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Private group may try to launch humans to Mars in five years

Private group may try to launch humans to Mars in five years | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
On Wednesday afternoon a space communications firm, the Griffin Communications Group, sent out a news release touting what appears to be an incredibly ambitious venture: a private human mission to Mars that would launch in 2018.
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The Commercial Space Blog: 2015 Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing

The Commercial Space Blog: 2015 Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Periodically, the Commercial Space blog organizes, hosts and sponsors events to bring together industry experts for detailed in-person discussions, collaboration and networking on a wide variety of topics.

Our next event is the 2015 Commercial Space Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing, which will be held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on November 16th, 2015.  

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TMA-18M Flight to Take Two Days

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Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 27, 2015; The new International Space Station (ISS) crew's Soyuz TMA-16M flight to the station, slated for September, will take two days, Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said Wednesday...

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Hey Putin – got any space bracelets? | Metro News

Hey Putin – got any space bracelets? | Metro News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada may have slapped sanctions on Russia, but there’s apparently one thing we still need them for: space bracelets.

 

Newly released documents show the Canadian Space Agency planned to buy unique bracelets from a Russian state-funded organization earlier this year.

 

The agency needed the devices for a Canadian-led science experiment on the International Space Station measuring astronauts’ cardiovascular health...

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SSL awarded DARPA contract to study on-orbit satellite assembly

SSL awarded DARPA contract to study on-orbit satellite assembly | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Palo Alto, CA - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) a leading provider of commercial satellites today announced it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study on-orbit robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites. Called Dragonfly, the program is designed to enable larger and more powerful satellites that cannot be launched fully assembled, to be packaged in pieces within a standard launch vehicle fairing...

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NASA Funds Plasma Rocket Technology for Superfast Space Travel

NASA Funds Plasma Rocket Technology for Superfast Space Travel | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Aug 26, 2015; Superfast journeys to Mars may be one big step closer for humanity, as NASA has sponsored a private company to develop a high-tech, plasma engine...

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This startup can grow metal like a tree, and it’s about to hit the big time

This startup can grow metal like a tree, and it’s about to hit the big time | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A little known Seattle startup could do for metal what 3D printing is doing for other materials like plastic.
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In a fierce fight for talent, Canadian startups try to edge out Google and Facebook

In a fierce fight for talent, Canadian startups try to edge out Google and Facebook | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Not everyone is bold enough to reject a full-time gig at the almighty Google Inc. But Mathieu Blais-D’Amours did on his way to eventually quadrupling what the firm based in Mountain View, Calif., offered to pay him...

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Russia's moon landing plan hindered by financial distress

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Moscow (XNA) Aug 25, 2015; Russia's moon landing project among other space programs will face further budget cuts and even risk of closure following the government's austerity measures, a senior official of Russia's space industry said Monday...

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First Manned Launch From Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome Delayed Until 2025

First Manned Launch From Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome Delayed Until 2025 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 25, 2015; Russia's space agency Roscosmos is postponing the first manned space flight from the new Vostochny Space Center from 2018 until 2025, local media reported Monday citing the federal space program...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Chris Hadfield Just Keeps Going and Going...

The Commercial Space Blog: Chris Hadfield Just Keeps Going and Going... | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For those who are currently too busy keeping up with the Kardashians to pay attention to our home grown domestic talent, Canada's favorite retired ex-astronaut has a lot of events on the go.

 

These include guest editing the venerable MacLeans (Canada's "weekly current affairs magazine"), putting the final touches on a debut album (recorded during his 2012 - 2013 stint on board the International Space Station) and even preparing for the release of a new online video series titled "It's not Rocket Science."

 

Is this a great country or what?..

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to visit Cape Canaveral for 'significant' announcement

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Jeff Bezos, the billionaire Amazon.com CEO and founder of private space company Blue Origin, will visit Cape Canaveral next month to make a "significant announcement regarding the commercial launch industry," according to a media invitation.

 

The announcement is expected to confirm Blue Origin's intent to build rockets on the Space Coast and launch them from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station...

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Superconducting magnetic space radiation shielding

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The European Union SR2S project not only investigates the principles and the scientific problems (of magnetic shielding), but it also faces the complex issues in engineering...


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Magnetic field created by superconducting magnets will protect deep space astronauts from solar hard radiation.

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Opinion: Artificial Gravity Would Solve Most Space Problems

Opinion: Artificial Gravity Would Solve Most Space Problems | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Human missions to Mars could prove difficult without artificial gravity. Why has the space community not moved forward on this basic principle?..

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The Commercial Space Blog: Part 7 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program

The Commercial Space Blog: Part 7 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On September 26th 1960 The British Aviation Minister, Peter Thorneycroft, arrived in Ottawa to solicit Canada's support.[1] The Diefenbaker government reversed their position of a year earlier and made it known that they were not interested in participating in a Commonwealth space program.[2]...

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Stratasys Announces Winner for Their 3D Printed CubeSat Challenge

Stratasys Announces Winner for Their 3D Printed CubeSat Challenge | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In efforts to further development of and explore the potential of the CubeSat, Stratasys has enticed numerous brilliant minds from the field of engineering...

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The Moon landing was a giant leap. The next leap is staying there. - Macleans.ca

The Moon landing was a giant leap. The next leap is staying there. - Macleans.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

We know we can get there. Next step: live there. And after that? The cosmic equivalent of Everest base camp. How we plan on colonizing the Moon...

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Eyeing the stars: Ethiopia's space programme

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High above the crowded streets of Addis Ababa, among fields where farmers lead oxen dragging wooden ploughs, sits Ethiopia's space programme.

 

Perched on the top of the 3,200-metre (10,500-foot) high Mount Entoto, two metal domes house telescopes, each a metre in diameter.

 

Operational for only a few months, the specialized equipment -- the first in eastern Africa -- has propelled Ethiopia into an elite club of African countries to have embarked on a space programme...

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Nine Real NASA Technologies in 'The Martian'

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Washington DC (SPX) Aug 25, 2015; Mars has held a central place in human imagination and culture for millennia. Ancients marveled at its red color and the brightness that waxed and waned in cycles over the years...

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Russian institute plans all-female simulated moon mission for end of 2015 | NASASpaceFlight.com

Russian institute plans all-female simulated moon mission for end of 2015 | NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Following from their Mars-500 “long duration” simulation in 2011-2012, the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow, Russia, has announced plans to perform an all-female simulated eight-day lunar circumnavigation mission by the end of 2015. The test and flight simulation project is called “Луна-2015” (Moon-2015)...

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German Aerospace Center Open to Cooperation With Russia Despite Sanctions

German Aerospace Center Open to Cooperation With Russia Despite Sanctions | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 25, 2015; The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is open to cooperation with Russia despite political disagreements between the West and Moscow, including anti-Russian sanctions, the DLR press secretary told SNA Radio Monday...

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Japan's cargo craft delivers supplies, whiskey to space station

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Tokyo (UPI) Aug 24, 2015; Japan's cargo ship, H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), successfully attached itself to the International Space Station on Monday, August 24, delivery supplies to ISS crew members...

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$255Bln to be spent on the manufacture & launch of 1,400 satellites over the next decade

$255Bln to be spent on the manufacture & launch  of 1,400 satellites over the next decade | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, August 25, 2015 - According to Euroconsult's newly released report, Satellites to be Built & Launched by 2024, 140 satellites with launch mass over 50 kg will be launched on average each year over the next decade for governments and commercial companies. In comparison with last year's forecast, the number of satellites is due to grow more than the market value over the decade.

 

"The increase in satellite number would be significantly higher if two mega-constellation projects for small communications satellites were included in the forecast," said Rachel Villain, Principal Advisor at Euroconsult and editor of the report...

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The StarSpot Episode 84: Canada’s First Astronaut, with Marc Garneau

The StarSpot Episode 84: Canada’s First Astronaut, with Marc Garneau | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

He is the first Canadian to travel into space. But with momentous changes rocketing the space programs of many nations, how many more firsts will there be? Today Dr. Marc Garneau, a real hero of science and exploration, joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot, to discuss the past, present and future of human space flight...

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Despite setback, SpaceX still shaking up LSP market

Despite setback, SpaceX still shaking up LSP market | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The growing space industry becomes more crowded with space launch service providers ready to deliver any payload into orbit at any time...

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Harnessing The Martian - The Space Review

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On October 2, the film adaptation of Andrew Weir’s bestselling novel, The Martian, will be debuting in theaters around the country. This film version, through the recent release of its theatrical trailer, has already created a great deal of excitement in the space community, but the feature movie will soon provide a tremendous opportunity—particularly to space advocates—to extend that excitement to the general population and to engage broad public support for sending human missions to Mars in the near future...


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The upcoming movie "The Martian" is close enough to near term reality to awaken the public consciousness to space exploration. Advocates of human expansion into space must take advantage of this rare opportunity to move space exploration up on the national agenda of the USA as well as other countries.

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Need for Speed: Star Trek Warp Drive is Within Our Grasp

Need for Speed: Star Trek Warp Drive is Within Our Grasp | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 24, 2015; Warp drive from Star Trek has its explanation in Einstein's theory of relativity, thus, it might be possible for humans to actually achieve it...

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