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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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NASA’s ‘Emerging Space Report’ is a Victory for NewSpace!

NASA’s ‘Emerging Space Report’ is a Victory for NewSpace! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington, DC – NASA’s Emerging Space Office (ESO) recently released a report titled “The Evolving Landscape of 21st Century American Spaceflight” which demonstrates that NASA’s goals and ambitions are aligning themselves with the ideals of the Space Frontier Foundation.  Ideals like propagating commercial space companies, space access available to the public, and even long term space settlement are all core to this report...

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Arianespace signs contract with ELV for ten Vega launchers

Arianespace signs contract with ELV for ten Vega launchers | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (SPX) Oct 30, 2014 Stephane Israel, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, and Pierluigi Pirrelli, Chief Executive of ELV (European Launch Vehicle), signed a contract today, October 29, 2014, in Rome, confirming Arianespace's order of ten Vega...
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Walt Natynczyk, head of the Canadian Space Agency, moves to veterans affairs - CBC.ca

Walt Natynczyk, head of the Canadian Space Agency, moves to veterans affairs - CBC.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The head of the Canadian Space Agency is leaving the position after barely more than a year on the job. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Walt Natynczyk will become deputy veterans affairs minister, effective this coming Monday.
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Despite explosion, Orbital maintains 2014 outlook

Despite explosion, Orbital maintains 2014 outlook | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Shares of aerospace and defense firms Orbital Sciences and Alliant Techsystems were briefly halted on Wednesday so the company could discuss the effects of a recent rocket explosion.

 

The Orbital Sciences' Antares commercial supply rocket blew up over the beachside launch complex at Wallops Island in Virginia. Trading in the stocks was halted around 12:45 p.m. ET so that Orbital, which has planned to buy Alliant, could hold a conference call to discuss the rocket's failure with investors and analysts.

 

Orbital Chairman and CEO David Thompson and CFO Garrett Pierce hosted the call, and the stocks resumed trading around 1:50 p.m. ET...

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to invest $396-million in Brazil commercial real estate

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to invest $396-million in Brazil commercial real estate | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board plans to invest about 1 billion reais ($396-million U.S.) in commercial property in Brazil, a few months after the Toronto-based pension fund opened an office in São Paulo.

 

In a statement released late on Monday, CPPIB said the investments include the purchase of warehouses, land and stakes in development projects in the logistics and retailing industries, adding to the fund's portfolio of more than 100 properties in Latin America's largest economy...

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Why don't they invest it in Canadian innovation?

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China's Main Competitor in Space Exploration is India, Not Russia

China's Main Competitor in Space Exploration is India, Not Russia | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

China's principal competitor in space exploration is India, not Russia, researcher at the Russian Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Vasily Kashin told RIA Novosti on Friday.

 

"China and India are two new space powers. They have vast resources and consider their space programs from the national prestige perspective ," the expert said.

 

He added that China and India are following Russian and US footsteps in space exploration...

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US space budget still exceeds rest of world's combined

US space budget still exceeds rest of world's combined | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 29, 2014
The United States spends on space programs - both civilian and defense-related - more than every other country combined, even though the NASA budget, which is a part of the program, has not grown in the recent years.
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Supply rocket heading to space station explodes

Supply rocket heading to space station explodes | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A rocket carrying a private unmanned spacecraft to the International space Station exploded shortly after launch on Tuesday.
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Nancy Kay Novak's curator insight, October 30, 7:00 AM

Repairs needed at launch facility?

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CTV Barrie promotes the Astronuts Kids Space Club with short profile

CTV Barrie promotes the Astronuts Kids Space Club with short profile | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The AstroNut kids celebrated “mission #50” with an delicious cosmic chocolate cake! CTV Barrie ran an clip on it later that night...

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Orbital ORB-3 Launch to Include Planetary Resources A3 Technology Demonstrator Spacecraft

Orbital ORB-3 Launch to Include Planetary Resources A3 Technology Demonstrator Spacecraft | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The postponed launch of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket with the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station was to have included the first hardware from commercial startup Planetary Resources.

 

Included in the Cygnus manifest is the Planetary Resources technology demonstrator A3 spacecraft dubbed the A3. Similar to a 3U CubeSat, it weighs 4 Kg (10 lbs) and is almost one-third the weight of an Arkyd-100. The spacecraft will be launched into low-Earth orbit from the International Space Station using the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer...

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No Galileo nav-sat launch for December - Arianespace

No Galileo nav-sat launch for December - Arianespace | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris (AFP) Oct 27, 2014: Space launch operator Arianespace said on Monday that Europe had decided against hoisting two more Galileo geolocation satellites in December following a launch mishap in August...

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Clyde Space expands and announces new orders

Clyde Space expands and announces new orders | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Glasgow, UK (SPX) Oct 28, 2014
Clyde Space is expanding and moving to larger premises to meet increased demand for its products.
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SpaceX Targets December For Falcon 9 First Stage Landing Attempt

SpaceX Targets December For Falcon 9 First Stage Landing Attempt | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) plans to attempt the first powered vertical landing of a Falcon 9 first stage onto a specially built flat-top barge in the Atlantic in early December.
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HTS extends reach in 2014, on course for new horizons

HTS extends reach in 2014, on course for new horizons | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris, Montreal, Washington D.C., October 30, 2014 - According to Euroconsult's newly released research report, High Throughput Satellites (HTS) continue to proliferate in 2014 in terms of supply additions (+109 Gbps), system investments (nine new orders) and demand take-up (+40 Gbps). This trend should accelerate considering the 100+ projected new HTS system (payload and satellite) launches over the next decade...

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Should the Government Fund Only Science in the "National Interest"?

Should the Government Fund Only Science in the "National Interest"? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Who decides which research gets funding? The U.S. Congress is fighting over whether politicians or scientists make the call.
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New tool provides free access to funding opportunities for aerospace and defence firms

New tool provides free access to funding opportunities for aerospace and defence firms | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Toronto, ON October 28, 2014 – Fundica, Canada's most successful traditional funding identification and connection platform, and OMX, a secure online marketplace connecting multiple businesses and organizations including academia and government in the international defence, aerospace and security industries, have announced a partnership to launch the first funding identification tool designed for the aerospace-defence industry...

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Russians deliver space station cargo after US flop

Russians deliver space station cargo after US flop | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) — The company behind the dramatic launch explosion of a space station supply mission promises to find the cause of the failure and is warning residents to avoid any potentially hazardous wreckage.

 

Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned Antares rocket blew up just moments after liftoff Tuesday evening from the Virginia coast.

 

Meanwhile, early Wednesday, the Russian Space Agency launched its own cargo vessel from Kazakhstan and the spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station six hours later with 3 tons of food. The smooth flight was in stark contrast to the Orbital Sciences' failed launch, and had been planned well in advance of the accident...

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Orbital to Conduct Conference Call with Financial Analysts and Investors to Discuss Antares Rocket Launch Failure

Orbital to Conduct Conference Call with Financial Analysts and        Investors to Discuss Antares Rocket Launch Failure | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

DULLES, Va., Oct 29, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Orbital Sciences Corporation ORB, -15.25% announced that it will host a conference call with investors and analysts later today to discuss yesterday’s launch failure of the company’s Antares rocket on a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. The call will begin at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) and will be hosted by David W. Thompson, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Garrett E. Pierce, the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer...

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Damien Cailliau's curator insight, October 29, 10:43 AM

Unfortunate !

Oddly enough, this failure of one of the mainstream traditionnal space industry's rocket might strengthen SpaceX.

 

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More clips of unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket exploding shortly after takes off

More clips of unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket exploding shortly after takes off | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Several months ago, a Russian rocket, carrying Russia's most advanced communications satellite, exploded on launch and the west was amused at Russia's seeming incompetence, while birthing extensive speculation of the NSA's involvement. Well, moments ago either Karma, or Russian hackers, intervened, and 6 seconds after launch, the NASA unmanned Antares rocket of rocket-maker Orbital Sciences, likewise ended its mission prematurely in a massive flaming fireball.


The stock of the rocket-maker ORB appears to be likewise in flames after hours, down some 8.5% at last check...

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NASA seeks proposals for deep space exploration, journey to Mars

NASA seeks proposals for deep space exploration, journey to Mars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 29, 2014
NASA is soliciting proposals for concept studies or technology development projects that will be necessary to enable human pioneers to go to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and Mars.
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Canadian rocket engine launches another American rocket

Canadian solid rocket motors built by Gormely, Ontario based Cesaroni Technologies power the UP Aerospace rockets being launched from Spaceport America. 

 

Here's a video of the most recent launch, on October 13th.

 

For more information on UP aerospace, check out the October 23rd, 2014 Space Fellowship article "UP Aerospace Rocket Flight Tests Four Technology Payloads," available online at http://spacefellowship.com/news/art41667/up-aerospace-rocket-flight-tests-four-technology-payloads.html.

 

For more information on Cesaroni Technologies, check out their website at http://www.cesaroni.net/index.php.

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Videos covering various IAC 2014 sessions are now available online for viewing

Videos covering various IAC 2014 sessions are now available online for viewing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The videos of plenaries, highlight lectures and GNF sessions are being put on the IAF's YouTube channel. There is a playlist for IAC 2014 here http://goo.gl/5EQqUS. ;

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Israel Positions Itself To Boost Satellite Business - DefenseNews.com

Israel Positions Itself To Boost Satellite Business - DefenseNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TEL AVIV — After silently settling what many here have characterized as the most potentially damaging lawsuit in Israeli aerospace history, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has taken full control of ImageSat International (ISI), a company it created to stimulate satellite business, but ended up as a renegade, aspiring rival.

 

The merger of ISI into the corporate portfolio of state-owned IAI aims to revitalize Israel’s remote sensing sector and fuel export sales after a decade of edge-eroding industrial infighting...

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Soyuz Installed at Baikonur, Expected to Launch Wednesday

Soyuz Installed at Baikonur, Expected to Launch Wednesday | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 28, 2014 The Soyuz-2.1A carrier rocket has been successfully installed at the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and is scheduled for launch on October 29...

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Free OECD Report on Space Economy Provides Guidance for Upcoming Paid CSA Report

Free OECD Report on Space Economy Provides Guidance for Upcoming Paid CSA Report | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Anyone looking to learn the real state of national and international space activities and the economic benefits deriving from those activities might not want to wait for the anticipated January 2015 delivery date on the next quarter million dollar Canadian Space Agency (CSA) study on the topic and could instead check out the just released 2014 report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on "The Space Economy at a Glance...

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