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Digital media superstars: Enter now for your shot at the Moon! - MaRS

Digital media superstars: Enter now for your shot at the Moon! - MaRS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Calling all Canadian digital media entrepreneurs! Now's your chance to shoot for the moon and be recognized nationally for your innovative product...

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Notes from May 5th Space Advisory Roundtable on Canada’s Future in Space Posted

Notes from May 5th Space Advisory Roundtable on Canada’s Future in Space Posted | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The industry is transforming and there is an urgent call for action, to help reinvigorate Canada's space sector through a space strategy that will enable predictable and balanced programming, while also providing the flexibility to respond to emerging technologies and changing business models.

Forward-looking laws and regulations are necessary in the near-term to keep up with technologies; and Canada has an opportunity to lead. Potential changes to the current framework for telecommunications and remote sensing may be proposed, and potential for legislation related to emerging space activities, such on-orbit servicing and space mining...
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exactEarth Q2 2017 financial results will be released on June 8th

exactEarth Q2 2017 financial results will be released on June 8th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ - exactEarth Ltd. (the "Company") (TSX: XCT), a leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, announces that it will issue its Q2 fiscal 2017 financial results at 06:30 ET on Thursday June 8, 2017. Peter Mabson, CEO, and Sean Maybee, CFO, will host a conference call that morning at 08:30 ET to discuss the Company's results.

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AU-EU joint space-based initiative calls for proposals

AU-EU joint space-based initiative calls for proposals | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Addis Ababa (XNA) May 25, 2017 -
The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday launched the call for proposals for the space-based initiative dubbed the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (GMES
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Successful launch puts New Zealand in space race

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Wellington (AFP) May 25, 2017 - New Zealand joined the exclusive space-race club on Thursday with the successful launch of a Rocket Lab test craft named Electron...

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James Webb Space Telescope Available for Media at NASA's Johnson Space Center May 31st

James Webb Space Telescope Available for Media at NASA's Johnson Space Center May 31st | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Media are invited to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston to view the James Webb Space Telescope and talk to experts about upcoming cryogenic vacuum tests at 10:15 a.m. CDT Wednesday, May 31. 


The event will include brief remarks from: 

1/ Ellen Ochoa, Johnson center director and veteran NASA astronaut 

2/ Eric Smith, James Webb Space Telescope Program director at NASA Headquarters in Washington 

3/ Mark Voyton, James Webb Space Telescope Optical Telescope Element and Integrated Science (OTIS) manager from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland 

4/ Jonathan Homan, project manager for James Webb Space Telescope Test Team at Johnson. 


Immediately following the briefing, media will be invited to conduct one-on-one interviews with the participants...

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Webb is a large infrared telescope with a 21-foot (6.5-meter) primary mirror. It will serve thousands of astronomers worldwide as they use its unique capabilities to study every phase in the history of our universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the big bang, to the formation of solar systems with planets capable of supporting life, to the evolution of our own solar system. 

It is a joint project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency...
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Attempting Relevance, the Canadian Space Agency Announces Industry Focused & Small Business Funding

Attempting Relevance, the Canadian Space Agency Announces Industry Focused & Small Business Funding | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has issued another in a series of mostly expected announcements of opportunity (AO) for new programs funded under its longstanding Space Technology Development Program (STDP). 

It's not that there's anything wrong with that. It will just be interesting to see if the CSA continues down this path when the Liberal government unveils its high-level follow-on to the previous Conservative governments 2014 Space Policy Framework later this year.

There were two slight surprises in the CSA's current offering...
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CSA using satellites to identify potential health risks in cities

CSA using satellites to identify potential health risks in cities | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New research team explores how satellite images can help find areas where vulnerable populations would be exposed to health risks: high heat, air pollution or viruses transmitted by mosquitoes.

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The Canadian SmallSat Symposium Issues Call for Papers beginning June 8th

The Canadian SmallSat Symposium Issues Call for Papers beginning June 8th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Commerce Association has issued a Call for Papers for the 2017 Canadian SmallSat Symposium beginning June 8th...

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Not sure why smallsats are so popular with the CSA, AIAC and the CSCA. Lots of people make them now, and most do so without a lot of government assistance.

Over the last five years, the most notable Canadian players in this space have been the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge and the UTIAS Space Flight Lab...
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Bombardier's Challenges

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Over the past few weeks, tottering plane and train maker Bombardier has faced a series of upheavals that have put its already shaky future on even even more unstable ground. Those upheavals, reminiscent of an earlier age of confusion and cancelled Canadian built planes, suggest lessons for both the Canadian aviation and space industries...
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Trump budget keeps NASA mostly intact but jettisons a few Obama priorities

Trump budget keeps NASA mostly intact but jettisons a few Obama priorities | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The White House proposes cutting NASA by 3% but the agency does better than most other departments.The budget funds continued development of a Mars mission but scraps an asteroid redirect mission Obama proposed...

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GHGSat Unveils Satellite Imagery of Greenhouse Gas From Industrial Facility

GHGSat Unveils Satellite Imagery of Greenhouse Gas From Industrial Facility | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MONTREAL, QC--(Marketwired - May 23, 2017) - Today, GHGSat unveiled sample imagery from its demonstration satellite, Claire. GHGSat has detected emissions of methane, an important greenhouse gas, from a hydroelectric facility under construction in Africa. GHGSat is making sample imagery and data for this facility available for evaluation...

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Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket set for inaugural flight from New Zealand | NASASpaceFlight.com

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket set for inaugural flight from New Zealand | NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The U.S.-based Rocket Lab corporation is set to enter the commercial launch market with the maiden flight of its Electron rocket. The small-scale launcher will cater to the small satellite market, with low-end million dollar flights and its revolutionary engine design launching from the Māhia Peninsula from the North Island of New Zealand’s eastern coast. Weather is currently delaying the debut...
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Canada's Patent Puzzle: Do We Have a Problem Securing Patents & Commercializing Them?

Canada's Patent Puzzle: Do We Have a Problem Securing Patents & Commercializing Them? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
58% of inventions with a Canadian author that resulted in US patent grants in 2016 were assigned either through sale or transfer to a company in another country.

The prevalent Canadian narrative is that as a country, we struggle to compete in the global innovation economy. One metric that is often cited as proof is the number of patents we are granted. We looked at this issue more closely in this Impact Brief and found that we don't have a problem securing patents, it's that we have a problem with the commercialization of them...
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Part 11: A History of the Canadian Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets

Part 11: A History of the Canadian Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The decade of 2000 saw important events in the life of the Canadian space program. In 2001 Chris Hadfield flew to the International Space Station (ISS) and became the first Canadian to do a spacewalk as he helped install the first piece of Canada’s contribution – the large robotic arm now called Canadarm 2...

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Ex-Alta 1 satellite is calling home – to Alberta

Ex-Alta 1 satellite is calling home – to Alberta | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A miniature orbiting spacecraft built by Canadian student team has been successfully deployed from International Space Station...

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The case for the creation of the Next Version of Innovative Solutions Canada

The case for the creation of the Next Version of Innovative Solutions Canada | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In the Canadian federal budget, tabled March 22, 2017, there is a $50 million provision for the creation of Innovative Solutions Canada. 

Moreover, it clearly states this would be based on a U.S. precedent and quotes an example based on the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program in the document. Although, the bigger economic driver is the 23% procurement requirement often called "set-asides," the goal is to enshrine both of these in the final legislation. 

Keep in mind that in FY 2016 the U.S. government spent $99.96 billion in prime contracts with small companies (i.e. directly) and another $83.5 billion through large companies, which in turn flow to the small businesses as subcontractors. As for the SBIR, in FY2016 the eleven government agencies that spend over $100 million annually were mandated at 3.0% of their total budget going towards funding the program (estimated to have generated over $2.5 billion in grants)...
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Part 10: 150 Years of Canadian Aerospace History

Part 10: 150 Years of Canadian Aerospace History | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MDA's Rise, Spar's Fall, STEM Antenna's, the Space Shuttle, the Canadarm, COMDEV & Optech

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Ottawa offers $950 million for 'superclusters' to create jobs

Ottawa offers $950 million for 'superclusters' to create jobs | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The federal government is spending $950 million to fund an "Innovation Superclusters Initiative" that it says will "create more middle-class jobs and more opportunities for Canadian businesses to grow into globally successful brands." 


Minister of innovation, science and economic development Navdeep Bains made the announcement at the offices of BlackBerry QNX in Kanata, Ont. near Ottawa on Wednesday morning. 


"We are looking for bold proposals with ambitious visions and missions," Bains said...

Chuck Black's insight:
The initiative seeks to create superclusters in specific industries: 

Advanced manufacturing.
Agri-food. 
Clean resources. 
Clean technology. 
Digital technology. 
Health/biosciences. 
Infrastructure and transportation. 

Up to five superclusters will be created. Each supercluster will be a non-profit consortium created by large and small companies, along with post-secondary educational institutions or non-profit organizations. 

Applications will be accepted from both Canadian companies and international companies with Canadian operations...
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India's space agency planning to launch next lunar mission in 2018 - SpaceNews.com

India's space agency planning to launch next lunar mission in 2018 - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft would include an orbiter and a lander, with that lander carrying a rover...

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MDA views DigitalGlobe merger as hedge against cyclical satellite market - SpaceNews.com

MDA views DigitalGlobe merger as hedge against cyclical satellite market - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates told investors May 23 that its pending acquisition of geospatial imagery and services provider DigitalGlobe will help offset the revenue peaks and valleys of MDA’s satellite manufacturing business...

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PCI Geomatics Expands Business Partner Network in Central America

PCI Geomatics Expands Business Partner Network in Central America | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, May 23, 2017 — PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced today it has expanded its business partner network in Central America with the appointment of Mattie Engineers, S.A...
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Local business leaders to judge startups poised to profit from outer space | NewSpace Business Plan Competition

Local business leaders to judge startups poised to profit from outer space | NewSpace Business Plan Competition | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
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Commercial Space blog will be at the National Magazine Award Gala in TO on Friday, May 26th

Commercial Space blog will be at the National Magazine Award Gala in TO on Friday, May 26th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The National Magazine Awards Foundation is a bilingual, registered charity whose mission is to foster, recognize and promote editorial excellence in Canadian publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts...
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The Canadian CubeSat Project is Soliciting Letters of Interest

The Canadian CubeSat Project is Soliciting Letters of Interest | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Do you teach or do research at a Canadian post-secondary institution? Would you and students from your institution like to build and send your own small satellite into space? 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is presently working on an initiative that would allow you to do just that. 

The Canadian CubeSat Project (CCP) will provide professors in post-secondary institutions with an opportunity to engage their students in a real space mission...
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Not totally sure how this CSA initiative will effect the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (http://www.csdcms.ca/), a well established private organization intent on doing much the same (but with less money). 

However, questions like this might get a least the beginnings of an answer during the three conference calls being organized on Thursday May 18th (English), Wednesday May 24th (French) and Tuesday May 30th (English)...
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Part 10: A History of the Canadian Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets

Part 10: A History of the Canadian Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

More on the 1990's, the CSA, "On-Going Budgets," a 3rd "Long-Term Space Plan," New Astronauts, More Satellites but Never Enough Funding...

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