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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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
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...
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...
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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