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MakerBot Opens New Manufacturing Factory in Brooklyn

MakerBot Opens New Manufacturing Factory in Brooklyn | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Brooklyn NY (SPX) Jun 17, 2013


With its original roots in the Brooklyn community, MakerBot, the leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, has expanded its manufacturing capability with a new manufacturing facility in the Sunset Park district of Brooklyn...

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Sierra Nevada "Lawyering Up" to Defend Dream Chaser Space Plane

Sierra Nevada "Lawyering Up" to Defend Dream Chaser Space Plane | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the builder of the Dream Chaser orbital space plane, has stepped up its legal fight against NASA in the wake of SNC's not being awarded part of the latest in a series of contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) beginning in 2017...

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Roswell celebrating early rocketeering pioneers with first-ever space convention

Roswell celebrating early rocketeering pioneers with first-ever space convention | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Roswell is once again celebrating objects in the sky, but it's not UFO's this time…it's rockets. Roswell's first-ever space convention kicked off Friday and honored the legendary rocketeer Robert Goddard...

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COM DEV wins contract for high throughput communications satellite

COM DEV wins contract for high throughput communications satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Oct. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that it has been awarded a fully funded contract in excess of $13 million to deliver Ka-band equipment, including multiplexers, switches and microwave equipment to be used on a high throughput communications satellite. The satellite is being built to add needed capacity to data communication users in Europe and Africa and address additional markets there and in the Americas. In addition to fixed beams it will also have steerable beams that can be directed to different regions depending on market demand.

 

Work on the contract will be carried out at the Company's facility in Cambridge, Ontario with completion expected byNovember 2015...

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Highland Capital has concerns over LORAL selling its Telesat shares

Highland Capital has concerns over LORAL selling its Telesat shares | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In August, James Dondero (from Highland Capital Management) sent a letter to Loral Space & Communication expressing his fund’s concerns regarding Loral selling itself to a consortium in Canada.


Even though previously, the public sources had claimed that Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:LORL) plans to sell only its subsidiary, Telesat Holdings, which is the company’s largest asset, later on it was said that the company’s board was looking into the offer to sell the whole company for around $80-$85 per share...

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3 Theories About the X-37B Space Plane

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The U.S. Air Force is planning another flight of its mysterious X-37B spaceplane, but still won’t say what it’s doing up there. Here, we examine three theories about the X-37B’s purpose...

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The Space Station Is Getting A UPS-Style Shipping Service

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A new vehicle design could enable same-day shipping from the ISS to Earth, making science experiments in microgravity cheaper and easier.
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Canadian space robot helping to save cancer patients on Earth

Canadian space robot helping to save cancer patients on Earth | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

You can say that this Robot is lending a hand, or a whole arm to helping breast cancer patients.

 

It's called the Image Guided Automated Robot, or IGAR. It fits in an MRI machine and allows for biopsies to be performed with ten times the accuracy of a human.

 

Dr. Mehran Anvari, Professor of Surgery at McMaster University says, "With our system as soon as they detect a lesion they can inform he system where it is and the robot does the rest. It has the capabilities to freeze the skin and do a biopsy on the lesion."

 

The technology comes from Canadarm - a Canadian made robot that flew on NASA's Space Shuttles...

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Spaceport America has 'gold mine' future, space industry leader says

Spaceport America has 'gold mine' future, space industry leader says | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

LAS CRUCES -- Stuart Witt, chief executive officer and general manager of the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, had a message Tuesday for all those who have started to get cold feet about Spaceport America: We're committed.

Speaking at the Community Partnership Luncheon on the opening day of the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, Witt stressed the business opportunities available at Spaceport America, even as anchor tenant Virgin Galactic continues testing on the vehicles expected to take passengers into sub-orbital space from there.

"When I read in the papers and I hear, 'do we want to continue to invest, it's going to be a while before (Virgin Galactic) is operational.' Well, let me tell you what, you're in it," Witt said. "You made a $200 million investment, and you're sitting on a facility like I've never seen.

"You're sitting on a gold mine at Spaceport America."


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The role of international cooperation in China's space station plans - The Space Review

The role of international cooperation in China's space station plans - The Space Review | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) offers an opportunity to get a global perspective on space efforts often lacking elsewhere. That is, when delegates from other nations can actually attend. This year’s IAC, held two weeks ago in Toronto, was marked by the absence of top Chinese and Russian officials, who were denied—or, at least, somehow unable to obtain—visas for the event, for reasons never made clear by conference organizers or Canadian officials (see“Canadian space at a crossroads”, The Space Review, October 13, 2014.)...

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With IRNSS-1C, India a Step Closer to Own Navigation Satellite System

With IRNSS-1C, India a Step Closer to Own Navigation Satellite System | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

India Thursday moved closer towards having its own satellite navigation system as it successfully launched a satellite with its rocket in a copy book style.With the successful launch of third of the seven satellites planned under the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) early Thursday, India moved nearer to a select group of space-faring nations having such a system. The country is now just a satellite away from having its own satellite navigation system...

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'Space Protocol' Widely Opposed by Industry Is on Agenda for ITU Meeting

'Space Protocol' Widely Opposed by Industry Is on Agenda for ITU Meeting | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

PARIS — A proposed international convention on space-asset identification and legal treatment has survived near-unanimous vilification by large satellite fleet operators, satellite manufacturers, launch service providers, insurers and financiers, and is on the agenda for international regulators meeting Oct. 20 in Busan, South Korea...

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Up in the Sky, the Mysterious X-37B Space Plane

Up in the Sky, the Mysterious X-37B Space Plane | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES — What looks like a mini space shuttle, can fly itself for millions of miles and goes by the name X-37B?

 

Must be a secret space weapon.


Or something to rocket next-generation spy gear into orbit. Or maybe a decoy to keep China's military guessing.

 

The purpose of the military's space plane is classified, only fueling speculation about why it has been circling Earth for nearly two years on this, the program's third mission. The plane is expected to land as soon as Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles (209 kilometers)...

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Panel's review of space plans led to changes at NASA, KSC

Panel's review of space plans led to changes at NASA, KSC | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Five years after a presidential review panel found it was on an "unsustainable trajectory," NASA's human spaceflight program continues to suffer from a mismatch between its budget and goals, the panel's chairman says.

 

"The funding still doesn't match the missions," said Norman Augustine, the former Lockheed Martin CEO who headed the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, in a recent interview. "We've been there before, we know how that movie ends. I just hope we find a way to avoid that."

 

The so-called Augustine Committee's October 2009 report led to policy shifts — including the cancellation of a major exploration program — that changed Kennedy Space Center's future dramatically in some ways and less so in others, leaving reasons for both optimism and concern today.


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Europe secures new generation of weather satellites

Europe secures new generation of weather satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Contracts were signed last week to build three pairs of MetOp Second Generation satellites, ensuring the continuity of essential information for global weather forecasting and climate monitoring for decades to come. MetOp-SG is a cooperative undertaking between ESA and Eumetsat, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites...

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Canadian Astronauts Hansen and Saint-Jacques Celebrate National Science and Technology Week 2014

Canadian Astronauts Hansen and Saint-Jacques Celebrate National Science and Technology Week 2014 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Canadian Space Agency astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques invite you to celebrate National Science and Technology Week from October 17-26, 2014.
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Alumnus elevates UTIAS entrepreneurship with $1-million gift

Alumnus elevates UTIAS entrepreneurship with $1-million gift | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Creating a multimillion-dollar company directly out of graduate school may not be rocket science, but for alumnusFrancis Shen (UTIAS MASc 8T3), a degree in aerospace engineering from theUniversity of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) certainly helped.

 

This past summer, Shen donated $1 million to the Institute to develop an entrepreneurship incubator, enabling future engineers with the competencies and opportunities he’s learned over decades in business...

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Hold On A Minute! SNC Files New Motion for Dream Chaser

Hold On A Minute! SNC Files New Motion for Dream Chaser | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal (yes, Andy Pasztor) reports that Sierra Nevada has taken its protest of NASA’s Commercial Crew award to a new level. According to the story, SNC has filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. seeking to prevent NASA from making payments to SpaceX and Boeing while the award is still under the protest process with GAO...

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ULA plans new rocket, restructuring amid defense cuts, SpaceX competition

ULA plans new rocket, restructuring amid defense cuts, SpaceX competition | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

United Launch Alliance is starting to develop a whole new rocket system and will be restructuring its processes and workforce to slash launch costs in half amid smaller military budgets and competition from SpaceX.


The result will be a smaller ULA in the near term, but one able to grow again and win new kinds of business in the long run, said Tory Bruno, new CEO of the Centennial-based rocket maker in his first interview since being appointed Aug. 12...

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Meet the Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Space Race

Meet the Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Space Race | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Call it the New Space Age. There's a reignited fervor for all things extraterrestrial, and entrepreneurs are leading the charge. From zero-gravity tourism to satellite and software development, themed entertainment and beyond, commercial enterprises are capitalizing on opportunities in the burgeoning space industry. As costly and risky as these endeavors may be, the possibility for reward is out of this world...

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US military's robot space plane lands back on Earth

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Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 17, 2014
A top secret US robot space plane landed back on Earth on Friday after a 22-month orbit, officials said, although the craft's mission remains shrouded in mystery.
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NASA, SpaceX Share Data On Supersonic Retropropulsion | Aviation Week

NASA, SpaceX Share Data On Supersonic Retropropulsion | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An innovative partnership between NASA and SpaceXis giving the U.S. space agency an early look at what it would take to land multi-ton habitats and supply caches on Mars for human explorers, while providing sophisticated infrared (IR) imagery to help the spacecraft company develop a reusable launch vehicle.

 

After multiple attempts, airborne NASA and U.S. Navy IR tracking cameras have captured a SpaceX Falcon 9 in flight as its first stage falls back toward Earth shortly after second-stage ignition and then reignites to lower the stage toward a propulsive “zero-velocity, zero-altitude” touchdown on the sea surface (see images).

 

Engineers at NASA and SpaceX are now correlating that data with company telemetry from the Sept. 21 Falcon 9 launch of a Dragon cargo carrier to the International Space Station to learn exactly what the vehicle was doing in terms of engine-firing and maneuvering when it generated the signatures collected by the aircraft.


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Gilles Patry: The good news about science in Canada - Ottawa Citizen

Gilles Patry: The good news about science in Canada - Ottawa Citizen | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In Ottawa, we need look no further than King Edward Street to see a recent example of why Canadians should be celebrating science in this country. From the sidewalk, you can see Canada’s only accelerator mass spectrometer, a 44-tonne state-of-the-art piece of equipment that allows researchers to date items such as ancient artifacts and geological features using very small samples. The building in which it sits, the Advanced Research Complex (ARC), and the research expertise within the facility walls, will position the University of Ottawa as a global leader in the study of photonics and a powerhouse in geoscience research...

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CASIS Issues RFP For EO Ideas Using ISS Technology

CASIS Issues RFP For EO Ideas Using ISS Technology | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Oct 17, 2014 The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has issued a solicitation for flight proposals seeking access to remote sensing capabilities on the International Space Station (ISS) for...
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Launch of Canadian 3D printing network - Metal Powder Report

Launch of Canadian 3D printing network - Metal Powder Report | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Canada's largest trade and industry association, has launched Canada Makes, a national network of excellence dedicated to the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada...


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Ansari XPRIZE 10th Anniversary Webcast | YouTube

 

Webcast of the 10th Anniversary Celebration for the Ansari XPRIZE for Suborbital Spaceflight.

Watch XPRIZE Founder and CEO, Peter Diamandis and the visionaries who made history and revolutionized private spaceflight.


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