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The Iconic Canadarm Embarks on Last Leg of a Storied Journey

The Iconic Canadarm Embarks on Last Leg of a Storied Journey | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Longueuil, Quebec, February 14, 2013 – The Government of Canada is proud to welcome one of our greatest technological contributions to international space exploration: the original Canadarm flown on the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
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SES-10 static fire aims SpaceX for history books & first core stage re-flight | NASASpaceFlight.com

SES-10 static fire aims SpaceX for history books & first core stage re-flight | NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In what is anticipated to be the first of many such occasions, SpaceX is preparing for the all-important static fire on Monday of the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket that will be tasked with lofting the SES-10 mission to orbit next week. Of historic importance is the fact that this first stage has already launched a mission – marking the first time that SpaceX will refly the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket...

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Thanks to a Group Effort, 3D Printed Satellite Bracket Will Soon Go to Space

Thanks to a Group Effort, 3D Printed Satellite Bracket Will Soon Go to Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

3D printing technology has really changed the face of manufacturing for many applications and sectors, including outer space. Canada's premier additive manufacturing network, Canada Makes, recently teamed up with 3D metal printing company FusiA Impression 3D Metal Inc...

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The manufacturers of the Cyclone-4 have also promised an "anti-asteroid protection of Earth"

The manufacturers of the Cyclone-4 have also promised an "anti-asteroid protection of Earth" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Yuzhnoye offers an "effective and safe system of anti-asteroid protection that allows elimination or significant reduction of the hazard of Earth impact by large asteroids." 

This system is designed to deflect an asteroid from a dangerous to the Earth motion trajectory...
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The company, through its Canadian surrogate, Maritime Launch Services (MLS) recently announced plans to build and operate a commercial launch facility in Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast...
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Thales Sees Overcapacity In Communication Sats

Thales Sees Overcapacity In Communication Sats | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Thales Alenia Space sees overcapacity as a factor in the weak telecommunications satellite market, in addition to fast-moving technology and a slow global launch rate...

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Research stays frozen in Canadian budget

Research stays frozen in Canadian budget | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA—Wind chills here approached -30°C as Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled the Liberal government’s second budget on Wednesday. Spring may eventually arrive in Canada’s capital, but the deep freeze for Canada’s research community will continue into fiscal 2017–18 as the granting councils received no significant boosts in funding...

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AIAC applauds federal budget measures to support innovation and advanced manufacturing

AIAC applauds federal budget measures to support innovation and advanced manufacturing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Ottawa (Ontario), March 22, 2017 – Today the federal government announced its latest budget, which included a roll-out of various measures in support of the government’s Innovation Agenda. 

The measures, which include the recognition of advanced manufacturing as a strategic sector for Canadian economic growth, will directly support the ability of Canada’s aerospace industry to innovate, grow, and create wealth and prosperity for middle class Canadians...
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CATA Gives Budget Thumbs Up for Innovation Spark to Talent and Marketplace Success

CATA Gives Budget Thumbs Up for Innovation Spark to Talent and Marketplace Success | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Ottawa...CATAAlliance, Canada's One Voice for Innovation lobby group, and leader of the competitive Innovation Nation movement has given the federal government a thumbs up for its 'innovation' budget.

CATA CEO John Reid, said, "We have been advocacy for a competitive innovation nation, and now the government is setting up Innovation Canada, a new platform to coordinate and simplify support available to Canadian entrepreneurs. It will serve as a one-stop-shop for Canada's innovators. Bravo!...
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Russia Is the Only Nation That Regularly Sends Humans to Orbit. But Its Space Program Is in Trouble.

Russia Is the Only Nation That Regularly Sends Humans to Orbit. But Its Space Program Is in Trouble. | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Russian space program doesn’t get a lot of great press these days. The big news is not Russia but the rise of a new generation of players—from countries such as China and India making ambitious advances to billionaires such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos aiming for the moon and Mars. 

And even when the Russian space program makes the headlines, it’s often been for less-than-stellar news. It’s not just the headlines. Many space policy analysts, too, are counting out the country that gave us Sputnik, at least in terms of breaking new ground. 

As the founder of George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute, John Logsdon, noted, “Their budget is not adequate to maintain a world-class space effort across the board...
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Kepler and Iristel Partner for M2M Services

Kepler and Iristel Partner for M2M Services | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
TORONTO – MARCH 22, 2017 – Kepler Communications, Canada’s pioneering nano-satellite company, has announced a partnership with Iristel Inc. in building collaborative M2M services (machine-to-machine) linking satellites with terrestrial wire and wireless networks. 

M2M connectivity will begin with Iristel’s Canada-wide network and its subsidiary Ice Wireless, a regional mobile operator in Canada’s North, and soon add Kepler’s nano-satellites where ground infrastructure is not available. 

The first two Kepler nano-satellites – about the size of a loaf of bread – are scheduled for launch this November..
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About Kepler Communications 

Kepler Communications is a satellite communications company that is building an in-space telecommunications network for space-borne assets. This infrastructure will resolve the problem of intermittent connectivity for non-geostationary satellites, will open new business opportunities that necessitate real-time connectivity to satellites, and will reduce reliance on costly and difficult to deploy ground infrastructure. To reach this long-term objective, tangible shorter-term milestones are planned in order to incrementally and sustainably develop the technology to execute on this vision. 


About Iristel 

Iristel is Canada's fastest-growing carrier providing innovative communication services that are changing how consumers and businesses communicate. Founded in 1999, Markham-based Iristel operates Canada's largest facilities-based local voice network extending Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast as well as Ice Wireless, a GSM carrier with operations in Canada's Far North. 

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Podcast: Trump, Trade and the Internet of Things

Podcast: Trump, Trade and the Internet of Things | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Aviation Week Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno and Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo talk with John Schmidt, who leads Accenture’s Global Aerospace and Defense practice, about President Donald Trump, international trade and the aerospace and defense sector, and impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on industry.

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Trump signs bill authorizing NASA funding, Mars exploration

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that adds exploration of Mars as a NASA goal.


The new law also authorizes $19.5 billion in space agency funding for the 2017 budget year, which began Oct. 1. Trump recently sent Congress a budget proposal that authorizes $19.1 billion for the space agency next year...

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University of Alberta CubeSat Ex-Alta-1 is GO for Launch!

University of Alberta CubeSat Ex-Alta-1 is GO for Launch! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Ex-Alta-1, the first CubeSat satellite mission from the University of Alberta’s AlbertaSat team, is set to launch on an Atlas V rocket, currently scheduled for next Monday, March 27, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

The launch will be streamed via NASA Live and the United Launch Alliance...
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Ex-Alta 1 (Experimental Albertan 1) is a Canadian 3U-CubeSat designed by the Department of Physics of the University of Alberta participating in the QB50 project. 

Ex-Alta 1 carries a digital fluxgate magnetometer for the University of Alberta and the multi-Needle Langmuir Probe (mNLP) payload for QB50.

For more, check out Gunther's Space Page at http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/ex-alta-1.htm
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NASA has essentially stopped tweeting about the #JourneyToMars

NASA has essentially stopped tweeting about the #JourneyToMars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
On the day Donald Trump became president and Charles Bolden left his post as administrator, NASA has essentially stopped tweeting about the Journey to Mars...
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NASA blocks FOIA request concerning Trump ‘media blackout’

NASA blocks FOIA request concerning Trump ‘media blackout’ | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA appears to have invented a new rule that would seemingly affect only users of MuckRock, a popular online FOIA service...

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Federal budget reinvigorates National Research Council: Internal memo

Federal budget reinvigorates National Research Council: Internal memo | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The National Research Council is expecting the coming year to be a lot better than its disaster-ridden 2016, thanks to a supportive federal budget.


An internal email to employees from new president Iain Stewart says that “in particular the renewed $59.6M for the NRC, demonstrates the Government’s confidence in the organization.” (This is for research in partnership with businesses...

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SSL sues rival Orbital ATK over theft of trade secrets: lawsuit

SSL sues rival Orbital ATK over theft of trade secrets: lawsuit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space Systems/Loral is suing rival Orbital ATK over an alleged theft of proprietary data and business plans for an in-space satellite servicing technology, according to a complaint filed on Thursday. 


The lawsuit is the second in six weeks involving the companies and their efforts to start a new industry servicing and repairing satellites in orbit. At least four confidential SSL documents were viewed and distributed by an Orbital ATK employee working at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, where the data is stored as part of an ongoing SSL partnership with the U.S. space agency, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. 


Orbital declined to comment. SSL, a subsidiary of Canada-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., said it was informed of the data breach by NASA in December 2016...

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Congress Mulls Options for Space Station Beyond 2024

Congress Mulls Options for Space Station Beyond 2024 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA's ability to send astronauts to Mars in the mid-2030s depends in part on cutting back or ending government funding for the International Space Station after 2024, the head of a congressional subcommittee that oversees NASA said Wednesday...

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Russia, China could cooperate on developing reusable rockets

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Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 23, 2017 - South China Morning Post reported that China is developing a rocket whose first stage will be designed to be reusable. Such a rocket will be capable of competing with the rocket designed by Elon Musk...

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Edmonton to share feds' artificial intelligence $125M budget boost | Metro Edmonton

Edmonton to share feds' artificial intelligence $125M budget boost | Metro Edmonton | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Get ready for more “deep learning” coming out of the University of Alberta, sci-fi fans. 

Wednesday's federal budget pledges $125 million to the Canadian artificial intelligence (AI) sector — with the federal government name-dropping Edmonton, Toronto, Waterloo and Montreal, home to some of the world’s top AI research centres. 

The government’s new Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy announced in the budget is meant to “promote collaboration between Canada’s main centres of expertise,” according to the fiscal plan. 

“World class expertise at Canadian universities has helped propel Canada to a position as leader in artificial intelligence and deep learning research and use,” the budget document stated. 

“Canadian talent and ideas are in high demand around the world—but activity needs to remain in Canada to harness the benefits from artificial intelligence.” 

The University is Alberta is already ranked Canada's top player for AI and deep learning, according to the Computer Science Rankings, reaching eighth on the annual survey’s global list.
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Urthecast closes $19.6 million offering of common shares

Urthecast closes $19.6 million offering of common shares | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Urthecast has raised $19.6 million through a public offering of common shares, prices at $1.50 per share.

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Liberals' 2nd Federal Budget Has Little Room For Spending

Liberals' 2nd Federal Budget Has Little Room For Spending | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — The Trudeau government will unveil a federal budget today that's expected to be heavy on policy and light on spending.

The second budget of the Liberal mandate is poised to focus more on the social policies central to its agenda — from skills to job training, from child care to affordable housing. 

In particular, the government plans to take steps they hope will help — and reassure —those who fear being left behind by a coming sea change in how economic engines function around the world.
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Elon Musk on new NASA legislation: “This bill changes almost nothing”

Elon Musk on new NASA legislation: “This bill changes almost nothing” | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX founder Elon Musk criticizes NASA and Congress in public only very rarely—which isn't surprising given that NASA has supported his company with more than $3 billion in contracts for cargo and crew delivery to the International Space Station. But he broke that rule on Tuesday night when asked on Twitter about the new NASA authorization legislation.


"This bill changes almost nothing about what NASA is doing. Existing programs stay in place and there is no added funding for Mars," Musk tweeted. "Perhaps there will be some future bill that makes a difference for Mars, but this is not it," he added...

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Rocket Lab raises $75 million to scale up launch vehicle production - SpaceNews.com

Rocket Lab raises $75 million to scale up launch vehicle production - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Rocket Lab, a company developing a small launch vehicle, announced March 21 that it has raised an additional $75 million to scale up production...

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After the ISS: Big Plans for Commercial Space Habitats - Space Angels

After the ISS: Big Plans for Commercial Space Habitats - Space Angels | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Have you ever dreamt of living in outer space? Since the development of spaceflight, the off-Earth lifestyle has been limited to the select few aboard the International Space Station. 


For nearly 19 years, the station has played host to rotating teams of highly-trained international...

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There and back again: SpaceX to make history by re-flying orbital rocket

There and back again: SpaceX to make history by re-flying orbital rocket | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ars has confirmed that the reused Falcon 9 booster will attempt a drone ship landing...

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