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2014 maiden launch for Long March-7 rocket

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Beijing (XNA) Mar 06, 2013
China's indigenous carrier rocket Long March-7 will hopefully make its first launch in 2014, a senior official of the rocket's designing institute said on Friday.
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Unraveling a physics mystery in microgravity - U of T Engineering News

Unraveling a physics mystery in microgravity - U of T Engineering News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Four U of T Engineering students are preparing for the flight of a lifetime. Their team has earned the rare chance to carry an experiment they designed onto a Falcon-20 jet, an aircraft similar to those used to train astronauts. 


Their goal is to better understand how liquids flow in microgravity, and to explore how 3D printers could make long-term space missions more feasible. 


Team AVAIL (Analyzing Viscosity And Inertia in Liquids) — consisting of Neell Young (EngSci 1T4 + PEY, MASc Student UTIAS), Caulan Rupke, Michael Lawee and Andrew Ilersich (all Year 4 EngSci) — is among four chosen to participate in the Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-RGX), supported by the National Research Council and the Canadian Space Agency. 


The competition aims to create “tangible student-led impact in space exploration and development.”

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International Lunar Observatory at Moon's South Pole in 2019

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KAMUELA, Hawaii, July 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express have announced a collaboration for the delivery of the first International Lunar Observatory to the South Pole of the Moon in 2019 (ILO-1). 


Moon Express has been contracted by ILOA to develop advanced landing technologies supporting the mission...

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NASA might privatize one of its great observatories – Spaceflight Now

NASA might privatize one of its great observatories – Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Management of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope could be turned over to an academic institution or private operator in 2019 once the space agency’s funding for the observatory runs out, a senior NASA manager said this week...
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Moon wetter than previously thought, raising new manned mission possibilities

Moon wetter than previously thought, raising new manned mission possibilities | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Satellite data reveals trapped water across the moon’s surface – not just at the poles – in deposits from ancient eruptions, say researchers
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SpaceX’s LEOS Plan Running Into Opposition

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX’s plan to provide global broadband internet access using thousands of satellites in low-earth orbit has come under fire from competitors, including Boeing and OneWeb. 


A SpaceX satellite coverage scheme described in a patent application envisions two sets of satellites orbiting in different inclinations at different altitudes, according to geekwire.com. 


SpaceX is requesting a temporary waiver from the FCC’s time limits for putting the satellite system into full operation...

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NWT Businessman "Perturbed" By Federal Response to Private Inuvik Ground Station Proposal

NWT Businessman "Perturbed" By Federal Response to Private Inuvik Ground Station Proposal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
According to Tom Zubko, the president of Inuvik, NWT based New North Networks, "we don't seem to be having any trouble selling our high technology companies to the Chinese, but we're certainly having trouble finding a way to licence our allies to work in Canada when they want to provide a useful service to northern communities, especially when those allies have demonstrated that they want to work with us and received licenses in their home jurisdictions to do so...
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Zubco's clients, San Franscisco based Earth imaging company Planet and Norwegian based Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT), "had information they felt was proprietary and didn't want to give to MDA," which was acting as the Feds prime contractor for the public satellite ground station facility, said Zubco...
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Launch prices for smallsats on India's PSLV rocket may be coming down - Space Intel Report

Launch prices for smallsats on India's PSLV rocket may be coming down - Space Intel Report | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
PARIS — The commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) charged about $28,500 per kilogram to launch 29 cubesats aboard its PSLV rocket on June 23, a price that appears to reflect a drop compared to previous missions. There is no such thing as a “standard” price for launches, even for large geostationary-orbit …
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Hytera Communications Expelled From China Based Trade Association Over "Disputed Bidding"

Hytera Communications Expelled From China Based Trade Association  Over "Disputed Bidding" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada's Globe and Mail is reporting a new ripple in the ongoing takeover of Vancouver-based Norsat International, the Canadian high technology satellite communications company acquired in June 2017 by Chinese based Hytera Communications...

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Telesat Q2 2017 Conference Call Will Be Held on July 26th, 2017

Telesat Q2 2017 Conference Call Will Be Held on July 26th, 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
OTTAWA, July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Telesat has scheduled a conference call on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2017. The call will be hosted by Daniel S. Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Michel Cayouette, Chief Financial Officer, of Telesat. 

Prior to the commencement of the call, Telesat will post a news release containing its financial results on its website (www.telesat.com) under the tab “News & Events” and the heading “News”...
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What Has Happened to SR&ED in the last Decade? with CATA's Sr. VP, Russ Roberts

In this video, Russ Roberts, CATA's Sr. VP, Tax, Finance and Advocacy talks about what has happened to SR&ED tax credits in the last decade and some of the causes of this dramatic reduction of innovation support in Canada.


View briefing note: http://tinyurl.com/yc4o5zck

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PMO has no comment on Julie Payette’s expunged 2011 assault charge

PMO has no comment on Julie Payette’s expunged 2011 assault charge | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Governor General Designate Julie Payette was charged with second-degree assault while living in Maryland in 2011 — a charge she calls ‘unfounded’ and which she has since had expunged — and about which the Prime Minister’s Office is refusing to confirm it had prior knowledge...

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Elon Musk has new affordable Mars plan with near Earth revenue generation | NextBigFuture.com

Elon Musk has new affordable Mars plan with near Earth revenue generation | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Elon Musk has confirmed that SpaceX is developing a revised version of the overall 2016 Mars exploration architecture. 


The previous plan involved the development of giant reusable launch vehicles, called the Interplanetary Transport System. 


The new Mars plan figures out how to make the whole Mars system affordable. He will decrease the size of the vehicles somewhat. 


“You make it capable of doing Earth orbit activity as well as Mars activity,” he said. “Maybe we can pay for it by using it for Earth orbit activity. That’s one of the key elements of the new architecture...

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Moon Express reveals lowest cost robotic planetary explorers | NextBigFuture.com

Moon Express reveals lowest cost robotic planetary explorers | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moon Express has revealed the lowest cost robotic planetary explorers ever...

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An XCor flameout in the Mojave shows how hard it can be to finance rocket-ship start-ups

An XCor flameout in the Mojave shows how hard it can be to finance rocket-ship start-ups | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

XCOR Aerospace, the maker of the Lynx suborbital space plane, laid off its remaining employees last month...

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CanCon podcast Ep. 75: Is Canada open for business as an innovation branch plant?

CanCon podcast Ep. 75: Is Canada open for business as an innovation branch plant? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In a ruling that has surprised patent lawyers and startups alike, the Supreme Court of Canada has judged against the principles of the Promise Doctrine from Canadian patent law. 


In general, the changes make Canada more appealing to multinational corporations. 


But at what cost to Canada’s tech ecosystem? 


On the flip side of the support coin, this week AngelList launched Intros for Canada to give Canadian startups access to Canadian angel investors. Applications are now being accepted and can be submitted through August 30th...

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Indian space pioneer Udupi Ramachandra Rao passes away

Indian space pioneer Udupi Ramachandra Rao passes away | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Rao was involved in all ISRO missions till date in one capacity or the other...

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Why NASA is freezing the Hubble Space Telescope' s successor ahead of 2018 launch

Why NASA is freezing the Hubble Space Telescope' s successor ahead of 2018 launch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) -- the largest space observatory ever built -- is expected to help scientists piece together the earliest moments of solar systems and delve deeper than ever into our expanding universe. They are also very worried that something could break once it’s up there. So they’ve put it in a massive freezer to see what happens.
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Norwegian Microsatellite Built by Space Flight Laboratory Deploys First-of-Kind Yagi Antenna for VHF Data Exchange from Space

Norwegian Microsatellite Built by Space Flight Laboratory Deploys First-of-Kind Yagi Antenna for VHF Data Exchange from Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 24, 2017) - The Norwegian Space Centre has announced successful deployment of critical antennas and probes on the NORsat-1 and NORsat-2 microsatellites built by Canada's Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) and launched on July 14 from Kazakhstan...

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Former XCOR CEO blames company problems on lost contract - SpaceNews.com

Former XCOR CEO blames company problems on lost contract - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The former CEO of XCOR Aerospace told a Senate committee July 18 that its recent problems could be blamed on a terminated engine development contract.
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Gibson didn’t name to whom XCOR was a subcontractor, but in May 2016, when the company laid off about half its workforce, it said it was suspending work on a suborbital spaceplane called Lynx to focus its resources on a liquid-oxygen, liquid-hydrogen engine program backed by United Launch Alliance. That engine was being considered by ULA as one option for a new upper stage for its Vulcan vehicle...
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Asteroid Flyby: What you need to know about Asteroid 2017 BS5

Asteroid Flyby: What you need to know about Asteroid 2017 BS5 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An asteroid the size of a football field is headed straight towards us. And it will be here within days.


To get a better sense of what’s in store with this week’s close encounter we spoke with Dr. John S. Lewis, chief scientist at DSI and author of Asteroid Mining 101: Wealth for the New Space Economy...

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Supreme Court’s IP ruling encourages innovation - Policy Options

Supreme Court’s IP ruling encourages innovation - Policy Options | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision handed Canadian inventors and innovators a win by striking down an errant interpretation of Canadian patent law that certain corporate legal teams had been exploiting to strip patent rights from innovators...

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Province promises $28.8Mln CDN for SNOLAB

Province promises $28.8Mln CDN for SNOLAB | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SNOLAB: it’s one of the world’s deepest, underground research centres, located in the heart of a working mine. And a recent $28.8 million boost from the Ontario government means the lab can keep the lights on for another five years...

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MDA's Q2 2017 Con-call & Annual and Special Meeting will be held on July 27th, 2017

MDA's Q2 2017 Con-call & Annual and Special Meeting will be held on July 27th, 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Vancouver, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, plans to release its Second Quarter 2017 financial results at 5:00 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, July 27, 2017. 

MDA President and CEO Howard Lance, and Executive Vice President and CFO Anil Wirasekara, will host an earnings conference call on Friday, July 28, 2017, reviewing the Second Quarter results, followed by a question and answer session. The call is scheduled to begin promptly at 6:00 a.m. PT (9:00 a.m. ET)...
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More Larsen C ice shelf Images from Deimos-1

More Larsen C ice shelf Images from Deimos-1 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The images were released by the Earth Observation company Deimos Imaging, a subsidiary of the Canadian UrtheCast Corp., and captured by its satellite Deimos-1 on July 14 and July 18, 2017...
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You can download the image in higher resolution at https://urthecast.box.com/s/ufispeiq9skovjsrng1ytufzqosho05p
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Moon Express plans robotic missions in 2018, 2019 and 2020 | NextBigFuture.com

Moon Express plans robotic missions in 2018, 2019 and 2020 | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Space Startup Moon Express plans several robotic lunar missions over the next three years. 

The missions are initial lander and tiny rover missions, a polar mission to confirm water and then a sample return mission. They plan to scale up the sample return to mine for lunar ice to provide low cost rocket fuel and water to earth orbiting satellites...
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