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Russian Millionaire Wants to Make Minds Immortal by 2045

Russian Millionaire Wants to Make Minds Immortal by 2045 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

As we age, our bodies slowly degenerate and decay. Yet a Russian multimillionaire started a project aiming to halt that process--at least when it comes to our brains.


Dmitry Itskov founded the 2045 Initiative two years ago and recently organized the Global Future 2045 congress with some of the world's best known scientists and visionaries in New York. The goal? To make our minds immortal...

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MDA to study use of Synthetic Aperture Radar for Mars science and space exploration

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VANCOUVER, June 22, 2017 /CNW/ -  MacDonald, Dettwiler and
Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has signed a contract with the

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U.S. criticizes Ottawa's oversight of Chinese high-tech takeovers

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The head of the House Armed Services Committee in Washington is urging Ottawa to be “more vigilant” in its national-security process when Chinese investors want to buy Canadian high-tech firms that specialize in sophisticated military hardware. 


Representative Mac Thornberry was responding to The Globe and Mail reports on a bid by Hytera Communications Corp. of Shenzhen, China, to take over Vancouver-based Norsat International Inc., which sells satellite technology to the U.S. military and NATO. The government approved the sale without a formal national security review...

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Think tank leads corporate-funded campaign to sway Canadians on Chinese trade

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Nearly nine in 10 Canadians are 'uncomfortable' with the idea of China gaining more access to Canada’s economy
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An interesting article, posted by Robert Fife and Steven Chase, the same two reporters who put together the recent Globe and Mail reports on Norsat attempting to sell itself to Chinese based Hytera...
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Accounting Firm Sponsors Canadian Science and Technology Reporting Award

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CATAAlliance, Canada's One Voice For Innovation lobby group, is pleased to announce the newly branded MNP Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting. 

The annual award is granted to a journalist or writer who has raised the public profile of science and technology through clear and engaging articles. 

MNP (http://www.mnp.ca/en), one of Canada's leading accounting, tax and consulting firms, has thrown it support behind the 2018 award. 

"We're proud to have MNP as the major sponsor recognizing outstanding technology and science industry reporting," said John Reid, CATAAlliance president. MNP has been promoting technology and science for decades through individuals and companies across the country, helping them succeed and grow in domestic and international markets...
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Quebec funding for MacDonald Dettwiler's $202Mln CDN Centre of Excellence

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MacDonald, Dettwiler got some financial help from the Quebec government last week for its $202 million expansion project.

With more than 800 employees, the new expansion will support 169 high-tech jobs as the Quebec Liberals are granting three million and a loan of $45 million in order “to develop a centre of excellence for satellites,” said Jacques-Cartier MNA and Native Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley who was representing the Ministry of Economy. 

The new project will include the development of three new satellites for the Canadian Space Agency that will “open up windows of possibilities for tomorrow,” said Kelley.
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May 19th Space Advisory Board Roundtable on the North and Canada’s Future in Space has been posted

May 19th Space Advisory Board Roundtable on the North and Canada’s Future in Space has been posted | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The high level overviews, generalizations and platitudes included with this final roundtable are most effectively understood after reading a more specific account of the situation in the north

An good example would be the June 20th, 2017 CBC News post, "Federal delays 'canary in a coal mine' for Inuvik's satellite industry, says company director," at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/inuvik-satellite-delays-1.4168485 which discusses why Planet Labs' new satellites are now tied to a station in Antarctica instead of the originally planned new Inuvik station...
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Liberal ministers meet Lockheed Martin at Paris Air Show, snub Boeing

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The Trudeau government appears to have given aerospace giant Boeing the cold shoulder in Paris — the latest sign that the Liberal government’s plan to buy Super Hornet fighter jets could be on the rocks...

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Meet some of the young engineers getting Canada's RADARSAT Constellation satellites ready for space!

Meet some of the young engineers getting Canada's RADARSAT Constellation satellites ready for space! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
2017-06-13 - Meet some of the young engineers getting Canada's RADARSAT Constellation ready for space!
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Taylor and Gibbs: A big step forward for Canada's federal scientists

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The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (the union representing the majority of federal scientists) and the Liberal government have signed a new collective agreement, with an explicit commitment to create science integrity policies for all federal departments (with 10 or more scientific staff) by 2018...
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So Much For Russian Engine Sanctions - NASA Watch

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An Iran-Russia sanctions bill threatened to torpedo Orbital ATK's commercial resupply missions for NASA from Virginia to the International Space Station until an amendment cleared the U.S. Senate Thursday to remove the bill's unintended consequences to civilian agencies. 

Senators voted overwhelmingly -- 94 to 6 -- to approve the amendment after several members, including Virginia's Mark Warner, described the "unintentional harm" the original bill could inflict on "crucial science, civil and commercial space missions" that support NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research...
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Norsat to Reconvene AGM on June 22nd to Discuss US and Chinese Purchase Offers

Norsat to Reconvene AGM on June 22nd to Discuss US and Chinese Purchase Offers | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, Transport Minister Marc Garneau, International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne and Steven MacKinnon, the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement will this week be joining a large delegation of Canadian companies attending the 2017 International Paris Air Show, where they are expected to focus on promoting the "aero" component of Canada's aerospace industry to an international audience.


Meanwhile, back in Canada, both Chinese based Shenzhen, China based Hytera Communications and Atlanta based Privet Fund Management are plotting their next move to acquire Richmond, BC based Norsat International, which sells custom satellite communications capabilities to Canadian and US civilian and military organizations for "remote and challenging applications."


A showdown is expected this week. As outlined in the June 17th, 2017 Norsat press release, "Reconvened Annual General Meeting," Norsat shareholders will have the opportunity to discuss both the Hytera & Privet purchase offers when Norsat AGM reconvenes its annual general meeting on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017...

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Planetary Resources sets aside Earth observation system - SpaceNews.com

Planetary Resources sets aside Earth observation system - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A year after announcing plans to develop an Earth observation constellation, Planetary Resources has set that effort aside to focus on asteroid prospecting.

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Norsat shareholders meet on June 22nd to discuss Hytera & Privet purchase offers

Norsat shareholders meet on June 22nd to discuss Hytera & Privet purchase offers | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Norsat will reconvened its 2017 Annual General and Special Meeting of Security Holders on June 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm PST at the Norsat Corporate Offices...

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Chinese Social Media Giant Tencent's Startup Investment Frenzy Now Reaches Outer Space

Chinese Social Media Giant Tencent's Startup Investment Frenzy Now Reaches Outer Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Tencent Holdings Ltd. is best known for super-app WeChat and its relentless pace of startup investment. Now the Chinese social media giant is looking beyond Earth-bound opportunities. 

China’s largest corporation has invested in Moon Express, a startup that aims to put drones on the lunar body; Argentina’s Satellogic, which specializes in satellite imagery; and Planetary Resources, which is looking into asteroid-mining. They’re an unusual trio of investments for a company that typically seeks out terrestrial entertainment content and up-and-coming technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality...
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FACETS Endorsed as Official Journal of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science

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Ottawa, ON (June 20, 2017) - Canadian Science Publishing, an independent, not-for-profit scholarly publisher dedicated to serving the needs of researchers and their communities, and the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the country’s senior collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists, announced today that FACETS has been selected as the official journal of the RSC’s Academy of Science. 

FACETS is Canada’s first and only multidisciplinary open access science journal that publishes and shares rigorously peer-reviewed science which matters to Canadians, as well as the international community, from policy and regulatory frameworks, to cross-disciplinary research and scientific approaches that address questions and issues in new ways...
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HTS Capacity Lease Revenues to Reach More Than $6 Billion by 2025; Euroconsult

HTS Capacity Lease Revenues to Reach More Than $6 Billion by 2025; Euroconsult | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, June 21, 2017 - According to Euroconsult's latest report, High Throughput Satellites: Vertical Market Analysis & Forecasts, the total committed investment from the 30 satellite operators in HTS systems has reached nearly $19 billion. 

Compared to the 36 launches of GEO-HTS systems over the past decade, another ~100 GEO-HTS systems are expected to launch from 2017 to 2025, at an average of 11 launches per year. 

Of these ~100 GEO-HTS systems, roughly 60 have yet to be officially contracted and are still open to the market...
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New Canadian Space Strategy Delayed - SpaceQ

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Canada's new Space Strategy will not be unveiled this month as previously expected but delayed until later this summer or early fall...

Chuck Black's insight:
As notorious space Liberal Marc Boucher has finally acknowledged in his post, and as the rest of us knew for quite some time, the new Canadian space strategy will be delayed until "later this summer or early fall."

Or maybe even longer. 

There are simply no ideas currently on the table capable of typing together the disparate needs of the various constituencies from academia, law, business and government working from Inuvik to Ottawa into a coherent whole.

One thing the post didn't note was how much the attempted sale of Norsat to either Hytera or Privet has further upset the Liberal apple cart, when it comes to space.

The Norsat situation should reach its peak over the next week or so, as the major players digest the consequences of whatever decision the reconvened Norsat board makes on Thursday...

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Norsat Board will recommend Hytera purchase, not Privet offer at Thursday AGM

Norsat Board will recommend Hytera purchase, not Privet offer at Thursday AGM | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Norsat has entered into "an amended arrangement agreement (the "Amended Arrangement Agreement") with Hytera Project Corp. ("Hytera"), a subsidiary of Hytera Communications Co., Ltd., pursuant to which Hytera will acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Norsat for $11.50 in United States dollars ("USD") in cash per share, pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement"). All unexercised options and restricted share units will also be acquired under the Arrangement."


The proposed transaction values Norsat at approximately $70.6Mln USD ($94Mln CDN)...

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The Arrangement will be subject to a number of customary conditions, including the approval of at least 66 2/3% of the votes cast by security holders at the Meeting.

As per the June 19th, 2017 Privet press release, "Privet Fund Management LLC Announces Intention To Vote Against Arrangement Resolution Between Norsat International and Hytera Communications Co," at http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/privet-fund-management-llc-announces-intention-to-vote-against-arrangement-resolution-between-norsat-international-and-hytera-communications-co-629383053.html , Privet already owns 17.6% of the common shares of Norsat, and intends to vote against the Hytera offer...
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Federal delays 'canary in a coal mine' for Inuvik's satellite industry, says company director

Federal delays 'canary in a coal mine' for Inuvik's satellite industry, says company director | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A satellite company says federal licensing delays are making Canada - and Inuvik's fledgling satellite industry - one of the most difficult jurisdictions in the world to work in...

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The Journey to Mars seems to be pretty much dead

The Journey to Mars seems to be pretty much dead | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
On Friday, the space agency released what it called a "mid-year report" on NASA five months into the presidency of Donald Trump. The nearly five-minute video is mostly a chronological summary of NASA's announcements so far this year and seems designed to highlight all of the things the new administration has accomplished in space. However, there are some curious inclusions and omissions in the promotional video that provide clues about where NASA is headed under the new administration...
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NAV Canada's Game Changing Global Space-Based Real-Time Flight Tracking System Nearing Completion

NAV Canada's Game Changing Global Space-Based Real-Time Flight Tracking System Nearing Completion | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On January 14th of this year, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, launched the first 10 satellites of the Iridium Next satellite constellation. This coming Sunday another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch, with the next 10 satellites in the constellation to be deployed. 


When the constellation is completed in 2018, there will be 66 cross-linked operational satellites along with 9 in-orbit spares and another 6 on the ground for future replenishment...

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Insurance Underwriters in Space at the 2017 World Space Risk Forum

Insurance Underwriters in Space at the 2017 World Space Risk Forum | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The 2017 World Space Risk Forum (WSRF), first organized in 2010 "as a forum for the global space community to better understand space risks, new technologies and innovations with the goal to find ways to best mitigate risks, allowing space to become a safer place to do business," wound up its most recent one day event in London, UK last week with a consensus that the space industry is at a tipping point...

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Privet Fund intends to use its Norsat stock to vote against Norsat sale to Hytera

Privet Fund intends to use its Norsat stock to vote against Norsat sale to Hytera | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
ATLANTA, June 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Privet Fund Management LLC ("Privet" or "we"), the largest shareholder of Norsat International Inc. ("Norsat") (TSX:NII, NYSE MKT:NSAT), announced today that Privet will be voting its approximate 17.6% common share ownership AGAINST the proposed arrangement resolution with Hytera Communications Co., Ltd. ("Hytera"). 

Privet believes the Norsat Board of Directors squandered a significant opportunity to extract additional value for all shareholders by failing to deliver a topping offer from Hytera while Privet's bona fide, fully financed offer of US$11.50 was on the table. 

"We find it incredible that the Norsat Board believes an identical offer from Hytera represents the best interests of all stakeholders in light of the mounting political scrutiny and regulatory uncertainty surrounding a transaction with Hytera," said Ryan Levenson, managing member of Privet...
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Privat already owns 17.6% of Norsat and intends to acquire the rest...

As outlined in the June 12th, 2017 post, "US and Chinese Firms Joust Over Norsat as Opposition Criticizes Liberals for Allowing Sale," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/06/us-and-chinese-firms-joust-over.html, US based Privat and Chinese based Hytera have been battling over Canadian based Norsat, which sells satellite encryped communications technology to the civilian and military market.

Norsat shareholders are scheduled to meet on June 22nd in Vancouver to discuss the Hytera & Privet purchase offers...
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Check out "CIM Annual Conference Focuses on Space Mining in Resource World

Check out "CIM Annual Conference Focuses on Space Mining in Resource World | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Investment opportunities and news from the mining industry...

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My article on the 8th Joint Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) & Space Resources Roundtable has finally run in the June/July 2016 issue of Resource world. 

Check it out.
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Space: A Risky Business - SpaceWatch Middle East

Space: A Risky Business - SpaceWatch Middle East | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
SpaceWatch Middle East Editor-in-Chief Helen Jameson took the chance to attend the World Space Risk Forum 2017 on June 15th in London, United Kingdom.
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