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Canadian Astronomers Battle Funding Cuts and Perceptions

Canadian Astronomers Battle Funding Cuts and Perceptions | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Some astronomers fear for the future of their field under tough budget cuts.
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SpaceX Has Picked a Historic Location to Refurbish Its Rockets

SpaceX Has Picked a Historic Location to Refurbish Its Rockets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Port Canaveral, the adjacent property of legendary Cape Canaveral, will see a renaissance, thanks to SpaceX’s investment in the property. The company will now lease the currently vacant building that used to house Spacehab, in addition to constructing a new second building once a formal lease is signed...
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The StarSpot Episode 107: Surveying the Cosmos, with Ludovic Van Waerbeke

The StarSpot Episode 107: Surveying the Cosmos, with Ludovic Van Waerbeke | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Large scale surveys of the universe are quickly becoming key to making new discoveries at the cutting edge of astronomy. Case in point is the Cosmic Evolution Survey (or COSMOS), which incorporates data from 446,000 galaxies. 

Today we’re joined at The Star Spot by Ludovic Van Waerbeke whose survey-based research has helped us expand our understanding of the expanding – and accelerating – universe, confirming the existence of an unknown source of energy, or dark energy, and providing a map of the large scale dark matter distribution of the cosmos.
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See it from Space: Dueling Jet Skiers Dance in Banderas Bay, Mexico

See it from Space: Dueling Jet Skiers Dance in Banderas Bay, Mexico | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
For the first time, Urthecast has released a video of jet skiers, from space! 

Before Banderas Bay's annual regatta at the Puerto Vallarta Sailing Center, jet skiers are seen here weaving around each other as waves roll into the Nuevo Vallarta shoreline and boats navigate the marina. Click below to watch the entire video

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China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover - BBC News

China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover - BBC News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

China's ambitious space programme has been progressing at a rapid pace in recent years...

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NASA just found a spacecraft that’s been lost for two years

NASA just found a spacecraft that’s been lost for two years | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
NASA is reporting that one of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as the STEREO-B spacecraft, has made contact after two years of silence. Along with its sister STEREO-A, the prodigal probe is tasked with observing the sun. 

When the two were launched back in 2006, the STEREO spacecraft entered an orbit around the sun respectively just ahead of and just behind the Earth, allowing them to observe solar phenomena such as coronal mass ejections from multiple angles...
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The Commercial Space Blog: A Private Sector Dominated "NewSpace" World for our Next Astronauts

The Commercial Space Blog: A Private Sector Dominated "NewSpace" World for our Next Astronauts | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Last June, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced the beginning of its fourth astronaut recruitment campaign, seeking two people to become Canada’s next generation of space travelers. After their selection next summer, the two successful applicants will begin their training at NASA.

Recent events, however, indicate that the new astronauts will emerge from their training into a world quite different from when they started...
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The Commercial Space Blog: Part One: So You Want to be a Space Advocate?

The Commercial Space Blog: Part One: So You Want to be a Space Advocate? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
An earlier version of this article was presented at the 65th International Astronautical Congress, which was held in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th - October 3rd, 2014. It's thesis is that successful advocacy requires: 

1. Strong media skills able to define the problem, craft a compelling narrative and define appropriate solutions 

2. A mechanism to move the narrative forwards by solving the defined problem and using the appropriate (and already identified) solutions. 

3. A funding network willing to pay for the costs associated with the campaign. 

The question of whether or not those three conditions apply in our current aerospace and space environment is open for debate.
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A Decade of Commercial Transportation Blazes a Path for Successful Space Ventures

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In 2006, a new vision for space transportation in low-Earth orbit took form. Ten years later, the landscape of humanity’s doorstep into the cosmos has fundamentally changed, thanks to efforts by NASA and American commercial companies...
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exactEarth Announces Small Vessel Tracking Contract with the Government of Ghana

exactEarth Announces Small Vessel Tracking Contract with the Government of Ghana | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
CAMBRIDGE, ON, Aug. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - exactEarth Ltd. (TSX: XCT) (the "Company"), announces that it has been selected by the Fisheries Commission (West Africa Regional Fisheries Programme), an agency of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) of the Government of Ghana, for the provision of Satellite AIS data services as well as a small vessel tracking solution. 

The contract value is in a range of $1.0-$2.0 million for a 12 month period and will enable Ghana to acquire the technology necessary to monitor its expansive coastlines and deter illegal fishing in its national waters.
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Welcome to SuperBIT — The Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope

Welcome to SuperBIT — The Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (aka. SuperBIT) is a wide-field instrument operating in the visible-to-near-UV bands (300-900 um) that is designed to achieve 20 milliarcsecond image stability over a 0.5 degree field-of-view for integration periods ranging from 10-30 minutes. 

When fully operational, SuperBIT will be capable of wide field diffraction-limited observations which will use strong and weak lensing to map out the distribution of dark matter around hundreds of galaxy clusters. 

Additionally, SuperBIT is well suited for other proposed experiments related to solar planet spectroscopy and exoplanet studies. 

International collaborators for SuperBIT include the University of Toronto Astrophysics Department (U of T) as well as the Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), the Durham University Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI), and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL-NASA). Our multidisciplinary team includes astronomy, astrophysics, and engineering graduate students as well as leading experts in cosmology, experimental physics, and balloon-borne instrumentation...
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India must take steps to undertake human space flight mission: Madhavan Nair | The Siasat Daily

India must take steps to undertake human space flight mission: Madhavan Nair | The Siasat Daily | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Hyderabad : Eminent space scientist G Madhavan Nair has said India must take steps to undertake human space flight mission without delay, stating such a venture would give a new “life and vigour” to entire research activities in ISRO...

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3,772 would-be astronauts applied for 2 places with Canadian Space Agency

3,772 would-be astronauts applied for 2 places with Canadian Space Agency | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Agency has received almost 4,000 applications from would-be astronauts. 


 The agency announced in June it was starting its fourth recruitment campaign, seeking two people to be part of the next wave of Canadian space travellers...

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Candidates selected after the first round of evaluation will take part in a rigorous selection process that will last almost a year. After the final selection next summer, the two successful applicants will begin training with NASA...
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NASA Successfully Test Fires Mars Mega Rocket Engine with Modernized ‘Brain’ Controller - Universe Today

NASA Successfully Test Fires Mars Mega Rocket Engine with Modernized ‘Brain’ Controller - Universe Today | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA STENNIS SPACE CENTER, MISS – NASA engineers successfully carried out a key developmental test firing of an RS-25 rocket engine along with its modernized ‘brain’ controller at the Stennis Space Center on Thursday, Aug. 18, as part of the ongoing huge development effort coordinating the agency’s SLS Mars mega rocket slated for its maiden blastoff by late 2018...

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Italy's Earthquake Destruction Seen from Space

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More than 100 people have now been reported missing in Pescara del Tronto, in central Italy...
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Next step for human spaceflight - Space Angels

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This month has been a significant one for Virgin Galactic and human spaceflight with the company gaining a license by the FAA for the testing of SpaceShipTwo...
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Euroconsult takes majority stake in French based SATConsult

Euroconsult takes majority stake in French based SATConsult | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris, Toulouse, August 24, 2016 - Euroconsult today announced that it has taken a majority stake in Southern Aerospace & Telecom Consulting (SATConsult), an independent consulting company based in Toulouse focused on supporting the development of satellite infrastructure worldwide. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Euroconsult and SATConsult will continue to operate as separate companies and will work in concert on a project-by-project basis. Together, their teams cover the full spectrum of customers' requirements in the satellite industry including market, financial, technical, operational and legal assessments...
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Why Russian rocket engines are so popular today

Russian and American rocket engines using liquid oxygen as oxidizer and kerosene or RP-1 (some kind of kerosene) as fuel. It is clear that the specific impulse (Isp) for the Russian engines is much higher, offering a significant reduction in propellant mass. 


The performance difference is explained from that the Russians use a much higher chamber pressure, which allows for a higher (geometric) expansion ratio and hence a higher exhaust velocity...

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NASA’s hopes for Mars and the future are at stake in the 2016 election

NASA’s hopes for Mars and the future are at stake in the 2016 election | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Election years are a tense time for NASA. A new president can completely alter NASA’s long-term goals by resetting the space agency’s agenda. Whoever is elected will be faced with a choice

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How to Succeed in the Asteroid Business Without Really Mining

How to Succeed in the Asteroid Business Without Really Mining | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Asteroid miners need a short-term financial plan that will keep them in business until they can get rich extracting resources from space-rocks...

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Switzerland Is the Most Innovative Country in the World

Switzerland Is the Most Innovative Country in the World | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With strong tech universities and an emphasis on eco-friendly measures, Switzerland is named the most innovative country for the sixth straight year by the Global Innovation Index...

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Canada is 15th
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An interview with Daniel Faber, the CEO of Deep Space Industries

Deep Space Industries is an asteroid mining company, changing the economics of the space industry by providing the technical resources, capabilities an
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Nasa just made all its research available online for free

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Care to learn more about 400-foot tsunamis on Mars? Now you can, after Nasa announced it is making all its publicly funded research available online for free...

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CSA overview of the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission

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A Canadian Space Agency (CSA) overview of the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission...
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NASA considers handing over ISS to a private company

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The International Space Station (ISS) could soon fall into private hands, according to a statement made by a NASA official on Thursday, Aug. 18. 


The agency is mulling the possibility of handing-off control of the orbital laboratory to a commercial company by the mid-2020s. NASA revealed the possibility during a press conference focused on future manned missions to Mars...

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With the installation of the International Docking Adapter, the ISS is ready for the private spaceflight era

With the installation of the International Docking Adapter, the ISS is ready for the private spaceflight era | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

During a complicated spacewalk on Friday, NASA astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins successfully installed a new International Docking Adapter (IDA) to the outside of the space station...

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