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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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The National Space Society Comes to Toronto in May 2015

The National Space Society Comes to Toronto in May 2015 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For the second time in under a year, a major international space conference is setting up shop in Toronto. 

 

Hot on the heels of very successful 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2014) comes the 2015 International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2015) which will be held in Toronto, ON from May 20th - 24th, 2015...

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Cranking Up Expendable SSME | Aviation Week

Aerojet Rocketdyne Cranking Up Expendable SSME | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A critical leftover from the space shuttle program is scheduled to continue flying well into the 2020s, but with a key difference. NASA has 16 space shuttle main engines (SSMEs), plus two ground-test articles, and it plans to use them all—four at a time—to power the first stage of its heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS). Designed for multiple flights, the reusable powerplants will get one more mission each before winding up in the ocean...

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Europe to resume satnav launches in March: Arianespace

Europe to resume satnav launches in March: Arianespace | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris (AFP) Jan 28, 2015; Europe in March will resume satellite launches for its troubled Galileo navigation system, hoping to boost by at least six the number of orbiters this year, Arianespace and the European Commission said Wednesday...

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Satellites for peat's sake

Satellites for peat's sake | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (ESA) Jan 27, 2015
Satellites can help us to safeguard nature's richest carbon storehouses - peatlands. Peatlands make up just 3% of land but capture twice as much carbon as all forests combined.
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Congressman claims relying on GLONASS jeopardizes US lives

Congressman claims relying on GLONASS jeopardizes US lives | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Depending on a Russian satellite system to route US emergency phone calls, as outlined in a proposal being considered by the US government's main communications agency, would endanger the lives of American citizens, US Congressman Mike Rogers' spokesperson Shea Miller told Sputnik...

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Photo Gallery: Land of Opportunity in Space | Aviation Week

Photo Gallery: Land of Opportunity in Space | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The boom in small Earth-observation satellites is expanding a market in which businesses and governments alike can gather valuable insight for monitoring climate change, political hot spots, business activities and disaster zones...

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NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Outline Objectives to ISS Flights

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Outline Objectives to ISS Flights | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Jan 27, 2015 American spacecraft systems testing followed by increasingly complex flight tests and ultimately astronauts flying orbital flights will pave the way to operational missions during the next few years...

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The StarSpot Episode 69: Dynamic Stars and Ubiquitous Disks: Part 1, with Aaron Sigut and Carol Jones

The StarSpot Episode 69: Dynamic Stars and Ubiquitous Disks: Part 1, with Aaron Sigut and Carol Jones | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Disks are ubiquitous in our universe. They are found in the spiral arms of galaxies. They are found among new and old stars, whether in the protoplanetary gas associated with stellar births or the black holes which follow many stellar deaths.

 

Today we have a special treat. I’m excited to be joined by both Carol Jones and Aaron Sigut here at The Star Spot for the first of a special two-part series...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Elon Musk as a Big Pimpin Playah! Raises $1Bln USD for SpaceX

The Commercial Space Blog: Elon Musk as a Big Pimpin Playah! Raises $1Bln USD for SpaceX | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On January 20th, Hawthorne,CA based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) confirmed that it has raised approx. $1Bln USD ($1.24Bln CDN) from two new powerhouse investors, Mountain View, CA based Google Inc. and Boston, MA based Fidelity Investments.

 

The deal will not only provide SpaceX with the capital needed to achieve its goals, but also marks a watershed moment in the history of the NewSpace industry...

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Richard Branson also went to Davos according to the Financial Times

Richard Branson also went to Davos according to the Financial Times | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Richard Branson will press on with his Virgin space tourism venture despite the fatal crash of one of his rocket ships in October and hopes eventually to use it for high-speed flights around the Earth. Sir Richard, whose Virgin Galactic venture this
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Europe’s IVX spaceplane on a trajectory for February launch | NASASpaceFlight.com

Europe’s IVX spaceplane on a trajectory for February launch | NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) spaceplane is finally into its final processing flow towards launch, following the loading of propellants and work...

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Asteroid mining executive Chris Lewicki goes to Davos

Asteroid mining executive Chris Lewicki goes to Davos | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In Davos, you meet a lot of people who do interesting and unusual things. After all, those who are part of the global elite dream big.

On a shuttle, I sat across from someone who was fighting corruption in Angola and elsewhere. Next to me was the photographer Platon (he goes by one name), who chased Edward Snowden for a year before photographing him hugging a flag for Wired. He now has a non-profit that plans to raise awareness about human rights issues through portraiture.

 

But Chris Lewicki has by far the most out there (literally) job of anyone I have ever met at the World Economic Forum...

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THE SIMPSONS: As Vibrant As Detroit Itself from "The Musk Who Fell To Earth" - ANIMATION on FOX | YouTube

Mr. Burns comes face to face with Elon Musk.


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Back To The Moon For Good; A Google documentary on history, the Lunar Xprize & returning to the Moon

Back To The Moon For Good; A Google documentary on history, the Lunar Xprize & returning to the Moon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Watch our cool movie about going back to the Moon. In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Narrated by Tim Allen (voice of Buzz Lightyear), this is a complete behind-the-scenes feature on the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE...

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Orbital Stockholders Approve ATK Division Merger

Orbital Stockholders Approve ATK Division Merger | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Dulles VA (SPX) Jan 28, 2015; Orbital Sciences has announced that at a special meeting held this morning, the company's stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with the Aerospace and Defense Groups of Alliant Techsystems...

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NASA expects continued use of Soyuz in era of commercial spaceships

NASA expects continued use of Soyuz in era of commercial spaceships | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA hopes to begin launching U.S. and partner astronauts to the space station aboard Boeing and SpaceX ferry craft in the 2017 timeframe, but agency managers expect to continue sending crew members up aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft — and Russian cosmonauts aloft aboard U.S. vehicles — as a hedge against problems, like crew illness, that could force some station crew members to make an emergency return to Earth...

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3D Printing In Space: Four Months of Made in Space experiments aboard the ISS

3D Printing In Space: Four Months of Made in Space experiments aboard the ISS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The world’s first Zero-Gravity 3D Printer has completed its initial task. Fourteen unique objects have now been additively manufactured on the International Space Station as part of the 3D Printing in Zero-Gravity Technology Demonstration...

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SpaceBillboard, the first billboard in Space ready for launch

SpaceBillboard, the first billboard in Space ready for launch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Jan 28, 2015; A European startup is set to launch the world's first electronic "billboard in space" in a milestone that marks the increasing importance of cubesats to space exploration...

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Canadian Space Tech to Help Sick Children

Canadian Space Tech to Help Sick Children | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Not much rivals the dexterity of a good surgeon's hands. But humans being humans, fatigue or even tremors after a long day at the hospital can make things challenging, especially when operating on small children ...

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NASA's CATS Installed on ISS by Robotic Handoff

NASA's CATS Installed on ISS by Robotic Handoff | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On Jan. 22, 2015, robotic flight controllers successfully installed NASA's Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) aboard the International Space Station through a robotic handoff - the first time one robotic arm on station has worked in concert with a second robotic arm.

 

CATS will collect data about clouds, volcanic ash plumes and tiny airborne particles that can help improve our understanding of aerosol and cloud interactions and improve the accuracy of climate change models...

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Boeing will be first to carry US astronauts to space

Boeing will be first to carry US astronauts to space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Miami (AFP) Jan 26, 2015: Boeing will be the first commercial company to carry a NASA astronaut to space in July 2017 under a contract with the US space agency, followed by its competitor SpaceX, officials said Monday...

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Canadian Space Company UrtheCast is Hiring

Canadian Space Company UrtheCast is Hiring | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

BC based UrtheCast is opening new offices and hiring new people. The firm has announced plans to open a second office in Vancouver able to house up to 40 engineers, video specialists, GIS experts, web developers and space systems engineers.


The additional space is required to support staff expected to be hired to fulfill a $65Mln CDN, five year contract signed last November with an unnamed, "confidential customer" for the provision of "engineering services, value-added services, and Earth imagery data." The new facilities are expected to open in March 2015...

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Virgin Galactic to test new rocket without longtime aerospace partner, Scales Composites

Virgin Galactic to test new rocket without longtime aerospace partner, Scales Composites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After last year's fatal crash, Richard Branson 's Virgin Galactic will now test its new SpaceShipTwo rocket without its longtime aerospace partner that designed and built the first plane...

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NGA Eyes Role for Small Sats | Aviation Week

NGA Eyes Role for Small Sats | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is in the early stages of crafting a strategy to leverage the influx of imagery available from what agency director Robert Cardillo calls an “explosion” of new information services providers.

 

The strategy will include money, but how much is not yet known...

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Google Lunar XPrize: Moon Express's unorthodox approach to the prize

Google Lunar XPrize: Moon Express's unorthodox approach to the prize | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The criteria for winning the grand $20 million Google Lunar XPrize seems fairly straightforward: Land on the moon, cross a distance of 500 meters and send back high-definition footage to Earth along the way. The natural solution to the problem, indeed the one that most of the GLXP competitors have envisioned, is to gently deposit a rover upon the lunar surface and then let it pick its way across the required distance, dodging rocks and other moon junk along the way.

 

For the Mountain View-based Moon Express team, however, they're taking a rather different approach...

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NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto

NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington (AFP) Jan 25, 2015: Nine years after leaving Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is at last drawing close to Pluto and on Sunday was expected to start shooting photographs of the dwarf planet...

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