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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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The Commercial Space Blog: 2015 Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing

The Commercial Space Blog: 2015 Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Periodically, the Commercial Space blog organizes, hosts and sponsors events to bring together industry experts for detailed in-person discussions, collaboration and networking on a wide variety of topics.

Our next event is the 2015 Commercial Space Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing, which will be held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on November 16th, 2015.  

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Space agency funds Guelph-based soil research - Guelph Mercury

Space agency funds Guelph-based soil research - Guelph Mercury | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

GUELPH — University of Guelph geography professor Aaron Berg is using space, and space-age technology, to help farmers grow crops and help meteorologists make forecasts.

 

Berg has received $280,000 from the Canadian Space Agency to help predict crop yields, floods, droughts and weather by studying global soil moisture levels using the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite...

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Iridium Delay Allows Glimpse of SpaceX Insurance Policy

Iridium Delay Allows Glimpse of SpaceX Insurance Policy | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications on July 30 said the Russian launch of its first two Iridium Next second-generation satellites would be delayed by two months, to December, because of a recent problem with hardware assuring the satellites’ Ka-band feeder links.

McLean, Virginia-based Iridium said that despite the delay, it still expects commercial launch provider SpaceX to conduct the seven following Iridium Next launches, each carrying 10 satellites, by the end of 2017.

Insurance officials in the past have said they want to see the first two Iridium Next satellites operational for around four months before underwriting coverage for the follow-on launches, to be sure there are no systemic issues on the satellites...


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Canada announces first satellite antenna in Inuvik - CBC.ca

Canada announces first satellite antenna in Inuvik - CBC.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian government’s newest satellite antenna is in operation, and with a $3.7 million announcement, Inuvik's satellite station is preparing for expansion...

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VIDEO | 2015 UK Space Conference in 3 Minutes - SpaceNews

VIDEO | 2015 UK Space Conference in 3 Minutes - SpaceNews | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Stephanie McClellan, reporting for Imperative Space, interviews some of the key players announcing significant partnerships at this year's UK Space Conference...

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Roscosmos to Set Up National Manned Spaceflight Center

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Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jul 30, 2015; Ex-cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev is tapped to be the head of Russia's future national center for manned flights to space, Russian media reported on Wednesday...

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US Navy is 3D Printing Custom Drones Onboard the USS Essex

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Back in April of last year, we reported that the United States Navy had installed a 3D printer onboard the USS Essex. This was quite a significant move at the t
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MacDonald Dettwiler reports second quarter 2015 results

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MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

 

The Company posted consolidated revenues of $524 million and operating earnings1 of $57 million, or $1.56 per share1, for the second quarter of 2015. These results compare to consolidated revenues of $553 million and operating earnings of $54 million, or $1.50 per share, for the same period of 2014. Second quarter net earnings in 2015 were $44 million compared to $36 million for the same period a year ago...

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Clearpath Robotics to open Silicon Valley office - Waterloo Record

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Robot manufacturer Clearpath Robotics is rolling into Silicon Valley with a new office.
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Russia schedules first Proton rocket launch since crash

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Moscow (AFP) July 29, 2015; Russia on Wednesday set a date for the first Proton rocket launch since an engine failure in May saw a Mexican satellite destroyed...

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Macdonald Dettwiler price target lowered to C$102.00 by BMO Capital Markets

Macdonald Dettwiler price target lowered to C$102.00 by BMO Capital Markets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Equities research analysts at BMO Capital Markets decreased their target price on shares of Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates (TSE:MDA) from C$107.00...

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Russian Scientist Faces High Treason Charge - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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A 75-year-old employee of a research branch of Russia's Space Agency (Roskosmos) has been placed under house arrest on suspicion of passing classified data to a foreign state...

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Space Research Supporting Canadian Farmers - Canada News Centre

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Member of Parliament Lawrence Toet (Elmwood-Transcona) today announced funding projects at five Canadian universities to analyze and compile measurements collected by NASA's Soil and Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite.

 

The SMAP mission will provide measurements of soil moisture and determine whether the ground is frozen or thawed in the Canadian boreal environment and other cold areas of the world. These measurements will help to produce global maps of soil moisture, helping scientists to better understand how changes in weather and climate affect the cycling of Earth's water and carbon...

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Federal science, tech announcements home in on Canada's Arctic - CBC.ca

Federal science, tech announcements home in on Canada's Arctic - CBC.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As Canada steers itself towards what could be the longest election campaign in history, here's a round-up of the government's last-minute science and technology announcements, many of which relate to the Arctic...

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$1.5M government funding for National Angel Capital Organization

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Today, Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $1.5 million in Western Diversification Program funding to NACO...

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Part 3 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program

Part 3 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Just three days after the termination of the Avro Arrow interceptor program James C. Floyd, chief engineer for the cancelled aircraft, was scheduled to speak in Montreal at a Canadian Aeronautical Institute conference. The event was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of flight in the Commonwealth. Floyd was supposed to chair the Space Flight session where he would introduce Hugh Dryden (Deputy Administrator of the brand-new American National Aeronautics and Space Agency) who had come to Canada to explain the workings of the American space program...

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CSA kicks in $1.6Mln CDN for companies to partner with Germany on disaster preparedness

CSA kicks in $1.6Mln CDN for companies to partner with Germany on disaster preparedness | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Today the Honorable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta—Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue announced that six Canadian companies will partner with German companies to undertake research to better understand environmental conditions so that Canadians can be better prepared for major events such as droughts and forest fires.

 

The Canadian Space Agency is providing a total of $1.6 million in funding as part of this announcement. Each Canadian company will receive approximately $300,000 over two years. This announcement will leverage at minimum an additional $575,000 in private sector investment...

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Big year ahead for James Webb telescope - BBC News

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It's been a long time coming but we really are now at the business end of building Hubble's successor, and the next few months should see the James Webb telescope finally start to take shape...

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ExactEarth postpones IPO

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CAMBRIDGE — ExactEarth Ltd. has put its plan to go public on hold.

The Cambridge-based company, a provider of technology used for tracking ocean-going ships, said in a news release Friday that its initial public offering of shares is "being postponed due to current challenging conditions in the capital markets."

 

ExactEarth, owned jointly by Cambridge-based satellite equipment company Com Dev International and Spanish satellite company Hisdesat Servicios Estrategicos S.A., filed a preliminary prospectus for an offering of shares in June...

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MacDonald, Dettwiler Q2 2015 Earnings Call Transcript

MacDonald, Dettwiler Q2 2015 Earnings Call Transcript | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Here's the transcript of the MacDonald, Dettwiler Q2 2015 earnings conference call, which was held on July 30th, 2015.

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Col. Chris Hadfield answers your space oddities - Macleans.ca

Col. Chris Hadfield answers your space oddities - Macleans.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Read some of the best answers from our live Facebook Q&A, where Canadian space hero Col. Chris Hadfield answered your questions...

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China's supercomputer to support world's largest radio telescope

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Tianjin (XNA) Jul 30, 2015; Supercomputer Skyeye-1, capable of a quadrillion computing operations per second, will support space exploration by the world's largest radio telescope based in southwest China's Guizhou Province...

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Lori Garver joins MacDonald Dettwiler board of directors

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RICHMOND, BC, July 30, 2015 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, is pleased to announce that Lori Garver has joined MDA's Board of Directors, effective immediately.


Ms. Garver served as Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 2009 to 2013. She previously worked at NASA from 1996 to 2001 within the Office of Policy and Plans, culminating in reporting directly to the NASA Administrator on NASA's policies and long range plans. Outside of NASA, Ms. Garver was Executive Director of the National Space Society for nine years and worked for Capital Space, LLC and DFI International as a Vice President. Ms. Garver currently serves as General Manager of the Air Line Pilots Association...

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ISRO is hoping its 'BIG' offering would gain popularity in the market

ISRO is hoping its 'BIG' offering would gain popularity in the market | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Indian space agency officials are hoping their BIG offering would soon benefit the masses and gain popularity in the market. "The BIG we refer to is actually an acronym for Bhuvan, Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) and GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN)," A S Ganeshan, project director of GAGAN, ISRO Satellite Centre, told IANS.

 

On July 13, India launched its satellite-based air navigation services and in the process joined a select group of nations comprising the US, European Union (EU) and Japan having a similar system...

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NASA tells lawmakers to brace for more Pluto secrets revealed by mission

NASA tells lawmakers to brace for more Pluto secrets revealed by mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Hoping to capture lawmakers’ imaginations and perhaps loosen their purse strings, NASA officials said Tuesday that the new scientific information gleaned from the New Horizons mission to Pluto was “revolutionizing” what they know about the icy dwarf planet...

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The StarSpot Episode 82: The First Female Private Space Explorer, with Anousheh Ansari

The StarSpot Episode 82: The First Female Private Space Explorer, with Anousheh Ansari | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Her name is synonymous with private space travel. Anousheh Ansari’s $10 million donation enabled the Ansari X-Prize to catalyze the private space industry. And in 2006 Ansari herself became the first female private space explorer when she visited the ISS. Today Anousheh Ansari joins us here at The Star Spot to discuss her amazing life and how the Space Ambassador aims to use her unique experiences to improve life on Earth...

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