary to study asteroids for NASA, with goal of sending humans to Mars

MDA subsidiary to study asteroids for NASA, with goal of sending humans to Mars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

One step for man, one giant leap closer to Mars?

 

Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a subsidiary of Richmond-based MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) (TSX:MDA), has been selected by NASA to study technologies to be used in asteroid retrieval, MDA announced July 18.

 

SSL was one of the companies chosen by the agency to research systems for the Asteroid Redirect Mission, which is a component of the ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars...

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A Time to Reflect on the July 20th, 1969 Apollo Moon Landing

A Time to Reflect on the July 20th, 1969 Apollo Moon Landing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

     by Stan Dunajski

 

Forty five (45) years ago today, on July 20, 1969, humans
first set foot on the Moon. To commemorate the occasion, NASA and news organizations are providing multimedia to share with the public. Of interest to some may be a video replay of the first steps.

On Sunday 2014/07/20, NASA TV will replay the restored footage
of Armstrong and Aldrin's historic steps on the lunar surface,
starting at 22:39/10:39 pm ET, the time when Neil Armstrong
opened the spacecraft hatch to begin the first walk on the
Moon at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/.

 

Please take a moment to ponder the monumental undertaking
required by the USA, with the available technology at the
time, to send humans to the Moon and bring them back safely
to Earth - as requested by President Kennedy during his
speech on 1961/05/25 to the US Congress : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUXuV7XbZvU


The Rice University Speech of 1962/09/12 re-iterates his
commitment : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CprKTyD6rPk

 

So why have humans not returned to the Moon since ? Well,
we have, via robotic missions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploration_of_the_Moon


The next planned manned lunar mission is USA EM-2 Orion
slated for 2019, which would orbit the Moon.

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More links:


http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/july/nasa-updates-apollo-anniversary-next-giant-leap-events/index.html - NASA Updates Apollo Anniversary, Next Giant Leap Events MEDIA ADVISORY, July 18, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKz757B7yY8&index=3&list=PLiuUQ9asub3Qq1AQRirDI-naOwo1H5gaB - NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Apollo 11 45th anniversary message published on Jul 14, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCh5HLyOufw&index=2&list=PLiuUQ9asub3Qq1AQRirDI-naOwo1H5gaB - The ISS Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Message
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Multimedia and YouTube posts

http://www.nasa.gov/apollo45/ - Apollo 11 and NASA's Next Giant Leap

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUcYQ7slmRw&list=PLiuUQ9asub3Qq1AQRirDI-naOwo1H5gaB&index=1 - A New Look at the Apollo 11 Landing Site
Published on Jul 18, 2014 NASA Goddard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In5xf5DHiM4 - The Apollo 11 landing profile, published on May 17, 2013

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/apollo11_video.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YKXw_3Pblh8 - The Apollo 11 Descent

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piQ6r-cJUVI - Apollo 11 Lunar Landing - PDI to Touchdown, published on Mar 3, 2012

http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/news/index.php?/archives/531-A-Stark-Beauty-All-Its-Own.html - A Stark Beauty All Its Own. Apollo 11 From Low Altitude published Wednesday March 7, 2012

http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/news/index.php?/archives/629-Houston,-Tranquility-base-here..html - "Houston, Tranquility base here." The Apollo 11 Site.

http://42concepts.com/design/apollo-11-transcript-poster/
Apollo Landing Transcript Poster @42concepts written by Thomas Baekdal.

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CSA at remote sensing conference last week

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This past week, the Canadian Space Agency took part in the joint International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2014) / 35th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing (35th CSRS) in Quebec City. About 1,800 attendees (including more than 400 graduate students) from the remote sensing and geoscience communities of some 30 countries, gathered to discuss about remote sensing and "Energy and the Changing Planet".

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Asteroid Zoo building crowdsourced asteroid maps

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Even though there are many people who are trained to locate objects in space that could potentially cause harm to the people on Earth, there's a lot of space to cover and some asteroids just seem to come out of nowhere. 

To help researchers find asteroids that could collide with Earth, Asteroid Zoo is a project that's a lot like Tomnod, in which anyone can search the raw images from telescopes to pinpoint objects of interest...

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First UrtheCast: Now NanoRacks teams with MDA owned SSL for US Air Force hosted payloads

First UrtheCast: Now NanoRacks teams with MDA owned SSL for US Air Force hosted payloads | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington, D.C.—July 22, 2014 –The United States Air Force has awarded a five year IDIQ contract opportunity to SSL under the Hosted Payload Solutions Program (HoPs) in order to facilitate the placement of payloads designed for Geostationary (GEO) and Low-Earth (LEO) orbit.

 

NanoRacks is pleased to be one of the SSL LEO team services providers, utilizing its External Payload Platform as a test-bed for sensors and advanced electronics, located outside the International Space Station...

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A Falcon 9 first stage return video from the ORBCOMM Mission

Here's the video of the Falcon 9 first stage reentry and landing following the successful delivery of six ORBCOMM satellites to orbit.


This test confirms that the Falcon 9 booster is able consistently to reenter from space at hypersonic velocity, restart main engines twice, deploy landing legs and touch down at near zero velocity...

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Elon Musk will be on the Colbert Report this Thursday

Elon Musk will be on the Colbert Report this Thursday | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Elon Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX and the CEO and Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors. He also co-founded PayPal and SolarCity...

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Sierra Nevada Contacts All Six On-Orbit ORBCOMM Generation 2 Satellites

Sierra Nevada Contacts All Six On-Orbit ORBCOMM Generation 2 Satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Sparks NV (SPX) Jul 22, 2014
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has commenced the on-orbit checkout phase for six ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, establishing communication with each satellite as planned.
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U.K. Space Stimulus Begins To Show Results

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In late 2012, amidst a sagging economy, the U.K. government announced a sizable increase in space spending based on the assumption that such financial backing would spur Britain’s already fast-growing space economy.


The £1.2 billion ($2 billion) investment—a 25% increase over five years in Britain’s contribution to the 20-nation European Space Agency (ESA)—led to the immediate establishment of a new satellite technology center at Harwell, Oxford, including ESA’s telecommunications director, Magali Vaissiere, who relocated from Paris to run the large technology campus...

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Federal Government Hypes OSIRIS-REx Mission

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On July 17th, federal cabinet minister Tony Clement excitedly announced Canada's latest contribution to an upcoming NASA asteroid mission. But while the Stephen Harper government appears to be hoping that the public will allow it to bask in the reflected glare of this latest Canadian space adventure, the actual state of Canada's space budget might just put a lie to the fancy words...

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Historian Chris Gainer on the 45th anniversary of the Moon landing

Historian Chris Gainer on the 45th anniversary of the Moon landing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space exploration historian Chris Gainor recounts when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first people to set foot on the moon...

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Yes, Space Solar Power Is A Real Thing

Yes, Space Solar Power Is A Real Thing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The US Navy is all over space solar power, so yes it really is a real thing and no, the Navy hasn't suddenly lost its way to the ocean.

Via Allen Taylor
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If the USA is ever to deploy space solar power, it will probably be the Navy rather than commercial enterprises or NASA that does it first.

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ISS 'space truck' launch postponed: Arianespace

ISS 'space truck' launch postponed: Arianespace | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) July 18, 2014
The July 24 launch of a robot ship to deliver provisions to the International Space Station has been postponed "for a few days", space transport firm Arianespace said Friday.
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"The People of NewSpace" - transcribed for posterity with your help

"The People of NewSpace" - transcribed for posterity with your help | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Alvin Remmers has led the Moonandback Media effort to document this period of burgeoning private space development with video interviews of many of the leaders and participants in these endeavors. ...

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The Planetary Society is Launching a Lightsail

The Planetary Society is Launching a Lightsail | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Planetary Society, a US based non-government, nonprofit organization involved in research and engineering projects related to astronomy, planetary science, exploration, public outreach and political advocacy, has announced the launch dates of their exciting, and long awaited LightSail mission...

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Too soon for 3D printing? Here's 70 3D-printed products available now!

Too soon for 3D printing? Here's 70 3D-printed products available now! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The products include shoes, textiles, jewelry, kitchen appliances, prosthetic limbs, bike frames, watches, automobiles, firearms and even rocket engines.

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5 things to consider when planning your trip to space

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Will this be the year that space tourism takes off? And what do you get for your money as a space traveler?
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