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

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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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Russian Military plans switch to Soyuz, Angara launchers From 2016

Russian Military plans switch to Soyuz, Angara launchers From 2016 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 29, 2014 The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to stop using the Rokot light rocket carrier from 2016 because of its reliance on imported parts and will switch to the Soyuz and Angara carriers, Aerospace Defense Forces...

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China Aims for the Moon, Plans to Bring Back Lunar Soil

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Chinese scientists are in the course of developing a recoverable lunar robotic spacecraft Chang'e 5 that is to reach the Moon by 2017 with a mission to deliver samples of rock and soil back to Earth, according to Space Industry News.

 

"The development of Chang'e 5 is proceeding smoothly," a China State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry spokesman Wu Zhijian was cited as saying by an online media publication China Topix...

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AIAC Confirms Impressive Lineup of Industry Executives for Canadian Aerospace Summit

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Ottawa (Ontario) – NASA, the Pentagon, Boeing, and Bell Helicopter Textron Canada are among the top-tier industry and government leaders who will be speaking at the Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa this November.

 

"Our lineup of speakers at this year's Summit is very impressive," said Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), which hosts the annual event. "The Summit is focused on equipping aerospace executives and their teams from around the world to deliver results in a global market. We are very pleased to offer presenters with such a vast range of experience and expertise to our attendees...

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Defence scientists in Arctic conduct sonar and robotic experiments - Ottawa Citizen

Defence scientists in Arctic conduct sonar and robotic experiments - Ottawa Citizen | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Scientists from Defence Research and Development Canada have been in the Arctic conducting various experiments. They are assessing and the impact that low water temperatures have on the performance of various types of imaging sonars.

 

DRDC is involved in the Joint Arctic Experiment 2014. That focuses on the employment of unmanned and autonomous systems and communication systems. The experiment will be held at CFS Alert. This photo of a robotic vehicle from the experiments was posted on a DRDC twitter page but it prompted some snide comments such as: “So let me get this straight US gets high-tech unmanned bombers and we get this…”

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The StarSpot episode 59: Brown Dwarfs: Super Planet or Failed Star?, with Stanimir Metchev

The StarSpot episode 59: Brown Dwarfs: Super Planet or Failed Star?, with Stanimir Metchev | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Brown dwarfs: giant planets or failed stars? The debate rages on with comparable intensity to the surprisingly violent storms seen to roil these fascinating bodies. To help settle the debate, and for cutting edge discoveries of brown dwarfs and their startling behaviour, Stanimir Metchev joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot...

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Tech resurgence on Canadian public markets gives firms new funding opportunities

Tech resurgence on Canadian public markets gives firms new funding opportunities | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After an uncertain first decade of the 21st century, Canadian technology companies have been mounting a comeback on Canada’s leading public equities markets, Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV). The performance of the innovation sector – comprised of the technology, clean technology, renewable energy, and life sciences sectors – on the two exchanges has thrust it back into a well-deserved spotlight and is giving companies (and their backers) new options for raising capital...


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How the SpaceX economy can make you money

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Dramatic rocket launches capture our attention, but opportunities to invest in the commercial space industry (also known as NewSpace) should not be overlooked.

 

In contrast to the traditional model of large government-run programs, NewSpace is a global industry of private companies and entrepreneurs who primarily target commercial customers, are backed by risk capital seeking a return and profit from innovative products or services developed in or for space. As a result, from large publicly traded companies to nimble start-ups, there have never been more (or better) opportunities to invest in the future of space.


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UTIAS-SFL satellite still "Lost in space"

UTIAS-SFL satellite still "Lost in space" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

About once a day, mission controllers at the University of Toronto’s Space Flight Laboratory point a radio dish at a piece of orbiting space debris and say “Hello” to Montreal. One day they hope to get an answer back.

 

In this case, Montreal is not a city but the name of a small Canadian astronomy satellite launched from Russia on June 19 along with more than 30 others. All, including Montreal’s sister satellite named Toronto, were successfully lofted into orbit by a re-purposed Soviet-era missile.

 

But Montreal failed to signal Earth after launch and has not shown up on radar.

 

Its disappearance has left engineers with a million-dollar mystery.

There is also a lingering tension among engineers at the Downsview, Ont., laboratory over how little information they’ve been able to pry from the satellite’s Moscow-based launch provider, ISC Kosmotras...

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Australia approves GPS project

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Canberra, Australia (UPI) Aug 26, 2014
The Australian government has approved a project to upgrade its military's global positioning system capability and its protection against jamming.
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The Star Spot partnered with Rexdale Summer of Innovation Camp

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As a sign of the growth and maturity of our program, The Star Spot came to the attention of the Rexdale Summer of Innovation Camp, a project of the Rexdale Community Hub. The camp is the brainchild of Amra Munawar, a dedicated community activist and a champion of youth education. Working with major sponsors United Way and IBM, she pioneered the idea of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focused summer camp for students in the Rexdale neighborhoods...

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Experts probe launch failure for EU's satnav project

Experts probe launch failure for EU's satnav project | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Aug 25, 2014
Experts are racing to identify and fix a problem that saw two satellites from Europe's troubled Galileo satnav programme sent into the wrong orbit.
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Astrotech Space Operations now a Lockheed Martin subsidiary

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Bethesda, Md. (UPI) Aug 25, 2014
Lockheed Martin has announced the completion of its acquisition of Astrotech Space Operations, previously part of Astrotech Corporation.
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Going Up: LiftPort Gets Set for Crowdfunded Space Elevator Test

Going Up: LiftPort Gets Set for Crowdfunded Space Elevator Test | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

r decades, visionaries have dreamed about building space elevators that could carry payloads into orbit for a fraction of what it costs for a rocket launch — and even though that multibillion-dollar construction project is still little more than a vision, a crowdfunded experiment could soon take one small step toward outer space.

 

The test calls for launching a high-altitude balloon on the end of a string that will stretch as far as 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) in length — and then setting loose a robotic climber to make its way up the string, all the way to the top. It would be the most ambitious test ever conducted by the LiftPort Group, a Tacoma, Washington-based venture specializing in space elevator technology...

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Russian official criticizes excessive use of foreign space equipment

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The decision to use foreign hardware in Russian space rocket industry was a strategic mistake which had harmed reliability of the final products, a senior Russian official in the space industry said Wednesday.

 

"The decision to use foreign electronics instead of domestic ones was immature," Vice President of the United Rocket and Space Corporation Gennady Raikunov told reporters at his appointment ceremony.

 

Russian commercial satellites use up to 75 percent of foreign-made hardware, which has been the main source of problems, he said...

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New Space Accelerator Seeking to Jumpstart Australian Space Industry - Via Satellite

New Space Accelerator Seeking to Jumpstart Australian Space Industry - Via Satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
[Via Satellite 08-26-2014] Delta-V, a new space industry accelerator, hopes to create a $1 billion commercial space industry in Australia. Ranked by the World Bank as a high-income country with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $1.561 trillion in 2013, Australia has high potential to be one of the world’s next satellite industry hubs. Delta-V [...]
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The Business of Innovation: The StoneCracker Scientific Legal Network

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While some, as represented by the August 15th, 2014 Globe and Mail article “Is there an innovation gap in Canada?” question whether our great white north is even able to bring new and innovative ideas to market; others, like those behind the Alberta based Stonecracker Scientific Legal Network, think the real issue is simply getting the right support people to build upon existing and acknowledged Canadian expertise.

 

At least that’s the perspective advanced by Stonecracker founding partner Kevin Wong...


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The new OMX innovation blog

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A new project I've been working on, the OMX innovation blog which focuses not just on space, but also on the broader question of innovation...

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Update on Galileo launch injection anomaly

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Work at ESA's ESOC control centre continues relentlessly on the two Galileo satellites.
 

Despite the non-nominal orbit, the satellites are safely under control after they were released from the launcher upper stage and their orbital position was determined by the European ground teams deployed at ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany...

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The two satellites were launched into the wrong orbit last week...

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Canada, the Accidental Tax Haven - Businessweek

Canada, the Accidental Tax Haven - Businessweek | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Is Canada a tax haven? You could be forgiven for asking the question after hearing that Burger King (BKW), founded in Miami in 1954, plans to move its headquarters north of the border as part of its purchase of Tim Hortons (THI), the Ontario-based coffee and doughnut chain. Burger King insists its deal isn’t tax-motivated. Still, it is treading a path that others have used to lower their tax bills...


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SpaceX Alum Goes After Falcon 1 Market With Firefly

SpaceX Alum Goes After Falcon 1 Market With Firefly | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As entrepreneurial “New Space” grows up, veterans of its early days are finding innovative ways to tackle old problems and enter emerging markets that did not exist when their industry was an infant—a decade ago.

 

Thomas E. Markusic, a propulsion engineer who cut his New Space teeth running Elon Musk’s flight-test center in Texas and later held senior posts at Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, has kicked off a startup called Firefly Space Systems that is developing  a low-cost Falcon 1-class launch vehicle to launch small satellites using a methane-fueled aerospike engine and composite cryotanks...

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Officials expand space-tracking website

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Defense Department officials announced additions to its space situational awareness program's Space-Track.org website.

In a recent telephone interview with DOD News, Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, U.S. Strategic Command's director of plans and policy at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, said the release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of an unknown origin will help owner-operators better protect their satellites from objects and ultimately create less space debris.

 

"We run a predictive program that shows where the objects are, where they will be in the future, and the potential for these objects to run into each other," Thompson said...

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Canadian Space Agency funding more firms to develop apps from Earth imaging data

Canadian Space Agency funding more firms to develop apps from Earth imaging data | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Nine firms, four of them from Quebec, have qualified for funds from the Canadian Space Agency to develop projects that will use data collected by CSA space missions.
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According to the article, "each project in areas like “security, maritime surveillance; agriculture; environmental protection; river and ice cover monitoring; and land movement” will receive up to $100,000 over a period of 18 months. The company must cover at least 25 per cent of the over project’s overall value."

 

Among the qualifying companies are PCI Geomatics Enterprise Inc., of Gatineau, Dromadaire Geo-Innovations Inc., of Montreal, GlobVision Inc., of St-Laurent and Effigis Géo-Solutions Inc., of Montreal. Several have been funded previously in this area.

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Hypersonic weapon detonated after lift-off: US military

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Washington (AFP) Aug 25, 2014
The US military had to detonate a hypersonic weapon seconds after lift-off Monday due to a technical problem, cutting short a flight test for the experimental project, officials said.
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SpaceX makes late call to delay ASIASAT-6 launch

SpaceX makes late call to delay ASIASAT-6 launch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX has delayed the launch of its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket – tasked with lofting the ASIASAT-6 satellite into orbit – for at least several days. The call was made by CEO Elon Musk shortly after the rocket had been erected at her Space Launch Complex -40 (SLC-40) pad, with the rationale based on giving the team more time to evaluate the health of the launch vehicle.


No specific reasons have been provided as to why the call was made, although engineers had been working on a helium leak throughout the past 24 hours or so.

 


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Open Source Development of Earth Imaging Data Applications

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Two recent announcements, one American and one Canadian, highlight the growing influence of open source development methodologies in the processing of Earth image data.

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