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NASA TDRS K satellite equipped with Com Dev switches

NASA TDRS K satellite equipped with Com Dev switches | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Com Dev has announced that NASA's TDRS K satellite was successfully launched on 30 January with Com Dev-built filters and switches on board.

 

The Boeing-built new satellite provides NASA with crucial crosslink communications capability between Earth-orbiting spacecraft and control and data processing facilities on the ground. TDRS K is the first of three Tracking and Data Relay Satellites planned to augment the earlier TDRS constellation that serves as NASA's means of continuous, high-data rate communication with the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station and dozens of unmanned scientific satellites in low earth orbit...

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Preparing for the 65th International Astronomical Congress; September 29th - October 3rd in Toronto, ON

Preparing for the 65th International Astronomical Congress; September 29th - October 3rd in Toronto, ON | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's close to being the greatest show on Earth for space scientists, engineers and policy advocates, second perhaps only to the roar of a manned rocket launch.

Preparations and plans are coming together to make the 65th International Astronomical Congress (IAC 2014), which is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th - October 2nd, into the best edition yet of what is generally considered to be the "world's premier space event....

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Local Motors’ 3D Printed ‘Strati’ Car Has Just Taken Its First Test Drive

Local Motors’ 3D Printed ‘Strati’ Car Has Just Taken Its First Test Drive | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

When it comes to 3D printing, new breakthroughs and new achievements are being realized almost on a daily basis. From 3D printable human tissue, to a 3D printed life-size castle, and now a 3D printed automobile, the technology never seizes to amaze.

 

This week, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Arizona-based automobile manufacturer Local Motors stole the show. Over the six day span of the IMTS, the company managed to 3D print, and assemble an entire automobile, called the ‘Strati’, live in front of spectators.

 

Although the Strati is not the first ever car to be 3D printed, the advancements made by Local Motor with help from Cincinnati Inc, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have produced a vehicle in days rather than months...

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graphene paints a corrosion-free future

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Manchester, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2014 The surface of graphene, a one atom thick sheet of carbon, can be randomly decorated with oxygen to create graphene oxide; a form of graphene that could have a significant impact on the chemical, pharmaceutical and...
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Nicaragua asks U.S. for help investigating meteorite crater

Nicaragua asks U.S. for help investigating meteorite crater | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Managua, Nicaragua (UPI) Sep 12, 2014
Astronomers, including experts at NASA, have questioned whether the blast and crater, reported earlier this week outside the Nicaraguan capital, were actually the product of a meteorite.
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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Reality Check | DNews

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Reality Check | DNews | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Less than a month ago, Virgin Group chief Richard Branson told Fox Business Network he’d be “bitterly disappointed” if he wasn’t able to take the first commercial ride aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo before the end of the year.

 

Three weeks later, Branson has changed his tune.

 

In an interview Tuesday with NBC News TODAY guest anchor Brian Williams, Branson acknowledged he won’t be flying this year.


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Episode 60: Building the Cities of our Universe, with Pauline Barmby

Episode 60: Building the Cities of our Universe, with Pauline Barmby | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Just like the cities of our world, galaxies are the busy and over-crowded population centres where so much of the action takes place in our universe. The study of globular clusters and starburst galaxies are providing new insights into the how these cities of the cosmos were built. To share with us new discoveries from the Spitzer space telescope, including gossip about the weird behaviour of our next door metropolis, the Andromeda Galaxy, today I’m joined at the star spot by Pauline Barmby...

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Macdonald Dettwiler has become a "global commercial satellite powerhouse", says Global Maxfin - Cantech Letter

Macdonald Dettwiler has become a "global commercial satellite powerhouse", says Global Maxfin - Cantech Letter | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Two recent contract wins reveal how strong the commercial market is for MacDonald Dettwiler (TSX:MDA), says Global Maxfin Capital analyst Ralph Garcea.
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China completes construction of advanced space launch facility

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China has finished building of its fourth and most advanced space launch center, a senior space official said.

 

Yang Liwei, deputy director of the China Manned Space Agency, said in Beijing on Wednesday that infrastructure construction on the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the southern island province of Hainan has been completed and that the station will soon become operational...

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SpaceX, Loral win Bulgarian broadcast satellite deal - Spaceflight Now

SpaceX, Loral win Bulgarian broadcast satellite deal - Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Spaceflight Now SpaceX, Loral win Bulgarian broadcast satellite deal Spaceflight Now "SSL has a long history of working with both large established satellite operators and newer ventures to provide highly reliable satellites for today's advanced...

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Bulgaria's first communications satellite will launch in 2016 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

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Three Russian and American astronauts return to Earth

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Moscow (AFP) Sept 11, 2014 Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut returned to Earth on Thursday after spending more than six months working together aboard the International Space Station, as tensions between their countries soared over...
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UAE university announces remote sensing applications competition for data from DubaiSat-2

UAE university announces remote sensing applications competition for data from DubaiSat-2 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced the launch of the Remote Sensing Applications Competition 2014 (RSAC 2014). The competition, which is open for all governmental sectors, educational and research institutes in the UAE, will be to conduct scientific research and comprehensive studies in designing and implementing state-of-the-art applications for the use of Earth Observation images acquired by DubaiSat-2.

 

The competition aims at promoting the utilization of the DubaiSat-2 mission data, which is expected to be used for a wide range of disciplines including land use, land cover, topography, geology, terrestrial (vegetation) ecosystem, agriculture and forestry, hydrology and climate...

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Chris Hadfield to attend international space conference in China

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MONTREAL - Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield says he hopes a major convention being held in China for the first time will lay the groundwork for future international co-operation in space.

 

Hadfield is attending the International Planetary Congress, which began in Beijing on Wednesday and brings together 100 space travellers from around the world.

 

China is building its own 60-ton space station and Hadfield said in an interview he hopes the Chinese will use the gathering to invite other countries on board...

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Euroconsult honours outstanding achievement at 11th award for excellence in satellite communications

Euroconsult honours outstanding achievement at 11th award for excellence in satellite communications | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

PARIS, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 - Euroconsult, the leading global consulting firm specializing in space markets, announced the recipients of its 11th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communicationson the occasion of the World Satellite Business Week, its annual senior executive event, the 18th edition of which took place in Paris from Sept. 8 to 12.

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Hadfield in China for International Planetary Congress; PM to Follow in November

Hadfield in China for International Planetary Congress; PM to Follow in November | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Several events over the past few weeks have highlighted China's growing influence both in space affairs and the world at large.

For example, the International Planetary Congress, a major space conference, is being held Sept 10th to 15th in Beijing, China for the first time. The event is organized by the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) in co-operation with the Association of Space Explorers(ASE), a group which represents some 400 astronauts/cosmonauts from 35 nations...

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Europe's new age of metals begins

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ESA has joined forces with other leading research institutions and more than 180 European companies in a billion-euro effort developing new types of metals and manufacturing techniques for this century.

 

Known as Metallurgy Europe, the seven-year international research and development programme was launched at London's Science Museum on Tuesday...

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SpaceX's next cargo launch set for Sept 20

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Washington (AFP) Sept 12, 2014
SpaceX's next unmanned cargo trip to restock supplies at the International Space Station is scheduled for September 20, the US space agency said Friday.
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An Updated List of NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Milestones | The Planetary Society

An Updated List of NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Milestones | The Planetary Society | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Ahead of NASA's CCiCap partner selection, here is an up-to-date list of each company's milestones.
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Hearing Raises Questions About Asteroid Mining Bill | SpaceNews.com

Hearing Raises Questions About Asteroid Mining Bill | SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — A bill that would grant property rights and other protections for commercial asteroid mining ventures received a mixed reception at a hearing of the House Science space subcommittee Sept. 10.

 

H.R. 5063, the American Space Technology for Exploring Resource Opportunities In Deep Space (ASTEROIDS) Act, would grant U.S. companies the rights to resources they extract from asteroids. The bill would also allow companies to take legal action if they suffered “harmful interference” during those activities by other entities under U.S. jurisdiction.


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COM DEV’s soft Q3 is just a bump in the road, says Paradigm

COM DEV’s soft Q3 is just a bump in the road, says Paradigm | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A softer than expected Q3 is just a bump in the road for COM DEV (TSX:CDV), which is in the process of returning to its former glory, says Paradigm Capital analyst Daniel Kim.

 

Last Friday, COM DEV reported its Q3, 2014 results. The company earned $3.16-million on revenue of $50.8-million, a topline that was down 6.3% from last year’s third quarter.

 

Kim says COM DEV’s Q3 fell below his expectations, and he points the finger at U.S. government budget sequestration for much of the weakness. He says the situation in the U.S. has hit the company’s gross margins and chewed through what was once a record backlog.

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Telesat CEO Questions Role of North American and European Export Credit Agencies

Telesat CEO Questions Role of North American and European Export Credit Agencies | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
[Via Satellite 09-09-2014] CEOs from the “Big Four” Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) operators engaged in a lively debate about the future of the satellite industry in a panel that also included Evert Dudok, president of communication, intelligence and security at Airbus Defence and Space. This was one of the highlights of day two of Euroconsult’s [...]
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Astronauts land in Dublin to space Thinktank - IrishCentral

Astronauts land in Dublin to space Thinktank - IrishCentral | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Delegates from NASA, ESA, Canadian Space Agency, Airbus Space and Defence and United Space Alliance (division of Boeing & Lockheed Martin) will descend on Dublin next week to discuss the future technical requirements for the International Space Station. This is the first time the international working group has travelled to Ireland.


This group of International astronauts, scientists, academics and technologists are in Ireland to talk future technology requirements, procedures and standards for space exploration to be deployed on the International Space Station (ISS).

 

Officially called the Operations Data File (ODF) and International Procedure Viewer (iPV) Working Group, the week long series of workshops and meetings is hosted by the Dublin based software company Skytek...

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Space Industry Sees Little Effect From Western Tensions With Moscow

Space Industry Sees Little Effect From Western Tensions With Moscow | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As Western powers weigh further support for Kiev in the battle against pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, global space industry leaders say the effect of mounting tensions with Moscow has so far been minimal.

 

Robert Cleave, president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, says Atlas 5 supplier United Launch Alliance (ULA) has seen no slowdown in deliveries of the Russian RD-180 engine that powers the rocket’s core stage...

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SSTL collaborates with Kypros on new turnkey, low-cost geostationary system

SSTL collaborates with Kypros on new turnkey, low-cost geostationary system | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) and Kypros Satellites (Kyprosat) have signed an agreement to collaborate on a turnkey, low-cost geostationary telecommunications satellite system. The solution is based on SSTL's small GMP-T geostationary satellite platform which delivers up to 5.5kW power, offered together with orbital slot assets and asset management services provided by Kyprosat.

 

The framework agreement between SSTL and Kyprosat brings a new approach of delivering solutions to the satellite market. Traditionally satellite operators are also the orbital slot 'owners' where they also undertake the arduous and complex process of engineering a solution that meets their requirements, while also dealing with the procurement process, the legal, legislative and financing aspects of a project...

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Russian Defense Ministry Denies Reports that Its Satellite Exploded Above US

Russian Defense Ministry Denies Reports that Its Satellite Exploded Above US | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday denied media reports of a Russian military satellite that allegedly exploded above the United States.

 

Earlier in the day, the American Meteor Society published more than 30 reports from alleged eyewitnesses, who claimed they observed a blast of Russia's Kosmos-2495 imaging reconnaissance satellite...

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New Commercial Moon Services Study Available

New Commercial Moon Services Study Available | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With a focus on cost reduction the emergence of commercial launch providers is dramatically increasing access to space, enabling new markets like lunar transportation. SpaceX, for example, has already lowered the cost of mass to orbit by a factor of 10 and is projecting another 40 to 60 percent reduction...

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Space Traffic Control Architecture

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The number of organizations using the near-Earth space environment for applications ranging from exploration to exploitation and national security is impressive and continues to grow. Safety is a prime concern for both equipment and personnel. For government operators, the control of risk is mandatory.

 

For commercial operators, operational efficiency and favorable cost/benefit considerations are paramount. In recent years several government agencies have been studying space traffic management, i.e., regulation of orbital traffic. To date, there has been little control over what is placed into orbit. Each space-faring nation is able to operate independently and with little, if any, international coordination...

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