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NASA Sets Next SpaceX Dragon Mission, Invites Social Media Users

NASA Sets Next SpaceX Dragon Mission, Invites Social Media Users | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Will Select 50 Social Media Users to Attend Launch HOUSTON, Texas — NASA and its international partners are targeting Friday, March 1, as the launch date for the next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station by Space Exploration...
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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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Intel plans to put $50M into quantum computing research

Intel plans to put $50M into quantum computing research | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

US chip colossus Intel on Thursday said that it will put $50 million and engineering resources into an alliance on quantum computing that could radically advance complex problem-solving...

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Inspired by “Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,” NASA plans to hitch rides on asteroids

Inspired by “Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,” NASA plans to hitch rides on asteroids | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

If this were the creation of some space-obsessed civilian, it would probably be written off as ludicrous. But it’s anything but.

 

A project currently in development at NASA, inspired by the 1970s science-fiction series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, aims to create a system in which spacecraft land on comets and asteroids using very strong harpoons attached to very long tethers. Each spacecraft would then untether itself and eject from the celestial body to go on its merry way, having successfully hitched a ride...

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Russia Eyes Moon for Hi-Tech Lunar Base

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Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 04, 2015; More than four decades after humans last walked on the moon, Russian space agency Roscosmos is sending a robotic spacecraft to the moon to scope out potential locations for a planned lunar base...

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First Commercial ISS Crew Could Start Training Early Next Year

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Boeing says it is on track to fly its CST-100 commercial crew vehicle in September and December 2017 for the first U.S.-launched human missions to the International Space Station since 2011...

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Rick Hansen reaching for stars - London Community News

Rick Hansen reaching for stars - London Community News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

He’s soared high in the sky and spent a week at the bottom of the sea, but what this London-born, married father of three really has his sights on is out of this world...

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Space Station Schedule May Delay Antares Return to Flight | SpaceNews.com

Space Station Schedule May Delay Antares Return to Flight | SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

PASADENA, Calif. — While Orbital ATK says it is on schedule to have the new version of its Antares launch vehicle ready for flight in March, the vehicle’s first launch may be delayed by other missions to the International Space Station, including a Cygnus cargo spacecraft launching on an Atlas 5.

“Our initial launch capability for the re-engined Antares is scheduled for March of 2016,” said Mark Pieczynski, vice president of strategy and business development for Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group, in a panel session at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Space 2015 conference here Sept. 1.

Pieczynski said work replacing the AJ-26 engines previously used on the first stage of the Antares with RD-181 engines was on schedule. That effort, he said, includes a static fire test of the vehicle on the pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia planned for January.


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The FBI was Afraid that Ray Bradbury was Spreading Communism Through Science Fiction - disinformation

The FBI was Afraid that Ray Bradbury was Spreading Communism Through Science Fiction - disinformation | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI was worried that Ray Bradbury was spreading communist ideals through his writings.

 

They were particularly concerned about The Martian Chronicles because of the “repeated theme that earthmen are despoilers and not developers.” Even more ludicrous, FBI informant Martin Berkeley called science fiction a "lucrative field for the introduction of Communist ideology...

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Toppled by ISIS, but imaged by UrtheCast, here are some of the last images of Syria's Temple of Bel

Toppled by ISIS, but imaged by UrtheCast, here are some of the last images of Syria's Temple of Bel | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Confirmed by a UN-led analysis of UrtheCast imagery, one of the most culturally significant pieces of historic architecture in the world has been destroyed by the extremist militant group ISIS.

 

The 2,000 year-old Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, was demolished in August of 2015, as reported on Aug. 31 by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT). The incident comes in the wake of other recent events of cultural destruction perpetrated the militant group, stirring a collective uproar across the world...

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CATA Alliance crowdfunding a "Competitive Innovation Nation Advocacy"

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The Canadian Advance Technology Alliance (CATA Alliance) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for addressing "weaknesses in Canada’s innovation and competitive performance."

 

Called a "Competitive Innovation Nation Campaign," it is currently running on the Indogogo website at at http://igg.me/at/innovationnation


According to the website, the goal of the campaign is to "cultivate every advantage and eliminate every barrier to competitiveness, in order to realize our mission of moving Canada to 1st place or an A grade in innovation and global competitiveness...


The campaign will run for the next 60 days and is expected to raise $50,000 CDN...

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SpaceX Reviewing Suppliers' Quality Control Before Renewing Launches - Wall Street Journal

SpaceX Reviewing Suppliers' Quality Control Before Renewing Launches - Wall Street Journal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is conducting a review of quality-control issues affecting its suppliers before the anticipated resumption of Falcon 9 rocket launches late this fall, according to company officials...

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DARPA project studies new uses for drones

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Arlington, Va. (UPI) Aug 31, 2015
The U.S. military is launching a program for the use of air-recoverable swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles, each with coordinated, distributed capabilities.
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Rocket Launches Crew of 3 Toward Space Station : DNews

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Three new crew members launched toward the International Space Station early Wednesday morning...

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The Commercial Space Blog: What Waterloo Engineering Dean Pearl Sullivan Really, Really Wants!

The Commercial Space Blog: What Waterloo Engineering Dean Pearl Sullivan Really, Really Wants! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Dean of the Canada's largest engineering faculty is leading the charge to raise $70Mln CDN to "educate the engineer of the future" as part of the University of Waterloo Engineer of the Future campaign.

 

"We don't want to just expand our numbers," University of Waterloo Dean of Engineering Pearl Sullivan said during a recent interview. "If you really want a good engineer, one who possesses cross-functional skills and capabilities, you need someone who understands the physical world and how scientific theories and the mathematical calculations one learns as an engineering student relates directly to this world...

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Is Silicon Valley in Another Bubble . . . and What Could Burst It?

Is Silicon Valley in Another Bubble . . . and What Could Burst It? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With the tech industry awash in cash and 100 “unicorn” start-ups now valued at $1 billion or more, Silicon Valley can’t escape the question. Nick Bilton reports...

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'Hedgehog' Robots Hop, Tumble in Microgravity

'Hedgehog' Robots Hop, Tumble in Microgravity | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 04, 2015; Hopping, tumbling and flipping over are not typical maneuvers you would expect from a spacecraft exploring other worlds. Traditional Mars rovers, for example, roll around on wheels, and they can't operate upside-down...

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Self-sweeping laser could dramatically shrink 3-D mapping systems

Self-sweeping laser could dramatically shrink 3-D mapping systems | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2015; A new approach that uses light to move mirrors could usher in a new generation of laser technology for a wide range of applications, including remote sensing, self-driving car navigation and 3D biomedical imaging...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Part 8 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program

The Commercial Space Blog: Part 8 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Diefenbaker's decision to not equip Bomarc with nuclear warheads would lead to an unparalleled rift between the USA and Canada. Demonstrating an almost breathtaking ignorance of the situation one of the options Diefenbaker's cabinet had seriously considered was having the nuclear warheads delivered to Canada only in the case of an emergency. They would only be fitted to the delivery systems when required, apparently accepting the fact that the fallout would still rain down on Canada.[1] This option would however allow the Prime Minister the ability to say that he hadn't been "proliferating....

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First Falcon Heavy Launch Scheduled for Spring | SpaceNews.com

First Falcon Heavy Launch Scheduled for Spring | SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

PASADENA, Calif. — The long-delayed first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle is now scheduled for April or May of 2016, a company official said Sept. 1.

Speaking at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Space 2015 conference here, Lee Rosen, vice president of mission and launch operations for SpaceX, said the company was also wrapping up work on the renovated launch pad that rocket will use.

“It’s going to be a great day when we launch that, some time in the late April-early May timeframe,” he said of the Falcon Heavy.


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Quantum Computing and Alibaba's Leap of Faith - ChinaFile

Quantum Computing and Alibaba's Leap of Faith - ChinaFile | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Building a quantum computer that processes data at speeds trillions of times faster than the world’s fastest computer, China’s supercomputer Tianhe-2, is the goal of a potentially game-changing venture launched by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd...

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Rocket with 'Denmark's Gagarin' lifts off to space station - AOL News

Rocket with 'Denmark's Gagarin' lifts off to space station - AOL News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a three-man international crew, including Denmark's first astronaut, roared off on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, beginning a two-day journey to the International Space Station (ISS).


The rocket carrying the Soyuz TMA-18M spaceship lifted off to the $100 billion orbiting laboratory at 10:37 a.m. (0437 GMT), leaving just a puff of white smoke in the sky...

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Stable satellite revenue in 2014 indicate industry transition phase

Stable satellite revenue in 2014 indicate industry transition phase | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, August 25, 2015 - According to Euroconsult's newly released report, Satellite Communications & Broadcasting Markets Survey, Forecasts to 2024, the FSS industry posted an average annual growth rate of 4.3% over 2010-2013 with 2013 showing clear signs of slowdown at only +2%, the lowest growth rate since 2004. Further deceleration was witnessed in 2014, with sales remaining almost flat y-o-y at $12.3 billion. Note however that at constant exchange rates, industry revenue would have grown by 1.9% driven by the significant strengthening of the U.S. dollar vs. most currencies...

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Panel discussions from AIAA SPACE 2015, held from August 30th - September 2nd in Pasadena, CA

Panel discussions from AIAA SPACE 2015, held from August 30th - September 2nd in Pasadena, CA | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Presentations include the Current Launch Vehicle Update (moderated by Janet C. Karika, the Executive Director of Interagency Launch Programs, Jacobs NASA Launch Services Program), the Business of Space – How is the Space Business Evolving to Meet Future Needs (moderated by Carissa Christensen, the managing partner, The Tauri Group), On-Orbit Servicing Horizons (moderated by Gregory P. Scott, an aerospace engineer with the Service Robotics & Technologies department of the Naval Research Laboratory) and a Crystal Ball – Executive Vision Discussion (moderated by James F. “Jim” Albaugh, the current president of the AIAA). 

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In Virginia, TechShop lets 'makers' tinker, innovate

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Arlington, United States (AFP) Sept 2, 2015; It's hard to miss the plane that sits triumphantly in the midst of a store in Washington's suburbs. But there are no wings, cockpit or motor attached to its shiny fuselage...

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UrtheCast is a high-risk bet on the appeal of satellite images

UrtheCast is a high-risk bet on the appeal of satellite images | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

UrtheCast is going beyond the Earth’s limits in search of business.

The four-and-a-half-year-old business surveys the globe from two cameras aboard the Russian module of the International Space Station. While it has yet to turn a profit from the images it generates, it is finally generating revenue. It took in $3.9-million in 2014, and analysts say it can increase that to $31-million this year.

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ARCA Space Corp. plans drone, rocket testing at Spaceport America

ARCA Space Corp. plans drone, rocket testing at Spaceport America | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
LAS CRUCES >> Spaceport America and ARCA Space Corp. on Tuesday announced an agreement for the Las Cruces autonomous aircraft development company to test its drones at high altitude over the
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