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Hadfield behind the controls of Canadarm2

As the crew of Expedition 34 prepare for rendezvous with SpaceX's Dragon, Chris Hadfield takes us to the Robotic Workstation where they will ...youtube.com
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Dunlap Institute receives $23 million in funding

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A total of $23 million in new funding has been awarded to members of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at U of T. Of this, $10 million was awarded to Dunlap Director Bryan Gaensler to lead the development of a Canadian radio astronomy data centre, and $13 million was awarded to Dunlap Professor Suresh Sivanandam to implement a new infrared spectrograph for the Gemini Observatory known as the Gemini InfraRed Multi-Object Spectrograph....

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Making wearable MRI by Mary Lou Jepson

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Mary Lou Jepson discussed her work to make wearable MRI at ApplySci’s Wearable Tech + Digital Health + Neurotech conference at the MIT Media Lab on September 19, 2017...
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Tesla has preliminary deal for Tesla owned factory in China | NextBigFuture.com

Tesla has preliminary deal for Tesla owned factory in China | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
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Space Science Needs a Private-Funding Boost

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Cost-effective commercial capabilities could spark new waves of discovery...

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Relativity Space Takes Inexpensive Rockets to New Level with Giant Stargate 3D Printer

Relativity Space Takes Inexpensive Rockets to New Level with Giant Stargate 3D Printer | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Launching a rocket is not cheap; right now, the cost is about $100 million. Within four years, Relativity Space wants to bring that price down to $10 million. How are they going to do that? By removing humans from the picture and letting a machine do all the work - in particular, a giant 3D printer.
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Inuit Leaders Ignored as ESA Satellite Launched Over the Arctic

Inuit Leaders Ignored as ESA Satellite Launched Over the Arctic | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The European Space Agency (CSA) ignored Inuit concerns by launching a hydrazine loaded rocket last week, using a second stage which fell to Earth in the waters between Nunavut and Greenland after launch with up to a tonne of its unburned toxic fuel still onboard...
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Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health

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Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017 - Launched last week, Europe's Sentinel-5P satellite - the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the air we breathe - is in excellent health...

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How to Get to Space on the Cheap

Relativity Space and its two founders - Tim and Jordan - have a plan to make rockets faster and cheaper than anyone else. To do this, they're looking to build every part of a rocket - its engine, its fuel tanks and its body - with giant 3D printers. In this Hello World short, Bloomberg Businessweek's Ashlee Vance goes to check out Relativity...

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Who owns space?

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We're standing at the starting line of a new space race, one that could trigger a gold rush-like hunt for resources. Companies are lining up to launch space mining missions, and countries are passing laws to allow them. 


There's just one problem: Under some interpretations of the 50-year-old Outer Space Treaty, which was signed by almost 100 countries, none of this is legal. 


 The bottom line: In the past, the answer to the question "who owns space?" was easy: everyone and no one. Soon, that might not be true...

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Rocket debris from ESA launch a risk to Inuit food security

Rocket debris from ESA launch a risk to Inuit food security | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

When the European Space Agency (ESA) launched a satellite into orbit on Oct. 13, it did so despite opposition from Inuit leaders in Canada and Greenland over its potential to contaminate an important Arctic area. 


Most, but not all, of the rocket’s highly toxic fuel is burned during the launch. So, when the second stage of the rocket detached and fell back to Earth, it may have contained up to a tonne of unburned hydrazine fuel that was “deliberately deposited” into the North Water Polynya in northern Baffin Bay, between Nunavut and Greenland...

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Opinion: C Series Deal Ends Aerospace Status Quo

Opinion: C Series Deal Ends Aerospace Status Quo | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Airbus-Bombardier arrangement will set off a chain of action and reaction that establishes a new order of dominance, extinction and relationships in the international aerospace community...

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Google’s Sidewalk Labs signs deal for ‘smart city’ makeover of Toronto’s waterfront

Google’s Sidewalk Labs signs deal for ‘smart city’ makeover of Toronto’s waterfront | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The partnership between Alphabet Inc.'s Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto could bring a bold experiment in city-building and high-tech to the city. The project will invest $50-million (U.S.) in a year-long planning process for a 12-acre district on the waterfront...

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Industry Minister Bains Talks "Space" with AIAC as Bombardier Partners with Airbus

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Here's hoping the Minister also had time to discuss the "aero" side of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada's (AIAC) mandate...

For more on Bombardier's announcement, check out the October 16th, 2017 post, "A Game Changer for Canada: Airbus Takes a Majority Stake in Bombardier's C Series Program," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/10/a-game-changer-for-canada-airbus-taking.html
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Q&A | Telesat’s Erwin Hudson opens up about LEO mega-constellation plans - SpaceNews.com

Q&A | Telesat’s Erwin Hudson opens up about LEO mega-constellation plans - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Telesat is some three to five months ahead of OneWeb in launching low-Earth orbit telecommunications satellites, and barring a surprise launch from SpaceX, will likely be the first new mega-constellation to put hardware into operation...

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UrtheCast and e-GEOS collaborate to offer unique optical and SAR products

UrtheCast and e-GEOS collaborate to offer unique optical and SAR products | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER, Oct. 20, 2017 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp., its subsidiary Deimos Imaging and e-GEOS (a company owned by Telespazio and the Italian Space Agency) today announced a strategic partnership to offer a unique combination of joint optical and radar sensors with ground stations. 


The collaboration will allow observation of the Earth day and night, regardless of weather conditions, and is intended to provide a constant asset monitoring service resulting from the specific characteristics of the COSMO-SkyMed SAR constellation and the Deimos-1 and Deimos-2 optical multispectral sensors...

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Spacex Falcon Heavy should launch in the next 37 days | NextBigFuture.com

Spacex Falcon Heavy should launch in the next 37 days | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
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The place spacecraft go to die

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Why one of the Earth's most remote places is the preferred place to dump space junk...

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Vector Plans 3 Orbital Launches From Wallops Island – Parabolic Arc

Vector Plans 3 Orbital Launches From Wallops Island – Parabolic Arc | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
RICHMOND, Va. (Terry McAuliffe PR) – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Vector, a nanosatellite launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Sea Launch and VMware, has entered into an agreement with Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space) to conduct three commercial orbital missions out of Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) in the next 24 months with an option for five additional launches...
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Don't Let Canada's Chief Scientist Fool You: Today's Publicly Funded Science Absolutely Demands Political Activism

Don't Let Canada's Chief Scientist Fool You: Today's Publicly Funded Science Absolutely Demands Political Activism | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
It's worth noting that Mona Nemer, Canada's new chief scientist, works out of an office suite in the CD Howe Building in Ottawa which "used to house Canadian Space Agency (CSA) personnel," according to staff members. 

But she's not immediately going to champion the cause of the scientists at the CSA. That's not trendy or politically astute. 

Nemer's main focus as she settles into her new position is the Climate Change and Atmospheric Research program (CCAR), which supports seven independent projects in climate science and is due to run out of funds at the end of the year....
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Will insurance force Russia's Proton rocket out of the commercial satellite business? - Space Intel Report

Will insurance force Russia's Proton rocket out of the commercial satellite business? - Space Intel Report | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TOKYO — In what may be a first in the space industry, the cost of insuring a major veteran commercial-launch vehicle is so much higher than its two competitors as to raise questions about the rocket’s commercial viability. 


Insurance premiums for launches of International Launch Services’ Russian Proton rocket, which satellite operators and insurers say is a necessary third leg for the commercial market — the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the ArianeGroup Ariane 5 being the other two — total about 12% of the insured value. 


That compares with 3-4% for Ariane 5 and 4-5% for the Falcon 9...

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SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Israel's Spacecom still loves Elon enough to also pay for future launch...

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SpaceX makes up for losing a satellite in a pad accident by giving customer a free ride for another one.
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Dan Goldberg of Telesat on their LEO Satellite Constellation and Canada's Space Future

Dan Goldberg of Telesat on their LEO Satellite Constellation and Canada's Space Future | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceQ speaks with Dan Goldberg, CEO of Telesat. 


Telesat is a leading global satellite operator based in Ottawa. Dan’s been the Chief Executive at Telesat since 2006. Before working at Telesat he had been CEO at SES New Skies. And for those with long memories, Dan was also Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at PanAmSat...

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Spaceports & Ukrainian Rockets on the East Coast not ‘pie in the sky’

Spaceports & Ukrainian Rockets on the East Coast not ‘pie in the sky’ | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It’s an oft-repeated ceremony in Guysborough County — from the multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas export plant proposed for Goldboro, to the import plant now proposed on the same site, to the Melford container terminal — something about the diasporic county attracts industrial-scale dreamers. 


 “We’re doing the best we can,” Stephen Matier, president of Maritime Launch Services, said Thursday. “That’s all I can tell you.” 


Matier’s big dream is to build a spaceport just outside Canso from which Ukrainian-built rockets would carry satellites into orbit...


Chuck Black's insight:
As outlined in the September 8th, 2017 post, "CATA Rage, Liberal Strategy, Space Advisory Board Tactics & Yuzhnoye Can't Manufacture Some Cyclone 4M Parts," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/09/cata-rage-liberal-strategy-space.html, there are questions over whether Ukrainian rocket designer Yuzhnoye is even capable of building the Cyclone 4M rockets expected to be used at the proposed rocket port.

But there are always dreamers. The latest to climb aboard the bandwagon is former Uknainian astronaut Yaroslav “Yarko” Pustovyi, now the VP of Strategic Services of Maritime Launch Services, who is also listed as the "Director & Acting Chair of the Board" of the Canadian Space Commerce Association (https://spacecommerce.ca/about/directors/).

Also quoted in the article is SpaceRef.com publisher Marc Boucher. Boucher is a past director, past chair, past executive director and a current member of the two person advisory board at the Canadian Space Commerce Association.

According to the article, "everybody’s waiting to see if the bulldozers show up next spring. On this coast, they usually don’t."
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Evidently, Space a big new export market for England after it leaves EU

Meanwhile, back in the UK, the House of Lords spend yesterday debating the UK Space Industry bill...
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For more on the UK Space Industry Bill, check out the July 30th, 2017 Telegraph post, "How the UK space industry can achieve a long-awaited lift off," at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/07/30/uk-space-industry-can-achieve-long-awaited-lift/
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Bigelow and ULA announce plans for lunar orbiting facility - SpaceNews.com

Bigelow and ULA announce plans for lunar orbiting facility - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance said Oct. 17 that they are cooperating on the development of a lunar habitat in possible partnership with NASA...

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