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The March 2013 Issue of THRUSTER is now online

The March 2013 Issue of THRUSTER is now online | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It includes my "Point to Point: Canada" article "Canadian Comsats Look Up (to American Launchers) as Costs Fall."

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Who Will Buy the International Space Station?

Who Will Buy the International Space Station? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
For sale: One space station. Slightly used. Great view of Central Park (and a lot of other parks). Image source: Getty Images. 

As early as 2023, and by 2024 at the latest, Russia intends to abandon the International Space Station. And not only that, they're taking their half of the station when they go...
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BDC releases fiscal 2016 results, reveals it made venture capital investments totalling $253.1 million CAD

BDC releases fiscal 2016 results, reveals it made venture capital investments totalling $253.1 million CAD | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Business Development Bank of Canada revealed its fiscal 2016 results, boasting that it delivered its services to a “record number” of entrepreneurs. 

In total, BDC committed $4.8 billion in loans to entrepreneurs for the period ending March 31, 2016 — up from $4.7 billion last year. BDC’s total portfolio now stands at $26 billion committed to at least 42,000 direct and indirect clients. The bank earned $537.7 million in net income, up from $490.7 million in fiscal 2015. BDC will pay a dividend of $68.6 million to the Government of Canada. Profits earned will be reinvested in BDC’s financing operations...
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Nav Canada: First 10 Aireon ATC To Launch Next Month

Nav Canada: First 10 Aireon ATC To Launch Next Month | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Aireon, Nav Canada’s joint venture with Iridium Communications, will launch 10 ADS-B payload-carrying satellites via SpaceX launch vehicles in mid-September...
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NASA Juno to return first ever close-up pics of Jupiter

NASA Juno to return first ever close-up pics of Jupiter | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA's Juno spacecraft is on approach for a Saturday close flyby of Jupiter, and will return the closest pictures every captured of the gas giant world...

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Why is SpaceX's rival developing space trucks?

Why is SpaceX's rival developing space trucks? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

United Launch Alliance, the partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, plans to develop reusable second-stage rockets that CEO Tony Bruno says could make space colonization a cost-effective reality...

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Canadian Space Agency making huge contribution to asteroid mission - Cantech Letter

Canadian Space Agency making huge contribution to asteroid mission - Cantech Letter | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is on pins and needles awaiting the launch of the OSIRIS-REx robotic explorer, bound for the 500-metre wide asteroid Bennu and kitted up with a Canadian-made laser altimeter set to provide a finely detailed mapping of the asteroid...

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Italy's Earthquake Destruction Seen from Space

Italy's Earthquake Destruction Seen from Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
More than 100 people have now been reported missing in Pescara del Tronto, in central Italy...
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Next step for human spaceflight - Space Angels

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This month has been a significant one for Virgin Galactic and human spaceflight with the company gaining a license by the FAA for the testing of SpaceShipTwo...
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Euroconsult takes majority stake in French based SATConsult

Euroconsult takes majority stake in French based SATConsult | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris, Toulouse, August 24, 2016 - Euroconsult today announced that it has taken a majority stake in Southern Aerospace & Telecom Consulting (SATConsult), an independent consulting company based in Toulouse focused on supporting the development of satellite infrastructure worldwide. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Euroconsult and SATConsult will continue to operate as separate companies and will work in concert on a project-by-project basis. Together, their teams cover the full spectrum of customers' requirements in the satellite industry including market, financial, technical, operational and legal assessments...
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Why Russian rocket engines are so popular today

Russian and American rocket engines using liquid oxygen as oxidizer and kerosene or RP-1 (some kind of kerosene) as fuel. It is clear that the specific impulse (Isp) for the Russian engines is much higher, offering a significant reduction in propellant mass. 


The performance difference is explained from that the Russians use a much higher chamber pressure, which allows for a higher (geometric) expansion ratio and hence a higher exhaust velocity...

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NASA’s hopes for Mars and the future are at stake in the 2016 election

NASA’s hopes for Mars and the future are at stake in the 2016 election | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Election years are a tense time for NASA. A new president can completely alter NASA’s long-term goals by resetting the space agency’s agenda. Whoever is elected will be faced with a choice

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How to Succeed in the Asteroid Business Without Really Mining

How to Succeed in the Asteroid Business Without Really Mining | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Asteroid miners need a short-term financial plan that will keep them in business until they can get rich extracting resources from space-rocks...

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Switzerland Is the Most Innovative Country in the World

Switzerland Is the Most Innovative Country in the World | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With strong tech universities and an emphasis on eco-friendly measures, Switzerland is named the most innovative country for the sixth straight year by the Global Innovation Index...

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Canada is 15th
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Japan to Upgrade HTV Cargo Ship

Japan to Upgrade HTV Cargo Ship | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
According to JAXA, the next-generation model currently in design — dubbed HTV-X — will be able to separate control systems units such as engines from its main body after docking at the ISS. 

The engines will be equipped with observational devices so the spacecraft can leave the ISS and orbit as a satellite...

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Commercial Crew providers are proceeding according to schedule.
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Why Isro's scramjet flight demonstration is significant

Why Isro's scramjet flight demonstration is significant | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The flight demonstration of the hypersonic air-breathing dual mode ramjet engine, which uses atmospheric oxygen in a portion of its journey, is a major step for Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) in its pursuit for a future space transportation system. 

 An experimental mission to demonstrate supersonic combustion using atmospheric oxygen was conducted on Sunday. It was the maiden experiment of Isro's Dual Mode Ramjet (DMRJ) engine, which uses hydrogen as fuel and air from the atmosphere as the oxidiser, at hypersonic conditions...
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This Space Start-Up Just Landed Its First Big Customer -- The Motley Fool

This Space Start-Up Just Landed Its First Big Customer --  The Motley Fool | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX and ULA aren't exactly quaking in their spaceboots, but as they focus on the large-satellites market, a new market is forming beneath them, and rapidly.

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This Russian billionaire has a plan to explore Proxima b, our closest Earth-like planet

This Russian billionaire has a plan to explore Proxima b, our closest Earth-like planet | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Back in April, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner pledged US$100 million toward a crazy plan to visit another star system. 

The mission - Breakthrough Starshot - aims to get this done by propelling teeny, tiny spaceships to 20 percent the speed of light with powerful lasers...
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The Commercial Space Blog: Ten Questions for Kevin Shortt; Business Development and Systems Engineering at ViaLight Communications

The Commercial Space Blog: Ten Questions for Kevin Shortt; Business Development and Systems Engineering at ViaLight Communications | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
ViaLight Communications GmbH (VLC) is a German based telecommunications company which specializes in laser communication terminals for aerial applications. Founded in 2009 as a spin-off from the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), an organization more commonly known as the German Aerospace Center. 

VLC maintains strong ties with its parent organization, but is not terribly well known outside of Germany.

That may change over the next little while. As outlined in the August 2016 New Space Global (NSG) interview between VLC business development and systems engineer Kevin Shortt and NSG senior editor David Bullock, the company has a lot on the go and good prospects for the future. 

Longtime readers looking for a Canadian connection might also recognize Shortt as the past president of the Canadian Space Society (CSS), where he remains active as their international relations officer. 

Shortt belongs to a growing list of Canadian space professionals who've had to move abroad in order to continue in their chosen profession...
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SpaceX Has Picked a Historic Location to Refurbish Its Rockets

SpaceX Has Picked a Historic Location to Refurbish Its Rockets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Port Canaveral, the adjacent property of legendary Cape Canaveral, will see a renaissance, thanks to SpaceX’s investment in the property. The company will now lease the currently vacant building that used to house Spacehab, in addition to constructing a new second building once a formal lease is signed...
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The StarSpot Episode 107: Surveying the Cosmos, with Ludovic Van Waerbeke

The StarSpot Episode 107: Surveying the Cosmos, with Ludovic Van Waerbeke | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Large scale surveys of the universe are quickly becoming key to making new discoveries at the cutting edge of astronomy. Case in point is the Cosmic Evolution Survey (or COSMOS), which incorporates data from 446,000 galaxies. 

Today we’re joined at The Star Spot by Ludovic Van Waerbeke whose survey-based research has helped us expand our understanding of the expanding – and accelerating – universe, confirming the existence of an unknown source of energy, or dark energy, and providing a map of the large scale dark matter distribution of the cosmos.
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See it from Space: Dueling Jet Skiers Dance in Banderas Bay, Mexico

See it from Space: Dueling Jet Skiers Dance in Banderas Bay, Mexico | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
For the first time, Urthecast has released a video of jet skiers, from space! 

Before Banderas Bay's annual regatta at the Puerto Vallarta Sailing Center, jet skiers are seen here weaving around each other as waves roll into the Nuevo Vallarta shoreline and boats navigate the marina. Click below to watch the entire video

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China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover - BBC News

China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover - BBC News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

China's ambitious space programme has been progressing at a rapid pace in recent years...

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NASA just found a spacecraft that’s been lost for two years

NASA just found a spacecraft that’s been lost for two years | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
NASA is reporting that one of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as the STEREO-B spacecraft, has made contact after two years of silence. Along with its sister STEREO-A, the prodigal probe is tasked with observing the sun. 

When the two were launched back in 2006, the STEREO spacecraft entered an orbit around the sun respectively just ahead of and just behind the Earth, allowing them to observe solar phenomena such as coronal mass ejections from multiple angles...
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The Commercial Space Blog: A Private Sector Dominated "NewSpace" World for our Next Astronauts

The Commercial Space Blog: A Private Sector Dominated "NewSpace" World for our Next Astronauts | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Last June, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced the beginning of its fourth astronaut recruitment campaign, seeking two people to become Canada’s next generation of space travelers. After their selection next summer, the two successful applicants will begin their training at NASA.

Recent events, however, indicate that the new astronauts will emerge from their training into a world quite different from when they started...
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The Commercial Space Blog: Part One: So You Want to be a Space Advocate?

The Commercial Space Blog: Part One: So You Want to be a Space Advocate? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
An earlier version of this article was presented at the 65th International Astronautical Congress, which was held in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th - October 3rd, 2014. It's thesis is that successful advocacy requires: 

1. Strong media skills able to define the problem, craft a compelling narrative and define appropriate solutions 

2. A mechanism to move the narrative forwards by solving the defined problem and using the appropriate (and already identified) solutions. 

3. A funding network willing to pay for the costs associated with the campaign. 

The question of whether or not those three conditions apply in our current aerospace and space environment is open for debate.
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