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Virgin Galactic Aims For The World's First Commercial Spaceflight ...

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Virgin Galactic intends to make the world's first commercial spaceflight, carrying paying passengers, on Christmas Day, says Sir Richard Branson. “I will be going up on the first flight, which I hope will be about December 25th ...
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The Commercial Space Blog: 2015 Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing

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Periodically, the Commercial Space blog organizes, hosts and sponsors events to bring together industry experts for detailed in-person discussions, collaboration and networking on a wide variety of topics.

Our next event is the 2015 Commercial Space Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing, which will be held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on November 16th, 2015.  

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The Commercial Space Blog: A Reminder that Politics is More Difficult than Physics

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Sunday decision to dissolve Parliament and begin the formal 78 day campaign culminating in an October 19th, 2015 Federal election will immediately end any further announcements of Federal funding being channeled into local constituencies, at least until after the campaign concludes and the voters have spoken. 

 

With that in mind, here is a short listing of some of the space and aerospace related Federal funding announcements over the last few days...

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Auburn and NASA sign Space Act Agreement on additive manufacturing

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Auburn AL (SPX) Aug 04, 2015; Auburn University and NASA today signed a Space Act Agreement to explore and advance the applications of additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing...

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Colicky MDA CEO discusses drop in satellite orders & possible move out of US

Colicky MDA CEO discusses drop in satellite orders & possible move out of US | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

PARIS — Canadian space hardware and services provider MDA Corp. said the shutdown of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the strengthened U.S. dollar and rocket failures have all contributed to a reduced number of telecommunications satellite orders booked industry-wide in 2015.

 

Richmond, British Columbia-based MDA, which owns satellite builder Space Systems/Loral (SSL) of Palo Alto, California, said the dollar’s rise against the euro has so changed the competitive dynamic that the company is considering moving at least part of its satellite operations outside Silicon Valley, and perhaps outside the United States...

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Alenia Successfully Tests Partially 3D Printed Winglets for C-27J Spartan Aircraft

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When it comes to military uses for 3D printing, the last two years have been somewhat of a breakthrough window for the technology. In the US, virtually every b
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Telesat Soon to Order Telstar 18 Successor, Reports Q2 Earnings

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Telesat expects it will order a previously announced replacement satellite by the end of this year. The new satellite would replace Telstar 18, which is currently in orbit at 138 degrees east providing coverage for the Asia-Pacific...

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Startups Rocket To The Front Of The Space Race

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Capitalizing on the falling cost of launch services and the miniaturization of satellites, a new breed of startups are gearing up for the space race under the moniker of NewSpace.

 

At a recent conference in San Jose, Calif., leading figures in this NewSpace movement (a term used to describe the startups that stand in the shadows of space industry giants such as Boeing and Lockheed-Martin) discussed their novel approaches to spaceflight and exploration and discovery...

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Is the EM Drive getting the appropriate level of attention from the science community

Is the EM Drive getting the appropriate level of attention from the science community | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

There have been many news stories saying that the EM Drive will solve almost all problems in interplanetary travel, permit low cost flying cars and who knows what else. Other stories say that it is flat out impossible and we shouldn't spend a single publicly funded research dollar on it.

 

But I haven't seen a single article with the rather boring suggestion that perhaps in this case the research community has got it exactly right.

 

That it's not a perpetual motion machine, but doesn't deserve to be dismissed out of hand. But it's far too soon to justify huge research programs into it, even if it is a real effect. We just have to be patient and see how the experiment develops...

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This is the essence of the process of peer review... 

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Space agency funds Guelph-based soil research - Guelph Mercury

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GUELPH — University of Guelph geography professor Aaron Berg is using space, and space-age technology, to help farmers grow crops and help meteorologists make forecasts.

 

Berg has received $280,000 from the Canadian Space Agency to help predict crop yields, floods, droughts and weather by studying global soil moisture levels using the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite...

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Iridium Delay Allows Glimpse of SpaceX Insurance Policy

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PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications on July 30 said the Russian launch of its first two Iridium Next second-generation satellites would be delayed by two months, to December, because of a recent problem with hardware assuring the satellites’ Ka-band feeder links.

McLean, Virginia-based Iridium said that despite the delay, it still expects commercial launch provider SpaceX to conduct the seven following Iridium Next launches, each carrying 10 satellites, by the end of 2017.

Insurance officials in the past have said they want to see the first two Iridium Next satellites operational for around four months before underwriting coverage for the follow-on launches, to be sure there are no systemic issues on the satellites...


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Canada announces first satellite antenna in Inuvik - CBC.ca

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The Canadian government’s newest satellite antenna is in operation, and with a $3.7 million announcement, Inuvik's satellite station is preparing for expansion...

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VIDEO | 2015 UK Space Conference in 3 Minutes - SpaceNews

VIDEO | 2015 UK Space Conference in 3 Minutes - SpaceNews | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Stephanie McClellan, reporting for Imperative Space, interviews some of the key players announcing significant partnerships at this year's UK Space Conference...

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Roscosmos to Set Up National Manned Spaceflight Center

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Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jul 30, 2015; Ex-cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev is tapped to be the head of Russia's future national center for manned flights to space, Russian media reported on Wednesday...

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If Marc Boucher wants a Federal Long-Term Space plan, he should write one.

If Marc Boucher wants a Federal Long-Term Space plan, he should write one. | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) was once capable of writing useful submissions to government organizations relating to the space industry.

 

CSCA submissions were even referenced in the 2012 Emerson Review, and formed part of the basis for the current Federal Space Policy Framework. 

 

To find out what the organization proposed in 2012, its worth checking out their Emerson submissions. The three submissions are available online at http://aerospacereview.ca/eic/site/060.nsf/eng/00032.html

 

But, as per the August 4th, 2015 press release, "The Canadian Space Commerce Association Calls on all Federal Parties to Commit to a Long-Term Space Plan," which is available online at https://spacecommerce.ca/the-canadian-space-commerce-association-calls-on-all-federal-parties-to-commit-to-a-long-term-space-plan/, the current version of the CSCA board, under executive director Marc Boucher, has decided to ask the Federal parties what they'd like to do to support the space industry and then follow along like puppies with whatever might happen to be decided upon. 

 

If the latest CSCA board of directors wants a new space policy framework to supersede Emerson, they could certainly do more than insist that someone else write it. 

 

They should advocate for what's in their members best interests. That's what real industry associations do for a living. 

 

So let's ask CSCA to submit a new proposal for a new space plan, if they don't like the present framework.

 

It seems fair, and they were once more than capable of it...

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It's worth noting that I was once a director and the treasurer of the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA). While serving, I wrote the second CSCA submission to the 2012 Emerson Aerospace Review.

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Speculation grows of looming N. Korea rocket test

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Seoul (AFP) July 29, 2015; Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea has completed upgrades at its main satellite launch site, fuelling speculation of a long-range rocket launch to coincide with a major political anniversary in October...

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For the first time Chinese research to fly on ISS

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A Houston company has negotiated a historic agreement to fly a Chinese experiment on the International Space Station, a small but symbolic maneuver around a law that bans any scientific cooperation between NASA and the communist country.

 

Over a conference table adorned with an American and a Chinese flag, Jeff Manber last week agreed to take a DNA experiment into space next year. Manber's Houston-based company, NanoRacks, helps scientists do research on board the station. Because of decades of suspicion about Chinese motives and the country's regime, Congress prohibits NASA from working with the country in any capacity. But the new deal, which is apparently legal, could begin to change that...

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Privatization of space travel could mean good news for Canadian companies - MetroNews

Privatization of space travel could mean good news for Canadian companies - MetroNews | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The increasing privatization of space travel could spell good news for Canadian companies, and a newly released document shows the federal government is keeping an eye on it...

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Look Inside the International Space Station With This Interactive Tour

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Have you ever wondered what the International Space Station (ISS) looks like inside? Wonder no more...

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Federal election sure to be nasty, expensive and long | Toronto Star

Federal election sure to be nasty, expensive and long | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says most political parties have already started campaigning ahead of the October 19th federal election and has officially announced the campaign in order to force all parties to operate within the rules...

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Thus ends all those Federal government aerospace funding announcements which have been happening with frenetic frequency over the last months...

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The Commercial Space Blog: ‘Space is Hard’ Did Not Cause SpaceShipTwo crash

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Whenever a space-related accident happens, people chant “space is hard.”

 

Not this time. Virgin Galactic’s (VG) SpaceShipTwo (SS2) did not disintegrate and crash on October 31st, 2014 near Koehn Dry Lake, California because space is hard. A July 28th, 2015 public meeting at National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) headquarters in Washington, DC made that clear...

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Federal science, tech announcements home in on Canada's Arctic - CBC.ca

Federal science, tech announcements home in on Canada's Arctic - CBC.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As Canada steers itself towards what could be the longest election campaign in history, here's a round-up of the government's last-minute science and technology announcements, many of which relate to the Arctic...

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$1.5M government funding for National Angel Capital Organization

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Today, Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $1.5 million in Western Diversification Program funding to NACO...

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Part 3 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program

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Just three days after the termination of the Avro Arrow interceptor program James C. Floyd, chief engineer for the cancelled aircraft, was scheduled to speak in Montreal at a Canadian Aeronautical Institute conference. The event was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of flight in the Commonwealth. Floyd was supposed to chair the Space Flight session where he would introduce Hugh Dryden (Deputy Administrator of the brand-new American National Aeronautics and Space Agency) who had come to Canada to explain the workings of the American space program...

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CSA kicks in $1.6Mln CDN for companies to partner with Germany on disaster preparedness

CSA kicks in $1.6Mln CDN for companies to partner with Germany on disaster preparedness | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Today the Honorable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta—Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue announced that six Canadian companies will partner with German companies to undertake research to better understand environmental conditions so that Canadians can be better prepared for major events such as droughts and forest fires.

 

The Canadian Space Agency is providing a total of $1.6 million in funding as part of this announcement. Each Canadian company will receive approximately $300,000 over two years. This announcement will leverage at minimum an additional $575,000 in private sector investment...

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Big year ahead for James Webb telescope - BBC News

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It's been a long time coming but we really are now at the business end of building Hubble's successor, and the next few months should see the James Webb telescope finally start to take shape...

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ExactEarth postpones IPO

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CAMBRIDGE — ExactEarth Ltd. has put its plan to go public on hold.

The Cambridge-based company, a provider of technology used for tracking ocean-going ships, said in a news release Friday that its initial public offering of shares is "being postponed due to current challenging conditions in the capital markets."

 

ExactEarth, owned jointly by Cambridge-based satellite equipment company Com Dev International and Spanish satellite company Hisdesat Servicios Estrategicos S.A., filed a preliminary prospectus for an offering of shares in June...

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