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Telesat to donate money to IBC’s future Nunavut media centre

Telesat to donate money to IBC’s future Nunavut media centre | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Telesat Canada, the satellite communications company, will make a donation to the Inuit Broadcasting Corp.‘s Nunavut Media Arts Centre fundraising campaign, an IBC news release said July 12.

 

No dollar amount for the donation was given: IBC only said the donation would be for an “undisclosed amount...

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Astronauts showcase space art created with childhood cancer patients

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Patients from around the world will have the opportunity to see a spacesuit art project they helped create be unveiled by astronauts living on the ISS...

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MDA's Canadian Future and the Critical Need for a New Space Strategy - SpaceQ

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"We're on a cliff." That's how Don Osborne, President of MDA in Canada, described the current status in Canada without a new space strategy in place... 

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It could be argued that Canada does have a secret space policy.

That policy is to give large amounts of money to MDA so that at least some of it's technology and operations remain in Canada...

But if MDA really does want a public space strategy, then that might also be a good idea...
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Where, when and how to watch the solar eclipse in Toronto

Where, when and how to watch the solar eclipse in Toronto | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Anyone looking up to the sky, with the right safety glasses, in Toronto between 1:10 and 3:49 Monday afternoon will see a dark shadow obscuring a part of the sun, with the small bit that's visible appearing as a crescent. 


That's the effect of the solar eclipse that the city will experience...

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Global Security Spending to Top $86.4bn This Year

Global Security Spending to Top $86.4bn This Year | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Gartner says security testing, the GDPR and the rise of managed services will all contribute to this...

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Academics Release Paper Recommending Substantial Funding Increase for Canadian Space Agency

Academics Release Paper Recommending Substantial Funding Increase for Canadian Space Agency | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Three academics have released an independent paper, originally presented to the Space Advisory Board, which recommends substantially increased funding for the Canadian Space Agency

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Three Academics With a Paper on Canada's Future in Space

Three Academics With a Paper on Canada's Future in Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A trio of authors from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Western University have publicly released "A Vision for Canadian Space Exploration," a proposal originally submitted to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains in response to the Space Advisory Board consultation on the creation of a new space strategy, which was announced earlier this year.

According to UBC astronomy professor Professor Jeremy Heyl, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has no money for international cooperation and needs a space policy able to offer up long-term consistent funding with which academics, policymakers and corporations can use to plan government activities and assess proposals.

Heyl, in a phone conversation with this blog on Thursday, called current CSA funding "uninspiring" and suggested that "Canada is no longer a reliable partner for international aerospace proposals."
Chuck Black's insight:
A timely report, released to coincide with today's release of the Space Advisory Board (SAB) report on Canada's Future in Space.

The SAB report is available online at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ad-ad.nsf/eng/ad03996.html#key
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The Space Advisory Board Has Posted Their Recommendations on Canada's Future in Space

The Space Advisory Board Has Posted Their Recommendations on Canada's Future in Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Space Advisory Board was tasked by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) to consult with stakeholders on a new space strategy and to report its findings.


The Space Advisory Board held seven roundtable discussions across the country and two webinars focused on youth and the North, involving a broad cross-section of stakeholders in the Canadian Space Program.


Members of the Board were impressed with the level of engagement and knowledge shown by all participants, especially their deep conviction in the value of space activities to Canada.


From all that the Space Advisory Board heard from these roundtables, we make two central recommendations for consideration...

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Google Lunar X Prize Foundation Extends Prize to March 31st, 2018 - SpaceNews.com

Google Lunar X Prize Foundation Extends Prize to March 31st, 2018 - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — After months of stating that it would offer no further extensions of the Google Lunar X Prize competition, the X Prize Foundation announced Aug. 16 it was effectively giving the five remaining teams a little extra time. 


In a statement, the foundation, which administers the lunar landing competition, said that teams now had until March 31, 2018, to complete all the requirements of the prize, which include landing on the lunar surface, traveling at least 500 meters, and returning video and other data...

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The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission

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Canadian technology will play a key role in the first-ever global survey of Earth's surface waters - the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission...

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exactEarth’s Small Vessel Tracking Service is now supported by the VMS Track-Pro from Weatherdock AG

exactEarth’s Small Vessel Tracking Service is now supported by the VMS Track-Pro from Weatherdock AG | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

exactEarth is the world leader in Satellite AIS data services. Providing global shipping and vessel tracking information to authorities looking for accurate maritime intelligence...

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UrtheCast building precursor radar satellite, delays OptiSAR constellation by a year - SpaceNews.com

UrtheCast building precursor radar satellite, delays OptiSAR constellation by a year - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — An unnamed backer of Canadian Earth observation company UrtheCast’s proposed radar and optical satellite constellation has asked for UrtheCast to develop a standalone radar satellite ahead of the rest of its constellation. 


The customer signed a contract in “excess of one hundred million Canadian dollars” ($78.4 million) for a synthetic aperture radar, or SAR, satellite, including in-orbit operations support and some aspects of the ground system, UrtheCast said Aug. 14. Vancouver-based UrtheCast plans to use that satellite to pave the way for the larger constellation of eight optical satellites and eight dual-band X- and L-band radar satellites, “the date of which is now pushed out by at least a year,” to 2023, the company said...

Chuck Black's insight:
Entities such as the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Department of National Defence (DND) have provided funding for the development of the technology.
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UrtheCast Announces the Signing of a Contract exceeding $100M for the Delivery of a SAR-XL Satellite

UrtheCast Announces the Signing of a Contract exceeding $100M for the Delivery of a SAR-XL Satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER, Aug. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (the "Company") announced today that it has entered into a contract with a confidential customer for the development and delivery of a dual-frequency stand-alone Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operational-class satellite as an "accelerator" for the OptiSARTM Constellation.


The exact amount of the contract is not being disclosed at this time for confidentiality and competitive reasons, but the Company can confirm that it is a substantial contract worth in excess of one hundred million Canadian dollars. 


The contract is for the delivery of the SAR spacecraft, key elements of the ground segment, namely the mission control and planning system and the SAR processor, and in-orbit operations support, but does not include the price of the launch or insurance (which are the customer's responsibilities). 


This confidential customer has previously signed an MOU with the Company for the OptiSAR Constellation...

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SpaceX lands another one of its Falcon 9 rockets on solid ground

SpaceX lands another one of its Falcon 9 rockets on solid ground | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX has landed yet another one of its Falcon 9 rockets after launching the vehicle into space...

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The upcoming solar eclipse from Canada on August 21st, 2017

The upcoming solar eclipse from Canada on August 21st, 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Like most of the rest of Canada's space industry, nothing in Canada is ever 100%, but there is still a pretty good view...
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Government of Canada "welcomes" new report on the country’s space sector - Canada.ca

Government of Canada "welcomes" new report on the country’s space sector - Canada.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Public consultations by the Space Advisory Board  have provided "ideas" for a national space strategy, according to this Canadian government press release...
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As noted in the report, the government's concern isn't about science or technology or a new space race.

According to the press release , "this initiative is part of the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class..."

No doubt, the US Space Launch System, a massive boondoggle of a jobs program masquerading as the development project for a new heavy lift launch vehicle, was also initially pitched to the US government in much the same terms...
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MDA gets $2.9Mln CDN from CSA to ID future robotics tech for beyond Earth exploration

MDA gets $2.9Mln CDN from CSA to ID future robotics tech for beyond Earth exploration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canadians working in the space sector will benefit from new business opportunities as a result of a $2.75-million contract awarded to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a B.C.-based global provider of communications and information systems. 


As part of the contract, awarded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), MDA will identify the requirements to build a deep-space exploration robotics system, which could be used to operate and maintain a future space station near the Moon. 


This early-stage analysis will contribute to a better understanding of the technologies and equipment needed to support future international missions beyond the International Space Station...

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AIAC response to the release of the Space Advisory Board Report

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August 18, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – Today the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) released a report produced by the government’s Space Advisory Board (SAB) on Canada’s space sector.

The report identifies six issues for the government to consider as it develops a new space strategy:

i/ Designating the space sector as a national strategic asset essential to Canada’s sovereignty, security and economic growth;

ii/ Strengthening the capacity of Canada’s space sector to compete globally;

iii/ Adopting new policies and regulations to allow the space sector to capitalize on technology advances;

iv/ Maintaining balanced, sustainable programs and funding for space;

v/ Enhancing public education and outreach programs to inspire and prepare young Canadians for future participation in the space sector; and

vi/ Revitalizing Canada’s space program to ensure it remains responsive and relevant to its international partners...
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Space Advisory Board Does Not Recommend New Funding for CSA

Space Advisory Board Does Not Recommend New Funding for CSA | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

However, the board did explicitly recommended that it remain in existence so that it's members can continue "building upon the contacts established" by its activities...

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This will be perceived as a slap in the face of the Canadian Space Agency.
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CATA says new tax legislation on professional corporations is off-side and will penalize all entrepreneurs

CATA says new tax legislation on professional corporations is off-side and will penalize all entrepreneurs | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Ottawa, ON; CATAAlliance, Canada's One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group, has voiced strong opposition to the federal government's tax changes proposed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau that would see entrepreneurs treated exactly the same way with respect to their earnings as employees.

CATA CEO, John Reid, said, "The proposed legislation set out in Finance's discussion paper represents a wholesale attack on small business, including high tech startups, a sector the government is supposedly working to boost...
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The Interview: MDA's Canadian Future and the Critical Need for a New Space Strategy - SpaceQ

The Interview: MDA's Canadian Future and the Critical Need for a New Space Strategy - SpaceQ | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

"We're on a cliff." That's how Don Osborne, President of MDA in Canada, described the current status in Canada without a new space strategy in place... 

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Building off US law to create an international registry of extraterrestrial mining claims

Building off US law to create an international registry of extraterrestrial mining claims | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In 2015, Congress passed the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (hereafter, “the Act”), which gave formal legal support to commercial activity in space.1 Title IV of the Act, which establishes property rights for extraterrestrial resources, is a boon to companies like Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, both of which have plans to mine asteroids.

But while the Act has displayed Congressional intent to support space miners, it is still unclear how mining rights in space will be defined...
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UrtheCast Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

UrtheCast Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER, Aug. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) ("UrtheCast" or the "Company") today announces financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.


Excluding the non-cash revenue related to the ISS cameras of $5.1 million recorded in the second quarter of 2016, revenues decreased by $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2017. While EO imagery sales increased by $0.2 million compared to the prior year, engineering services revenue was $4.2 million lower, primarily due to an adjustment in the second quarter of 2016 to record $8.0 million of engineering services revenue from a contract amendment, which included some services performed in the first quarter of 2016...

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Ursa Space Systems Announces World’s First Weekly Global Oil Inventory Report - SpaceWatch Middle East

Ursa Space Systems Announces World’s First Weekly Global Oil Inventory Report - SpaceWatch Middle East | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Ursa Space Systems Inc. (Ursa) announced on August 10, 2017, their planned expansion to provide the world’s first reliable, global oil inventory coverage. Building on Ursa’s ground-breaking China Oil Storage Report, Ursa will deliver Global oil storage reports on a region by region basis, starting with the Caribbean, Middle East/North Africa, and Europe, which are …
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Winnipeg woman puts $20K toward Virgin Galactic commercial space flight

Winnipeg woman puts $20K toward Virgin Galactic commercial space flight | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Astronaut wannabe Judy Anderson says she has always dreamed of going to space, and Virgin's commercial flights are the way to achieve that dream...

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NASAWatch is promising an announcement on NASA's New Adm and Deputy Adm soon

NASAWatch is promising an announcement on NASA's New Adm and Deputy Adm soon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Stand by for adventure...
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