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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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Preparing for the 65th International Astronomical Congress; September 29th - October 3rd in Toronto, ON

Preparing for the 65th International Astronomical Congress; September 29th - October 3rd in Toronto, ON | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's close to being the greatest show on Earth for space scientists, engineers and policy advocates, second perhaps only to the roar of a manned rocket launch.

Preparations and plans are coming together to make the 65th International Astronomical Congress (IAC 2014), which is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th - October 2nd, into the best edition yet of what is generally considered to be the "world's premier space event....

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A means to a solar-system-wide economy: Build a space based Fort Knox!

A means to a solar-system-wide economy: Build a space based Fort Knox! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The CEO of Toronto based Apogee Books discusses how to convince the investment community that, there is that substantial Return-On-Investment (ROI), in space activities...

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Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket

Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

One of NASA's headlining programs is the Space Launch System, a giant rocket program aimed at eventually delivering astronauts to the moon, Mars, asteroids and the deep space beyond. The space agency signed a long-term deal with Boeing earlier this summer to continue work on the mission.

 

But a new report by federal auditors at the Government Accountability Office say NASA and its contracting partners are unlikely to meet their goal of a December 2017 test flight. Officials with the federal watchdog agency claim NASA's allotted spending figures aren't realistic, and that the mission likely needs at least another $400 million to reach its initial 2017 launch date on time...

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China's biggest moon challenge: returning to earth

China's biggest moon challenge: returning to earth | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Beijing (XNA) Jul 24, 2014 China's lunar probe, Chang'e-5, will be launched around 2017 and its mission to collect samples from the moon and return to earth is the most challenging yet, according to Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar...
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The Rise of Boutique Rocket Firms Inspired By SpaceX

The Rise of Boutique Rocket Firms Inspired By SpaceX | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Firefly Space Systems is part of a new wave of spaceflight companies looking to cater to small satellites...

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India could return to Mars as early as 2017

India could return to Mars as early as 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Jul 23, 2014
India is ramping up for a follow-up mission to Mars between 2017 and 2020 which will be scientific in scope, the chairman for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said.
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ESA mission name for astronaut Tim Peake: Principia

ESA mission name for astronaut Tim Peake: Principia | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (ESA) Jul 22, 2014
When ESA astronaut Tim Peake sets off for his six-month space journey next year, he will be flying under the mission name of Principia.
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First UrtheCast: Now NanoRacks teams with MDA owned SSL for US Air Force hosted payloads

First UrtheCast: Now NanoRacks teams with MDA owned SSL for US Air Force hosted payloads | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington, D.C.—July 22, 2014 –The United States Air Force has awarded a five year IDIQ contract opportunity to SSL under the Hosted Payload Solutions Program (HoPs) in order to facilitate the placement of payloads designed for Geostationary (GEO) and Low-Earth (LEO) orbit.

 

NanoRacks is pleased to be one of the SSL LEO team services providers, utilizing its External Payload Platform as a test-bed for sensors and advanced electronics, located outside the International Space Station...

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A Falcon 9 first stage return video from the ORBCOMM Mission

Here's the video of the Falcon 9 first stage reentry and landing following the successful delivery of six ORBCOMM satellites to orbit.


This test confirms that the Falcon 9 booster is able consistently to reenter from space at hypersonic velocity, restart main engines twice, deploy landing legs and touch down at near zero velocity...

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Elon Musk will be on the Colbert Report this Thursday

Elon Musk will be on the Colbert Report this Thursday | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Elon Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX and the CEO and Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors. He also co-founded PayPal and SolarCity...

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Sierra Nevada Contacts All Six On-Orbit ORBCOMM Generation 2 Satellites

Sierra Nevada Contacts All Six On-Orbit ORBCOMM Generation 2 Satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Sparks NV (SPX) Jul 22, 2014
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has commenced the on-orbit checkout phase for six ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, establishing communication with each satellite as planned.
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U.K. Space Stimulus Begins To Show Results

U.K. Space Stimulus Begins To Show Results | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In late 2012, amidst a sagging economy, the U.K. government announced a sizable increase in space spending based on the assumption that such financial backing would spur Britain’s already fast-growing space economy.


The £1.2 billion ($2 billion) investment—a 25% increase over five years in Britain’s contribution to the 20-nation European Space Agency (ESA)—led to the immediate establishment of a new satellite technology center at Harwell, Oxford, including ESA’s telecommunications director, Magali Vaissiere, who relocated from Paris to run the large technology campus...

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Federal Government Hypes OSIRIS-REx Mission

Federal Government Hypes OSIRIS-REx Mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On July 17th, federal cabinet minister Tony Clement excitedly announced Canada's latest contribution to an upcoming NASA asteroid mission. But while the Stephen Harper government appears to be hoping that the public will allow it to bask in the reflected glare of this latest Canadian space adventure, the actual state of Canada's space budget might just put a lie to the fancy words...

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LightSail-A Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What? | The Planetary Society

LightSail-A Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What? | The Planetary Society | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

LightSail-A's blown radio amplifier doesn't affect the 2016 SpaceX Falcon Heavy mission, but it adds an unwelcome obstacle to the 2015 test mission's ever-shortening timetable...

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The 4th annual Zero G Robotics Tournament: Robots in Spaaaace!

The 4th annual Zero G Robotics Tournament: Robots in Spaaaace! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Code, play and command your space droid - students across Europe can bring a squadron of minisatellites to life on the International Space Station as the ultimate space robot game.

 

For the fourth year, the Zero Robotics tournament will turn the Station into a gaming arena for European secondary-school pupils. The competition challenges youngsters to write instructions that control volleyball-sized satellites through a virtual field mined with obstacles...

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SpaceX Soft Lands Falcon 9 Rocket First Stage

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Hawthorne CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2014
Following last week's successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage reentered Earth's atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Smallsat companies dominate “Lightning Pitch” NewSpace competition « NewSpace Journal

Smallsat companies dominate “Lightning Pitch” NewSpace competition « NewSpace Journal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The annual NewSpace Conference by the Space Frontier Foundation will get underway later today in San Jose, California. A highlight of today’s events is the “Lightning Pitch Competition” for NewSpace startups. This takes the place of full-fledged business plan competition that has taken place at some previous conferences. Instead of submitting a detailed business plan and having that plan, and presentation of it, reviewed by judges, each company will give a four-minute pitch about their company to judges during a conference session late Thursday morning. At stake are $30,000 in prizes, including a $20,000 grand prize.

 

Last month, the competition organizers announced the eight companies that will be participating in this year’s event. More than have are making use of CubeSats or other smallsats, or supporting such spacecraft, in one manner or another. A quick review of the eight contestants follows...

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Space Activities at the University of Waterloo

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Michael Kuntz, the director of research partnerships at the University of Waterloo, discusses some of the space projects the university is currently involved with...

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Lunar rock collisions behind Yutu damage

Lunar rock collisions behind Yutu damage | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Beijing (XNA) Jul 23, 2014
Ailing Chinese moon rover Yutu, or "Jade Rabbit," might have been damaged by knocking against rocks on a lunar surface that is more complicated than expected, its designer has said.
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Opinion: Only Collective Action Can Save Near-Earth Space

Opinion: Only Collective Action Can Save Near-Earth Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For the first several decades of human space activity, the economically and militarily valuable region of near-Earth orbit seemed like an infinite resource. But in the 21st century, the rapid increase in countries, companies and even private individuals active in space has made us realize how finite this region actually is, raising risks of collisions and conflict. In short, the space community today faces a “collective action” problem—too many people using a shared resource without adequate and enforceable rules. Will safe access to near-Earth space be put into jeopardy?

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Lori Garver on the public-private future of NASA

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On this week's Women of Washington radio show, former NASA Deputy Director Lori Garver gives her take on the agency's future...

Chuck Black's insight:

The Canadian Space Agency might want to take note.

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Guess which iconic Canadian astronaut has offered to help UAE's space aspirations?

Guess which iconic Canadian astronaut has offered to help UAE's space aspirations? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

DUBAI: A Canadian astronaut, whose social-media postings from the international space station inspired millions, has offered to consult with authorities here about setting up a space agency...

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Analyzing Next Steps, Airbus Chief Is Closely Watching Google, Facebook & SpaceX

Analyzing Next Steps, Airbus Chief Is Closely Watching Google, Facebook & SpaceX | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

LONDON — Thomas Enders, the chief executive of the Airbus Group, has not been shy in his public admiration for the speed and scale of innovation that has been achieved by American high-technology giants like Google, Facebook and SpaceX. But it is only recently that he has begun to consider such companies potential future aerospace partners...

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Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future

Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) July 16, 2014
A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in Japan.
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Space Angels Network Co-Sponsors The Space Frontier Foundation’s Lightning Pitch 2014 Competition

Space Angels Network Co-Sponsors The Space Frontier Foundation’s Lightning Pitch 2014 Competition | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Seattle, WA – July 21, 2014 – Space Angels Network is pleased to announce a partnership with the Space Frontier Foundation’s Lightning Pitch 2014. This event will be held at the NewSpace 2014 Conference on the morning of Thursday July 24, 2014.
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Why the NRC is Wrong About 3D Printing in Space

Why the NRC is Wrong  About 3D Printing in Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The National Research Council has released a report, commissioned by NASA and the US Air Force, on 3D Printing in Space. Although fairly positive about the long-term value of 3D printing in space, ...
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