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'The end of the world?': Terror over Russian meteor

'The end of the world?': Terror over Russian meteor | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (AFP) Feb 15, 2013
"I was driving in the car across the square. Suddenly the square lit up with a bright, bright light, not a normal light," said Vasily Rozhko.
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Spacex had two successful launches in one weekend | NextBigFuture.com

Spacex had two successful launches in one weekend | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Spacex had two successful launches in one weekend and has new titanium fins able to handle indefinite number of flights with no service
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If EMdrive is real and scales with Q factor then we get almost Star Trek level Technology | NextBigFuture.com

If EMdrive is real and scales with Q factor then we get almost Star Trek level Technology | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
If EMdrive is real and scales with Q factor then we get almost Star Trek level Technology
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Strike 2? Inuvik may not be ready for second satellite launch

Strike 2? Inuvik may not be ready for second satellite launch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Planet Labs has another satellite launch coming up, but its plans to hook up with a ground station it built in Inuvik may, once again, be stymied by federal delays.

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exactEarth Now Operating the Single Largest Satellite AIS Constellation

exactEarth Now Operating the Single Largest Satellite AIS Constellation | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Adding to the excitement of our recent news that the first four real-time satellites were brought into service, nine more satellites were just launched into the revolutionary constellation, exactView RT powered by Harris. 

The June 25 Iridium NEXT launch successfully carried nine of our real-time payloads into orbit where they are now undergoing standard commissioning and are expected to be brought online in the coming months. With this recent launch, exactEarth now has the most number of AIS receivers in orbit...
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The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed

The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TORONTO — As an undergraduate at Cambridge University, Geoffrey Everest Hinton thought a lot about the brain. He wanted to better understand how it worked but was frustrated that no field of study — from physiology and psychology to physics and chemistry — offered real answers. 


So he set about building his own computer models to mimic the brain’s process...

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Des centaines de billets pour l’espace ont été vendus dans le vide

Des centaines de billets pour l’espace ont été vendus dans le vide | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Customers, including individuals and companies, who purchased tickets for parabolic flights from Swiss Space Systems are struggling to get their money back following the company's bankruptcy...

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A few weeks after the sale of the company's furniture, Swiss Space Systems subsidiary S3 Solutions has also declared bankruptcy, although an appeal has already been filed...
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Paris Airshow: Preparing to land on the Moon - BBC News

Paris Airshow: Preparing to land on the Moon - BBC News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The BBC's Theo Leggett shows us round Astrobotic's lunar lander, on display at the Paris Airshow.

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House panel takes first step towards military “Space Corps” - SpaceNews.com

House panel takes first step towards military “Space Corps” - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

If made law, the move would require setting up a Space Corps organization by Jan. 1, 2019...

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Meet the New Hubs of Entrepreneurial Space; Guess What? They're not in Canada

Meet the New  Hubs of Entrepreneurial Space; Guess What? They're not in Canada | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
By now, most readers are aware that there has been a rapid transition from the public space initiatives led by NASA during the 20th century to the rise of the private space sector. 

Across the United States, private space companies are making their mark on the established aerospace industry. And while certain regions of the U.S.—such as Houston and Cape Canaveral—have been fixtures of the aerospace industry for decades, other cities are becoming increasingly relevant to the future of space. 

Rockets are being built and launched in the Mojave desert near Los Angeles, which are influencing design and engineering worldwide. Aerospace-related software is being revolutionized in San Francisco, which is dramatically simplifying how hardware and software interact...
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Worth looking at in context with the undated Futurism post "Private Companies, Not Governments, Are Shaping the Future of Space Exploration" at  https://futurism.com/private-companies-not-governments-are-shaping-the-future-of-space-exploration/...
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The 2017 Edition of "Summer Reading for Space Geeks"

The 2017 Edition of "Summer Reading for Space Geeks" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian space industry, along with most of the rest of the country, is taking a break to celebrate our 150th anniversary as a nation on July 1st. 


With that in mind, here is the latest listing of interesting articles, websites, movies, publications and historical documents, which provide a bit of context to the current space debates happening here and elsewhere...

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Norsat International investors approve takeover bid from Chinese firm

Norsat International investors approve takeover bid from Chinese firm | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

​Norsat International Inc. says its securityholders have voted to approve a controversial takeover of the company by Chinese company Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. 


The Canadian satellite communications firm says its securityholders voted 72.53 per cent in favour of the offer of $11.50 US per share. 


The deal has been the focus of a debate over national security risks and the federal government's willingness to approve a Chinese takeover of a Canadian technology company. 


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Canada consulted the U.S., a major Norsat customer, before concluding that Hytera's takeover doesn't pose any national security concerns...

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As outlined in the June 23rd, 2017 Norsat Press release, "Norsat Securityholders Approve Plan of Arrangement with Hytera Communications Co., Ltd.," at http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/norsat-securityholders-approve-plan-of-arrangement-with-hytera-communications-co-ltd-630324853.html, the completion of the arrangement "remains conditional on approval by the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the "Court"), as well as obtaining regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions. "

Norsat intends to apply for a final order of the Court approving the Arrangement on June 27, 2017...
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FACETS Endorsed as Official Journal of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science

FACETS Endorsed as Official Journal of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Ottawa, ON (June 20, 2017) - Canadian Science Publishing, an independent, not-for-profit scholarly publisher dedicated to serving the needs of researchers and their communities, and the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the country’s senior collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists, announced today that FACETS has been selected as the official journal of the RSC’s Academy of Science. 

FACETS is Canada’s first and only multidisciplinary open access science journal that publishes and shares rigorously peer-reviewed science which matters to Canadians, as well as the international community, from policy and regulatory frameworks, to cross-disciplinary research and scientific approaches that address questions and issues in new ways...
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Chinese Social Media Giant Tencent's Startup Investment Frenzy Now Reaches Outer Space

Chinese Social Media Giant Tencent's Startup Investment Frenzy Now Reaches Outer Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Tencent Holdings Ltd. is best known for super-app WeChat and its relentless pace of startup investment. Now the Chinese social media giant is looking beyond Earth-bound opportunities. 

China’s largest corporation has invested in Moon Express, a startup that aims to put drones on the lunar body; Argentina’s Satellogic, which specializes in satellite imagery; and Planetary Resources, which is looking into asteroid-mining. They’re an unusual trio of investments for a company that typically seeks out terrestrial entertainment content and up-and-coming technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality...
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Oneweb building High-Volume Satellite Manufacturing Facility | NextBigFuture.com

Oneweb building High-Volume Satellite Manufacturing Facility
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The StarSpot Episode 127: When Day Becomes Night, with Dan Falk

The StarSpot Episode 127: When Day Becomes Night, with Dan Falk | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

They once portended the collapse of civilization. Well the solar eclipse visiting North America this summer probably won’t spell the end of days. But as our guest Dan Falk will explain astronomers and lay people alike are in for an unforgettable experience on August 21st, when day literally turns to night...

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SpaceX will try for third Falcon 9 launch in less than two weeks – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX will try for third Falcon 9 launch in less than two weeks – Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
After back-to-back launches last weekend, SpaceX could launch its next Falcon 9 mission as soon as Sunday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a high-power Intelsat communications satellite...
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French startup raises $1.9 million for smallsat electric propulsion - SpaceNews.com

French startup raises $1.9 million for smallsat electric propulsion - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A pair of French entrepreneurs have raised 1.7 million euros ($1.9 million) for a new electric propulsion system to address the small satellite market...

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The Mars Robot Making Decisions on Its Own

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Thanks to artificial-intelligence software, the Curiosity rover can target rocks without human input...

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The New Hubs for Entrepreneurial Space Companies are Not in Canada

The New Hubs for Entrepreneurial Space Companies are Not in Canada | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Space Angels Network, a US based investor group with a small but growing portfolio of "NewSpace" focused companies, has built a list of favorite areas most likely to act as "hubs" for growing space focused start-ups.

As outlined in the June 21st, 2017 Space Angels post, "Meet the Neighbors: Hubs of Entrepreneurial Space," they include Northern California around the San Francisco Bay area, Southern California near the Mojave Air and Space Port, Seattle, Washington plus some older space centres which have managed to adapt and embrace the growing private sector business dominance of space.,,
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NASA Calls Bullshit on Goop's $120 'Bio-Frequency Healing' Sticker Packs [Updated]

NASA Calls Bullshit on Goop's $120 'Bio-Frequency Healing' Sticker Packs [Updated] | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

There’s no shortage of things to be mad about in late capitalism. Pretty high on the list, though, is the Eat, Pray, Love brand of pseudoscience promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop. 


Somehow, Goop—which previously encouraged women to shove eggs up their vaginas—has out-Gooped itself: the brand is now promoting stickers called “Body Vibes.” The product, which I remind you, is literally a sticker, uses “NASA space suit material” to “rebalance the energy frequency in our bodies,” whatever the actual fuck that means...

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Civil/Military Aerospace Split Has Outlived Its Usefulness

Civil/Military Aerospace Split Has Outlived Its Usefulness | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Compared to the cold radioactive vacuum of space, survival in combat is a piece of cake...

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Will Mars Go Mute? NASA's Aging Orbiters May Not Last Long Enough to Support Future Exploration

Will Mars Go Mute? NASA's Aging Orbiters May Not Last Long Enough to Support Future Exploration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A cry for help has come from planetary scientists pleading for a Next Mars Orbiter—or NeMO for short. Researchers say the spacecraft fleet currently orbiting the Red Planet are aging and there are no replacements in the works, imperiling future Mars landers, rovers and even possible human missions that will depend on orbiters to talk to Earth. 


“We are at a turning point in Mars exploration,” says Casey Dreier, director of space policy at The Planetary Society. “NASA declares itself on a ‘Journey to Mars,’ but it can’t even invest in the most basic infrastructure to ensure that goal moves forward...

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Bulgaria’s first communications satellite heaved into orbit – Spaceflight Now

Bulgaria’s first communications satellite heaved into orbit – Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Launching into a sun-splashed summertime afternoon sky, a previously-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket climbed into orbit from Florida’s east coast Friday with a U.S.-built, Bulgarian-owned television broadcasting satellite. 

 In a secondary objective, the Falcon 9’s first stage booster descended back to Earth and slowed down for a jarring touchdown on SpaceX’s drone ship holding position several hundred miles east of Cape Canaveral...
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Lack of satellite orders triggers layoffs at Space Systems Loral - SpaceNews.com

Lack of satellite orders triggers layoffs at Space Systems Loral - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Citing a long-term drought in satellite orders, Space Systems Loral has laid off employees at its California satellite plant, it confirmed June 22....

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MDA to study use of Synthetic Aperture Radar for Mars science and space exploration

MDA to study use of Synthetic Aperture Radar for Mars science and space exploration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER, June 22, 2017 /CNW/ -  MacDonald, Dettwiler and
Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has signed a contract with the

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