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BC Geophysical Society Talk on the importance of mineral exploration to space development activities: February 21st

The BC Geophysical Society is hosting a presentation on "The importance of mineral exploration and mining to humans in their space development activities" on Thursday February 21st, 2013 at 4:30pm in the 4th Floor Conference Room, Room 451, 409 Granville in Vancouver, BC.

 

According to presenter John Chapman, "There is presently a surge of government and commercial space initiatives that harkens the beginnings of a new age – that of space development beyond Earth orbit. 

 

Dot-com billionaires along with well educated and experienced space scientists, engineers and technologists have begun forming companies focused upon advancing human civilization toward utilization and occupation of the moon, mars and asteroids. 

 

The wealth from mines, from the dawn of recorded human history, is the epic march of mankind along the path of progress.  It was the mines that made ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece and Rome great and in more recent times have created immense wealth to the benefit of the people of Europe, North America, Australia and now China, India, Brazil and Russia.

 

Today, we are part of the “space generation”, crawling off the surface of the earth into the “oceans of space” – mining will continue to provide the capability for humankind to advance to the moon, mars and on to the stars."

 

For more information, please go to the BC Geophysical Society website at http://www.bcgsonline.org/

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The Commercial Space Blog: Commercial Space Authors Working With You!

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Even large, multibillion-dollar defense and aerospace contractors with stable, existing relationships to a small number of long-term clients develop promotional items and market themselves.

 

There is no reason why smaller firms should skip out on developing a proper content marketing strategy. The Commercial Space blog can help...

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UrtheCast Legal Council Responds to Fox News Reports

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UrtheCast Senior Legal Counsel David Bowles  corrects several mistakes in a Fox TV report on the company's relationship with Russia...

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International Space University seeks US partners to host space entrepreneurship institute

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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The International Space University (ISU) is seeking applications from American institutions to establish the Robert A. Heinlein Institute for Space Entrepreneurship & Space Innovation on a campus in the United States...

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Space conference leaves delegates starry-eyed | The Journal

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At the Queen’s Space Conference, delegates discussed the space industry with the best and brightest astronauts, business leaders and CEOs...

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NASA's $19 Billion 2017 Budget Request: A Summary

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President Barack Obama is unveiling his budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year today and it includes a $19 billion request for NASA, down from the $19.3 billion enacted for 2016...

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Russia Developing Glonass Satellite And Latest Bird Launched

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Baikonur, Kazakhstan (Sputnik) Feb 09, 2016 - Russia is working on new generation spacecraft for the Glonass system, according to the country's deputy prime minister...

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SpaceX Conducts Hover Tests

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Bethesda, MD (SPX) Feb 09, 2016 -
Space Exploration Technologies, Inc. (SpaceX) is developing a human-rated version of its Dragon capsule that will be capable of precision powered landings on the ground.

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Revealed: Russia's Crewed Lunar Lander

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For the first time since the end of the Moon Race, Russian engineers have quietly begun working on a lunar lander capable of carrying cosmonauts to the Moon...

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NASA, India join hands for astrobiology mission

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Even as India prepares for a second mission to Mars, a team of scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Mars Society Australia and the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow, will mount an expedition to Ladakh this August to study the similarities of certain parts of the region’s topography and microbial life to Martian surroundings...

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The StarSpot Episode 94: What Alien Intelligence Means for Humanity, with Don Lincoln

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Humanoid… grey in colour… almond shaped eyes. You all know exactly what I’m describing, but have you ever wondered just how the public’s perception of aliens came to be?


Today we’re joined at The Star Spot by Professor Don Lincoln, renowned particle physicist and author of Alien Universe: Extraterrestrial Life in Our Minds and in the Cosmos. Does our conversation and beliefs about aliens tell us more about us than them, and how might first contact with an alien intelligence change everything...

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Tapping into the Maritime-Tracking Space Race

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Companies like exactEarth, Orbcomm and Spire Global have deployed satellite networks to collect data on shipping traffic for government and commercial users...

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The forgotten moon landing that paved the way for today's space adventures

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Crashing into a planet is seldom a good idea. If you're trying to travel to another world, you're likely to land at tens of kilometres per second unless you do something serious to slow down. When Neil Armstrong famously became the first man on the moon in 1969, he piloted a lunar module onto the surface using thrusters that slowed the craft's descent.

 

But far less remembered is that the Soviet Union had managed the same journey three years earlier with an unmanned craft. Now 50 years ago, the Russian spacecraft Luna 9 made the first controlled "soft" landing on another body in the solar system on February 3 1966. It was a technological triumph at the time and of lasting importance...

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North Korea Launched Its Rocket and Japan Didn't Shoot It Down | VICE News

North Korea Launched Its Rocket and Japan Didn't Shoot It Down | VICE News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

China expressed displeasure and the US called for “serious consequences” after North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying what it has said is a satellite...

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No terrain is too tough, not even the moon ARGO's UTV's

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There aren’t many places the amphibious vehicles rolling off a production line in New Hamburgh, Ont. can’t go.

 

The Made in Canada, all-terrain ARGO has crawled its way through any water, mud or brush in its path and is currently revving up to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Meanwhile the company owned by Ontario Drive & Gear has a lot on the go for 2016...

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SES applauds SpaceX willingness to skip launch site landing attempt to give SES-9 a bigger boost | SpaceNews.com

SES applauds SpaceX willingness to skip launch site landing attempt to give SES-9 a bigger boost | SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES on Feb. 9 said its planned Feb. 24 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket likely will need to skip an attempted recovery of the rocket’s first stage in order to place SES’s 5,300-kilogram SES-9 satelite into the targeted orbit.

The goal is to reduce by a month or more the time it would otherwise take SES-9 to begin generating revenue.

SES Chief Executive Karim Michel Sabbagh, whose Luxembourg-based company has been the biggest commercial supporter of SpaceX’s entry into the commercial lauch market, said the decision by Spacex to modify the SES-9 mission’s launch trajectory is an example of the kind of flexibility SES is looking for among launch-service providers.


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Do we need a Space Party?

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We've got a Green party to advocate for environmental causes on Earth. But what about a Space party? With a burgeoning private space industry, and the International Space Station in full flower, maybe it's time for space advocates to represent their interests politically. What would that look like? Let's do a thought experiment.
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exactEarth Reports Fiscal 2015 Financial Results and Closing of Spinout Transaction

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CAMBRIDGE, ON, Feb. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - exactEarth Ltd., the leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended October 31, 2015 as well as the closing of the Spinout Transaction whereby exactEarth became a public company. All amounts are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted...

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Artistic space odyssey to broadcast people's messages to the stars

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Edinburgh, UK (SPX) Feb 09, 2016 - Messages from around the world are to be beamed into space at the speed of light as part of a cultural project to create a celestial time capsule...

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Graphene is strong, but is it tough?

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Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2016 -
Graphene, a material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms, has been touted as the strongest material known to exist, 200 times stronger than steel, lighter than paper, and with extraordinary...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Part 1: A Short History of COM DEV International

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We have grown accustomed to the fact that some of our industries are protected from being swallowed whole by foreign interests.


For example we don't allow foreign ownership of our chartered banks and in exchange for that quasi-monopoly our banks have acceded to some relatively stringent regulations. This had the fortunate side effect of cushioning our economy from the worst vicissitudes of the global meltdown of 2008. In 2009, we also refused to allow BC based MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) to be purchased by US based Alliant Techsystems (ATK).

 

In this new age of mega-data, information and incessant global security fears, it would simply seem prudent to establish safeguards to protect our high tech industry.

 

However, the only safeguard which seems to exist is an arbitrary market cap of $600Mln CDN before the baleful eye of the Ottawa regulator is stirred from its repose and a review is triggered under the Investment Canada Act (ICA)...

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China's Gaofen-4 delivers incredible images from high Earth orbit

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You may well have already seen hundreds of glorious satellite images of our planet, but there's something special about these latest high resolution releases.

 

While most shots are taken in low Earth orbit a few hundred kilometres above the ground, China's Gaofen-4 - the world's most powerful geostationary optical satellite - has delivered these shots from an altitude of almost 36,000km...

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GREG AUTRY: A dangerous partnership with Russia

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It is with a terrible sense of deja vu that I find myself again warning American lawmakers about our reliance on Russian rocket engines to loft military satellites. For more than a decade, America's workhorse rocket, the United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Atlas V, has been powered with RD-180 engines imported from Russia...

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Space is a new frontier, and so are the laws governing it

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The idea of a company exploring for commercial reasons is nothing new. While exploration has always been conducted to satisfy human curiosity, it has almost always had an economic rationale as well.

 

Think of the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada, Jamestown in Virginia, the East India Company in India or the Norwegian whaling expeditions in the Antarctic. These all were done for commerce as well as adventure. Even the Lewis and Clark Expedition — arguably the greatest officially authorized expedition in North American history — was carried out to obtain both scientific and commercial information...

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The Commercial Space Blog: 2016 Could Be a Big Year for Space: Is Ottawa Paying Attention?

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Is the space business really growing? A group called Space Angels Network says it is...

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Mars or the Moon; NASA Thinks its Gotta Choose

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A panel of space experts has revealed that NASA is capable of developing only one major human spaceflight mission at a time, and must make a tough choice between projected flights to Mars and the moon. The announcement was made during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday.

 

"There has been continual debate about should we go to the moon or Mars or both ... It is clear, again, that we cannot do both. And there is a need to focus our attention, capability and resources on one option," Tom Young, former director of NASA's Goddard Center, said...

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Doctors of Doom: What a PhD Really Means in the US National Security Community | VICE News

Doctors of Doom: What a PhD Really Means in the US National Security Community | VICE News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Since 9/11, the number of doctorates awarded to those in the US Intelligence Community has risen steadily — but many of those degrees are from online institutions and have nothing to do with science, engineering, or the social sciences...

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