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MDA Wins Contract to Build Mapping System for Asteroid Sample Return Mission

MDA Wins Contract to Build Mapping System for Asteroid Sample Return Mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) has been awarded a contract to build a sophisticated mapping system for a joint Canada-US mission to retrieve samples of an asteroid.

 

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry made the announcement today. "Our government has always been a strong supporter of the Canadian space sector, and this groundbreaking project will position the industry to take full advantage of future space and non-space opportunities," said Minister Paradis. "Canada has a proud legacy in space, and our government is ensuring that the sector can continue to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians...

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European Space Agency successes 'remarkable' writes Bob McDonald

European Space Agency successes 'remarkable' writes Bob McDonald | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The remarkable achievement of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft and its Philae lander, touching down on a comet last week, is the latest in a long history of deep space missions by the ESA.

 

On this side of the Atlantic we tend to hear mostly about the accomplishments of NASA, the Russian Space Agency and, occasionally, the Canadian Space Agency; but the Europeans have been exploring space independently for decades, with remarkable accomplishments that go almost unrecognized here...

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Cosmodrome construction falls behind schedule

Cosmodrome construction falls behind schedule | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (XNA) Nov 20, 2014
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday blame government officials for slow progress in the construction of the new Vostochny space center in the Far Eastern Amur region.
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Russia studies construction of its own orbital station

Russia studies construction of its own orbital station | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (XNA) Nov 20, 2014 Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos is studying several options of creating a brand-new Russian orbital station, which could replace the International Space Station (ISS), deputy chief of Roscosmos Denis Lyskov said...
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Philae lander detects organic molecules on comet's surface

Philae lander detects organic molecules on comet's surface | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris (UPI) Nov 19, 2014; A German-built instrument installed on the Philae lander was able to sniff and detect organic compounds in the comet's atmosphere shortly after the spacecraft touched down...

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Industry Minister Moore Announces Space Advisory Board Members

Industry Minister Moore Announces Space Advisory Board Members | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Industry Minister James Moore has announced the membership of the long awaited Canadian Space Advisory Board, composed of industry leaders with a mandate to report on the direction of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

Moore made the announcement during the second day of the Canadian Aerospace Summit, an event organized by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), which was held in Ottawa from November 18th - 19th...

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UrtheCast Talks Deforestation & Water Management at Techweek LA

UrtheCast Talks Deforestation & Water Management at Techweek LA | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This Thursday, UrtheCast will discuss its role in the evolution of Earth Observation, its continued efforts in forest management, and its development of a near realtime view of Earth from space...

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Convocation 2014 grads to watch: astronaut for hire Aaron Persad

Convocation 2014 grads to watch: astronaut for hire Aaron Persad | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For Aaron Persad, ‘reach for the stars’ is far more than a clichéd phrase on a graduation card...

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Lunar Mission One Aims to Send Crowdfunded Probe to Drill on Moon - NBC News

Lunar Mission One Aims to Send Crowdfunded Probe to Drill on Moon - NBC News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Move over, Mars: A British-led venture called Lunar Mission One has begun a crowdfunding effort to send a robotic lander to the moon with a monster drill...

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Google Takes Control of Hangar One

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Planetary Ventures LLC (a subsidiary of Google) has announced that it will lease a historic facility at NASA Ames Research Centre near Mountain View, California for $1.16Bln USD ($1.31Bln CDN) over the next 60 years...

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UrtheCast Receives $3-Million Payment From Authorization To Proceed On $65-Million Contract

UrtheCast Receives $3-Million Payment From Authorization To Proceed On $65-Million Contract | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

UrtheCast is very pleased to announce that it has received a US$3-million payment from an Authorization to Proceed with a five-year US$65-million contract...

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Rand Simberg on the Space Show Friday, November 14th, 2014

Rand Simberg on the Space Show Friday, November 14th, 2014 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

We welcomed Rand Simberg back to the show for a wide ranging discussion on top space news items, the SS2 accident update, space policy issues, and more.  During the first segment of this 96 minute program, Rand led off with the mentioning of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 12 launch.  Next up was a short discussion about Comet 67P and the Philae lander, then Rand mentioned his current article in PJ Media...

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An interesting paper on practical compliance & enforcement issues for ITAR & controlled goods

Here's a fascinating presentation on ITAR, controlled goods and how they interact, contradict and support each other from John W. Boscariol, with the international trade and investment law group, at McCarthy Tétrault LLP.

 

It was presented at the recently concluded 83rd Annual Conference and Trade Show of the Canadian Importers and Exporters Association, which was held in Toronto, Ontario from October 7th - 8th, 2014...

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U.S. Defense Department Balks at RD-180 Replacement Program

U.S. Defense Department Balks at RD-180 Replacement Program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Department “strongly disagrees” with congressional proposals to initiate a large, government-run program to replace a controversial Russian-made rocket engine that currently is used to launch national security missions, according to Pentagon correspondence obtained by SpaceNews.

 

While Defense Department leaders have stressed the need to wean the agency from dependence on the Russian-made RD-180 engine used on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket, the new correspondence, which appeals provisions in pending defense legislation, clearly favors alternatives to a major government-funded development effort...

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Final Engines for SLS Are Still An Unknown

Final Engines for SLS Are Still An Unknown | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA's go-as-you-can-pay approach to exploration-system development means the heavy-lift Space Launch System‭ (‬SLS‭) ‬in development to‭ ‬carry Orion beyond low Earth orbit and eventually on to Mars is very much a work in progress‭, ‬starting with the engines‭.‬


The U.S‭. ‬space agency hopes new rocket engines built with additive manufacturing and other advanced techniques will help hold down powerplant costs‭. ‬For now‭, ‬however‭, ‬SLS engineers do not have a definite view of just how they will power the big new launcher once the 16‭ ‬surviving RS-25‭ ‬Space Shuttle Main Engines‭ (‬SSME‭) ‬are used and thrown away‭, ‬four at a time‭.‬..

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A new approach to the delivery of satellites to orbit

A new approach to the delivery of satellites to orbit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Celestia Aerospace starts operations in Barcelona for the development and launch of low weight satellites with an innovative approach. Its primary goal is to offer turnkey solutions, which encompass all the stages of development and operation of a satellite, a first for the small dimension satellite industry worldwide. A unique integral low-cost service never seen before in the aerospace industry.

 

Celestia Aerospace will build cube-shaped low-weight satellites - ranging from 1 to 10 Kg - and small dimensions - from 10 centimeters of edge - termed nanosatellites...

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U.K. group to crowd-source funding for moon mission

U.K. group to crowd-source funding for moon mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
London (UPI) Nov 19, 2014
A group in the United Kingdom aims to launch a lunar probe and study the moon using money raised on crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

 

Lunar Mission One is currently working to raise $1 million on Kickstarter...

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2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit a Resounding Success

2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit a Resounding Success | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ottawa (Ontario) – The 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit held this week in Ottawa was a remarkable success, proudly displaying the best of what Canadian aerospace can offer. The two-day conference and trade show attracted an illustrious line-up of experts, government officials and senior industry leaders from Canada and several other countries. The event provided a platform for discussion on how a modern globalized aerospace industry drives the need for collaboration and innovation...

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GenDyn Canada contracted to connect military to WGS system

GenDyn Canada contracted to connect military to WGS system | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ottawa (UPI) Nov 14, 2014; General Dynamics Canada is building a network of antenna anchor stations for the Canadian military's access to the Wideband Global Satellite system...

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Back-To-Back Failures Were A Coincidence, Not An Indictment

Back-To-Back Failures Were A Coincidence, Not An Indictment | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The inevitable has happened in the U.S. attempt to move the economy off the planet. That it happened twice in less than a week is driving a needed element of reality into the endeavor. With hope, the marketing sunshine that accompanied the Obama administration’s decision to expand space-commercialization programs that were started under President George W. Bush will give way to wider public understanding and acceptance of the risks of spaceflight...

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Comet probe 'sniffed' organic molecules: early data

Comet probe 'sniffed' organic molecules: early data | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Mankind's first-ever probe of a comet found traces of organic molecules and a surface much harder than imagined, scientists said Tuesday of initial sample data from robot lab Philae.

 

Philae fell asleep on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Saturday, having run out of onboard battery power after 60 hours of prodding and probing an object zipping towards the Sun at 18 kilometres (11 miles per second)...

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Episode 65: Bringing MRIs Into Space, with Gordon Sarty

Episode 65: Bringing MRIs Into Space, with Gordon Sarty | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, has become a vital technique for diagnosing, treating and monitoring disease. The technology has saved countless lives. But can we ever get MRIs into space where they can help keep astronauts alive and well on the long duration missions of the future? To help us answer that question today Gordon Sarty joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot...

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ESA Commissions Airbus As contractor For Orion Service Module

ESA Commissions Airbus As contractor For Orion Service Module | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris, France (SPX) Nov 18, 2014 Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second space company, has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development and construction of the service module for Orion, the future American human...
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UrtheCast Reports 2014 Third Quarter Financial Results

UrtheCast Reports 2014 Third Quarter Financial Results | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER, November 13, 2014 | UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (“UrtheCast” or the “Company”), a technology company that is developing the world’s first Ultra HD video platform of Earth from space, today announces financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014. The Company reported a comprehensive loss of $3.9 million in the quarter …

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ESA's Perspective on Rosetta + Canada's Contributions & Bruce Willis

ESA's Perspective on Rosetta + Canada's Contributions & Bruce Willis | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With all the various media reports trumpeting the recent successes of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta robotic space probe, which landed on and performed a detailed study of comet67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P) last week, it's interesting to note that the most accurate assessment of the missions significance so far has come through a collaboration between the ESA and video production facility Platige Image, on a short fictional film...

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General Dynamics Canada in Ottawa wins two US military space equipment contracts

General Dynamics Canada in Ottawa wins two US military space equipment contracts | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Department of National Defence has awarded contracts to an Ottawa firm for work on a military satellite communications program...

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