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MacDonald, Dettwiler to help with inspection of nuclear reactor

MacDonald, Dettwiler to help with inspection of nuclear reactor | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

RICHMOND, BC, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has signed a CA$2.2 million contract with Bruce Power, an Ontario-based nuclear operator, to help develop inspection and maintenance technologies as part of the design phase of the Bruce Reactor Inspection and Maintenance System (BRIMS).

 

The objective behind BRIMS is to significantly reduce the durations of nuclear reactor outages by improving the inspection and maintenance technologies used in these difficult environments, which can only be accessed by use of robotics...

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CATA Alliance proposal calls for improvements in Federal tax support for innovation

CATA Alliance proposal calls for improvements in Federal tax support for innovation | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The full proposal is available online in PDF format by clicking on the link...
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NanoRacks announces larger, 6U and 12U cubesats for ISS deployment

NanoRacks announces larger, 6U and 12U cubesats for ISS deployment | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Guadalajara, MX, September 27, 2016–NanoRacks is pleased to announce that starting early 2017, customers will be able to utilize the International Space Station a new CubeSat deployer that accommodates additional industry standards. This announcement comes after a successful deployment cycle of eight Planet Labs Doves (2e’) CubeSats two weeks ago from the Space Station...

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Launch contract deadline looms for lunar lander teams, and most haven't - SpaceNews.com

Launch contract deadline looms for lunar lander teams, and most haven't - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The organization running the Google Lunar X Prize said Sept. 27 it has no plans to extend an impending deadline for launch contracts most teams could miss...

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Sierra Nevada to fly the first United Nations-Dream Chaser® Space Mission in 2021

Sierra Nevada to fly the first United Nations-Dream Chaser® Space Mission in 2021 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
SPARKS, Nev. (September 27, 2016) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and have announced details of the first-ever United Nations space mission at the International Astronautical Congress today in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

The dedicated Dream Chaser® Mission is targeted at providing developing countries the opportunity to develop and fly microgravity payloads for an extended duration in orbit; however, all United Nations Member States will be able to propose payloads for the mission...
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This announcement builds on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in June 2016 between UNOOSA and SNC to collaborate on this historic United Nations space mission. The first-ever United Nations space mission is intended to launch in 2021 and will allow United Nations Member States to participate in a 14-day flight to low-Earth orbit (LEO) on SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft.
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Elon Musk lays out SpaceX’s incredible plan for colonizing Mars | ExtremeTech

Elon Musk lays out SpaceX’s incredible plan for colonizing Mars | ExtremeTech | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
SpaceX successfully tested its Raptor interplanetary drive prototype this week, but that was only a hint of what SpaceX has planned. On Tuesday, founder Elon Musk took the stage at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) to explain how SpaceX plans to make humanity a multi-planetary species. There are still some unanswered questions. But by focusing on fuel efficiency and reusable rocket design, Musk says he believes almost anyone will be able to go to the Red Planet and build a new society...
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Osiris-Rex Instrumentation Clears Post-launch Checkout

Osiris-Rex Instrumentation Clears Post-launch Checkout | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
NASA’s Osiris-Rex asteroid sample return mission spacecraft has successfully concluded a week-long checkout of a half dozen primary science and navigational instruments.
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SpaceX's Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars

SpaceX's Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) to send hundreds of people to Mars to colonize the Red Planet.

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Watch Elon Musk reveal his plan for colonizing Mars right here

Watch Elon Musk reveal his plan for colonizing Mars right here | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Elon Musk is giving a keynote speech at the International Astronautical Congress today, with an hour-long talk titled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species.” The talk kicks off at 2:30 PM ET, and we’ll be covering it to bring you all the details of Musk’s plans to get humans to Mars (and beyond?)...
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S.F. is at the center of a booming business in tiny satellites

S.F. is at the center of a booming business in tiny satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Nearly six decades after Russia’s tiny Sputnik 1 made satellite history, the Bay Area has become a launchpad for a new type of space race. 


As many as a dozen local ventures, with names like Planet, SpaceVR and Terra Bella, are building their own constellations of nanosatellites to send into orbit around the Earth...

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Rocket Lab Opens Private Orbital Launch Site in New Zealand

Rocket Lab Opens Private Orbital Launch Site in New Zealand | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The commercial spaceflight company Rocket Lab has completed the construction of the world's first private orbital launch complex...

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Astonishing time-lapse satellite imagery shows rapid growth of refugee camps

Astonishing time-lapse satellite imagery shows rapid growth of refugee camps | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On Monday, member countries will convene at the United Nations headquarters in New York City for a summit on the global refugee crisis. They will try to agree on a more humane, coordinated response. 


The crisis has reached unprecedented proportions. There are upward of 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

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Toronto: Growing a Great Startup Ecosystem

Toronto: Growing a Great Startup Ecosystem | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Yesterday evening, Allen Lau from Wattpad helped me organize a small casual dinner with other entrepreneurs and investors in Toronto. We have three existing investments in Toronto: Wattpad and Figure 1 in the city and Kik in Waterloo. Toronto has all the makings of a great ecosystem for tech startups and I am sure over time we will be finding more exciting companies here...
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China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of internationa

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MxSpace to Partner with Asteroid Mining Firm, Deep Space Industries

MxSpace to Partner with Asteroid Mining Firm, Deep Space Industries | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
On September 29, at 11:00 a.m. local time, Deep Space Industries (DSI) and MxSpace signed a historic agreement that marks the beginning of an international partnership between the companies to promote the development of new commercial space technologies and business ventures. 

Dr. Francisco Mendieta from Agencia Espacial Mexicana (AEM), as well as executives from both MxSpace and Deep Space Industries, will take part in the signing ceremony at the MxSpace booth (booth #24) on the trade show floor of the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara...
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If Canada wants space, now is the time to suggest funding!

If Canada wants space, now is the time to suggest funding! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Federal Budget 2017 consultations are now underway. 

Our current government wants to hear your ideas on how we can make the economy work for you and your family...
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If you are prepared to die, the Mars colony is a good bet for you says Bezos owned Washington Post

If you are prepared to die, the Mars colony is a good bet for you says Bezos owned Washington Post | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space travel and colonization is the new flying car of the American imagination. We’d like it to be practical, so we keep believing it must be so. Visionary Elon Musk believes it must be so, so we shall discuss it once more. 


Hand it to Elon, he has figured out that small plans do not inspire, so he is going big, with full-scale colonies complete with pizzerias...

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Curiously enough, the disbelieving Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, who also owns Blue Origin, a direct competitor to SpaceX.

As outlined in the September 27th, 2016 GeekWire post, "Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture sets its sights on trips to Mars and the moon," Blue Origin , much like SpaceX, is also proposing to build rockets for trips to Mars.  

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Is SpaceX About to Open the Entire Solar System to Human Exploration?

Is SpaceX About to Open the Entire Solar System to Human Exploration? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The spaceship that SpaceX is building to colonize Mars could also take people out to Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa and beyond, company founder and CEO Elon Musk said..
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The National Space Society Space Settlement Campaign Supports Elon Musk’s
Mars Settlement Plans

The National Space Society Space Settlement Campaign Supports Elon Musk’s<br/>Mars Settlement Plans | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
(September 27, 2016) At today’s meeting of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, Elon Musk, CEO of Space X, announced his bold plan to build a city on Mars. 

For over 40 years the National Space Society has led advocacy for space settlement. 

According to Mark Hopkins, economist and Chair of the Executive Committee of the National Space Society, “The vast majority of the resources of our solar system lie in space rather than on the Earth. By settling Mars and other locations in space we can overcome the resource limits of Earth leading to a hopeful, prosperous future for all of humanity...
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Son of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield explains why astronaut father's tweets went viral

Son of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield explains why astronaut father's tweets went viral | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The son of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was in Regina Tuesday, talking about why his father's social media posts from space were so massively popular with with the public.
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CSA offering up two $75K grants for Australian balloon flights in 2017

CSA offering up two $75K grants for Australian balloon flights in 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
This week the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) issued an announcement of opportunity (AO) for researchers to participate in a stratospheric balloon flight in Alice Springs, Australia in April 2017. 

The AO is part of the Flight for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) program. The CSA will award up to two grants. 

The flights are part of an agreement previously reached with the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES) of France (the French space agency) in 2011...
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The REAL Reason Why Canada Won't Be Participating in the NASA Resolve Mission Anytime Soon, Probably!

The REAL Reason Why Canada Won't Be Participating in the NASA Resolve Mission Anytime Soon, Probably! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has been looking for funding and partners for a planetary rover mission since Marc Garneau was CSA president from 2001 - 2005. By 2009 small amounts of funding for the project had begun flowing towards Canadian subcontractors.


That trickle expanded with the 2009 - 2010 federal budget, which was presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on January 27th, 2009. The budget included $110Mln CDN over three years "for space robotics research and development," much of which quickly ended up funding research on Canadian rovers. 


By 2012, at least as outlined in records received through a federal government access to information request for "All records related to the NASA invitation to provide (a) Deltion Innovation drill system for a proposed lunar prospecting (mission) in 2018," CSA involvement was considered "essential" to the success of at least one international plan to land a rover somewhere. 


But then everything fell apart. What happened?..

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UK increases investment in Magna Parva in-space manufacturing tech

UK increases investment in Magna Parva in-space manufacturing tech | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), through its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) trading fund, has awarded a significant phase 2 contract to UK-based space engineering specialist, Magna Parva. Magna Parva will develop an engineering qualification model of a system to manufacture large structures in space...

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A Short History of SpaceX

A Short History of SpaceX | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As the world prepares for Elon Musk’s much-anticipated Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 speech at the 2016 International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2016) outlining his plan to settle Mars, a look back at SpaceX’s history is in order...

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Reaction Engines Refines Hypersonic Engine Demonstrator Plan

Reaction Engines Refines Hypersonic Engine Demonstrator Plan | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Freshly infused with government and industry funding, and riding a wave of interest in Europe and the U.S., Reaction Engines Ltd. is firming up plans to build a fighter engine-size ground demonstrator of its reusable hypersonic propulsion system...

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Ottawa should use purchasing power to help startups, says minister | Toronto Star

Ottawa should use purchasing power to help startups, says minister | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WATERLOO, ONT.—The Canadian government will use its purchasing heft to help young companies scale up by focusing on awarding contracts to homegrown startups, the federal innovation minister said Thursday. 


“The government is in a very unique position. We are the largest purchaser of goods and services, we really are a marquee customer for a lot of these companies,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development...

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