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Elon Musk: SpaceX Dragon 'Back on Track'

Elon Musk: SpaceX Dragon 'Back on Track' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After missing its scheduled rendezvous with the space station, SpaceX says it is back on track, with all four of its cargo capsule's rocket thruster pods working...

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C-CORE launches project AxES (AIS, EO and Ships)

C-CORE launches project AxES (AIS, EO and Ships) | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
St. John’s, Newfoundland (28 July 2016) - C-CORE has recently received a contract from the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Earth Observation Applications Development Program (EOADP). 

Over the coming 10 months, the St. John’s-based research and development organization will work with CSA and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) to improve satellite-based technologies for detection and monitoring ships at sea and for distinguishing vessels from one another and from other floating objects, such as icebergs. 

Results will enhance Canada’s Arctic surveillance capability, contributing to improvement in such areas as search and rescue operations, detection of illicit vessel operations and overall national security.

The AxES Project was proposed in response to CSA’s Earth Observation Ship Detection challenge, released in February 2016, seeking technology concepts aimed at improving identification and monitoring of ships at sea, using Space-Based Automatic Identification Systems (S-AIS) data together with Earth observation (EO) imagery, particularly from Canada’s RADARSAT-2 and the upcoming RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM)...
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The Starspot Episode 105: Ad Astra?, with Zachary Fejes

The Starspot Episode 105: Ad Astra?, with Zachary Fejes | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Imagine a starship that could take us out into the galaxy. Meet Icarus Interstellar, a nonprofit foundation working to achieve interstellar travel by the year 2100. Is this science fiction? That’s what I’ll ask Zachary Fejes. His team is tasked with preparing a map that will take us to the stars, and he joins Justin Trottier here at The Star Spot...
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Intelsat sees Epic disrupting entrenched market where Intelsat's a major stakeholder - SpaceNews.com

Intelsat sees Epic disrupting entrenched market where Intelsat's a major stakeholder - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Satellite fleet operator Intelsat on July 27 positioned itself on both sides of the barricades of the satellite services business -- a company storming the entrenched widebeam satellite pricing structure with its Epic high-throughput spacecraft (HTS) while at the same time maintaining a strong vested interest in that structure with the rest of its fleet...

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India should not lag behind in outer space mining: TIFAC official - The Economic Times

India should not lag behind in outer space mining: TIFAC official - The Economic Times | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

KOLKATA: With the US wanting to press ahead with asteroid mining and unlock resources of the moon, India will lag behind if it does not seize the outer space mining opportunity, said a TIFAC official here on Thursday. 


Prabhat Ranjan, Executive Director of Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), said the potential exploitation of moon and asteroids as a mineral resource can be a "big game changer". 


"Moon is already being seen as a mineral wealth and further one can go up to the asteroids and start exploiting this. This can be a big game changer and if India doesn't do this, we will lag behind," Ranjan told reporters. 


He was speaking on the sidelines of a seminar on 'Technology Thrusts on Materials and Manufacturing Sector in India' at the Central Glass and Ceramic Research...

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It's a shame that the Canadian government has decided to abandon their leadership in this area...
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CSA offers up funding for students to attend IAC 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 26th - 30th

CSA offers up funding for students to attend IAC 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 26th - 30th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Once again this year, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will be awarding grants to students wanting to attend the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

The 2016 IAC will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from September 26th to 30th...
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Reports Caution on Space Launch System, Orion Spacecraft Issues

Reports Caution on Space Launch System, Orion Spacecraft Issues | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued two new reports on the overall status of NASA’s Space Launch System and the space agency’s next piloted program, Orion.   


What GAO found in summary is that the SLS has resolved some technical issues and matured its design since GAO’s July 2015 report, but…

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Justin Trudeau’s summer homework: easing Canada’s brain drain: Paul Wells | Toronto Star

Justin Trudeau’s summer homework: easing Canada’s brain drain: Paul Wells | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The appointment was right there last Friday in Justin Trudeau’s public itinerary, which the Prime Minister’s Office sends daily to every Ottawa reporter who cares to sign up. “The prime minister will attend the Dock Innovators Retreat,” it said. 


“Closed to media.” Attend the what? 


Googling the mysterious term provided no further information. I was finishing a vacation and assumed some other reporter would ask what the PM had done with his day — normally an interesting question. But by this week nobody had asked. So I did, and here is what I’ve found. 


The retreat was a real thing. The dock in question is attached to a sprawling cottage somewhere north of Toronto. Dock and cottage belong to Magna CEO Donald Walker, who welcomed 30 corporate CEOs and tech leaders for a two-day gathering whose correct and somewhat precious name is the “Dock (Un)Conference...

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Justin Trudeau's economic policy will have four big themes — innovation, infrastructure, immigration and foreign investment, writes Paul Wells.
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SpaceX will spend $300 million on Red Dragon Mars mission, NASA says

SpaceX will spend $300 million on Red Dragon Mars mission, NASA says | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A NASA official has estimated that SpaceX will spend $300 million on its Red Dragon Mars mission...

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University of Calgary researcher using NASA satellite to predict Alberta forest fires

University of Calgary researcher using NASA satellite to predict Alberta forest fires | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Research out of the University of Calgary aims to anticipate where forest fires might strike in our province — even the ones in remote areas we currently can’t see coming...

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OneWeb Announces Appointment of Eric Beranger | OneWeb

OneWeb Announces Appointment of Eric Beranger | OneWeb | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

London, 26 July 2016: OneWeb which is building a new global communications system to create affordable broadband services for all, announces the appointment of Eric Beranger as Chief Executive Officer...

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A OneWeb press release has announced that Eric Beranger, a member of the management team at Airbus Defence & Spacei, is the new CEO of OneWeb...
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New Contest to 3D-Print aboard International Space Station; Chris Hadfield judging

New Contest to 3D-Print aboard International Space Station; Chris Hadfield judging | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

DALLAS & FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mouser Electronics Inc. today announced that celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and former commander of the International Space Station (I.S.S.) Colonel Chris Hadfield are among the guest judges for the I.S.S. Design Challenge, the newest series in the exciting Empowering Innovation Together™ program. 


Mouser is accepting entries for this incredible competition now through Oct. 7, 2016....

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Telesat reports revenue and profit increase, and a contract win in Brazil - SpaceNews.com

Telesat reports revenue and profit increase, and a contract win in Brazil - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Satellite fleet operator Telesat on July 26 reported slightly higher revenue and gross profit for the three months ending June 30 compared to a year ago even after stripping away the effects of a higher U.S. dollar against Telesat’s home currency, the Canadian dollar...

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Danish open source rocket launches then crashes

Copenhagen Suborbitals’ Nexø I rocket looked bound for orbit for the first minute after it launched from the Sputnik floating platform. 

“That is so beautiful,” said a commentator on the launch’s live feed. “What a wonderful sight! That is Nexø I functioning perfectly! What a treat, what a treat.” 

But the commentator’s excitement quickly turned to confusion. “Oh, hey, what’s happening now?” he asked as a voice over the radio called out that the rocket was losing power. Less than 30 seconds later, the rocket from the first-ever fully crowdfunded, nonprofit space exploration startup met its end in the ocean off of Denmark’s eastern shore...



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Competed Dreamchaser spacecraft unveiled

Competed Dreamchaser spacecraft unveiled | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE - Its creators call it a homegrown spacecraft. Sierra Nevada Corporation in Louisville unveiled the completed “Dream Chaser” – a spaceship, which will head to California this summer for its first series of tests. 

“We’re going to take it up to a very high altitude. We’re going to drop it and it’s going to fly itself,” said SNC Space Systems vice president Mark Sirangelo. “It’s autonomous space vehicle, which means that onboard computers control everything that it does...
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MDA reports second quarter 2016 results, declares quarterly dividend

MDA reports second quarter 2016 results, declares quarterly dividend | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Richmond, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016. For the second quarter of 2016, consolidated revenues were $503 million compared with $524 million for the same period of 2015. 

The decrease reflected the variability in quarterly revenues inherent in long-term construction programs. Operating EBITDA1 increased to $96.4 million compared with $94.6 million for the same period of last year. Margins this quarter increased to 19% compared with 18% for the same period a year ago, attributable to the mix of programs in progress. Operating earnings1 were $57 million, or $1.57 per share1, on par with the same period of last year...
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UrtheCast and OmniEarth Sign Strategic Partnership in Support of UrtheDaily™ Constellation - UrtheCast Blog

UrtheCast and OmniEarth Sign Strategic Partnership in Support of UrtheDaily™ Constellation - UrtheCast Blog | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

UrtheCast has signed a strategic partnership with OmniEarth, Inc. ("OmniEarth") in support of UrtheCast's planned UrtheDaily Constellation, expected to be capable of imaging 140 million square kilometers of the global landmass every day at 5 meters GSD. 


The UrtheCast-OmniEarth partnership includes collaborative system development, the sharing of intellectual property, and joint customer marketing activities...

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The Falcon 9 first stage used for the May 2016 JCSAT mission is being tested for reuse

The Falcon 9 first stage used for the May JCSAT mission was test fired, full duration, at the SpaceX Texas rocket development facility earlier this week...

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Axanar: The $1 Million Star Trek Fan Film CBS Wants to Stop

Star Trek fan films have existed for almost as long as Star Trek has. But what happens when they are actually pretty good...

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After 50 years of Star Trek, new technologies are allowing the fans to craft their own, professional Star Trek productions...
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New exhibit on popular space culture at the Malton Gallery in Pearson Terminal 1

New exhibit on popular space culture at the Malton Gallery in Pearson Terminal 1 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A new space exhibit opened yesterday at the Malton Gallery in Pearson Terminal 1. 

The Malton Gallery at Pearson is located on the departures level heading toward the "D" gates. You don't need a flight ticket to see it. Just park in departures at Terminal 1 at the "near" end of the Terminal. 

The exhibit is a small sampling of the story of space exploration as seen through popular culture. books, magazine, toys, models and even some flight artifacts.

The exhibit was created by the Toronto Aerospace Collection (formerly the Canadian Air and Space Museum) and the General Astronautics Research Corporation, which is owned by Rob Godwin, who also owns Apogee Books and the Space Library...
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UK investing £1.15 million to fund sub-orbital spaceflight and small satellite launches from the UK

UK investing £1.15 million to fund sub-orbital spaceflight and small satellite launches from the UK | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In 2015, the National Space Policy set out the government’s ambition to establish a spaceport in the UK. In February 2016, proposals were invited for industrial research projects to investigate the challenges associated with the introduction and operation of commercial viable services in the UK, and to identify the underpinning technological developments required to support these activities...

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New Space Startup Audacy Shoots for the Moon

New Space Startup Audacy Shoots for the Moon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A new company aims to provide the communications capacity required for the ongoing private spaceflight revolution. 


Around Aug. 1, California-based Audacy plans to close a Series A fundraising round of at least $15 million to begin creating three satellites and two Earth stations. The goal is to raise four major rounds of funding, build the ground stations and get the satellites launched by 2019. 


All told, the plan will cost about $750 million — $250 million in funding and $500 million more in government-backed debt, Audacy representatives said...

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MDA receives $5.3Mln to support mobile servicing system on ISS

MDA receives $5.3Mln to support mobile servicing system on ISS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Richmond, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has signed a contract amendment with the Canadian Space Agency for CA$5.3 million. The amendment provides funding for additional support to the ongoing robotic operations of the Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station (ISS). 

The Mobile Servicing System comprises Canadarm2, the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator known as “Dextre,” and the Mobile Base System. These three robotic systems perform a variety of operations ranging from resupply, maintenance, and servicing tasks on the space station that are critical to the on-going operations of the ISS.
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Syria-Jordan Border Refugee Camps: Rapid Growth Revealed by UN Analysis of UrtheCast Imagery

Syria-Jordan Border Refugee Camps: Rapid Growth Revealed by UN Analysis of UrtheCast Imagery | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In May, a UN-led analysis of UrtheCast Deimos-2 satellite data revealed that Rukban and Hadalat — two Syria-Jordan border crossings — had experienced 81% and 587% increases in refugee camp structures, respectively, from early 2016. 

On July 13, additional UrtheCast imagery revealed that the refugee camp in Hadalat had experienced a population increase of 9% since mid May. That's an increase of just under 600% since January 29, 2016...
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Market doesn’t justify reusable launchers, expendable rocket makers argue

Market doesn’t justify reusable launchers, expendable rocket makers argue | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The US government and some of its major aerospace contractors have tried to tackle the problem of reusable rockets and spacecraft for several decades, from the DC-X to the space shuttle, with mixed success. 


Even after spending hundreds of billions of dollars on these technologies in development and flight costs, neither the government nor its traditional aerospace contractors have mastered the art of flying vehicles to space, recovering them, and turning them around for new missions quickly and at low cost. 


During the last half year, however, both SpaceX and Blue Origin have begun to demonstrate these capabilities. Although much work remains to be done, Blue Origin has already flown a suborbital rocket four times, in relatively short order, with low turnaround costs. And SpaceX has recovered five orbital rockets at land and sea and expects to refly at least one of them later this year...

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The mainstream ELV guys won't give up on throwaways until companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are selling rides to space for a few hundred dollars a kilogram..
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Virgin Galactic vs Firefly CEO law suit getting entertaining • /r/space

Virgin Galactic vs Firefly CEO law suit getting entertaining • /r/space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Virgin Galactic is going after Firefly’s CEO Tom Markusic to lay claim to the IPR they allege he took with him when he left Virgin to start Firefly. 


Virgin Galactic is basically saying that - if proven - they own Firefly, and one attorney for Markusic (Pellegrino) said that at least one investor has turned away from Firefly because of the case. 


Meanwhile Markusic strenuously denies all claims. There is some really extraordinary evidence being filed in the main case, it's in LA County Court under #BC609407...

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