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Canada's Incredible Shrinking Telescopes In Space

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Courtesy: Canadian Space Agency. by Elizabeth Howell. The dome clanks open. The room-sized telescope swings towards the gap, and fixes on a point in the sky. Peering into the cosmos, the lone astronomer stands below, ...
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The United States and Canada can make space great again together

The United States and Canada can make space great again together | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) is only the most recent sign that the Donald J. Trump administration is serious about an expanded role for the United States in space. Recent advances in the private sector are expanding commercial opportunities, raising the urgency of expanding space research and operational capabilities for the Department of Defense as well as NASA....

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Another one of those articles which suggest that Canada could be doing more, and paying more.

According to the article, in order to  "close the gap between growing need and available resources, they (the US) should look north to Canada, a longstanding partner and ally that can and should be invited to do more with the United States.."
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PQ based UHP Networks provides Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) for Intelsat's EpicNG sat service

PQ based UHP Networks provides Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) for Intelsat's EpicNG sat service | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

ntelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, and UHP Networks today announced a new service powered by Intelsat EpicNG. UHP Networks is introducing RUN, a FaaS broadband data solution optimized to take advantage of the maximum efficiency provided by the award-winning Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput fleet...

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Australia enters space race with national agency

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The federal government has announced that it will establish a new national agency to grow Australia's domestic space industry. 


A working group chaired by former CSIRO chief Megan Clark will provide advice on the possible scope and structure of the agency to the federal government by the end of March next year...

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According to the  September 25th, 2017 ABC News post, "Australian space agency to employ thousands and tap $420b industry, Government says," at  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-25/government-to-establish-national-space-agency/8980268, "most developed nations have a space agency, including New Zealand, and there are concerns Australia may be not be capitalising on the growing industry."

The Australian Federal Government will detail the long-term plans at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, where the Opposition will also reveal its own plan...
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National space agency for Australia, Adelaide poised to be major part of new industry

National space agency for Australia, Adelaide poised to be major part of new industry | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA will get a long-awaited national space agency and Adelaide is poised to be a major part of the booming industry. 

The Federal Government will today announce the creation of the agency, to harness the billions of dollars and thousands of jobs that will be created...
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Kepler Communications Co-Founds US Based Small-Sat Lobby Group

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Here's another reminder that Canadian space companies must compete in the world marketplace and not just domestically. 

Toronto, ON based Kepler Communications has joined with ten other small satellite companies to establish a Washington, DC based trade association tasked with addressing spectrum policies and regulations specific to the growing small-sat industry...
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IAC 2017, the Australian Space Agency, Canadian Space Miners & the Seraphim Space Fund

IAC 2017, the Australian Space Agency, Canadian Space Miners & the Seraphim Space Fund | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's conference season, a season which normally kicks off with the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2017) at the end of September. But conferences aren't the only things happening in the space industry. 


For the week of September 25th, 2017, here are a few of the stories we're currently tracking for the Commercial Space blog...

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Smallsat companies band together in new spectrum-advocacy organization - SpaceNews.com

Smallsat companies band together in new spectrum-advocacy organization - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Eleven small satellite companies are establishing a trade association to address spectrum policies and regulations specific to the no-longer-tiny smallsat industry...

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Founding members of the CSSMA are satellite operators Astro Digital, HawkEye 360, Kepler Communications, Planet and Spire; ground station operators KSAT and RBC Signals; manufacturer Blue Canyon Technologies; law firm Hogan Lovells; NanoRacks and the nonprofit research organization Aerospace Corporation...
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3D printing of high quality alloys will enable lighter and stronger metals for planes and more | NextBigFuture.com

3D printing of high quality alloys will enable lighter and stronger metals for planes and more | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
3D printing of high quality alloys will enable lighter and stronger metals for planes and more
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ISRO to resume satellite launches by December

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New Delhi (IANS) Sep 21, 2017 - India would resume launching satellites in November or December, unfazed by the failure of its rocket in deploying a spare navigation satellite in the earth's lower orbit on August 31...

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NASA Should be Friendly to the Press. Lately, It's Not.

NASA Should be Friendly to the Press. Lately, It's Not. | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Why is the one federal agency dedicated to revealing the unknown to humankind so difficult for many journalists to penetrate?..

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Visiting Professor Discusses Japanese Space Program | News | The Harvard Crimson

Visiting Professor Discusses Japanese Space Program | News | The Harvard Crimson | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

I would put Japan squarely among the world’s top five space powers," University of Washington-Seattle Professor Saadia M. Pekkanen said...

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Cost effective quantum networks move a step closer

Cost effective quantum networks move a step closer | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canadian and US researchers have taken an important step towards enabling quantum networks to be cost-effective and truly secure from attack.


The experiments, by the team from the University of Calgary, the California Institute of Technology and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Colorado, prove the viability of a measurement-device-independent quantum key distribution (QKD) system, based on readily available hardware...

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Monsters and Rockets: Author Rob Godwin on History, Monsters & Rockets

Monsters and Rockets: Author Rob Godwin on History, Monsters & Rockets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Burlington author and publisher Rob Godwin made international news in his last book when he discovered Canadian William Leitch was the first to theorize and write about the concept of space travel predating Jules Verne. There has been another discovery since – his connection to Frankenstein and its creator Mary Shelly...
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Canada needs a national overhaul of university IP policies | University Affairs

Canada needs a national overhaul of university IP policies | University Affairs | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In today’s global knowledge economy, Canada needs to foster policies that encourage ambitious science research and the commercial translation of resulting inventions into innovation. 

The recently completed review of Canada’s science funding framework, commissioned by federal Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan, can be considered a wake-up call. 

Better known as the Naylor Report, it found that very low funding success rates for young scholars and researchers have resulted in a profound sense of futility and the inherent discouragement of innovative, high-risk research.
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3D printers: A revolutionary frontier for medicine

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From cheap prosthetic arms for landmine victims in Sudan to the promise of surgery on astronauts in space — 3D printing is sparking a healthcare revolution.,,

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Author Dr. Ivar Mendez is the Fred H. Wigmore Professor and Unified Head of the Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan. 

He is also a member of the Expert Group on the Potential Healthcare and Biomedical Roles for Deep Space Human Spaceflight for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)...
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Elevate Toronto; It's Our Time

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It's not specifically a space conference, but the 1st Elevate Toronto Festival, a three day tech start-up extravaganza held in Toronto, ON last week, dealt with many of the same technological questions, business concerns and features some of the same players. 

As the global landscape undergoes its most profound political, economic and technological upheavals since World War II, Elevate Toronto even adopted a telling slogan: It’s Our Time...
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Canada’s New CHIME Radio Telescope Set to Shed Light on Cosmology’s Biggest Mysteries

Canada’s New CHIME Radio Telescope Set to Shed Light on Cosmology’s Biggest Mysteries | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Sometimes, ‘it takes a whole village to raise a child’, in this case, it takes most of Canada’s radio astronomer community to build a telescope...

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Help from above: Canadian satellite assists with hurricane recovery, other natural disasters

Help from above: Canadian satellite assists with hurricane recovery, other natural disasters | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
As a founding member of the International Charter on Space and Natural Disasters, the Canadian Space Agency has been called upon to help monitor the devastation brought on by hurricanes, earthquakes and other major disasters. The agency says 2017 has been a busy year.
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Interview 1300 – Jeffrey Tucker Reveals the Future Bit by Bit : The Corbett Report

Interview 1300 – Jeffrey Tucker Reveals the Future Bit by Bit : The Corbett Report | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Tucker of Fee.org joins James to talk about his book, Bit by Bit: How P2P Is Freeing the World. We discuss how “the market” is about cooperation and discovery, and how revolutionary peer-to-peer technology is now making the state and all of its functions and functionaries obsolete...
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INL Researchers Use Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Process to Make Advanced Nuclear Fuels for Reactors

INL Researchers Use Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Process to Make Advanced Nuclear Fuels for Reactors | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), part of the DOE's complex of national laboratories and the top laboratory in the US for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment, has been involved with 3D printing technology in the nuclear power industry more than once, workin
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Ottawa must improve research funding – or risk losing the innovation race

Ottawa must improve research funding – or risk losing the innovation race | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The core of innovation is investigator-driven research – it is the foundation on which breakthrough discoveries are built and a necessary precursor to the applied research that directly impacts society
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An editorial written by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University; Meric Gertler, president of University of Toronto and Santa Ono, president and vice-chancellor of University of British Columbia...
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Lockheed-Martins new line of satellite buses includes smallsats

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) debuted a new family of satellite buses that form the core of nearly every space mission. From nanosats to high-powered satellites, the versatile lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost. The company announced the lineup at the Air Force Association Air, Space & Cyber Conference...
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Ottawa’s Telesat secures 15-year Bell contract to improve Nunavut wireless connectivity | Ottawa Business Journal

Ottawa’s Telesat secures 15-year Bell contract to improve Nunavut wireless connectivity | Ottawa Business Journal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Wireless connectivity speeds in Nunavut may see a 20-fold increase thanks to a long-term contract between an Ottawa-based satellite operator and Bell Canada.

Telesat announced last week it has signed a 15-year agreement with Bell to provide wireless spectrum capacity through its new satellite, Telstar 19 Vantage, when it launches next year. Northwestel, Bell’s northern subsidiary, will use this capacity to enhance broadband connectivity in Nunavut...

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Public trust in science news is dangerously low, new Ontario Science Centre study reveals

Public trust in science news is dangerously low, new Ontario Science Centre study reveals | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
TORONTO (September 18, 2017) – Canadians are hungry to learn about new science, but their trust in science news has declined to alarming levels, according to the Ontario Science Centre’s second annual Canadian science literacy survey. While Canadians understand the basics and have a desire to deepen their knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes, their mistrust in the way science is covered in the news has serious implications for society...
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According to the article, “In today’s climate, science centres play an important role as places to learn about, and discuss science; they help visitors make sense of the world around them,” said Dr. Maurice Bitran, the CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre.

“At the Ontario Science Centre, we provide a trusted, relevant, modern voice on scientific issues, offering real-world application of, and experience with, science.”

So the solution to the dangerously low public trust in science news is increased funding for the organization which funded this story, says the head of the organization which funded the story.

No wonder public trust in science news is at such a dangerously low level...
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CATA renews call to Minister of Finance to set aside proposed tax changes

CATA renews call to Minister of Finance to set aside proposed tax changes | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
CATAAlliance, (www.cata.ca) as Canada's one voice for innovation lobby group, renews its call to the Minister of Finance for the federal government to set aside proposed new tax changes in favour of a comprehensive review of Canadian tax policy. 

We reiterate the offer that should there be worrisome abuses of the current tax system, our advisors stand ready to work with the federal government to pursue ways to tighten the rules. Based on marketplace feedback, the current proposals are not the solution and are creating uncertainty for business owners and a lack of civility in public discussions...
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CATA is upping the pressure on its campaign to kill proposed Liberal tax changes...
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