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NASA Sets Next SpaceX Dragon Mission, Invites Social Media Users

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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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UK Tokomak Energy startup has a test fusion reactor running | NextBigFuture.com

UK Tokomak Energy startup has a test fusion reactor running | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The UK’s newest fusion reactor has been turned on for the first time and has officially achieved first plasma. The reactor aims to produce a record-breaking plasma temperature of 100 million degrees for a privately-funded venture. This is seven times hotter than the centre of the Sun and the temperature necessary for controlled fusion...
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With Help from Markforged, MIT Rocket Team Successfully Built and Fired a 3D Printed Plastic Rocket Motor

With Help from Markforged, MIT Rocket Team Successfully Built and Fired a 3D Printed Plastic Rocket Motor | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

We say it all the time, and if that's not enough, the evidence surely speaks for itself: metal 3D printing is a pretty big deal these days, and growing bigger all the time.

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Canada's support will help Waterloo launch quantum research into space

Canada's support will help Waterloo launch quantum research into space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Canada is headed for the quantum space race with a project from the University of Waterloo. 

Waterloo’s Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat) initiative, announced as part of the federal government’s recent investment into space-related emerging technologies, joins a global race to quantum cybersecurity via satellites. 

“As Canada’s leader in quantum technology, I want to thank the Government of Canada for their support in our university’s development of next generation computing and cybersecurity,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the Univeristy of Waterloo...
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For more on Waterloo’s Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat) initiative check out https://uwaterloo.ca/institute-for-quantum-computing/qeyssat
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Canada Makes, Edmit & MDA team up for innovative space application parts - Canada Makes

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Canada Makes, Edmit Industries Inc. of Chateauguay Quebec and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Quebec partnered to build 3D printed Titanium parts for an innovative graphite strut structure for flight application. 


This is another Additive Manufacturing (AM) project that demonstrates how this technology offers solutions not straightforwardly feasible through conventional manufacturing means. … 

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Israel's Spacecom Hangs Tough, Signals End of Xinwei Attempted Buyout - SpaceWatch Middle East

Israel's Spacecom Hangs Tough, Signals End of Xinwei Attempted Buyout - SpaceWatch Middle East | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Israeli satellite communications company Spacecom has formally backed away from buyout talks with China’s Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, according to Space News. “At the moment there are no talks with Xinwei,” said Spacecom’s Senior Vice-President for Sales and Marketing, Jacob Keret, to Space News. Spacecom and Beijing Xinwei Technology Group had been in talks for …
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New Russian Medium-Class Carrier Rocket Could Compete With SpaceX's Falcon

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Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 27, 2017 -
A new medium-class carrier rocket to be developed in Russia will be able to compete with the Falcon rocket manufactured by the US-based SpaceX company, Russia's RSC Energia space corporation said.
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New funding to be announced for Canada's space program on Thursday - Canada.ca

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The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, will announce new funding for the Canadian Space Agency.

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For context on the CSA's five year funding cycle, it's worth checking out the January 16th, 2017 post, "The REAL Funding Opportunity Behind the Upcoming Canadian Space Agency "Long-Term Strategy"" at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/01/a-real-funding-opportunity-behind.html
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CSCA, AIAC & others release report From the Space 2.0 Roundtable

CSCA, AIAC & others release report From the Space 2.0 Roundtable | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The event was organized by the the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) and the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) 

Aerospace companies attending included MacDonald Dettwiler, Urthecast, Planet, GHGSat, Deltion, Airbus Defence and Space, Mission Control, ABB, Kepler Communications, Canadensys Aerospace, Honeywell Aerospace, Aflare Systems, Northstar and Magellan Aerospace 

Aerospace supporters and vendors, such as Euroconsult, BMO Nesbitt-Burns, Quantius, Dentons Canada LLP and a variety of government agencies including the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), National Research Council (NRC-IRAP) also sent representatives. 

No media  was allowed at the event. 

However SpaceRef Interactive, through its Canadian based SpaceQ website, and through its connections to the CSCA and the Federal Liberal party, seems to have access to the proceedings and has written on this and other recent space focused events...

Here's hoping that those connections won't lead to space industry issues turning into a partisan issue over the next little while...
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According to the document, the upcoming and long promised space strategy expected in be released in June 2017, will be "a high-level, aspirational document which seeks to provide signal and direction setting for the coming years in the space sector in Canada."

I guess that means we're all supposed to huddle around the camp fire and sing "Kumbya." 

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Deep Space Industries on How Rideshares Can Unlock Access to Orbit - Via Satellite -

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Deep Space Industries (DSI) hopes to revolutionize the smallsat industry by developing new propulsion systems based on non-toxic fuel. The company plans to
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CSA issues RFP for Radio-Frequency Concept Study (9F050-16-0974) No PR Allowed

CSA issues RFP for Radio-Frequency Concept Study (9F050-16-0974) No PR Allowed | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) (also referred to as ''Public Services and Procurement Canada'' (''PSPC''), on behalf of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), located in Longueuil, Quebec, is seeking proposals for a concept study aimed at developing a potential solution for a radio-frequency (RF) communications contribution. Reference: C3P-CS-03-RF

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Looks like there is a new "communications activity  co-ordination process" attached to this RFP.

It says:

The contractor must coordinate with the CSA’s Directorate of Communications and Public Affairs all Communication Activities pertaining to the present contract. 

To this end, the contractor must: 

a) As soon as the Contractor intends to organize a Communication Activity, send a Notice to the CSA’s Directorate of Communications and Public Affairs. The Communications Notice must include a complete description of the proposed Communication Activity. The Notice must be in writing in accordance with the clause Notice included in the general conditions applicable to the contract. The Communications Notice must include a copy or example of the proposed Communication Activity. 

 b) The contractor must provide to the CSA any and all additional document in any appropriate format, example or information that the CSA deems necessary, at its entire discretion to correctly and efficiently coordinate the proposed Communication Activity. The Contractor agrees to only proceed with the proposed Communication Activity after receiving a written confirmation of coordination of the Communication Activity from the CSA’s Directorate of Communications and Public Affairs. 

c) The Contractor must receive beforehand the authorization, approval and written confirmation from the CSA’s Directorate of Communications and Public Affairs before organizing, proceeding or hosting a communication activity.


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Urthecast Corp (UR) Announces Quarterly Earnings Results

Urthecast Corp (UR) Announces Quarterly Earnings Results | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Urthecast Corp (TSE:UR) posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday. The company reported $0.00 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.03) by $0.03. 

The company had revenue of $57.48 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $17.20 million. Shares of Urthecast Corp (TSE:UR) traded down 1.21% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $1.63. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 198,448 shares. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $1.70 and a 200-day moving average of $1.27. Urthecast Corp has a 12-month low of $0.69 and a 12-month high of $2.17. 

The company’s market cap is $193.61 billion...
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Bomarc, "Prevailing Wisdom," Unemployed Avro Employees & the Origins of Spar in Part 6 of 150 Years of CDN Aerospace History

Bomarc, "Prevailing Wisdom," Unemployed Avro Employees & the Origins of Spar in Part 6 of 150 Years of CDN Aerospace History | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Avro Arrow was to be replaced by a surface to air missile, built by Boeing in the United States, named the Bomarc. The Bomarc was a liquid fueled interceptor with a static launching site and a limited range. It was also designed to be equipped with a nuclear warhead. 


 At the moment that Canada committed to this weapon for its defence, the prevailing wisdom was already changing in the United States and the Soviet Union, against the usefulness of static-site liquid fueled rockets. They were considered easy targets and they took too long to prepare for launch.

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Part 7: A History of the Canadian Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets

Part 7: A History of the Canadian Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The 1980's, Reagan, Space Station Freedom and the Debate Over National Needs vs. International Partnerships...

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MIT 3D printing for faster, cheaper, more adaptable building construction | NextBigFuture.com

MIT 3D printing for faster, cheaper, more adaptable building construction | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MIT 3D printing for faster, cheaper, more adaptable building construction

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Live coverage: SpaceX’s first national security launch set for Sunday – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage: SpaceX’s first national security launch set for Sunday – Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the NROL-76 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. SpaceX’s live video coverage begins at approximately 6:40 a.m. EDT (1040 GMT)...
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Ministers Bains & Garneau Provide Motivational Speeches, But No New Money, For the Canadian Space Agency

Ministers Bains & Garneau Provide Motivational Speeches, But No New Money, For the Canadian Space Agency | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Back in the day, if someone received a press release titled, "New funding to be announced for Canada's space program," which promoted an upcoming announcement from two senior members of the Federal cabinet, there would be a reasonable expectation that the announcement would include "new funding...

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Enterprise In Space Program Partners with EXOS Aerospace to Send Experiments into Space

Enterprise In Space Program Partners with EXOS Aerospace to Send Experiments into Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Enterprise In Space (EIS), a non-profit program of the National Space Society (NSS) will soon launch several experiments into space aboard a suborbital flight using reusable rocket technology...

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China courts international coalition set up to promote space cooperation

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Xi'an (XNA) Apr 26, 2017 -
A coalition was established Sunday in northwest China's Shaanxi Province to promote innovation and cooperation on space exploration under the the Belt and Road Initiative.

The coalition, set u
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Quantum mechanics are complex enough, for now...

Quantum mechanics are complex enough, for now... | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 24, 2017 -
Quantum mechanics is based on a set of mathematical rules, describing how the quantum world works. These rules predict, for example, how electrons orbit a nucleus in an atom, and how an atom can abs
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A “Hunger Games”-style search for Canada’s next astronauts is happening online

A “Hunger Games”-style search for Canada’s next astronauts is happening online | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

What qualities make a good astronaut? The Canadian Space Agency has offered the public some answers in an unusual semi-public hiring process. 


Since last summer, the agency has narrowed down the pool of thousands of candidates for two rarely available astronaut slots, keeping the entire country informed about its selections...

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Shedding light on the rules for the final frontier

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For many of us, outer space is the stuff of sci-fi movies or star-gazing. For Ram Jakhu, LLM’78, DCL’83, it’s the focus of his research in an area he acknowledges is largely unknown to those outside the academic community — space law.

Jakhu, the director of McGill’s Institute of Air and Space Law, is spearheading two international projects that tackle weighty topics, such as the rules that apply to the military use of outer space and the growing problem of space debris...
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More on Canada's "Next Top Astronauts," Canada's "Failure To Scale" & Is Our Space Agency "Muzzling" its Contractors?

More on Canada's "Next Top Astronauts," Canada's "Failure To Scale" & Is Our Space Agency "Muzzling" its Contractors? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
There's nothing new under the sun and pretty much everything happening today is understandable when placed in the context of what's happened in the past. That's why this blog is currently running two historical series, by acknowledged Canadian experts, on "A History of the Canadian Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets," and "150 Years of Canadian Aerospace History." 

Given that. and for the week of April 24th, 2017, here are a few of the stories we're currently tracking for the Commercial Space blog:
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Orbital ATK Composites Support Successful Launch to International Space Station

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Composite structures from Orbital ATK supported the launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket headed for the International Space Station...

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Liberal's say "backing potential economic winners" can boost overall prosperity, says Morneau | Toronto Star

Liberal's say "backing potential economic winners" can boost overall prosperity, says Morneau  | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Rewarding talent and nurturing the economy’s potential winners can help ensure prosperity that benefits the broadest swath of Canadians, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau suggested at a policy conference in Toronto on Thursday. 


“So far, our approach is working,” Morneau said, when asked how Ottawa can square its investment in six sectors of the economy and spending on a handful of tech research hubs with the Liberals’ long-standing focus on inclusive growth...

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Our Finance Minister thinks the government should help support "top talent."
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