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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 National Space Society Comes to Toronto in May 2015

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For the second time in under a year, a major international space conference is setting up shop in Toronto. 

 

Hot on the heels of very successful 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2014) comes the 2015 International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2015) which will be held in Toronto, ON from May 20th - 24th, 2015...

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Elon Musk: Guest-Starring on The Simpsons Was 'Kind of Trippy'

Elon Musk: Guest-Starring on The Simpsons Was 'Kind of Trippy' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This Sunday, Elon Musk, the head honcho at Tesla Motors and SpaceX, will enjoy the rare experience of watching himself in a Simpsons episode called “The Musk Who Fell to Earth...

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Roscosmos, NASA Still Planning on Sending Men Into Space

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Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jan 23, 2015; Piloted space flight programs will be the focus of cooperation between the Russian and US space agencies, new Roscosmos head, Igor Komarov, said Thursday...

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Opinion: How aerospace & defence companies can dodge political risks

Opinion: How aerospace & defence companies can dodge political risks | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Aviation Week’s choice of Vladimir Putin as Person of the Year has been controversial, to say the least. Among the negative comments posted onAviationWeek.com, some readers said an aviation magazine should not mingle with politics.


Yet one of the key features of the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry is its close link  to international politics. Trying to analyze and report on the industry while ignoring this dimension would be like missing the forest for the trees...

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Ted Cruz is now the 'Chairman of Space'

Ted Cruz is now the 'Chairman of Space' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is now in charge of NASA budget. Given the Senator's prior comments on science, concerns have been raised about the agency's future...

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French Space Agency To Focus on Climate Science in 2015 - Space News

French Space Agency To Focus on Climate Science in 2015 - Space News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
CNES plans to focus in 2015 on climate science in advance of a major climate change conference in Paris late in the year.
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Boeing Backs Canadian Satellite Design Challenge; Funding to support nation-wide university competition

Boeing Backs Canadian Satellite Design Challenge; Funding to support nation-wide university competition | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

21 January, 2015: The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society (CSDCMS) is pleased to announce that it has received a $50,000 funding contribution from The Boeing Company for continued support of the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC). The competition, featuring Canadian and international universities, challenges student teams to design, build, and test a small operational “cubesat” satellite.

 

“We are extremely grateful to Boeing for their continued support,” said Larry Reeves, President of the CSDCMS. “We are now in our third offering of this competition, and Boeing has been a prominent contributor since the beginning. Thanks to Boeing’s support, we look forward to being able to continue to provide a challenging, interesting, and rewarding educational experience for Canadian — and international — university students.” The CSDCMS now hopes to be able to match that funding from Canadian businesses.

 

Boeing’s support of the competition continues the company’s long-standing relationship with Canada. For more than 90 years, Boeing has been engaged with Canadian industries, universities and other organizations to expand opportunities for the country’s current and future workforce and to add value to the Canadian economy. The CSDC collaboration supports Boeing’s commitments under Canada’s Industrial & Technological Benefits policy, which guides defense and security contractors in creating strategic relationships with Canadian organizations to produce long-term benefits throughout the country.

 

Also involved is Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that brings together academia and the private and public sectors, to develop cutting-edge tools and technologies through applied research. “Mitacs is pleased to support the partnership between the CSDC and Boeing,” said Duncan Phillips, Vice-President of Strategic Enterprise at Mitacs. “Through this collaboration, university students will have the opportunity to work on projects that have the potential to contribute to Canada’s knowledge-based economy and grow our space industry.”

 

The CSDC is an innovative competition that provides participating students with valuable experience in managing and completing a challenging technical project. The two-year competition also includes technical presentations and reviews, professional visits to Canadian space companies and facilities, and hands-on workshops under the mentorship of experts from Canadian space industry. The university teams attract students from a broad range of engineering and science backgrounds, as well as those specializing in management, commerce, and education.

 

Another important element of the CSDC is educational outreach. Teams are required to give educational presentations to elementary and secondary school students to inspire them to pursue further education or careers in science and engineering.

 

The current competition, which began this past September, involves nine teams from Victoria to Montreal, and also includes students participating from the University of New South Wales in Australia.


About the CSDCMS:


The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society is a federally-incorporated not-for-profit organisation, co-registered in British Columbia and headquartered in Vancouver. It is managed and operated by a volunteer Board of Directors.

 

For more information on the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge or the CSDCMS, please contact:

 

Larry Reeves
CSDCMS President
E: LReeves@CSDCMS.ca
Ph: 778-988-6343

 

Mitacs Contact:
Heather Young
Director, Communications
Mitacs
E: hyoung@mitacs.ca
Ph: 604-818-0020

 

Boeing Contact:
Ashlee Erwin
International Communications
E: ashlee.i.erwin@boeing.com
Ph: 314-233-1134

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The CSDC website is at http://www.geocentrix.ca/index.php/csdc. 

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Students to Send Life to Mars Onboard Mars One Lander in 2018

Students to Send Life to Mars Onboard Mars One Lander in 2018 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 21, 2015
The first step to establish a permanent colony on Mars could be taken in 2018 when a group of European students will send its project to the Red Planet.
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Shouldn't we see if their is any life on Mars first, before introducing new species to the planet?

 

The example of Australia springs to mind...

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Google aboard as Musk's SpaceX gets $1 bn in funding

Google aboard as Musk's SpaceX gets $1 bn in funding | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New York (AFP) Jan 20, 2015; The private space exploration firm SpaceX said Tuesday it had secured a $1 billion investment that could help founder Elon Musk's plan to build a satellite Internet network...

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Here's Why Google Wants To Invest Up to $1 Billion In SpaceX

Here's Why Google Wants To Invest Up to $1 Billion In SpaceX | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Google is close making a major investment of as much as $1 billion in Elon Musk's SpaceX, sources told The Information and The Wall Street Journal.

 

Although SpaceX is most well-known for its work on reusable rockets, Google is interested in Musk's recently announced ambitions to use satellites to beam low-cost internet around the world...

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Why didn't SNC get selected for Commercial Crew?

NASA has released the source selection statement for its recently awarded commercial crew transportation capability contract (CCtCap) (Solicitation Number NNK144675 15R)... 

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Russia Could Export 30 More Rocket Engines to US

Russia Could Export 30 More Rocket Engines to US | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Russian rocket manufacturer Energia is currently in talks with US space launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA) over a contract to deliver 30 additional RD-180 rocket engines, Energia head Vladimir Solntsev said Friday.

 

"We are currently discussing [with ULA] a contract to increase the engine shipment - i.e. at least 30 more engines," Solntsev said on Rossiya-24 TV channel...

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The 1st University of Waterloo Annual Report on Research

The 1st University of Waterloo Annual Report on Research | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Internationally renowned researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing are at the forefront of quantum science making groundbreaking discoveries that are leading to real-world quantum applications. More than 125 researchers in the Water Institute from departments across the University are engaged in pioneering research on the sustainability of global water resources. And innovative research at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging is underpinning new paradigms for the provision of care for the elderly...

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NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts from the U.S. in 2017

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts from the U.S. in 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA, Boeing and SpaceX will hold a news briefing on NASA Television at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston at noon EST (11 a.m. CST) Monday, Jan. 26, to highlight key development activities, test plans and objectives for achieving certification of two American crew transportation systems...

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Economic crisis in Russia lowers prices for suborbital space tourism

Economic crisis in Russia lowers prices for suborbital space tourism | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Russian space tourism company may change the price it charges tourists for tickets to outer space. It had originally planned to offer a five-minute experience in zero gravity for $200,000-$250,000 per person...

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Salman Partners cuts COM DEV international price target to C$3.60

Salman Partners cuts COM DEV international price target to C$3.60 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

COM DEV International (TSE:CDV) had its pricetarget lowered by Salman Partners from C$3.70 to C$3.60 in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday morning. The firm currently has a hold rating on the stock.

 

Shares of COM DEV International (TSE:CDV) opened at 3.84 on Tuesday. COM DEV International has a 52-week low of $3.45 and a 52-week high of $4.36. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $3.92 and its 200-day moving average is $3.89. The company has a market cap of $292.7 million and a P/E ratio of 29.38.

 

The company also recently announced a Quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 6th. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 23rd will be paid a dividend of $0.0252 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 3.07%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 21st...

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NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars'

NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Jan 23, 2015; NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens...

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Moon Express signs deal for test flights at Cape Canaveral

Moon Express signs deal for test flights at Cape Canaveral | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Start-up Moon Express will lease Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral from Space Florida...

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Russia-US Space Cooperation May Fall Victim to Politics

Russia-US Space Cooperation May Fall Victim to Politics | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Tensions between power-brokers in Washington and Moscow could discourage cooperation between the two nations in space exploration and the development of new technologies, member of the Russian Cosmonautics Academy Aleksandr Zheleznyakov said Wednesday.

 

"If a political situation is such that difficulties between our countries will continue, political factors will dominate [the Russia-US space cooperation], no matter how high-quality our production is," the scientist said at a press conference in Rossiya Segodnya press center...

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Who Will Win the Internet Space Race?

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Up until a week ago, the crazy idea that a company would beam internet service around the entire planet from the sky was just that: a crazy idea.

 

Then, in the span of a few days, we've heard details from not one but three tech behemoths that want to do just that. This fantasy is becoming a reality, and fast...

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Upgraded Atlas ready to go wireless at next DARPA Robotics Challenge

Upgraded Atlas ready to go wireless at next DARPA Robotics Challenge | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Jan 21, 2015; A total of $3.5 million in prizes will now be awarded to the top three finishers in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the final event of which will be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif...

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European spaceplane is "powered up" for its Feb 11 launch

European spaceplane is "powered up" for its Feb 11 launch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris (SPX) Jan 21, 2015; Next month's flight of the light-lift Vega vehicle in Arianespace's launcher family will involve a highly unusual mission profile: a suborbital trajectory with an unmanned European spaceplane that begins in French Guiana...

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US based NewSpace company Planet Labs Raises $95 Million Financing

US based NewSpace company Planet Labs Raises $95 Million Financing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Planet Labs today announced a first closing of the majority of its $70 million Series C round led by Data Collective, with participation from new investors, as well as support from existing investors. Zachary Bogue, Data Collective’s co-Managing Partner, will join the board of Planet Labs. Planet Labs also closed a debt facility of $25 million from Western Technology Investment, bringing total financing this round to $95 million...

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Planets outside our solar system more hospitable to life than thought

Planets outside our solar system more hospitable to life than thought | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A study by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto suggests that exoplanets - planets outside our solar system - are more likely to have liquid water and be more habitable than we thought.

 

"Planets with potential oceans could have a climate that is much more similar to Earth's than previously expected," said Jeremy Leconte, a postdoctoral fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at the University of Toronto, and lead author of a study published in Science Express...

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Client Pauses Launch of Proton Rocket Carrying British Satellite

Client Pauses Launch of Proton Rocket Carrying British Satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jan 20, 2015 The Russian Federal Space Agency has postponed until February 1 the launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket carrying a UK-built Inmarsat satellite upon request of the client, the agency's spokesperson told RIA...
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