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COM DEV Delivers Equipment For U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency Protected Military Satellite Communications Program

COM DEV Delivers Equipment For U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency Protected Military Satellite Communications Program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ – COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), (“COM DEV” or “the Company”) a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that it has completed delivery of a fourth flight set of hardware for the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected military satellite communications program.

 

Advanced EHF is the next generation of protected military satellite communications satellites and provides vastly improved global, survivable, highly secure, protected communications for strategic command and tactical military personnel operating on ground, sea and air platforms. AEHF also serves international partners including Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom...

 

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Sky’s not the limit as Welland, Ontario, technologist hired by Blue Origin.

Sky’s not the limit as Welland, Ontario, technologist hired by Blue Origin. | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Out of the blue, he answered a phone call from Blue Origin. “I totally thought I was getting a prank call,” he said, suspecting it was a friend on the other end of the line rather than a representative of the U.S. aerospace company. 

Despite his misgivings, he played along with the caller – just in case. 

“You have to hedge your bets, right,” said Laurence, a research laboratory technologist at Niagara College’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. 

He soon found out that the phone call was real...
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SpaceX Falcon rocket poised for flight from historic NASA launchpad

SpaceX Falcon rocket poised for flight from historic NASA launchpad | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was poised for a debut flight on Saturday from a NASA launchpad idled since the end of the space shuttle program nearly six years ago.
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A Weird Canadian Tax Incentive Could Get Space Mining Off the Ground - Motherboard

A Weird Canadian Tax Incentive Could Get Space Mining Off the Ground - Motherboard | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada is a resource-rich country, but one mining executive in Sudbury, Ontario thinks we should take our mining efforts off Earth. He's petitioning the government to start taking this seriously, and has an idea about an obscure part of the Canadian tax code that could even help fund it.


"Space mining is going to happen whether Canada wants it to or not," Dale Boucher, CEO of Deltion Innovations Ltd, told Motherboard in a phone interview. He thinks Canada should get in on the action before the field becomes too crowded...

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With respect to the author of this piece, flow-through shares, are part of the standard funding toolbox of the typical Canadian mining company, and have been discussed before in this blog, most recently the October 31st, 2016 post, ""Super" Flow Through Tax Shares & Why Space Companies Need Them," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2016/10/super-flow-through-tax-shares-why-space.html

We should be using the tax credit to fund mining companies, no matter where the minerals happen to be located...
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Innovation Leader Dan Breznitz: Canada can innovate but struggles to turn it into economic might

Innovation Leader Dan Breznitz: Canada can innovate but struggles to turn it into economic might | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

U of T Professor Dan Breznitz is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, advising policy-makers in Canada and around the world on how to turn inventions and ideas into economic growth...

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An In-Orbit Demonstration Programme from Catapult Satellite Applications

An In-Orbit Demonstration Programme from Catapult Satellite Applications | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) Programme offers you a low-cost opportunity to test your service or technology on a CubeSat mission launched from the International Space Station (ISS). IOD will help you accelerate to ‘proof of concept’ stage by providing an affordable in-orbit test-bed and a range of operational and business support services to exploit the commercial potential of the mission. 


Innovate UK’s £1.5 million IOD investment will give you flight-heritage on one of four missions.

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MDA's Q4 & year end 2016 conference call will be held on February 23rd, 2017

MDA's Q4 & year end 2016 conference call will be held on February 23rd, 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Vancouver, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, plans to release its Fourth Quarter and Year End 2016 financial results at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, February 23, 2017. 

MDA President and CEO Howard Lance, and Executive Vice President and CFO Anil Wirasekara, will host an earnings conference call the same day, reviewing the 2016 results, followed by a question and answer session. The call is scheduled to begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET)...
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Science guru could become a headache for Liberals: experts

Science guru could become a headache for Liberals: experts | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan’s appointment of a chief science adviser could create a new thorn in the side of government or a stealthy consigliere to cabinet, say experts. 


The Liberals’ suite of environmental policy changes is meant to turn the page on the Harper era, but it’s not hard to imagine a time when their own plans come under the microscope, said David Schindler, a biologist who founded the Experimental Lakes Area...

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Planet Launches Satellite Constellation to Image the Whole Planet Daily

Planet Launches Satellite Constellation to Image the Whole Planet Daily | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Planet Labs has successfully launched 88 Dove satellites to orbit—the largest satellite constellation ever to reach orbit. This is not just a launch (or a world record, for that matter!); for our team this is a major milestone. With these satellites in orbit, Planet will reach its Mission 1: the ability to image all of Earth’s landmass every day...
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Competition heats up in the race to build space robots

Competition heats up in the race to build space robots | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Orbital ATK, a Dulles-based aerospace manufacturer, is suing the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency over plans to award a Canadian firm a $15 million contract to build a fleet of space-faring robots capable of repairing government and commercial satellites...
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OMX, Trump, Trudeau, Bombardier's Bailout, the UK Space Agency, UK Spaceports, CSA Earth Imaging Grants & MAFIC Studios

OMX, Trump, Trudeau, Bombardier's Bailout, the UK Space Agency, UK Spaceports, CSA Earth Imaging Grants & MAFIC Studios | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For the week of February 13th, 2017, here are a few of the stories we're currently tracking in the Commercial Space blog...

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Officials Mull Proposal for Manned Mission to Refurbish Hubble Telescope

Officials Mull Proposal for Manned Mission to Refurbish Hubble Telescope | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

President Donald Trump’s advisers are considering an industry proposal to send a manned spacecraft to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope within the next few years, according to people familiar with the matter...

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The Canadian Space Agency has posted a listing of recent Earth observation projects

The Canadian Space Agency has posted a listing of recent Earth observation projects | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Earth observation (EO) satellites provide data that is used to support activities and decision making in various areas, helping us monitor and protect our environment, improve resource management, and maintain safety and security. As satellite technology advances, the potential uses and applications for their data are also improving...
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A useful listing including applications being funded and Canadian companies involved...
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It's Alive! Algae Survive 16 Months Exposure To Space

It's Alive! Algae Survive 16 Months Exposure To Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Algae was exposed to extreme heat and cold on the outside of the International Space Station and survived...


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Algae survived in the vacuum of space on the outside of the space station. Maybe life on Mars is not such a far-fetched idea.
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SpaceX Rocket Launch of Falcon 9 from Kennedy Space Center for First Time

SpaceX have successfully launched a Falcon 9 full thrust rocket from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A for the first time carrying the unmanned Drago...

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DigitalGlobe in buyout talks with Canadian satellite company MacDonald Dettwiler

DigitalGlobe in buyout talks with Canadian satellite company MacDonald Dettwiler | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canadian satellite company MacDonald Dettwiler & Assoc. is in talks to buy DigitalGlobe in a deal that could value the U.S.-based satellite-imaging provider at between $2 billion and $3 billion...

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No doubt a topic of conversation for the Q4 conference call next week ;-)
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Kepler Communications planning first nanosatellite launch for November 2017

Kepler Communications planning first nanosatellite launch for November 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Toronto-based Kepler Communications is set to launch its first nanosatellite in November 2017. 


The mission will act as a technology demonstration of the company’s Ku-band software defined radio (SDR) and high gain antenna. 


Ku-band is a radiofrequency spectrum used for satellite communications; the spectrum is commonly used for satellite TV and IP connectivity. Its combination of high bandwidth, non-detrimental rain fade, low-sized antennas, and low-cost components make it an ideal choice for high bandwidth communications...

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Short videos have been posted on various 2017 NSERC Prize Winners

Short videos have been posted on various 2017 NSERC Prize Winners | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NSERC celebrates exceptional examples of research excellence with a wide range of prizes. Individual awards focus on accomplishments that range from innovative discoveries by young researchers to lifetime achievement and influence...

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Well worth taking a look at to get a sense of the state of Canadian science and engineering research. 

From the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
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Majority of Canadians back the CETA deal

Majority of Canadians back the CETA deal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A new poll suggests that a majority of Canadians are onboard with the CETA trade deal ratified in Strasbourg on Wednesday, though the share who aren't sure about it has increased significantly...

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Tight vote possible as European Parliament votes on Canada's trade deal

Tight vote possible as European Parliament votes on Canada's trade deal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada's trade deal with the European Union was signed last October, but its ratification is neither sealed nor delivered. Members of the European Parliament vote Wednesday on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and it might be close...

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Interview: Pavel Machalek co-founder, SpaceKnow Inc.

Interview: Pavel Machalek co-founder, SpaceKnow Inc. | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The recent announcement that Earth observation data analytics provider SpaceKnow Inc. had raised $4 million in Series A financing was remarkable for two reasons: The VC was not American, but Berlin-based BlueYard Capital; and the investment target, San Francisco- and Prague-based SpaceKnow, is not primarily a play on government demand...

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India lofts a record 104 spacecraft on a single rocket – Spaceflight Now

India lofts a record 104 spacecraft on a single rocket – Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
An Indian rocket deployed 104 spacecraft into orbit 300 miles above Earth on Tuesday, the largest flock pack of satellites ever launched on a single booster.

The satellites from India, the United States, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates will take pictures of planet Earth, monitor the environment, validate new technologies, and serve as tools in the education and training of future aerospace engineers...
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Comparing Canada's Northern Watch to Kiribati's Global Fishing Watch

Comparing Canada's Northern Watch to Kiribati's Global Fishing Watch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The recent failure of the Canadian government's "Northern Watch" program of Arctic air and maritime surveillance, when compared to governmental and private efforts currently in place in other nations, is a reminder that low cost space assets could play a central role in such a system...

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Kepler Communications: a Toronto startup’s quest to connect all things, everywhere - SpaceNews.com

Kepler Communications: a Toronto startup’s quest to connect all things, everywhere - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Mina Mitry is at the helm of a seven-person company that has raised $5.5 million since forming in 2015 to develop a global constellation of cubesats to connect any device on Earth or in orbit. Kepler Communications is the fourth startup on the 27-year-old’s resume, but the first he co-founded — and his first dealing with space...

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In the 22 months since opening its doors, Kepler has completed a $5-million seed round, ordered two demo satellites from Scottish smallsat specialist Clyde Space, and notified the Federal Communications Commission it intends to deploy a network of up to 140 Ku-band nanosatellites in low-Earth orbit to establish an in-space telecommunications network for spaceborne assets...
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UK Space Agency announces £10 million scheme to develop commercial spaceflight launch capabilities

UK Space Agency announces £10 million scheme to develop commercial spaceflight launch capabilities | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A scheme to help enable spaceflight from the UK by 2020 is announced, along with a competition to uncover the space entrepreneurs of tomorrow

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Way cheaper than the $100Mln plus needed to build the NS rocket port using old Ukrainian technology as outlined in the February 6th, 2017 post, "Europe Will Fund the Prometheus Reusable Engine; Canada Pitched Cyclone-4's" at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/02/europe-will-fund-prometheus-reusable.html

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How America Won the Chicken War and why Donald Trump will Try it Again

How America Won the Chicken War and why Donald Trump will Try it Again | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Trudeau is off to work his charm on Trump today, after a week of engagement from our Foreign and Finance Ministers, all of which, rightfully so, have trade on the mind. The fate of Free Trade has been front of mind since Brexit and the start of the US election, and it got me thinking about winners and losers and the implications of protectionism. 

For instance, most people assume the Ford F150, and other US pickup truck designs rule the roads in North America because they are the best value vehicles available and they win, hands down, on an even playing field against their foreign competitors. That may in fact be the case, since the US is the world’s largest market for these vehicles, but the elephant in the room in the pickup truck competition is something most of us haven’t heard about, called the “Chicken Tax”, which gives the big three US manufacturers a 25% cost advantage...
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