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The First Human Mission to Mars in 2018?

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A press release issued late today indicated that a new organization, Inspiration Mars Foundation, led by the first private space traveler, Dennis Tito, would make a major announcement next Wednesday, February 27th concerning a 501 day mission to Mars.

 

The press release said the news conference next week would be "detailing its plans to take advantage of a unique window of opportunity to launch an historic journey to Mars and back in 501 days, starting in January 2018...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Tri-Alpha Energy Attempting to Create "Tri-Alpha" Particles via Fusion Reactions

The Commercial Space Blog: Tri-Alpha Energy Attempting to Create "Tri-Alpha" Particles via Fusion Reactions | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Tri-Alpha Energy Inc (TAE), a secretive and enigmatic Foothill Ranch, California based firm working to develop non-traditional fusion power, has published two papers that shed light on its latest progress...

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The myth of “what might have been” in space - The Space Review

The myth of “what might have been” in space - The Space Review | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After Apollo 17, back in 1972, the space program was scaled back. We had three flights on Skylab, one flight on Apollo-Soyuz, and then a six-year hiatus before the thirty-year era of the Space Shuttle began...

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SpaceX rocket explodes after launch

SpaceX rocket explodes after launch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Miami (AFP) June 28, 2015; An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded less than three minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, in the first major disaster for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk...

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The Commercial Space Blog: The Canadian Space Industry Could Be In for a Bumpy Night

The Commercial Space Blog: The Canadian Space Industry Could Be In for a Bumpy Night | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

According to political observers, the upcoming federal election in October will be one of the closest in years. Any of the three major parties could win. Add to that the possibility of a minority government, or even a Liberal/NDP coalition, and we’re facing what could be a long period of political instability...

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Com Dev subsidiary ExactEarth going public

Com Dev subsidiary ExactEarth going public | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Com Dev International is spinning off its ExactEarth subsidiary into a publicly traded company...

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First woman to head a major German research facility

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Pascale Ehrenfreund, currently Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute in Washington, is the new Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR)...

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Australia and US sign remote sensing agreement

Australia and US sign remote sensing agreement | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On June 18, 2015 in Canberra, Australia, the U.S. Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia signed a comprehensive new partnership to maximize land remote sensing operations and data that can help to address issues of national and international significance...

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Cellulose from wood can be printed in 3-D

Cellulose from wood can be printed in 3-D | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Goteborg, Sweden (SPX) Jun 22, 2015; A group of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have managed to print and dry three-dimensional objects made entirely by cellulose for the first time with the help of a 3D-bioprinter...

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China's super "eye" to speed up space rendezvous

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Chinese space experts have developed the world's most sensitive "eye" that enables the autonomous rendezvous and docking of two spacecraft - flying eight times faster than bullets - more efficiently and safely.

 

The "eye" is China's newly developed third-generation rendezvous and docking CCD optical imaging sensor. It will be used on China's second orbiting space lab, Tiangong-2, the Chang'e-5 lunar probe and the permanent manned space station, according to China Academy of Space Technology (CAST)...

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From ESA: more than 300 new companies from Space

From ESA: more than 300 new companies from Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

ESA's business incubators hit a milestone this month: they have now fostered 300 start-up companies - and more are joining all the time. Thanks to innovations from the many Business Incubation Centres (BICs) start-ups, leading-edge applications that spring from space are spreading throughout Europe.

 

"Technologies from Europe's space programmes have turned out to be great problem-solvers here on Earth," notes Franco Ongaro, ESA Director of Technical and Quality Management. "They are now used in the most diverse applications, from healthcare to transport, from sport to entertainment, from managing Earth's resources to helping the environment - and many more areas of our daily lives...

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Europe launches next phase of hi-tech Earth satellites

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Kourou (AFP) June 23, 2015 The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the second phase of a 4.3-billion-euro ($4.91-billion) programme to deploy new-generation satellites to monitor environmental damage and aid disaster relief operations,...
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The Commercial Space Blog: Is UrtheCast Becoming Canada's "Other" Space Program?

The Commercial Space Blog: Is UrtheCast Becoming Canada's "Other" Space Program? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Three announcements, each made by Vancouver based UrtheCast within the last week, are obvious reminders that even moderately sized Canadian corporations are quite capable of funding substantial space based activities by raising money on the commercial market.

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UrtheCast, Surrey Satellite + ElecnorDeimos Space combine to build new SAR satellite constellation

UrtheCast, Surrey Satellite + ElecnorDeimos Space combine to build new SAR satellite constellation | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (“UrtheCast” or the “Company”) has revealed their plans to build, launch and operate the world’s first fully-integrated, multispectral optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) commercial constellation of Earth Observation (EO) satellites (the “Constellation”), to be deployed over multiple launches expected in 2019 and 2020...

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Falcon 9 Failure Strains ISS, But Doesn’t Break It

Falcon 9 Failure Strains ISS, But Doesn’t Break It | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Operations on the International Space Station can continue for now without major upset in the wake of Sunday’s failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying a Dragon capsule crammed with supplies and equipment, but the program will have to make significant adjustments to accommodate the loss...

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Bolivia's Chinese-made satellite brings in 16 mln USD

Bolivia's Chinese-made satellite brings in 16 mln USD | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

La Paz (XNA) Jun 28, 2015; Bolivia's Chinese-made Tupac Katari satellite has generated 16 million U.S. dollars of income in a little more than a year in orbit, the Bolivian News Agency (ABI) said Tuesday...

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SpaceX, NASA Managers Discuss Vehicle Mishap Following CRS-7 Launch | YouTube

 

During a post-launch press conference on June 28, mangers from SpaceX and NASA discuss the mishap following the liftoff of the SpaceX CRS-7 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The mission was to deliver supplies, hardware and other important cargo to the International Space Station. SpaceX is leading the investigation of the cause of the issue.


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P&P Optica Continues Proud Tradition of Canadian Technology In Space

P&P Optica Continues Proud Tradition of Canadian Technology In Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

When the next SpaceX spacecraft blasts off from Cape Canaveral on June 28 en route to the International Space Station (ISS), a little bit of Waterloo, Ontario technology will be on board in the form of a spectrometer made by P&P Optica...

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MDA Wins Ground System Contract, Starts Eyeing International Opportunities - Via Satellite

MDA Wins Ground System Contract, Starts Eyeing International Opportunities - Via Satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

[Via Satellite 06-26-2015] Natural Resources Canada(NRCan) has entered a $6 million agreement withMacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) for in-service support to maintain and operate Canada’s national ground station infrastructure at Inuvik, Prince Albert and Gatineau.

 

MDA is also the exclusive supplier for hosting services to international satellite operators who desire to install and operate antennas at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) for satellite control and data reception. The ISSF receives satellite information that is used for environmental monitoring, security and surveillance, and natural resource development...

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Russia Confirms Elimination of US On-Board Computer Failure at ISS

Russia Confirms Elimination of US On-Board Computer Failure at ISS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jun 25, 2015 The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos confirmed that a glitch in the work of an on-board computer in the US segment of the International Space Station (ISS) was eliminated, the agency's spokesman told RIA...

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Is space tourism travelling faster than space law?

Is space tourism travelling faster than space law? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space tourism is fast becoming the new frontier in the transportation business. Driven by profit-making private venture capital, the push to offer customers some direct or indirect experience with space travel is no longer the stuff of comic books or science fiction. The worry is that the legal architecture for this nascent industry has barely got its foundations in order...

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US Rocketeers Take Home Championship

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Paris (SPX) Jun 25, 2015
Seven students from the Russellville City Schools of Russellville, Ala., won first place in the International Rocketry Challenge at the 2015 Paris Air Show on June 19. The U.S.
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The International Rocketry Challenge is the culmination of three separate competitions held annually around the globe: the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR); the United Kingdom Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) sponsored by ADS, the UK Aerospace, Defense, Security and Space association; and the French Rocketry Challenge sponsored by Groupement des Industries Francaises Aeronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), the French aerospace industries association.

 

No Canadian rocketry assocations are involved in the event.

 

Each contest brings together teams of middle and high school students to design, build and launch model rockets with the goal of inspiring young minds to become engaged in science, technology, engineering and math.

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An Interview With Clearpath Robotics CEO Matt Rendall - Cantech Letter

An Interview With Clearpath Robotics CEO Matt Rendall - Cantech Letter | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Founded in 2009 by four University of Waterloo grads, Clearpath Roboticshas racked up some hefty clients, including the Canadian Space Agency and the Department of National Defence.

 

Last August, the company rather brilliantly earned itself some organic publicity by penning an open letter taking a stand against the development of “killer robots”, or autonomous robots that would kill a human without first consulting a human supervisor.

 

The tactic worked to differentiate Clearpath as the more ethical choice in a world in which drones and autonomous technology are increasingly seen as threats to liberty and to humanity itself...

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Roscosmos to Launch More Satellites, Set up Imaging Center

Roscosmos to Launch More Satellites, Set up Imaging Center | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 22, 2015 The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos plans to expand its fleet of satellites for taking images of the Earth, as part of a project to create a new center for global imaging...

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Latest EU Sentinel satellite to track global food crops - BBC News

Latest EU Sentinel satellite to track global food crops - BBC News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The second of the European Union's Sentinel Earth-observing satellites launches on a mission that will allow scientists to map the performance of the world's crop harvests...

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UrtheCast To Acquire Deimos Satellites + Earth Imaging Operations

UrtheCast To Acquire Deimos Satellites + Earth Imaging Operations | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

UrtheCast is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Elecnor, S.A. to acquire its Earth Observation business, Deimos. UrtheCast will soon acquire Deimos ownership, operation of the Deimos-1 and Deimos-2 satellites, and the Deimos global archive of Earth imagery...

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