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Debating Support for Commercial Spaceflight

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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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Dava Newman nominated for NASA post

Dava Newman nominated for NASA post | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 22, 2014
The White House has announced the nomination of MIT's Dava Newman, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and of engineering systems, as NASA's deputy administrator, the space agency's No.
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Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger, and the psychedelic interstellar future we need

Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger, and the psychedelic interstellar future we need | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In 1977, Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger predicted a utopian, space-faring, enlightened future. 37 years later, writes Jason Louv, it’s finally starting to show up.
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Commercial crew’s extended endgame | The Space Review

Commercial crew’s extended endgame | The Space Review | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Last month, NASA awarded contracts for commercial crew systems that were expected to end months of uncertainty about the program’s future. However, Jeff Foust reports that the uncertainty lingers today, as one company protests those awards while also working on alternative plans for its vehicle design.


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A Different Kind of Green Movement: Seedling Growth in Space

A Different Kind of Green Movement: Seedling Growth in Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Plants-literally rooted in Earth-lack locomotion. And although plants may appear static, even the tiniest seedlings are sophisticated organisms that sense and respond to their environment. Seedlings may not travel, but they do move.

 

An international team of NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) researchers are studying the growth and development of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings - also known as "thale cress" - aboard the International Space Station to gain a better understanding of how plants adapt to weightless and low-gravity environments...

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Critical Thinking at BHCC's curator insight, October 21, 6:41 PM

Well, it's nice to see that even with reduced funding, and no space flights, other than back and forth between the ISS, NASA's still experimenting on things that will help us out in the future. *cough* moon colony *cough*


--Barrett

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SNC contracted for U.S. military technology demonstrator satellite

SNC contracted for U.S. military technology demonstrator satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Sparks, Nev. (UPI) Oct 15, 2014
A next-generation science and technology demonstration satellite is being built by the Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems unit for the U.S. military.
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Hill Times Promotes the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit

Hill Times Promotes the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The 50 year old, largely unofficial Canadian partnerships which tied together government, business and academia to define and inform our Canadian aerospace and space activities are about to split apart just in time for the expected Federal election tentatively scheduled for October 19th, 2015 and the best place for a ring side seat to watch the explosion would seem to be the fast approaching Canadian Aerospace Summit, which will be held in Ottawa, Ontario from November 18th - 19th. 

But while its an unlikely scenario, that's the subtext of the October 13th, 2014 Hill Times Aerospace Policy briefing,..

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Europe secures new generation of weather satellites

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Contracts were signed last week to build three pairs of MetOp Second Generation satellites, ensuring the continuity of essential information for global weather forecasting and climate monitoring for decades to come. MetOp-SG is a cooperative undertaking between ESA and Eumetsat, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites...

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Canadian Astronauts Hansen and Saint-Jacques Celebrate National Science and Technology Week 2014

Canadian Astronauts Hansen and Saint-Jacques Celebrate National Science and Technology Week 2014 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Canadian Space Agency astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques invite you to celebrate National Science and Technology Week from October 17-26, 2014.
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Alumnus elevates UTIAS entrepreneurship with $1-million gift

Alumnus elevates UTIAS entrepreneurship with $1-million gift | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Creating a multimillion-dollar company directly out of graduate school may not be rocket science, but for alumnusFrancis Shen (UTIAS MASc 8T3), a degree in aerospace engineering from theUniversity of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) certainly helped.

 

This past summer, Shen donated $1 million to the Institute to develop an entrepreneurship incubator, enabling future engineers with the competencies and opportunities he’s learned over decades in business...

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Hold On A Minute! SNC Files New Motion for Dream Chaser

Hold On A Minute! SNC Files New Motion for Dream Chaser | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal (yes, Andy Pasztor) reports that Sierra Nevada has taken its protest of NASA’s Commercial Crew award to a new level. According to the story, SNC has filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. seeking to prevent NASA from making payments to SpaceX and Boeing while the award is still under the protest process with GAO...

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ULA plans new rocket, restructuring amid defense cuts, SpaceX competition

ULA plans new rocket, restructuring amid defense cuts, SpaceX competition | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

United Launch Alliance is starting to develop a whole new rocket system and will be restructuring its processes and workforce to slash launch costs in half amid smaller military budgets and competition from SpaceX.


The result will be a smaller ULA in the near term, but one able to grow again and win new kinds of business in the long run, said Tory Bruno, new CEO of the Centennial-based rocket maker in his first interview since being appointed Aug. 12...

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Meet the Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Space Race

Meet the Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Space Race | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Call it the New Space Age. There's a reignited fervor for all things extraterrestrial, and entrepreneurs are leading the charge. From zero-gravity tourism to satellite and software development, themed entertainment and beyond, commercial enterprises are capitalizing on opportunities in the burgeoning space industry. As costly and risky as these endeavors may be, the possibility for reward is out of this world...

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US military's robot space plane lands back on Earth

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Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 17, 2014
A top secret US robot space plane landed back on Earth on Friday after a 22-month orbit, officials said, although the craft's mission remains shrouded in mystery.
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Foreign scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore science funding, freedom

Foreign scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore science funding, freedom | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end "burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists."
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4-D Printer Makes Shape-Shifting Wood

4-D Printer Makes Shape-Shifting Wood | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

One day you could buy a flat-packed piece of furniture from Ikea, take it home, wet it down with a garden hose and watch it self-assemble...

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Work completed on satellite launch center in Hainan

Work completed on satellite launch center in Hainan | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Construction of the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province, China's fourth and most advanced space launch center, has been completed and it will soon become operational, People's Daily reported on Friday...

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Argentina launches its first telecom satellite

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Argentina has successfully launched its first domestically designed and developed geostationary communications satellite Thursday, USA Today reported.

 

"ARSAT-1 is on its way to space. What a thrill," Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner wrote on her Twitter account.

 

The satellite will occupy the 81 West orbital slot, 36,000 km away from earth...

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Russian bank offers funds for GLONASS applications

Russian bank offers funds for GLONASS applications | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) is set to offer financial support for domestic companies to develop projects using the GLONASS navigation system in Russia and abroad pending government approval, Izvestia reports...

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Sierra Nevada "Lawyering Up" to Defend Dream Chaser Space Plane

Sierra Nevada "Lawyering Up" to Defend Dream Chaser Space Plane | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the builder of the Dream Chaser orbital space plane, has stepped up its legal fight against NASA in the wake of SNC's not being awarded part of the latest in a series of contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) beginning in 2017...

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Roswell celebrating early rocketeering pioneers with first-ever space convention

Roswell celebrating early rocketeering pioneers with first-ever space convention | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Roswell is once again celebrating objects in the sky, but it's not UFO's this time…it's rockets. Roswell's first-ever space convention kicked off Friday and honored the legendary rocketeer Robert Goddard...

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COM DEV wins contract for high throughput communications satellite

COM DEV wins contract for high throughput communications satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Oct. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that it has been awarded a fully funded contract in excess of $13 million to deliver Ka-band equipment, including multiplexers, switches and microwave equipment to be used on a high throughput communications satellite. The satellite is being built to add needed capacity to data communication users in Europe and Africa and address additional markets there and in the Americas. In addition to fixed beams it will also have steerable beams that can be directed to different regions depending on market demand.

 

Work on the contract will be carried out at the Company's facility in Cambridge, Ontario with completion expected byNovember 2015...

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Highland Capital has concerns over LORAL selling its Telesat shares

Highland Capital has concerns over LORAL selling its Telesat shares | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In August, James Dondero (from Highland Capital Management) sent a letter to Loral Space & Communication expressing his fund’s concerns regarding Loral selling itself to a consortium in Canada.


Even though previously, the public sources had claimed that Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:LORL) plans to sell only its subsidiary, Telesat Holdings, which is the company’s largest asset, later on it was said that the company’s board was looking into the offer to sell the whole company for around $80-$85 per share...

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3 Theories About the X-37B Space Plane

3 Theories About the X-37B Space Plane | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Air Force is planning another flight of its mysterious X-37B spaceplane, but still won’t say what it’s doing up there. Here, we examine three theories about the X-37B’s purpose...

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The Space Station Is Getting A UPS-Style Shipping Service

The Space Station Is Getting A UPS-Style Shipping Service | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A new vehicle design could enable same-day shipping from the ISS to Earth, making science experiments in microgravity cheaper and easier.
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Canadian space robot helping to save cancer patients on Earth

Canadian space robot helping to save cancer patients on Earth | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

You can say that this Robot is lending a hand, or a whole arm to helping breast cancer patients.

 

It's called the Image Guided Automated Robot, or IGAR. It fits in an MRI machine and allows for biopsies to be performed with ten times the accuracy of a human.

 

Dr. Mehran Anvari, Professor of Surgery at McMaster University says, "With our system as soon as they detect a lesion they can inform he system where it is and the robot does the rest. It has the capabilities to freeze the skin and do a biopsy on the lesion."

 

The technology comes from Canadarm - a Canadian made robot that flew on NASA's Space Shuttles...

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