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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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Chris Hadfield wows huge crowds at Milton library

Chris Hadfield wows huge crowds at Milton library | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MILTON — It really was an out of this world experience for more than 1,800 Milton residents who clamoured to get a glimpse of astronaut Chris Hadfield at the Milton Public Library on Monday night...

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Recent Proton loss to push up launch costs warns manufacturer

Recent Proton loss to push up launch costs warns manufacturer | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) May 27, 2015; The recent loss of the Proton-M rocket will push up launch costs and affect the overall number of contracts, the head of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center said Friday...

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The Google Lunar X-Prize is floundering

The Google Lunar X-Prize is floundering | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Google Lunar X-Prize (GLXP) is a $30 million purse to be awarded to the first private team to land a rover on the Moon and perform a set list of tasks there. It's been brewing for years. We have been treated to media releases, news of activities by various teams, conferences and speeches. It seemed like such a good idea to start this competition, following in the wake of the Ansari X-Prize for private human spaceflight that was claimed by Space Ship One in 2004.

 

It probably wasn't such a bad idea to introduce some minor deadline extensions when the difficulties of the task became apparent. But enough is enough. The GLXP has been changed and deferred so many times that it's starting to become comical. If its bosses don't draw a clear line in the regolith very soon, they will turn a great project into a fiasco...

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World Space Week an out of this world event for North Bay

World Space Week an out of this world event for North Bay | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This is going to give us global exposure and let the world know that North Bay has a vision for the future of its aerospace industry,” said Mayor Al McDonald...

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NASA Invites Innovative Early-Stage Technology Proposals

NASA Invites Innovative Early-Stage Technology Proposals | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2015; NASA is seeking proposals from universities for early stage technology development that will support the agency's long-term plans for human exploration of Mars and scientific study of our solar system and beyond...

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UAE eyes "first Arab unmanned probe" to Mars by 2021

UAE eyes "first Arab unmanned probe" to Mars by 2021 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Abu Dhabi (XNA) May 26, 2015; The United Arab Emirates on Monday kicked off a strategic framework for its newly founded space agency that aims to launch satellite missions and the "first Arab unmanned probe" to Mars by 2021...

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XCOR Receives Funding From Chinese Venture Capital Firm

XCOR Receives Funding From Chinese Venture Capital Firm | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

XCOR hasn’t announced this yet, but Haiyin Capital’s investment is listed on the venture capital firm’s website and was mentioned in a story by Fortune:


The trip is organized by Chinese venture capital firm Haiyin Capital, which just finished dispersing its third fund of $50 million into mostly U.S. tech startups like energy storage startup LightSail Energy, based in the Bay Area, solar tech startup 1366 technologies, located just outside of Boston, private space flight company XCOR Aerospace, in Mojave, Calif., and crowdfunding company AngelList (distributed offices)...

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Liberal MPs hold press conference on muzzling of scientists

Liberal MPs hold press conference on muzzling of scientists | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Three Liberal MPs will call on the Harper government Tuesday to change its policy on the freedom of its scientists to speak publicly...

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SpaceX Dragon Helping FAA Free Up More Airspace | Aviation Week

SpaceX Dragon Helping FAA Free Up More Airspace | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The FAA is beta-testing a new air traffic tool with the help of data from SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, a task that signals a major shift in how the agency will manage restricted airspace around future space launches and reentries...

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Japan to redesign cargo spacecraft for cost-saving, multifunction

Japan to redesign cargo spacecraft for cost-saving, multifunction | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Tokyo (XNA) May 25, 2015; Japan's unmanned cargo spacecraft Kounotori, which delivers supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), may be redesigned to save cost and for multipurpose use...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Three Small Fusion Companies Approaching Critical Funding Mass

The Commercial Space Blog: Three Small Fusion Companies Approaching Critical Funding Mass | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Over the past week, three small companies working to commercialize alternative forms of fusion power have received significant new funding from both government and private sources. This influx of funding will allow these innovative firms to press forward with this world-changing technology...

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India Likely To Launch "Astrosat" Its Own Space Telescope In October - FitnHit.com

India Likely To Launch "Astrosat" Its Own Space Telescope In October - FitnHit.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

India is likely to launch its first ever dedicated astronomy mission called "ASTROSAT" by ISRO which is intended for examining distant celestial objects...

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China Plans First Ever Landing on the Dark Side of the Moon

China Plans First Ever Landing on the Dark Side of the Moon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) May 22, 2015; What lies on the dark side of the moon? The ruined civilization of our lunar forbearers? A pile of overplayed Pink Floyd records?...

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ISRO to Test Plane-Shaped Reusable Launch Vehicle in July

ISRO to Test Plane-Shaped Reusable Launch Vehicle in July | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New Delhi (IANS) May 27, 2015; Come second half of July, India's space agency is likely to test a small model of reusable launch vehicle shaped like an aeroplane, said a senior official...

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ISS module relocation makes way for Commercial Crew spacecraft

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Houston TX (SPX) May 27, 2015 The International Space Station Program will take the next step in expanding a robust commercial market in low-Earth orbit when work continues Wednesday, May 27, to prepare the orbiting laboratory for the future...

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Liberals call on Stephen Harper to stop muzzling scientists

Liberals call on Stephen Harper to stop muzzling scientists | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA – Today, Liberals called on Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to end their muzzling of scientists and create a Chief Science Officer for Canada.


“I have met with scientists and Canadians across the country, and it is clear they are deeply troubled by Mr. Harper’s suppressing of science and muzzling of scientists,” said Liberal Critic for Science and Technology, Ted Hsu. “Canadians expect their government to embrace fair, evidence-based policy. Liberals are committed to re-establishing a respectful relationship with government scientists and making their publicly-funded research accessible to Canadians...

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Federal government support Canada-Israel Space Cooperation

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The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, today announced that two Canadian space firms will be conducting concept studies for potential Canada–Israel space missions.

 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Israel Space Agency (ISA) seek to develop advanced applications in satellite communications and position both the Canadian and Israeli space sector to play a significant role in this growing global market.

 

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) will study the feasibility of an advanced payload for a potential future mission that would enhance the flexibility of next generation satellite communications. The firm will conduct this study in partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI).

 

COM DEV International Ltd. (COM DEV) with exactEarthTM will evaluate the feasibility of a potential Israel–Canada Advanced Radio & thermal-location μ (micro) Satellite (ICARUS) mission.

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Three Soyuz-2 launch pads to be built at Plesetsk by 2019

Three Soyuz-2 launch pads to be built at Plesetsk by 2019 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) May 25, 2015; Three separate launch pads for Soyuz-2 rockets will be built at the Plesetsk space center in northwestern Russia after its renovation is over by 2019, a defense ministry spokesman said Thursday...

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Flawed Debates begets false choices beyond LEO - Part Two

Flawed Debates begets false choices beyond LEO - Part Two | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New technologies allow us to go back to the Moon at a fraction the cost of Apollo, and now, even private efforts like the Google X Prize contestants are underway to land and execute exploration missions there. There is even a private venture to establish a lunar observatory called the International Lunar Observatory Association(ILOA). NASA has not turned a blind eye to these activities...

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Marc Garneau should read "100 Years of Canadian Aerospace History" in the Commercial Space blog

Liberal MP Marc Garneau, shown here speaking at the 2015 International Space Development Conference, which was held in Toronto, from May 20th - 24th, certainly promotes a different historical narrative of Canada in space.

 

Check out his presentation above and compare it to Robert Godwin's presentation on "100 Years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield" to see where they agree and disagree. 

 

Part one of "100 Years," which focuses on Verne, The Fur Country, G.Y. Kaufman, Baldwin, McCurdy & Balfour Currie is available online at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2015/02/100-years-of-aerospace-history-in.html.

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The Commercial Space Blog: Getting out the Space Vote For a Fall Election

The Commercial Space Blog: Getting out the Space Vote For a Fall Election | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's scheduled for October 8th - 10th, just days before the expected Canadian general election on October 19th, and will occur in the Nipissing-Timiskaming riding of conservative MP Jay Aspin, who is not only the chair of the parliamentary space caucus but also the vice-chair of the parliamentary aerospace caucus.

 

Aspin even announced the event.

 

North Bay, Ontario will mark World Space Week, a fall event which normally focuses more on the scientific and educational benefits surrounding space exploration, by hosting a local three-day event aimed at helping to promote the city's recent efforts to attract aviation, aerospace and space industries...

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Russian Space Program Costs Soar 30% Over Sanctions

Russian Space Program Costs Soar 30% Over Sanctions | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) May 25, 2015; The total costs of Russia's Federal Space Program have increased 30 percent because of Western-imposed sanctions, Roscosmos Statistics Secretary Denis Lyskov said Thursday...

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HELLADS laser weapon to undergo field testing

HELLADS laser weapon to undergo field testing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington (UPI) May 25, 2015; A new laser from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to undergo field tests after successfully demonstrating its laser power and beam quality...

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The US has space experts worried about an extra-terrestrial land grab

The US has space experts worried about an extra-terrestrial land grab | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Asteroid miners eager to raise funds to raid space rocks—some of which are packed with minerals valued in the trillions of dollars—are faced with a legal code that was never meant to apply to private enterprise in space...

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Patent for Navy small space debris tracker

Patent for Navy small space debris tracker | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A U.S. Navy device that detects small debris in space and provides data on their trajectory has been granted a U.S. patent.

 

The Optical Orbital Debris Spotter from the Naval Research Laboratory is compact in size, uses low power and can be integrated into larger satellite designs or flown independently onboard nano-satellite platforms, the Navy said...

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