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Canadarm overshoots CSA HQ - Lands in Ottawa

Canadarm overshoots CSA HQ - Lands in Ottawa | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Reversing a decision made in 2011 to display the first Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (RMS or 'Canadarm') at its headquarters in St Hubert, the Canadian Space Agency(CSA) has announced that the arm will go on display in Ottawa.

 

"I am proud to repatriate this historic piece of Canadian technology and ensure it is on display for all Canadians to see," said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency. "Canadians are immensely proud of the Canadarm which was absolutely critical to the Space Shuttle Program and positioned Canada as a key partner in the International Space Station...

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EU Poised to Approve New Generation of Lower-Cost Ariane Rockets

EU Poised to Approve New Generation of Lower-Cost Ariane Rockets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

European politicians are poised to approve a new generation of lower-cost rockets, partly in response to competition from U.S. launch providers, according to government and aerospace-industry officials on both sides of the Atlantic...

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Aspin to chair new space caucus - The North Bay Nugget

Aspin to chair new space caucus - The North Bay Nugget | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Jay Aspin has established a new parliamentary space caucus aimed at helping to expand the industry in communities such as North Bay.
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Soyuz at Kourou ready to loft another batch of O3b Networks birds

Soyuz at Kourou ready to loft another batch of O3b Networks birds | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (SPX) Nov 28, 2014 Payload processing for Arianespace's third Soyuz mission at the service of O3b Networks has reached full speed, with all four connectivity satellites now at the Spaceport - where fueling and integration operations are...
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Jay Aspin to chair new parliamentary space caucus

Jay Aspin to chair new parliamentary space caucus | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A new  parliamentary Space Caucus has been established and  Nipissing-Timiskaming  MP  Jay Aspin  says he's chairing it. The caucus will focus on priorities unique to the Space Industry...

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Uwingu to Beam Almost 90,000 Messages to Mars

Uwingu to Beam Almost 90,000 Messages to Mars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Boulder CO (SPX) Nov 26, 2014; Uwingu will launch a radio transmission to Mars on Friday, November 28th, sending almost 90,000 names, messages, and pictures from people on Earth...

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"Ferrari of space' yields best map of ocean currents

"Ferrari of space' yields best map of ocean currents | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) Nov 25, 2014
A satellite dubbed the "Ferrari of space" has yielded the most accurate model of ocean circulation yet, boosting understanding of the seas and a key impact of global warming, scientists said Tuesday.
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Moncton businessman named to new Space Advisory Board - CBC.ca

Moncton businessman named to new Space Advisory Board - CBC.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A Moncton business leader who has just been appointed to Canada's new Space Advisory Board says he's going to promote Atlantic Canadian manufacturers...

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Canada Funds Said Nearing Telesat Deal Valued at $7 Billion

Canada Funds Said Nearing Telesat Deal Valued at $7 Billion | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Public Sector Pension Investment Board are nearing a $7 billion deal for Canadian satellite company Telesat Holdings Inc. after months of delays and discussion breakdowns, people with knowledge of the matter said...

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Russian Rocket Supply for Satellites Launches Continues

Russian Rocket Supply for Satellites Launches Continues | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The supply of Russian-made rocket engines used to send US military satellites into space has not experienced any disruptions despite tense relations between the two countries, a US Air Force spokesperson has told Sputnik.

 

"United Launch Alliance (ULA) received all planned deliveries for the calendar year. All engines in inventory are able to be utilized for government, civil and commercial launch missions," Capt. Chris Hoyler said Friday...

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"Horiemon" Sues Excalibur Almaz over "Museum Pieces" Misrepresented as Working SpaceCraft

"Horiemon" Sues Excalibur Almaz over "Museum Pieces" Misrepresented as Working SpaceCraft | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A Japanese investor, popularly known as Horiemon (ホリエモン?) due to his resemblance to Doraemon, the chubby robot cat in a popular Japanese cartoon, is suing Isle of Man-registered space transportation firm Excalibur Almaz (EA) for allegedly misleading him into investing $49Mln USD ($55.2Mln CDN) in a commercial space venture...

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Western team taking the latest images of Mars!

Western team taking the latest images of Mars! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Guess who’s helping to plan two-weeks worth of the highest resolution images of the surface of Mars?…….Western is!

 

Dr. Livio L. Tornabene (Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences) along with graduate students Eric Pilles (Earth Sciences PhD candidate) and Ryan Hopkins (Physics MSc student), and Earth Sciences undergraduate Kayle Hansen are together taking an active role in the ongoing Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission (2006 to present)...

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European space plane set for February launch: firm

European space plane set for February launch: firm | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Europe's first-ever "space plane" will be launched on February 11 next year, rocket firm Arianespace said Friday after a three-month delay to fine-tune the mission flight plan.

 

The unmanned, car-sized vessel will be sent into low orbit by Europe's Vega light rocket, on a 100-minute fact-finding flight to inform plans to build a shuttle-like, reusable space vehicle...

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Meanwhile, Back in Richmond, an iconic MacDonald Dettwiler quietly plots its next Move!

Meanwhile, Back in Richmond, an iconic MacDonald Dettwiler quietly plots its next Move! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The November 19th, 2014 announcement from BC based MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) subsidiary Space System/Loral (SSL) that a previously announced satellite construction contract was for the Indonesian satellite operator PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), is simply another reminder that the MDA focus of operations is slowly shifting out of Canada.

 

As outlined in the November 19th, 2014 SSL press release, "SSL names undisclosed customer announced last month," SSL will be designing and building a new commercial communications satellite for Indonesian satellite operator, PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN)...

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Lone Star State Bets Heavily on a Space Economy

Lone Star State Bets Heavily on a Space Economy | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
County and Texas officials offered millions of dollars in incentives to lure SpaceX, billionaire Elon Musk’s space exploration company, to Brownsville, Tex.
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US Bans Technology Export for Russian Spektr-UV Telescope Project

US Bans Technology Export for Russian Spektr-UV Telescope Project | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Nov 28, 2014 The United States is trying to block the implementation of a major international project on the creation of a satellite observatory by banning the supply of certain technology to Russia, the Izvestia newspaper...
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NASA's Van Allen Probes Spot an Impenetrable Barrier in Space

NASA's Van Allen Probes Spot an Impenetrable Barrier in Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 27, 2014 Two donuts of seething radiation that surround Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts, have been found to contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching...
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SAARC leaders call for deeper cooperation in space technology

SAARC leaders call for deeper cooperation in space technology | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Kathmandu (XNA) Nov 27, 2014; Regional collaboration in space technology must be enhanced to achieve sustainable development in South Asia, according to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders...

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Russia postpones Proton-M launch over defect

Russia postpones Proton-M launch over defect | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (AFP) Nov 26, 2014
Russia's space agency said Wednesday it was postponing the launch of a Proton-M rocket carrying a satellite in order to correct a defect, in just the latest problem to ground the rocket.
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Canada’s MDA Devising New Methods To Track Ships Not Using AIS

Canada’s MDA Devising New Methods To Track Ships Not Using AIS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VICTORIA, British Columbia — MDA Corp. will over the next six months find new methods to combine the use of radar and optical satellites to track so-called dark ships — vessels that are not broadcasting Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals.

 

The goal of the new research program is to better coordinate the two types of satellites, which in some cases need days of notice in advance for an imaging mission, said David Belton, vice president of Geospatial Services for the Richmond, British Columbia-based company...

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Murky Pentagon deal for Russian rocket engines is highly profitable for Russia & United Technologies

Murky Pentagon deal for Russian rocket engines is highly profitable for Russia & United Technologies | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

ATLANTA/MOSCOW – For months, a powerful U.S. senator has been pushing for details of a murky deal under which a Russian manufacturer supplies the rocket engines used to launch America’s spy satellites into space.

 

At issue: how much the U.S. Air Force pays for the engines, how much the Russians receive, and whether members of the elite in President Vladimir Putin’s Russia are secretly profiting by inflating the price...

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China Launches Second Disaster Relief Satellite

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Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Nov 25, 2014; The satellite was launched into orbit at 2:37 p.m. local time Friday (06:37 GMT) from China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the news agency reported...

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Asteroid Mining Could Make For Boom Times

Asteroid Mining Could Make For Boom Times | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Nov 25, 2014 NASA has concluded contracts with two private-sector enterprises, intending to develop practical approaches to asteroid mining, encouraged by the successful comet landing earlier this month...

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An Astounding History of Scientific Space Art from the Past 200 Years

An Astounding History of Scientific Space Art from the Past 200 Years | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ron Miller's new coffee table book The Art of Space is a gorgeous history of scientific illustrations, full of retro rockets and stunning planetscapes. It's also a glimpse back at the cutting-edge astronomy of yesteryear. We've got a gallery of some of the most striking work from the book...

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Elon Musk unveils 'drone ship' and 'x-wing' fins for rockets via Twitter

Elon Musk unveils 'drone ship' and 'x-wing' fins for rockets via Twitter | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Hawthorne, Calif. (UPI) Nov 22, 2014 On Saturday, Elon Musk announced via Twitter his company SpaceX is testing 'drone ships' and new rocket fins he refers to as 'x-wing config....

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Soyuz docks at Space Station; Expedition 42 joins crew

Soyuz docks at Space Station; Expedition 42 joins crew | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (AFP) Nov 24, 2014; A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut has safely docked with the International Space Station, NASA said.

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