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Dragon's Delivery: Canadarm2 unpacks the capsule's cargo

Ground operators at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and Canadian Space Agency headquarters in St-Hubert, Quebec, use Canadarm2 to ...youtube.com
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The Commercial Space Blog: Commercial Space Authors Working With You!

The Commercial Space Blog: Commercial Space Authors Working With You! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Even large, multibillion-dollar defense and aerospace contractors with stable, existing relationships to a small number of long-term clients develop promotional items and market themselves.

 

There is no reason why smaller firms should skip out on developing a proper content marketing strategy. The Commercial Space blog can help...

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Why NASA wants Americans to fantasize about going to Mars

Why NASA wants Americans to fantasize about going to Mars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA has unveiled a range of new travel posters in retro fashion, the latest in a series of aggressive strategies designed to drum up public support – and federal funding – for its programs...

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A new water management program using RADARSAT-2

A new water management program using RADARSAT-2 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Satellites like RADARSAT-2 provide imagery that helps scientists better understand our planet and improve management of natural resources – like water.

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The FAA has released its Annual Compendium of Commercial Space Transportation for 2016

The FAA has released its Annual Compendium of Commercial Space Transportation for 2016 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's a useful document and available online at at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/media/2016_Compendium.pdf

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NASA budget proposal widens divide between White House and Congress

NASA budget proposal widens divide between White House and Congress | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Each year President Obama submits a budget for NASA to Congress, and each year the House of Representatives and Senate essentially toss out those numbers and come up with their own figures. Now that the President has submitted a $19 billion NASA budget for fiscal year 2017, we can expect the same scenario to play out again this year...

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UrtheCast Legal Council Responds to Fox News Reports

UrtheCast Legal Council Responds to Fox News Reports | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

UrtheCast Senior Legal Counsel David Bowles  corrects several mistakes in a Fox TV report on the company's relationship with Russia...

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International Space University seeks US partners to host space entrepreneurship institute

International Space University seeks US partners to host space entrepreneurship institute | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The International Space University (ISU) is seeking applications from American institutions to establish the Robert A. Heinlein Institute for Space Entrepreneurship & Space Innovation on a campus in the United States...

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Space conference leaves delegates starry-eyed | The Journal

Space conference leaves delegates starry-eyed | The Journal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

At the Queen’s Space Conference, delegates discussed the space industry with the best and brightest astronauts, business leaders and CEOs...

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NASA's $19 Billion 2017 Budget Request: A Summary

NASA's $19 Billion 2017 Budget Request: A Summary | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

President Barack Obama is unveiling his budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year today and it includes a $19 billion request for NASA, down from the $19.3 billion enacted for 2016...

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Russia Developing Glonass Satellite And Latest Bird Launched

Russia Developing Glonass Satellite And Latest Bird Launched | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Baikonur, Kazakhstan (Sputnik) Feb 09, 2016 - Russia is working on new generation spacecraft for the Glonass system, according to the country's deputy prime minister...

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SpaceX Conducts Hover Tests

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Bethesda, MD (SPX) Feb 09, 2016 -
Space Exploration Technologies, Inc. (SpaceX) is developing a human-rated version of its Dragon capsule that will be capable of precision powered landings on the ground.

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Revealed: Russia's Crewed Lunar Lander

Revealed: Russia's Crewed Lunar Lander | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For the first time since the end of the Moon Race, Russian engineers have quietly begun working on a lunar lander capable of carrying cosmonauts to the Moon...

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NASA, India join hands for astrobiology mission

NASA, India join hands for astrobiology mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Even as India prepares for a second mission to Mars, a team of scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Mars Society Australia and the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow, will mount an expedition to Ladakh this August to study the similarities of certain parts of the region’s topography and microbial life to Martian surroundings...

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Dextre demo paving the way for robotic EVA assistance | NASASpaceFlight.com

Dextre demo paving the way for robotic EVA assistance | NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) has completed a series of tests aimed at reducing the human EVA workload involved with the installation of new batteries on the International Space Station (ISS). The impressive Canadian robot – more commonly known as “Dextre” – worked through three days of Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) demonstrations ahead of the arrival of new batteries on the Japanese cargo ship HTV-6...

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SpaceX to carry military payloads as US phases out Russian rocket engines

SpaceX to carry military payloads as US phases out Russian rocket engines | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 10, 2016 - The United States plans to certify American aerospace manufacturer SpaceX to carry its national security payloads into space and has so far been 'encouraged' by the approach the company has taken...

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Ukraine's space sector has lost 80% of its revenue since 2014

Ukraine's space sector has lost 80% of its revenue since 2014 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 10, 2016 - The Ukrainian Space Agency potentially lost about 80 percent of its revenue in 2014 after contracts cancellation by Russia, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report on Monday...

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A presentation on Venus & the need for a society to advocate for its colonization

According to Eric Boyd, who spoke at the most recent Canadian Space Society Meeting on January 29th, we need a non-profit society to advocate for the exploration and colonization of Venus, both via traditional awareness raising and by coordinating the needed R&D.

 

There are many compelling advantages of this plan over colonizing the Moon or Mars, and not all of them are technical - some are simply awesome, such as the vision of living in a floating city (instead of an underground bunker)...

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No terrain is too tough, not even the moon ARGO's UTV's

No terrain is too tough, not even the moon ARGO's UTV's | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

There aren’t many places the amphibious vehicles rolling off a production line in New Hamburgh, Ont. can’t go.

 

The Made in Canada, all-terrain ARGO has crawled its way through any water, mud or brush in its path and is currently revving up to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Meanwhile the company owned by Ontario Drive & Gear has a lot on the go for 2016...

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SES applauds SpaceX willingness to skip launch site landing attempt to give SES-9 a bigger boost | SpaceNews.com

SES applauds SpaceX willingness to skip launch site landing attempt to give SES-9 a bigger boost | SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES on Feb. 9 said its planned Feb. 24 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket likely will need to skip an attempted recovery of the rocket’s first stage in order to place SES’s 5,300-kilogram SES-9 satelite into the targeted orbit.

The goal is to reduce by a month or more the time it would otherwise take SES-9 to begin generating revenue.

SES Chief Executive Karim Michel Sabbagh, whose Luxembourg-based company has been the biggest commercial supporter of SpaceX’s entry into the commercial lauch market, said the decision by Spacex to modify the SES-9 mission’s launch trajectory is an example of the kind of flexibility SES is looking for among launch-service providers.


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Do we need a Space Party?

Do we need a Space Party? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
We've got a Green party to advocate for environmental causes on Earth. But what about a Space party? With a burgeoning private space industry, and the International Space Station in full flower, maybe it's time for space advocates to represent their interests politically. What would that look like? Let's do a thought experiment.
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exactEarth Reports Fiscal 2015 Financial Results and Closing of Spinout Transaction

exactEarth Reports Fiscal 2015 Financial Results and Closing of Spinout Transaction | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Feb. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - exactEarth Ltd., the leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended October 31, 2015 as well as the closing of the Spinout Transaction whereby exactEarth became a public company. All amounts are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted...

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Artistic space odyssey to broadcast people's messages to the stars

Artistic space odyssey to broadcast people's messages to the stars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Edinburgh, UK (SPX) Feb 09, 2016 - Messages from around the world are to be beamed into space at the speed of light as part of a cultural project to create a celestial time capsule...

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Graphene is strong, but is it tough?

Graphene is strong, but is it tough? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2016 -
Graphene, a material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms, has been touted as the strongest material known to exist, 200 times stronger than steel, lighter than paper, and with extraordinary...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Part 1: A Short History of COM DEV International

The Commercial Space Blog: Part 1: A Short History of COM DEV International | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

We have grown accustomed to the fact that some of our industries are protected from being swallowed whole by foreign interests.


For example we don't allow foreign ownership of our chartered banks and in exchange for that quasi-monopoly our banks have acceded to some relatively stringent regulations. This had the fortunate side effect of cushioning our economy from the worst vicissitudes of the global meltdown of 2008. In 2009, we also refused to allow BC based MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) to be purchased by US based Alliant Techsystems (ATK).

 

In this new age of mega-data, information and incessant global security fears, it would simply seem prudent to establish safeguards to protect our high tech industry.

 

However, the only safeguard which seems to exist is an arbitrary market cap of $600Mln CDN before the baleful eye of the Ottawa regulator is stirred from its repose and a review is triggered under the Investment Canada Act (ICA)...

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China's Gaofen-4 delivers incredible images from high Earth orbit

China's Gaofen-4 delivers incredible images from high Earth orbit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

You may well have already seen hundreds of glorious satellite images of our planet, but there's something special about these latest high resolution releases.

 

While most shots are taken in low Earth orbit a few hundred kilometres above the ground, China's Gaofen-4 - the world's most powerful geostationary optical satellite - has delivered these shots from an altitude of almost 36,000km...

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GREG AUTRY: A dangerous partnership with Russia

GREG AUTRY: A dangerous partnership with Russia | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It is with a terrible sense of deja vu that I find myself again warning American lawmakers about our reliance on Russian rocket engines to loft military satellites. For more than a decade, America's workhorse rocket, the United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Atlas V, has been powered with RD-180 engines imported from Russia...

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