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Space Boomerang: Could Australia Join the Canadian PCW Mission?

Space Boomerang: Could Australia Join the Canadian PCW Mission? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Our Canadian friends are currently considering a satellite mission called  the Polar Communications and Weather (PCW) Mission. The mission is quite different from most, in that it has an interesting combination of missions, and will be flying in a somewhat unusual twin satellite High Earth Orbit...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Commercial Space Authors Working With You!

The Commercial Space Blog: Commercial Space Authors Working With You! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Even large, multibillion-dollar defense and aerospace contractors with stable, existing relationships to a small number of long-term clients develop promotional items and market themselves.

 

There is no reason why smaller firms should skip out on developing a proper content marketing strategy. The Commercial Space blog can help...

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Revealed: Russia's Crewed Lunar Lander

Revealed: Russia's Crewed Lunar Lander | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For the first time since the end of the Moon Race, Russian engineers have quietly begun working on a lunar lander capable of carrying cosmonauts to the Moon...

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NASA, India join hands for astrobiology mission

NASA, India join hands for astrobiology mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Even as India prepares for a second mission to Mars, a team of scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Mars Society Australia and the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow, will mount an expedition to Ladakh this August to study the similarities of certain parts of the region’s topography and microbial life to Martian surroundings...

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The StarSpot Episode 94: What Alien Intelligence Means for Humanity, with Don Lincoln

The StarSpot Episode 94: What Alien Intelligence Means for Humanity, with Don Lincoln | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Humanoid… grey in colour… almond shaped eyes. You all know exactly what I’m describing, but have you ever wondered just how the public’s perception of aliens came to be?


Today we’re joined at The Star Spot by Professor Don Lincoln, renowned particle physicist and author of Alien Universe: Extraterrestrial Life in Our Minds and in the Cosmos. Does our conversation and beliefs about aliens tell us more about us than them, and how might first contact with an alien intelligence change everything...

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Tapping into the Maritime-Tracking Space Race

Tapping into the Maritime-Tracking Space Race | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Companies like exactEarth, Orbcomm and Spire Global have deployed satellite networks to collect data on shipping traffic for government and commercial users...

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The forgotten moon landing that paved the way for today's space adventures

The forgotten moon landing that paved the way for today's space adventures | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Crashing into a planet is seldom a good idea. If you're trying to travel to another world, you're likely to land at tens of kilometres per second unless you do something serious to slow down. When Neil Armstrong famously became the first man on the moon in 1969, he piloted a lunar module onto the surface using thrusters that slowed the craft's descent.

 

But far less remembered is that the Soviet Union had managed the same journey three years earlier with an unmanned craft. Now 50 years ago, the Russian spacecraft Luna 9 made the first controlled "soft" landing on another body in the solar system on February 3 1966. It was a technological triumph at the time and of lasting importance...

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North Korea Launched Its Rocket and Japan Didn't Shoot It Down | VICE News

North Korea Launched Its Rocket and Japan Didn't Shoot It Down | VICE News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

China expressed displeasure and the US called for “serious consequences” after North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying what it has said is a satellite...

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Russians Doubt Reusable Boosters, Look to Phase Out Rockot Launches

Russians Doubt Reusable Boosters, Look to Phase Out Rockot Launches | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Russia doesn’t seem overly impressed by the recent progress by SpaceX and Blue Origin in developing reusable launch vehicles. At according to TsNIIMash, which is the company’s main research institute...

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Yedlin: Science, innovation hold key to economic diversification in Alberta

Yedlin: Science, innovation hold key to economic diversification in Alberta | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As the consequences of our resource-weighted economy are felt on a daily basis, calls for an economic diversification strategy at both the provincial and federal levels are mounting...


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Canadian VC investments hit $2.6 billion in 2015, up 11 percent YoY | BetaKit

Canadian VC investments hit $2.6 billion in 2015, up 11 percent YoY | BetaKit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Going into 2016, Reuters is reporting that venture capital in Canadian companies totalled $2.6 billion in 2015 — up 11 percent over last year.
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Sesame Street now has a venture capital arm

Sesame Street now has a venture capital arm | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The nonprofit behind Sesame Street wants to help startups help kids. Sesame Workshop announced this morning that it's forming a group called Sesame Ventures, which will largely be an advisory arm...

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Congress Says NASA’s Mars Plan Is Lost in Space

Congress Says NASA’s Mars Plan Is Lost in Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA aims to send humans to Mars by the 2030s, but lawmakers are skeptical whether the space agency has a quality plan or enough money for the 140-million mile mission from Earth to the Red Planet...

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Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell dies

Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell dies | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The suburban Lake Worth resident who was part of the Apollo 14 crew that flew to the moon in 1971, died in hospice late Thursday night...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Part 1: A Short History of COM DEV International

The Commercial Space Blog: Part 1: A Short History of COM DEV International | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

We have grown accustomed to the fact that some of our industries are protected from being swallowed whole by foreign interests.


For example we don't allow foreign ownership of our chartered banks and in exchange for that quasi-monopoly our banks have acceded to some relatively stringent regulations. This had the fortunate side effect of cushioning our economy from the worst vicissitudes of the global meltdown of 2008. In 2009, we also refused to allow BC based MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) to be purchased by US based Alliant Techsystems (ATK).

 

In this new age of mega-data, information and incessant global security fears, it would simply seem prudent to establish safeguards to protect our high tech industry.

 

However, the only safeguard which seems to exist is an arbitrary market cap of $600Mln CDN before the baleful eye of the Ottawa regulator is stirred from its repose and a review is triggered under the Investment Canada Act (ICA)...

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China's Gaofen-4 delivers incredible images from high Earth orbit

China's Gaofen-4 delivers incredible images from high Earth orbit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

You may well have already seen hundreds of glorious satellite images of our planet, but there's something special about these latest high resolution releases.

 

While most shots are taken in low Earth orbit a few hundred kilometres above the ground, China's Gaofen-4 - the world's most powerful geostationary optical satellite - has delivered these shots from an altitude of almost 36,000km...

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GREG AUTRY: A dangerous partnership with Russia

GREG AUTRY: A dangerous partnership with Russia | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It is with a terrible sense of deja vu that I find myself again warning American lawmakers about our reliance on Russian rocket engines to loft military satellites. For more than a decade, America's workhorse rocket, the United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Atlas V, has been powered with RD-180 engines imported from Russia...

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Space is a new frontier, and so are the laws governing it

Space is a new frontier, and so are the laws governing it | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The idea of a company exploring for commercial reasons is nothing new. While exploration has always been conducted to satisfy human curiosity, it has almost always had an economic rationale as well.

 

Think of the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada, Jamestown in Virginia, the East India Company in India or the Norwegian whaling expeditions in the Antarctic. These all were done for commerce as well as adventure. Even the Lewis and Clark Expedition — arguably the greatest officially authorized expedition in North American history — was carried out to obtain both scientific and commercial information...

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The Commercial Space Blog: 2016 Could Be a Big Year for Space: Is Ottawa Paying Attention?

The Commercial Space Blog: 2016 Could Be a Big Year for Space: Is Ottawa Paying Attention? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Is the space business really growing? A group called Space Angels Network says it is...

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Mars or the Moon; NASA Thinks its Gotta Choose

Mars or the Moon; NASA Thinks its Gotta Choose | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A panel of space experts has revealed that NASA is capable of developing only one major human spaceflight mission at a time, and must make a tough choice between projected flights to Mars and the moon. The announcement was made during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday.

 

"There has been continual debate about should we go to the moon or Mars or both ... It is clear, again, that we cannot do both. And there is a need to focus our attention, capability and resources on one option," Tom Young, former director of NASA's Goddard Center, said...

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Doctors of Doom: What a PhD Really Means in the US National Security Community | VICE News

Doctors of Doom: What a PhD Really Means in the US National Security Community | VICE News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Since 9/11, the number of doctorates awarded to those in the US Intelligence Community has risen steadily — but many of those degrees are from online institutions and have nothing to do with science, engineering, or the social sciences...

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The Commercial Space Blog: How Ed Mitchell Expected to be Remembered

The Commercial Space Blog: How Ed Mitchell Expected to be Remembered | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The sixth person to walk on the Moon, American naval officer, astronaut and explorer Edgar Dean "Ed" Mitchell passed on Thursday, after a long, adventurous and fruitful life.

 
In August 2000, Mitchell talked with author, publisher and Space Library curator Robert Godwin at the Airport Marriot Hotel in Chicago, Ill. During the interview, which Godwin recorded, Mitchell discussed how he expected to be remembered...
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Top 20 worldwide metros with the highest levels of venture capital investment; Toronto is #12

Top 20 worldwide metros with the highest levels of venture capital investment; Toronto is #12 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Venture capital investment is extremely spiky, but remains concentrated among a select group of cities...

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Why We Spent $1M To Put Our Competitors On Stage At Advocamp

Why We Spent $1M To Put Our Competitors On Stage At Advocamp | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Is there anything better than a conference to ignite excitement around your business? Get all of your happy customers in one room, invite some interesting speakers and sponsors, add in a few curious prospects and BAM! Your sales pipeline is full for the next few quarters. You snag a few extra deals from the competition, and save or grow some key customer accounts. Your slice of the pie gets a little bit bigger...

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Elon Musk 'tempted' to build electric jet

Elon Musk 'tempted' to build electric jet | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk speaks yet again about his plans for a vertical-take off electric jet...

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Advanced space propulsion startup shuts down - SpaceNews.com

Advanced space propulsion startup shuts down - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A Colorado company that said last year it had achieved a breakthrough in space transportation has decided to shut down, citing its high costs and risks...

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Com Dev International now a part of Honeywell defence and space division

Com Dev International now a part of Honeywell defence and space division | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Com Dev, an iconic Canadian manufacturer of space hardware, is now a part of Honeywell's defence and space business, which is headquartered in Phoenix.

 

Com Dev's common shares will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange by the close of trading on Monday. ExactEarth shares have been conditionally approved for listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and are expected to begin trading on Tuesday under the trading symbol XCT...

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