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NASA Seeking Big Ideas for Small In-Space Propulsion Systems

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASA’s Space Technology Program is calling for proposals to develop miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion systems.
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Son of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield explains why astronaut father's tweets went viral

Son of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield explains why astronaut father's tweets went viral | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The son of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was in Regina Tuesday, talking about why his father's social media posts from space were so massively popular with with the public.
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CSA offering up two $75K grants for Australian balloon flights in 2017

CSA offering up two $75K grants for Australian balloon flights in 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
This week the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) issued an announcement of opportunity (AO) for researchers to participate in a stratospheric balloon flight in Alice Springs, Australia in April 2017. 

The AO is part of the Flight for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) program. The CSA will award up to two grants. 

The flights are part of an agreement previously reached with the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES) of France (the French space agency) in 2011...
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The REAL Reason Why Canada Won't Be Participating in the NASA Resolve Mission Anytime Soon, Probably!

The REAL Reason Why Canada Won't Be Participating in the NASA Resolve Mission Anytime Soon, Probably! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has been looking for funding and partners for a planetary rover mission since Marc Garneau was CSA president from 2001 - 2005. By 2009 small amounts of funding for the project had begun flowing towards Canadian subcontractors.


That trickle expanded with the 2009 - 2010 federal budget, which was presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on January 27th, 2009. The budget included $110Mln CDN over three years "for space robotics research and development," much of which quickly ended up funding research on Canadian rovers. 


By 2012, at least as outlined in records received through a federal government access to information request for "All records related to the NASA invitation to provide (a) Deltion Innovation drill system for a proposed lunar prospecting (mission) in 2018," CSA involvement was considered "essential" to the success of at least one international plan to land a rover somewhere. 


But then everything fell apart. What happened?..

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UK increases investment in Magna Parva in-space manufacturing tech

UK increases investment in Magna Parva in-space manufacturing tech | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), through its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) trading fund, has awarded a significant phase 2 contract to UK-based space engineering specialist, Magna Parva. Magna Parva will develop an engineering qualification model of a system to manufacture large structures in space...

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A Short History of SpaceX

A Short History of SpaceX | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As the world prepares for Elon Musk’s much-anticipated Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 speech at the 2016 International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2016) outlining his plan to settle Mars, a look back at SpaceX’s history is in order...

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Reaction Engines Refines Hypersonic Engine Demonstrator Plan

Reaction Engines Refines Hypersonic Engine Demonstrator Plan | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Freshly infused with government and industry funding, and riding a wave of interest in Europe and the U.S., Reaction Engines Ltd. is firming up plans to build a fighter engine-size ground demonstrator of its reusable hypersonic propulsion system...

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If this engine works, it changes everything.
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Ottawa should use purchasing power to help startups, says minister | Toronto Star

Ottawa should use purchasing power to help startups, says minister | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WATERLOO, ONT.—The Canadian government will use its purchasing heft to help young companies scale up by focusing on awarding contracts to homegrown startups, the federal innovation minister said Thursday. 


“The government is in a very unique position. We are the largest purchaser of goods and services, we really are a marquee customer for a lot of these companies,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development...

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How about space start-ups?
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'100% success' says ISRO as PSLV rocket places 8 sats (including 1 CDN) Into orbit

'100% success' says ISRO as PSLV rocket places 8 sats (including 1 CDN) Into orbit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In its longest and most complex mission, India's space agency ISRO today launched eight satellites from one rocket into two different orbits...

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The Canadian satellite is  CanX-7, the latest from the University of Toronto's Space Flight Laboratory (UTIAS-SFL).

CanX-7 has a small drag sail, which will be deployed in an attempt to de-orbit the satellite. The experiment is an attempt to develop a mechanism to removing dead small-sats from space, in order to prevent them from littering up the space-lanes.

For more on CanX-7, check out the UTIAS-SFL CANX-7 page at http://utias-sfl.net/?page_id=210
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UrtheCast founder plots a new course to space

UrtheCast founder plots a new course to space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Helios Wire, the brainchild of Vancouver tech and finance veteran Scott Larson, is racing to build a global satellite communications network to feed and connect the expanding array of sensors known as the Internet Of Things...

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Highlights of Bangalore Space Expo 2016 | Views of Space 2.0 India

Highlights of Bangalore Space Expo 2016 | Views of Space 2.0 India | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The fifth edition of the biennial Bangalore Space Expo, organised by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), its commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) between 1 – 3 September 2016, saw delegates from 12 countries are attending the event. The event recorded an attendance of over 3200 business visitors besides with France as a partner Country for the first time...
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How To See the Doomed Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station - Universe Today

How To See the Doomed Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station - Universe Today | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

China’s first space station, Tiangong-1, is expected to fall to Earth sometime in late 2017. We’ve known for several months that the orbital demise of the 8-metric ton space station was only a matter of time. But Chinese space agency officials recently confirmed that they have lost telemetry with the space station and can no longer control its orbit. This means its re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere will be uncontrolled...

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U.S., Canada may partner on space surveillance proposal - SpaceNews.com

U.S., Canada may partner on space surveillance proposal - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MAUI, Hawaii – The U.S. Air Force and Canada are partnering on a proposal for an upcoming space surveillance mission, a senior Defense Department official said Sept. 21. 


The Air Force expects to release in October a formal solicitation for its Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) follow-on mission to keep tabs on the geosynchronous-orbit belt some 36,000 kilometers above the equator. A fixed-price contract award is expected in late 2017...

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The Mars Society is Live Streaming its annual convention

The Mars Society is Live Streaming its annual convention | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Mars Society will convene its 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention on the beautiful tree-lined campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. September 22 - 25, 2016, with main conference events taking place at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. 

 Our four-day space conference will bring together leading scientists, engineers, policymakers, government officials, entrepreneurs and journalists to address the significance of the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic developments that could open the way to the human exploration and settlement of the Red Planet...
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SpaceX's Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars

SpaceX's Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) to send hundreds of people to Mars to colonize the Red Planet.

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Watch Elon Musk reveal his plan for colonizing Mars right here

Watch Elon Musk reveal his plan for colonizing Mars right here | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Elon Musk is giving a keynote speech at the International Astronautical Congress today, with an hour-long talk titled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species.” The talk kicks off at 2:30 PM ET, and we’ll be covering it to bring you all the details of Musk’s plans to get humans to Mars (and beyond?)...
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S.F. is at the center of a booming business in tiny satellites

S.F. is at the center of a booming business in tiny satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Nearly six decades after Russia’s tiny Sputnik 1 made satellite history, the Bay Area has become a launchpad for a new type of space race. 


As many as a dozen local ventures, with names like Planet, SpaceVR and Terra Bella, are building their own constellations of nanosatellites to send into orbit around the Earth...

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Rocket Lab Opens Private Orbital Launch Site in New Zealand

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The commercial spaceflight company Rocket Lab has completed the construction of the world's first private orbital launch complex...

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Astonishing time-lapse satellite imagery shows rapid growth of refugee camps

Astonishing time-lapse satellite imagery shows rapid growth of refugee camps | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On Monday, member countries will convene at the United Nations headquarters in New York City for a summit on the global refugee crisis. They will try to agree on a more humane, coordinated response. 


The crisis has reached unprecedented proportions. There are upward of 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

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Toronto: Growing a Great Startup Ecosystem

Toronto: Growing a Great Startup Ecosystem | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Yesterday evening, Allen Lau from Wattpad helped me organize a small casual dinner with other entrepreneurs and investors in Toronto. We have three existing investments in Toronto: Wattpad and Figure 1 in the city and Kik in Waterloo. Toronto has all the makings of a great ecosystem for tech startups and I am sure over time we will be finding more exciting companies here...
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China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

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The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of internationa

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The Commercial Space blog; Scott Larson Has Started Another Space Company

The Commercial Space blog; Scott Larson Has Started Another Space Company | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The ex-founder and CEO of Vancouver based Urthecast, has resurfaced as the owner of another Vancouver based space company. 


Entrepreneur Scott Larson, whose brother Wade Larson helped to co-found and continues in the role of Urthecast CEO, spoke about his latest venture, in the September 23rd, 2016 Globe and Mail post, "UrtheCast founder plots a new course to space." 


 The new start-up, called Helios Wire, is attempting to build out and democratize a space-enabled internet of things network...

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NASA set to reveal 'surprising' activity on Jupiter's moon

NASA set to reveal 'surprising' activity on Jupiter's moon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

There's something going on beneath the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa. NASA teased a "surprising" announcement for Monday, based on Hubble Space Telescope images of the celestial body, which many experts believe could contain a subsurface ocean, even possibly some form of life

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SpaceX Falcon Accident Investigation Points to Breach in Rocket's Helium System

SpaceX Falcon Accident Investigation Points to Breach in Rocket's Helium System | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Investigators have traced the explosion that destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 on the pad Sept. 1 to a "large breach" in the helium system in the rocket’s second stage, although the root cause of the accident remains unknown...

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Senate panel authorizes money for Mars mission, shuttle replacement

Senate panel authorizes money for Mars mission, shuttle replacement | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With a new president on the horizon, a key Senate committee moved Wednesday to protect the nation’s space program from the potential upheaval of an incoming administration...

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Between a rocket and a hard place: Elon Musk to give the speech of his life

Between a rocket and a hard place: Elon Musk to give the speech of his life | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Elon Musk will deliver this year’s most anticipated aerospace speech on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico. The talk, “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species,” marks a singular moment for the man who has upended the global launch industry during the last five years and will now finally peel away some of the layers of his grand vision to colonize Mars—and possibly other places in the Solar System...
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