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CADSI Welcomes Jenkins Report On Defence Procurement | Ottawa Citizen

CADSI Welcomes Jenkins Report On Defence Procurement | Ottawa Citizen | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) applauded today's release of a report by an expert panel led by Tom Jenkins on defence procurement in Canada.

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Australian Researchers Explore the Superconductive Properties of 3D Printed Parts

Australian Researchers Explore the Superconductive Properties of 3D Printed Parts | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
One year ago, we covered the scientifically progressive plans of University of British Columbia quantum materials researcher Jennifer Hoffman, who has been optimistically working towards quantum 3D printing, which would essentially enable the 3D printing of objects on the atomic scale.
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Satellite sector mulls how to live with FCC's 5G decision - SpaceNews.com

Satellite sector mulls how to live with FCC's 5G decision - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The U.S. regulatory decision that denied protected status to satellite systems that have been investing in Ka-band spectrum, and cast doubt about the viability for satellite systems of other slices radio spectrum, has been met with a curiously muted response by the satellite sector...

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A US decision directly relevant to some of the Canadian and international plans as outlined in the May 3rd, 2016 post, "OneWeb Goes to Gatineau."


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Podcast: Commercializing the Space Station

Podcast: Commercializing the Space Station | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA and other governments may have an end date for the International Space Station, but private companies are creating their own for commercial purposes...

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Sorry, Eileen Collins: Here’s why America is already great in space

Sorry, Eileen Collins: Here’s why America is already great in space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The former Shuttle commander bemoans NASA's woes while ignoring a vibrant private industry...

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MacDonald Dettwiler Q2 2016 conference call will be held on July 28th, 2016

MacDonald Dettwiler Q2 2016 conference call will be held on July 28th, 2016 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Richmond, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, plans to release its second quarter 2016 financial results at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, July 28, 2016. 

MDA President and CEO Howard Lance, and Executive Vice President and CFO Anil Wirasekara, will host an earnings conference call the same day, reviewing the second quarter results, followed by a question and answer session. The call is scheduled to begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET)...
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New CEO Howard Lance will be on his first earnings call...
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Republican platform endorses commercial space partnerships | SpaceNews.com

Republican platform endorses commercial space partnerships | SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — The new platform of the Republican Party includes language supporting the use of public-private partnerships to develop space capabilities, an approach that has been used by administrations of both major political parties.

The platform, formally approved by delegates at the Republican party convention July 18 in Cleveland, also features language supporting “unfettered access” to space and increasing the number of scientific missions.

The 54-page document includes two paragraphs about space in a section about technology policy nearly one page long. One paragraph focuses on the use of public-private partnerships.


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Customers of India's PSLV rocket say India unlikely to accept U.S. terms - SpaceNews.com

Customers of India's PSLV rocket say India unlikely to accept U.S. terms - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Past and future customers of India’s PSLV rocket said they doubt whether India will ever sign the kind of price-commitment agreement with the U.S. government that has been a subject of dispute for a decade...

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NASA Selects Five Aerospace Companies for Mars Orbiter Concepts

NASA Selects Five Aerospace Companies for Mars Orbiter Concepts | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Commercial aerospace technology companies dream to be recognized and funded by the country's premiere space agency, NASA. 

And that's what the five new space engineering companies received when they were chosen by the agency to develop a concept each for the next generation Mars orbiter in line with the upcoming journey to Mars...
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SSTL expands LEO platform capability with VESTA nanosatellite

SSTL expands LEO platform capability with VESTA nanosatellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed a contract with Honeywell to supply the VESTA satellite platform, a technology demonstration mission that will test a new two-way VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload for the exactEarth advanced maritime satellite constellation. The contract was signed as part of an MOU between Honeywell Aerospace and the UK Space Agency...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Arctic Satellites Should Serve Northerners According to Nunatsiaq Online

The Commercial Space Blog: Arctic Satellites Should Serve Northerners According to Nunatsiaq Online | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Not everyone likes the idea that the Polar Communications and Weather mission (PCW), the long awaited but never funded Canadian Space Agency (CSA) project to provide continuous 24/7 broadband communications services and monitor weather and climate change conditions in the Canadian arctic, is about to be replaced by a Canadian military based program without any weather component or assured civilian access to communications...
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Genscape and exactEarth expand AIS and maritime data services collaboration

Genscape and exactEarth expand AIS and maritime data services collaboration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE, KY, July 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Genscape and exactEarth (TSX: XCT) announce that they are expanding their AIS and maritime data services collaboration. For more than three years the two companies have had a successful collaboration combining their respective industry leading capabilities in satellite and terrestrial AIS data services to offer a range of global AIS products to government and commercial markets around the world...
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Satellite maker MDA’s outgoing CEO looks back on 80 profitable quarters

Satellite maker MDA’s outgoing CEO looks back on 80 profitable quarters | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It took two tries for Daniel Friedmann to put himself out of a job at Richmond, B.C.-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), the company where he worked for 37 years, the last 20 of them as CEO. Each time, he says, it was to keep the satellite company from nose-diving. The first attempt was in 2008, when Friedmann reluctantly staged the sale of MDA’s dominant division to U.S.-based Alliant Techsystems Inc. for $1.3 billion. The federal government blocked the deal, saying MDA’s Radarsat-2 satellite, which keeps an eye on the Arctic, ought to stay in Canadian hands. Now, Friedmann has handed over the reins to Howard Lance so MDA can go American in a different way...

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What was the most challenging part of his job? 

According to Friedmann, "building a big, successful high-tech company in Canada is unbelievably hard and frustrating because we just don’t have the industrial policy and political understanding of what it takes to do those things and to keep those companies going. I was trying to build a lasting, multibillion-dollar company in Canada. It’s like farming in bad soil; you need to have some help in terms of policies and environment..."
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Communitech gets $1.2 million in new funding partnership for start-ups and high-growth companies

Communitech gets $1.2 million in new funding partnership for start-ups and high-growth companies | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Communitech is getting $1.2 million in new funding that will provide support for startups and high-growth companies...

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Under Pressure: Spacesuit Market - Space Angels

Under Pressure: Spacesuit Market - Space Angels | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space Angels Network continually endeavors to understand new market opportunities for investment. Our position, at the forefront of early-stage space investing, gives us a unique vantage point from which to assess nascent markets. And this knowledge provides our investor members with the insights they need to make informed investment decisions in this dynamic industry.

With the proliferation of new in-space destinations coming online (Bigelow BA330, Axiom, ROS, Tiangong, cis-lunar, lunar surface, Mars surface) and new crewed launch vehicles (SpaceX Dragon, Boeing Starliner, Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, Blue Origin New Shepard), we are at an inflection point for human spaceflight. Therefore, we believe the market for spacesuits is growing and could present an attractive opportunity for investment.


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SpaceX seeks approval for two additional landing pads on Space Coast

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SpaceX seeking approval for two more landing pads on its complex on Florida's Space Coast


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In preparation for the first launch of Falcon Heavy, SpaceX requests permission to land three spent first stages at once at Cape Canaveral.
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SSL receives  $20.7Mln USD contract to provide robotic arms to DARPA for satellite servicing

SSL receives  $20.7Mln USD contract to provide robotic arms to DARPA for satellite servicing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Pasadena, CA - Space Systems Loral (SSL) a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced it has received $20.7 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design and build robotic arm flight hardware for the first phase of the agency’s Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program. 

SSL is receiving the funds through MDA US Systems, a division of MDA managed by SSL, and is working with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which is the prime contractor managing the program...
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SSL is a subsidiary of BC based MacDonald Dettwiler, the makers of the iconic Canadarm...
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Astronaut Eileen Collins Calls for US Space Leadership at GOP Convention

Astronaut Eileen Collins Calls for US Space Leadership at GOP Convention | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The first woman ever to command a space shuttle mission lamented a perceived lack of leadership in the United States' space program tonight (July 20) during a speech at the Republican National Convention.

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Dearth Of Dedicated Smallsat Launchers Challenges Fledgling Industry

Dearth Of Dedicated Smallsat Launchers Challenges Fledgling Industry | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The U.S. is trying to keep smallsat, cubesat and nanosat operators viable as they wait for domestic launch-service providers to field dedicated rides to space...

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European Commission OK's Airbus Safran Launchers takeover of Arianespace - SpaceNews.com

European Commission OK's Airbus Safran Launchers takeover of Arianespace - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

PARIS – The European Commission on July 20 approved the Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) takeover of launch-services provider Arianespace, saying the companies had accepted conditions the commission imposed to minimize the chance of anti-competitive behavior. 


 The decision, which was expected, is likely to result in ASL’s payment of about 150 million euros ($166 million) to the French space agency, CNES, which holds the 35 percent stake on behalf of the French government. 


CNES officials have said they will be able to invest the money into their own programs without forwarding it to the French government’s general treasury. The transaction is expected within weeks. - See more at: http://spacenews.com/european-commission-oks-airbus-safran-launchers-takeover-of-arianespace/#sthash.eNOxKIal.dpuf

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New Mexico spaceport authority director resigns

New Mexico spaceport authority director resigns | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The head of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority is resigning, saying she still believes in the commercial space industry and that Spaceport America has a role to play.

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20 new countries expected to invest in space programs by 2025

20 new countries expected to invest in space programs by 2025 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, July 19, 2016 - According to Euroconsult's latest report, Trends & Prospects for Emerging Space Programs, 24 countries are identified as emerging space programs (ESPs) in 2015 having launched a total of 69 satellites in the last 20 years. As satellite technology has become more accessible and affordable, the number of countries investing in their first satellite system has increased dramatically. 2015 set an all-time record with nine satellites launched, confirming the dynamism of this market.
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Social media blitzes lift SpaceX, ULA on launch days

Social media blitzes lift SpaceX, ULA on launch days | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Space companies such as SpaceX and United Launch Alliance would like a word with you. 

The commercial space giants have leveraged social media to encourage direct conversation with the public, using tools that were not available to government space agencies in the days of the lunar landings and the space shuttle. 

A major goal for the new space race is to engage a new generation through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Using social media is a way to convey the drama of a launch, communicate accurately and build support for the emerging private space race...
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SpaceX Dragon headed to ISS; Falcon 9 lands at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX Dragon headed to ISS; Falcon 9 lands at Cape Canaveral | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The rocket's first stage returned to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station minutes after the 12:45 a.m. Monday launch...

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EU draft space policy calls for more military involvement - SpaceNews.com

EU draft space policy calls for more military involvement - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A draft summary of the European Commission’s space policy raises the issue of retooling Europe’s Galileo navigation and Copernicus Earth observation programs to make them more attractive to Europe’s military forces and whether Europe’s spaceport in South America should receive commission financing...

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