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Feds new confidentiality rules on Arctic project called "chilling"

Feds new confidentiality rules on Arctic project called "chilling" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A bid by the federal government to impose sweeping confidentiality rules on an Arctic science project has run into serious resistance in the United States.


“I’m not signing it,” said Andreas Muenchow, of the University of Delaware, who has taken issue with the wording that Canada’s Fisheries and Oceans department has proposed for the Canada-U.S. project.

 

It’s an affront to academic freedom and a “potential muzzle,” said Muenchow, who has been collaborating with DFO scientists on the project in the Eastern Arctic since 2003.

 

DFO’s proposed confidentiality provisions say all technology and “other information” related to the Arctic project “shall be deemed to be confidential and neither party may release any such information to others in any way whatsoever without the prior written authorization of the other party.”

 

If enforced, Muenchow says the fisheries department could prevent researchers from publishing scientific findings, blogging about their project or sharing information on the project with the media and public, which is encouraged by the U.S. agencies co-funding the project..

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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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MDA's Peter Garland receives 2014 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award

MDA's Peter Garland receives 2014 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

July 8, 2014 – Reston, Va. – Mr. Peter J. Garland, director, advanced programs, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.,(TSX:MDA) St. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada facility, has won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2014 Aerospace Communications Award.


Garland will receive the award at a noon awards luncheon on August 7, as part of the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE 2014), August 4-7, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego...

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Contractor MSCI blames Canadian Space Agency for NEOSSat cost overruns

Contractor MSCI blames Canadian Space Agency for NEOSSat cost overruns | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The company involved in the building of a made-in-Canada asteroid hunting satellite responds to an audit critical of the project, saying the Canadian Space Agency shouldn't be off the hook.
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End dawns for Europe's space cargo delivery role

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Paris (AFP) July 27, 2014
Europe will close an important chapter in its space flight history Tuesday, launching the fifth and final robot ship it had pledged for lifeline deliveries to the International Space Station.
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NewSpace 2014 Conference Day 2Videos with Steve Jurvetson, Jeff Greason and others

NewSpace 2014 Conference Day 2Videos with  Steve Jurvetson, Jeff Greason and others | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The three day NewSpace conference organized by the Space Frontier Foundation is underway in San Jose, California. All of the main sessions are recorded. Here are the sessions for Friday, July 25, 2014.


Speakers include Steve Jurvetson, the Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Brian Rieger, the Co-Founder of Infinity Aerospace, Jeff Greason, the CEO of XCOR Aerospace and quite a few others.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Adds 3 Members at Parabolic Arc

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Washington, D.C. (CSF PR) – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce the addition of three new organizations to its membership. BRPH, The Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust, and Swiss Space ...
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Telesat Holdings Inc. Second Quarter 2014 Conference Call

Telesat Holdings Inc. Second Quarter 2014 Conference Call | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA, Jul 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --

Telesat has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2014, and other recent developments. The call will be hosted by Daniel S. Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Michel Cayouette, Chief Financial Officer, of Telesat.

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Space Foundation Partnership

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Seattle, Washington – 24 July 2014 – Space Angels Network, a global network of seed‐ and early‐stage investors focused on aerospace‐related ventures, and Space Foundation, a global non-profit organization advancing space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity, are proud to announce their new partnership. Through this partnership both organizations will work together to accelerate the growth of the emerging space ecosystem, by promoting entrepreneurial activity and encouraging private investment in commercial space ventures...

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A means to a solar-system-wide economy: Build a space based Fort Knox!

A means to a solar-system-wide economy: Build a space based Fort Knox! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The CEO of Toronto based Apogee Books discusses how to convince the investment community that, there is that substantial Return-On-Investment (ROI), in space activities...

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Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket

Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

One of NASA's headlining programs is the Space Launch System, a giant rocket program aimed at eventually delivering astronauts to the moon, Mars, asteroids and the deep space beyond. The space agency signed a long-term deal with Boeing earlier this summer to continue work on the mission.

 

But a new report by federal auditors at the Government Accountability Office say NASA and its contracting partners are unlikely to meet their goal of a December 2017 test flight. Officials with the federal watchdog agency claim NASA's allotted spending figures aren't realistic, and that the mission likely needs at least another $400 million to reach its initial 2017 launch date on time...

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China's biggest moon challenge: returning to earth

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Beijing (XNA) Jul 24, 2014 China's lunar probe, Chang'e-5, will be launched around 2017 and its mission to collect samples from the moon and return to earth is the most challenging yet, according to Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar...
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The Rise of Boutique Rocket Firms Inspired By SpaceX

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Firefly Space Systems is part of a new wave of spaceflight companies looking to cater to small satellites...

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India could return to Mars as early as 2017

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Moscow (Voice of Russia) Jul 23, 2014
India is ramping up for a follow-up mission to Mars between 2017 and 2020 which will be scientific in scope, the chairman for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said.
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NewSpace 2014 conference day 3 Videos

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The three day NewSpace conference organized by the Space Frontier Foundation is underway in San Jose, California and the main sessions have been recorded...

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NASA Orion space capsule gets brain from airliners

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New manned spacecraft will use a flight computer adapted from jetliners for deep space missions to the asteroids and Mars.
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Does Canada need its own rockets to launch satellites?

Does Canada need its own rockets to launch satellites? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Sanctions against Russia mean Canada currently can't launch satellites using Russian rockets. Some experts think we should develop our own capability.
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Google offers big prize for small power box

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San Francisco (AFP) July 23, 2014
Google is offering a million-dollar prize for a breakthrough that would make solar or wind generated electricity more enticing for everyday uses.
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The 2014 edition of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space!"

The 2014 edition of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space!" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Time marches on, and those of us looking for gainful employment in the space sector will notice quite a few changes from the August 13th, 2013 post "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space!" For those who'd like to keep up to date,  here's the latest listing of places you should be approaching if you'd like to work in the space industry...

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Emirates paves way for Middle East space program with mission to Mars

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London, UK (SPX) Jul 25, 2014
The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to launch a mission to Mars by 2021. A first for the Arab world, the mission and accompanying Space Agency are a big deal for the UAE - scientifically and politically.
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Canada Eyes “Son of Sapphire” as a Way To Keep Helping US Watch over Space - Space News

Canada Eyes “Son of Sapphire” as a Way To Keep Helping US Watch over Space - Space News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VICTORIA, British Columbia — The Canadian military is looking to build a new electro-optical satellite to allow it to continue providing information to the U.S. space surveillance network beyond 2021.

 

The project, called Surveillance of Space 2, will be the successor to Canada’s existing Sapphire satellite that was launched in 2013...

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LightSail-A Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What? | The Planetary Society

LightSail-A Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What? | The Planetary Society | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

LightSail-A's blown radio amplifier doesn't affect the 2016 SpaceX Falcon Heavy mission, but it adds an unwelcome obstacle to the 2015 test mission's ever-shortening timetable...

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The 4th annual Zero G Robotics Tournament: Robots in Spaaaace!

The 4th annual Zero G Robotics Tournament: Robots in Spaaaace! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Code, play and command your space droid - students across Europe can bring a squadron of minisatellites to life on the International Space Station as the ultimate space robot game.

 

For the fourth year, the Zero Robotics tournament will turn the Station into a gaming arena for European secondary-school pupils. The competition challenges youngsters to write instructions that control volleyball-sized satellites through a virtual field mined with obstacles...

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SpaceX Soft Lands Falcon 9 Rocket First Stage

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Hawthorne CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2014
Following last week's successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage reentered Earth's atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Smallsat companies dominate “Lightning Pitch” NewSpace competition « NewSpace Journal

Smallsat companies dominate “Lightning Pitch” NewSpace competition « NewSpace Journal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The annual NewSpace Conference by the Space Frontier Foundation will get underway later today in San Jose, California. A highlight of today’s events is the “Lightning Pitch Competition” for NewSpace startups. This takes the place of full-fledged business plan competition that has taken place at some previous conferences. Instead of submitting a detailed business plan and having that plan, and presentation of it, reviewed by judges, each company will give a four-minute pitch about their company to judges during a conference session late Thursday morning. At stake are $30,000 in prizes, including a $20,000 grand prize.

 

Last month, the competition organizers announced the eight companies that will be participating in this year’s event. More than have are making use of CubeSats or other smallsats, or supporting such spacecraft, in one manner or another. A quick review of the eight contestants follows...

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Space Activities at the University of Waterloo

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Michael Kuntz, the director of research partnerships at the University of Waterloo, discusses some of the space projects the university is currently involved with...

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Lunar rock collisions behind Yutu damage

Lunar rock collisions behind Yutu damage | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Beijing (XNA) Jul 23, 2014
Ailing Chinese moon rover Yutu, or "Jade Rabbit," might have been damaged by knocking against rocks on a lunar surface that is more complicated than expected, its designer has said.
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