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A Private Sector, Space Intruder Detector

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Asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries (DSI) didn't wait for the dust to settle after the unexpected impact of an asteroid over the Urals on Friday before issuing a press release reminding everyone that tracking near Earth objects is one of the things the firm is focused on...

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Ottawa offers $950 million for 'superclusters' to create jobs

Ottawa offers $950 million for 'superclusters' to create jobs | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The federal government is spending $950 million to fund an "Innovation Superclusters Initiative" that it says will "create more middle-class jobs and more opportunities for Canadian businesses to grow into globally successful brands." 


Minister of innovation, science and economic development Navdeep Bains made the announcement at the offices of BlackBerry QNX in Kanata, Ont. near Ottawa on Wednesday morning. 


"We are looking for bold proposals with ambitious visions and missions," Bains said...

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The initiative seeks to create superclusters in specific industries: 

Advanced manufacturing.
Agri-food. 
Clean resources. 
Clean technology. 
Digital technology. 
Health/biosciences. 
Infrastructure and transportation. 

Up to five superclusters will be created. Each supercluster will be a non-profit consortium created by large and small companies, along with post-secondary educational institutions or non-profit organizations. 

Applications will be accepted from both Canadian companies and international companies with Canadian operations...
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CSA using satellites to identify potential health risks in cities

CSA using satellites to identify potential health risks in cities | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New research team explores how satellite images can help find areas where vulnerable populations would be exposed to health risks: high heat, air pollution or viruses transmitted by mosquitoes.

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The Canadian SmallSat Symposium Issues Call for Papers beginning June 8th

The Canadian SmallSat Symposium Issues Call for Papers beginning June 8th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Commerce Association has issued a Call for Papers for the 2017 Canadian SmallSat Symposium beginning June 8th...

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Not sure why smallsats are so popular with the CSA, AIAC and the CSCA. Lots of people make them now, and most do so without a lot of government assistance.

Over the last five years, the most notable Canadian players in this space have been the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge and the UTIAS Space Flight Lab...
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Bombardier's Challenges

Bombardier's Challenges | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Over the past few weeks, tottering plane and train maker Bombardier has faced a series of upheavals that have put its already shaky future on even even more unstable ground. Those upheavals, reminiscent of an earlier age of confusion and cancelled Canadian built planes, suggest lessons for both the Canadian aviation and space industries...
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Trump budget keeps NASA mostly intact but jettisons a few Obama priorities

Trump budget keeps NASA mostly intact but jettisons a few Obama priorities | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The White House proposes cutting NASA by 3% but the agency does better than most other departments.The budget funds continued development of a Mars mission but scraps an asteroid redirect mission Obama proposed...

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GHGSat Unveils Satellite Imagery of Greenhouse Gas From Industrial Facility

GHGSat Unveils Satellite Imagery of Greenhouse Gas From Industrial Facility | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MONTREAL, QC--(Marketwired - May 23, 2017) - Today, GHGSat unveiled sample imagery from its demonstration satellite, Claire. GHGSat has detected emissions of methane, an important greenhouse gas, from a hydroelectric facility under construction in Africa. GHGSat is making sample imagery and data for this facility available for evaluation...

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Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket set for inaugural flight from New Zealand | NASASpaceFlight.com

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket set for inaugural flight from New Zealand | NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The U.S.-based Rocket Lab corporation is set to enter the commercial launch market with the maiden flight of its Electron rocket. The small-scale launcher will cater to the small satellite market, with low-end million dollar flights and its revolutionary engine design launching from the Māhia Peninsula from the North Island of New Zealand’s eastern coast. Weather is currently delaying the debut...
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Canada's Patent Puzzle: Do We Have a Problem Securing Patents & Commercializing Them?

Canada's Patent Puzzle: Do We Have a Problem Securing Patents & Commercializing Them? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
58% of inventions with a Canadian author that resulted in US patent grants in 2016 were assigned either through sale or transfer to a company in another country.

The prevalent Canadian narrative is that as a country, we struggle to compete in the global innovation economy. One metric that is often cited as proof is the number of patents we are granted. We looked at this issue more closely in this Impact Brief and found that we don't have a problem securing patents, it's that we have a problem with the commercialization of them...
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60 Minutes Runs a Segment on "Space Archaeology"

60 Minutes Runs a Segment on "Space Archaeology" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Archaeologist Sarah Parcak uses satellite photos to locate ancient sites and she's finding them - thousands. Bill Whitaker reports on the game-changing method...

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Fascinating use of modern technology to illuminate an ancient field...
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OneWeb Moves Forward With Broadband Satellite Constellation – Parabolic Arc

OneWeb Moves Forward With Broadband Satellite Constellation – Parabolic Arc | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
OneWeb says it is on track with its broadband satellite constellation.

OneWeb told the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that its 800-plus-satellite constellation is on schedule and ready to fulfill the FCC’s goal of broadband coverage of all U.S. territory to reduce the digital divide...
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Brillouin Energy Update on Funding and continued work | NextBigFuture.com

Brillouin Energy Update on Funding and continued work | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Brillouin Energy Update on Funding and continued work
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Moon Express chairman believes his team’s “ready to go for the end of this year”

Moon Express chairman believes his team’s “ready to go for the end of this year” | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
“Will you go build the Pokemon Go of the Moon because we showed you it’s possible?”
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Thales Alenia Space Thinks Big with Plans for Larger 3D Printed Satellite Components

Thales Alenia Space Thinks Big with Plans for Larger 3D Printed Satellite Components | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
So many 3D printed or partially 3D printed satellites have been launched into space at this time, it's hard to believe it's only been two years since the first one was sent up.
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India's space agency planning to launch next lunar mission in 2018 - SpaceNews.com

India's space agency planning to launch next lunar mission in 2018 - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft would include an orbiter and a lander, with that lander carrying a rover...

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MDA views DigitalGlobe merger as hedge against cyclical satellite market - SpaceNews.com

MDA views DigitalGlobe merger as hedge against cyclical satellite market - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates told investors May 23 that its pending acquisition of geospatial imagery and services provider DigitalGlobe will help offset the revenue peaks and valleys of MDA’s satellite manufacturing business...

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PCI Geomatics Expands Business Partner Network in Central America

PCI Geomatics Expands Business Partner Network in Central America | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, May 23, 2017 — PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced today it has expanded its business partner network in Central America with the appointment of Mattie Engineers, S.A...
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Local business leaders to judge startups poised to profit from outer space | NewSpace Business Plan Competition

Local business leaders to judge startups poised to profit from outer space | NewSpace Business Plan Competition | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
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Commercial Space blog will be at the National Magazine Award Gala in TO on Friday, May 26th

Commercial Space blog will be at the National Magazine Award Gala in TO on Friday, May 26th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The National Magazine Awards Foundation is a bilingual, registered charity whose mission is to foster, recognize and promote editorial excellence in Canadian publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts...
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The Canadian CubeSat Project is Soliciting Letters of Interest

The Canadian CubeSat Project is Soliciting Letters of Interest | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Do you teach or do research at a Canadian post-secondary institution? Would you and students from your institution like to build and send your own small satellite into space? 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is presently working on an initiative that would allow you to do just that. 

The Canadian CubeSat Project (CCP) will provide professors in post-secondary institutions with an opportunity to engage their students in a real space mission...
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Not totally sure how this CSA initiative will effect the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (http://www.csdcms.ca/), a well established private organization intent on doing much the same (but with less money). 

However, questions like this might get a least the beginnings of an answer during the three conference calls being organized on Thursday May 18th (English), Wednesday May 24th (French) and Tuesday May 30th (English)...
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Part 10: A History of the Canadian Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets

Part 10: A History of the Canadian Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

More on the 1990's, the CSA, "On-Going Budgets," a 3rd "Long-Term Space Plan," New Astronauts, More Satellites but Never Enough Funding...

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How NASA Might Push Aerospace's Next Big Propulsion Breathrough

How NASA Might Push Aerospace's Next Big Propulsion Breathrough | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Aerospace community might take inspiration from the king of fast food when looking for its next breakthrough in propulsion technology.
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Strange signals from space and black holes: Astrophysicists in Canada tackle lingering mysteries

Strange signals from space and black holes: Astrophysicists in Canada tackle lingering mysteries | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Untangling The Cosmos, a conference this week organized by the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research, offered a glimpse of the current state of astronomical theory and observation in Canada. If you had questions about the frustrations of using lunchroom microwaves near ultra-sensitive microwave detecting equipment, or about how a huge balloon launched in Antarctica overcame the limitations of ground-based telescopes, then this was the place to be. Here, the National Post’s Joseph Brean rounds up three of the grandest lingering astronomical mysteries discussed at the gathering...
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Jeff Bezos sets Blue Origin’s sights on building a city on the moon – GeekWire

Jeff Bezos sets Blue Origin’s sights on building a city on the moon – GeekWire | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk may have his heart set on building a city on Mars, but Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is focusing on the moon.
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Plasma jet engines that could take you from the ground to space

Plasma jet engines that could take you from the ground to space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Jet engines that compress gas into a plasma have been successfully tested at ground level for the first time
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Decentralized Production With 3D Printing

Decentralized Production With 3D Printing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The decentralization of production is a hot topic nowadays. The idea of distributing manufacturing that lets you make products close to your customer to obtain an edge in time to market and speed of delivery seems like an increasingly viable strategy for many high end manufacturers.
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