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Kazakhstan, Russia Compromise on New Space Port

Kazakhstan, Russia Compromise on New Space Port | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Astana, Kazakhstan (RIA Novosti) Feb 18, 2013 The new Kazakh-Russian space launch facility, Baiterek, will be modified for the launch of Zenit carrier rockets, Kazakhstan's National Space Agency Kazcosmos head Talgat Musabayev said on Wednesday,...
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Former XCOR CEO blames company problems on lost contract - SpaceNews.com

Former XCOR CEO blames company problems on lost contract - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The former CEO of XCOR Aerospace told a Senate committee July 18 that its recent problems could be blamed on a terminated engine development contract.
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Gibson didn’t name to whom XCOR was a subcontractor, but in May 2016, when the company laid off about half its workforce, it said it was suspending work on a suborbital spaceplane called Lynx to focus its resources on a liquid-oxygen, liquid-hydrogen engine program backed by United Launch Alliance. That engine was being considered by ULA as one option for a new upper stage for its Vulcan vehicle...
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Asteroid Flyby: What you need to know about Asteroid 2017 BS5

Asteroid Flyby: What you need to know about Asteroid 2017 BS5 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An asteroid the size of a football field is headed straight towards us. And it will be here within days.


To get a better sense of what’s in store with this week’s close encounter we spoke with Dr. John S. Lewis, chief scientist at DSI and author of Asteroid Mining 101: Wealth for the New Space Economy...

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Supreme Court’s IP ruling encourages innovation - Policy Options

Supreme Court’s IP ruling encourages innovation - Policy Options | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision handed Canadian inventors and innovators a win by striking down an errant interpretation of Canadian patent law that certain corporate legal teams had been exploiting to strip patent rights from innovators...

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Province promises $28.8Mln CDN for SNOLAB

Province promises $28.8Mln CDN for SNOLAB | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SNOLAB: it’s one of the world’s deepest, underground research centres, located in the heart of a working mine. And a recent $28.8 million boost from the Ontario government means the lab can keep the lights on for another five years...

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MDA's Q2 2017 Con-call & Annual and Special Meeting will be held on July 27th, 2017

MDA's Q2 2017 Con-call & Annual and Special Meeting will be held on July 27th, 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Vancouver, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, plans to release its Second Quarter 2017 financial results at 5:00 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, July 27, 2017. 

MDA President and CEO Howard Lance, and Executive Vice President and CFO Anil Wirasekara, will host an earnings conference call on Friday, July 28, 2017, reviewing the Second Quarter results, followed by a question and answer session. The call is scheduled to begin promptly at 6:00 a.m. PT (9:00 a.m. ET)...
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More Larsen C ice shelf Images from Deimos-1

More Larsen C ice shelf Images from Deimos-1 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The images were released by the Earth Observation company Deimos Imaging, a subsidiary of the Canadian UrtheCast Corp., and captured by its satellite Deimos-1 on July 14 and July 18, 2017...
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You can download the image in higher resolution at https://urthecast.box.com/s/ufispeiq9skovjsrng1ytufzqosho05p
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Moon Express plans robotic missions in 2018, 2019 and 2020 | NextBigFuture.com

Moon Express plans robotic missions in 2018, 2019 and 2020 | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Space Startup Moon Express plans several robotic lunar missions over the next three years. 

The missions are initial lander and tiny rover missions, a polar mission to confirm water and then a sample return mission. They plan to scale up the sample return to mine for lunar ice to provide low cost rocket fuel and water to earth orbiting satellites...
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CRISPR–Cas gene engineering stored a digital movie in the genomes of living bacteria | NextBigFuture.com

CRISPR–Cas gene engineering stored a digital movie in the genomes of living bacteria | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Researchers use expensive machinery to develop ways to harness DNA as a synthetic raw material to store large amounts of digital information outside of living cells. 


In 2016, a team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard Medical School (HMS) led by Wyss core faculty member George Church built the first molecular recorder based on the CRISPR system. 


The recorder allows cells to acquire bits of chronologically provided, DNA-encoded information that generate a memory in a bacterium’s genome...

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Natural Resources Canada Has It's Own Ground Station in Inuvik & wants others to use it

Natural Resources Canada Has It's Own Ground Station in Inuvik & wants others to use it | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In 2016 Canadian Satellite Ground Station Inuvik Inc. (CSGSI) began construction of privately owned ground station complex in Inuvik for Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) of Norway. 


It turns out Canada’s northwest arctic is ideally suited for a satellite ground station complex. So much so that the government had already invested in its own facility, the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF). 


Originally KSAT was considering using the government facility. 


However, Tom Zubko of New North Networks told SpaceQ the terms were too onerous and costs were too high. KSAT subsequently hired Zubko to build a new ground station facility near the government location...

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A ground station built in Canada by the private company is stuck in regulatory limbo. 

The publicly built ground station, hasn't succeeding in generating the business it expected, mostly because the US based company has established backup ground station capacity in other countries while it awaits a long-term solution to the issue.

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Government of Canada and LTSA Win International GIS Award ~ GIS Gig

Government of Canada and LTSA Win International GIS Award ~ GIS Gig | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SAN DIEGO, Esri User Conference — July 13, 2017—Esri Canada congratulates the Government of Canada and Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA) of British Columbia for receiving Esri Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards...

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Starship Congress presentations make the case for permanent moon colonization | NextBigFuture.com

Starship Congress presentations make the case for permanent moon colonization | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Starship Congress presentations make the case for permanent moon colonization
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C-COM Reports Q2 Results - C-COM Satellite Systems

C-COM Reports Q2 Results - C-COM Satellite Systems | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
OTTAWA, July 18, 2017 – C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. (TSXV: CMI), a leading global provider of mobile auto-deploying satellite antenna systems, announced today financial results for its second quarter ended May 31, 2017. 

The company has generated revenues of $3,030,499 and a net after tax profit of $145,909 or 0 cents per share. This compared to revenues of $1,804,131 and a net after tax profit of $15,811 or 0 cents per share as reported in Q2 2016, representing an increase of 68.0% and 822.8% respectively...
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DEIMOS-1 captured Larsen C from space

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An image captured by the Earth Observation satellite Deimos-1 shows Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf and the recently calved A68 iceberg breaking into pieces.

The image was released by the Earth Observation company Deimos Imaging, a subsidiary of the Canadian UrtheCast Corp., and captured by its satellite Deimos-1 on July 14, 2017. 

Deimos Imaging serves the rapidly evolving geospatial and geoanalytics markets with a wide range of information-rich products and services. It owns and operates the Deimos-1 and Deimos-2 satellites, and it processes and distributes data and value-added products from the PanGeo Alliance members...
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Launch prices for smallsats on India's PSLV rocket may be coming down - Space Intel Report

Launch prices for smallsats on India's PSLV rocket may be coming down - Space Intel Report | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
PARIS — The commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) charged about $28,500 per kilogram to launch 29 cubesats aboard its PSLV rocket on June 23, a price that appears to reflect a drop compared to previous missions. There is no such thing as a “standard” price for launches, even for large geostationary-orbit …
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Hytera Communications Expelled From China Based Trade Association Over "Disputed Bidding"

Hytera Communications Expelled From China Based Trade Association  Over "Disputed Bidding" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada's Globe and Mail is reporting a new ripple in the ongoing takeover of Vancouver-based Norsat International, the Canadian high technology satellite communications company acquired in June 2017 by Chinese based Hytera Communications...

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Telesat Q2 2017 Conference Call Will Be Held on July 26th, 2017

Telesat Q2 2017 Conference Call Will Be Held on July 26th, 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
OTTAWA, July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Telesat has scheduled a conference call on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2017. The call will be hosted by Daniel S. Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Michel Cayouette, Chief Financial Officer, of Telesat. 

Prior to the commencement of the call, Telesat will post a news release containing its financial results on its website (www.telesat.com) under the tab “News & Events” and the heading “News”...
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What Has Happened to SR&ED in the last Decade? with CATA's Sr. VP, Russ Roberts

In this video, Russ Roberts, CATA's Sr. VP, Tax, Finance and Advocacy talks about what has happened to SR&ED tax credits in the last decade and some of the causes of this dramatic reduction of innovation support in Canada.


View briefing note: http://tinyurl.com/yc4o5zck

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PMO has no comment on Julie Payette’s expunged 2011 assault charge

PMO has no comment on Julie Payette’s expunged 2011 assault charge | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Governor General Designate Julie Payette was charged with second-degree assault while living in Maryland in 2011 — a charge she calls ‘unfounded’ and which she has since had expunged — and about which the Prime Minister’s Office is refusing to confirm it had prior knowledge...

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Elon Musk has new affordable Mars plan with near Earth revenue generation | NextBigFuture.com

Elon Musk has new affordable Mars plan with near Earth revenue generation | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Elon Musk has confirmed that SpaceX is developing a revised version of the overall 2016 Mars exploration architecture. 


The previous plan involved the development of giant reusable launch vehicles, called the Interplanetary Transport System. 


The new Mars plan figures out how to make the whole Mars system affordable. He will decrease the size of the vehicles somewhat. 


“You make it capable of doing Earth orbit activity as well as Mars activity,” he said. “Maybe we can pay for it by using it for Earth orbit activity. That’s one of the key elements of the new architecture...

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Moon Express reveals lowest cost robotic planetary explorers | NextBigFuture.com

Moon Express reveals lowest cost robotic planetary explorers | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moon Express has revealed the lowest cost robotic planetary explorers ever...

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NewSpace Global 2017 SmallSat Report Released

NewSpace Global 2017 SmallSat Report Released | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The report provides information on SmallSats that have been launched and are planned to be launched, analysis of the applications and sizes of various payloads, trends in capitalization and investment, and will answer questions such as:
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CSA issues RFP for CDN contribution to Japanese LiteBIRD Satellite Mission

CSA issues RFP for CDN contribution to Japanese LiteBIRD Satellite Mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A contract will be issued for the seven month study with a value of $300,000. Proposals are due August 28th, 2017...

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For more on the Japanese LITEBird  light satellite for studies of B-mode polarization and Inflation from cosmic background radiation detection, check out the LITEBird website at http://litebird.jp/eng/...
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NASA Technologist proposes Acceleration Mechanics for New Propellant-less Space Drives | NextBigFuture.com

NASA Technologist proposes Acceleration Mechanics for New Propellant-less Space Drives | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
NASA Technologist proposes Acceleration Mechanics for New Propellant-less Space Drives
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Donald Schwartz's comment, July 19, 6:22 PM
I read it twice, but frankly it sailed past me.
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This requires some translation for the lay audience: "By applying entanglement to the thin-shell mechanism, one can allow the thin-shell to be the observer between an object’s density and its surrounding environment density in order to conserve both entanglement and energy between the two densities."

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Selling CDN Space Companies to the US & China, Luxembourg's Evolving Space Mining Policy & NORsat 1 & 2

Selling CDN Space Companies to the US & China, Luxembourg's Evolving Space Mining Policy & NORsat 1 & 2 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
While many gainfully employed, academically inclined or politically motivated Canadian space geeks are soaking up the sun at one of the many beaches accessible via train, plane and automobile, that's not necessarily true for all, especially if you're working in Washington, DC and intent on negotiating a new free trade agreement between Canada, the US and Mexico. 

Given that, and for the week of July 17th, 2017, here are a few of the stories we're currently tracking for the Commercial Space blog...
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CATA turns to crowdfunding to enhance, direct advocacy efforts

CATA turns to crowdfunding to enhance, direct advocacy efforts | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
One of Canada's leading tech industry associations is branching out - figuratively and financially - in its efforts to support the country's innovation economy. 

This week the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), an Ottawa-based non-profit advocacy group, launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at better engaging Canada's tech sector in its efforts to advocate for government support, boosting its competitiveness on the world stage, and influencing the subjects CATA focuses on in future campaigns...
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