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FL couple among first to pay for private space flight

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (Florida Today) -- Dropped, the spacecraft falls toward Earth - one ... two ... three ... four - before a burst of smoke and flame rockets it away from a mothership, forward and upward into a blue desert sky.

 

Watching video of the recent test flight from thousands of miles away in Central Florida, Marc Hagle imagined the G-forces pressing against his chest as the rocket motor ignited and the spaceship accelerated, just as he'd experienced in a simulator.

 

His wife, Sharon, felt a surge of excitement, thinking, "Wow, this is really going to happen."

 

The wait has introduced the couple to a community of future astronauts...

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3D Printing and Recycling in Space Among New NASA and Freelancer.com Design Challenges

3D Printing and Recycling in Space Among New NASA and Freelancer.com Design Challenges | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
It's become obvious over the last several years that NASA loves a good contest. The agency is enthusiastic about crowdsourcing ideas and inventions from the general public through design challenges, and those design challenges have led to everything from tools for space to entirely new 3D printin
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Military enforcing open design on Future lift helicopter replacements | NextBigFuture.com

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Spaceport America Welcomes Melissa Kemper Force as New General Counsel

Spaceport America Welcomes Melissa Kemper Force as New General Counsel | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SPACEPORT AMERICA, N.M., July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico in the USA, introduces Melissa Kemper Force, as the new Spaceport America General Counsel...

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Telesat Reports Decline in Revenue for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2017

Telesat Reports Decline in Revenue for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
OTTAWA, CANADA, July 25, 2017 - Telesat Canada (“Telesat”) today announced its financial results for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2017. All amounts are in Canadian dollars and are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) unless otherwise noted.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, Telesat reported consolidated revenues of $226 million, or a decline of 3% ($6 million) from the same period in 2016. The decline in revenue was primarily due to short-term services provided to another satellite operator in the second quarter of 2016, partially offset by favorable foreign exchange rate changes on the conversion of U.S. dollar revenue, as the U.S. dollar was approximately 5% stronger on average against the Canadian dollar than it was during the second quarter of 2016. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange rate changes, revenue decreased by 5% ($12 million) compared to the same period in 2016...
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Space shuttle cargo module to be deep space habitat prototype

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Lockheed Martin will turn a retired space shuttle cargo capsule into a prototype deep space living module.

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NASA Releases Earth Images Showing British Columbia Wildfires from Space

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NASA has released images from its Terra (EOS AM-1) Earth imaging and other satellites, showing the extent of the wildfires currently raging across Northern British Columbia...
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An XCor flameout in the Mojave shows how hard it can be to finance rocket-ship start-ups

An XCor flameout in the Mojave shows how hard it can be to finance rocket-ship start-ups | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

XCOR Aerospace, the maker of the Lynx suborbital space plane, laid off its remaining employees last month...

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CanCon podcast Ep. 75: Is Canada open for business as an innovation branch plant?

CanCon podcast Ep. 75: Is Canada open for business as an innovation branch plant? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In a ruling that has surprised patent lawyers and startups alike, the Supreme Court of Canada has judged against the principles of the Promise Doctrine from Canadian patent law. 


In general, the changes make Canada more appealing to multinational corporations. 


But at what cost to Canada’s tech ecosystem? 


On the flip side of the support coin, this week AngelList launched Intros for Canada to give Canadian startups access to Canadian angel investors. Applications are now being accepted and can be submitted through August 30th...

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Indian space pioneer Udupi Ramachandra Rao passes away

Indian space pioneer Udupi Ramachandra Rao passes away | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Rao was involved in all ISRO missions till date in one capacity or the other...

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Why NASA is freezing the Hubble Space Telescope' s successor ahead of 2018 launch

Why NASA is freezing the Hubble Space Telescope' s successor ahead of 2018 launch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) -- the largest space observatory ever built -- is expected to help scientists piece together the earliest moments of solar systems and delve deeper than ever into our expanding universe. They are also very worried that something could break once it’s up there. So they’ve put it in a massive freezer to see what happens.
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Norwegian Microsatellite Built by Space Flight Laboratory Deploys First-of-Kind Yagi Antenna for VHF Data Exchange from Space

Norwegian Microsatellite Built by Space Flight Laboratory Deploys First-of-Kind Yagi Antenna for VHF Data Exchange from Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 24, 2017) - The Norwegian Space Centre has announced successful deployment of critical antennas and probes on the NORsat-1 and NORsat-2 microsatellites built by Canada's Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) and launched on July 14 from Kazakhstan...

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Former XCOR CEO blames company problems on lost contract - SpaceNews.com

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The former CEO of XCOR Aerospace told a Senate committee July 18 that its recent problems could be blamed on a terminated engine development contract.
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Gibson didn’t name to whom XCOR was a subcontractor, but in May 2016, when the company laid off about half its workforce, it said it was suspending work on a suborbital spaceplane called Lynx to focus its resources on a liquid-oxygen, liquid-hydrogen engine program backed by United Launch Alliance. That engine was being considered by ULA as one option for a new upper stage for its Vulcan vehicle...
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Asteroid Flyby: What you need to know about Asteroid 2017 BS5

Asteroid Flyby: What you need to know about Asteroid 2017 BS5 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An asteroid the size of a football field is headed straight towards us. And it will be here within days.


To get a better sense of what’s in store with this week’s close encounter we spoke with Dr. John S. Lewis, chief scientist at DSI and author of Asteroid Mining 101: Wealth for the New Space Economy...

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Rocket Crafters Receives DARPA Contract for 3D Printed Rocket Engine

Rocket Crafters Receives DARPA Contract for 3D Printed Rocket Engine | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
This week, Rocket Crafters, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a $542,600 contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to build and test a large-scale hybrid rocket engine using D-DART, or Direct-Digital Advanced Rocket Technology.
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Google working with Tri-alpha Energy on nuclear fusion | NextBigFuture.com

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Telesat says low latency led to LEO constellation - SpaceNews.com

Telesat says low latency led to LEO constellation - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Satellite fleet operator Telesat, whose first two low-Earth orbit satellites launch later this year, says latency was the critical factor in deciding to invest in a high-throughput, non-geosynchronous constellation...

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Things get personal between Musk, Zuckerberg in artificial intelligence debate

Things get personal between Musk, Zuckerberg in artificial intelligence debate | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Tensions underscore rift in tech community on whether new technologies capable of creating intelligent machines like robots and self-driving cars would be a blessing or a curse for humanity

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Ottawa Morning | Soil from Space

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Listen to how scientists at the Experimental Farm in Ottawa are using radar satellites for agricultural purposes!

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Unraveling a physics mystery in microgravity - U of T Engineering News

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Four U of T Engineering students are preparing for the flight of a lifetime. Their team has earned the rare chance to carry an experiment they designed onto a Falcon-20 jet, an aircraft similar to those used to train astronauts. 


Their goal is to better understand how liquids flow in microgravity, and to explore how 3D printers could make long-term space missions more feasible. 


Team AVAIL (Analyzing Viscosity And Inertia in Liquids) — consisting of Neell Young (EngSci 1T4 + PEY, MASc Student UTIAS), Caulan Rupke, Michael Lawee and Andrew Ilersich (all Year 4 EngSci) — is among four chosen to participate in the Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-RGX), supported by the National Research Council and the Canadian Space Agency. 


The competition aims to create “tangible student-led impact in space exploration and development.”

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International Lunar Observatory at Moon's South Pole in 2019

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KAMUELA, Hawaii, July 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express have announced a collaboration for the delivery of the first International Lunar Observatory to the South Pole of the Moon in 2019 (ILO-1). 


Moon Express has been contracted by ILOA to develop advanced landing technologies supporting the mission...

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NASA might privatize one of its great observatories – Spaceflight Now

NASA might privatize one of its great observatories – Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Management of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope could be turned over to an academic institution or private operator in 2019 once the space agency’s funding for the observatory runs out, a senior NASA manager said this week...
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Moon wetter than previously thought, raising new manned mission possibilities

Moon wetter than previously thought, raising new manned mission possibilities | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Satellite data reveals trapped water across the moon’s surface – not just at the poles – in deposits from ancient eruptions, say researchers
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SpaceX’s LEOS Plan Running Into Opposition

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX’s plan to provide global broadband internet access using thousands of satellites in low-earth orbit has come under fire from competitors, including Boeing and OneWeb. 


A SpaceX satellite coverage scheme described in a patent application envisions two sets of satellites orbiting in different inclinations at different altitudes, according to geekwire.com. 


SpaceX is requesting a temporary waiver from the FCC’s time limits for putting the satellite system into full operation...

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NWT Businessman "Perturbed" By Federal Response to Private Inuvik Ground Station Proposal

NWT Businessman "Perturbed" By Federal Response to Private Inuvik Ground Station Proposal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
According to Tom Zubko, the president of Inuvik, NWT based New North Networks, "we don't seem to be having any trouble selling our high technology companies to the Chinese, but we're certainly having trouble finding a way to licence our allies to work in Canada when they want to provide a useful service to northern communities, especially when those allies have demonstrated that they want to work with us and received licenses in their home jurisdictions to do so...
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Zubco's clients, San Franscisco based Earth imaging company Planet and Norwegian based Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT), "had information they felt was proprietary and didn't want to give to MDA," which was acting as the Feds prime contractor for the public satellite ground station facility, said Zubco...
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Launch prices for smallsats on India's PSLV rocket may be coming down - Space Intel Report

Launch prices for smallsats on India's PSLV rocket may be coming down - Space Intel Report | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
PARIS — The commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) charged about $28,500 per kilogram to launch 29 cubesats aboard its PSLV rocket on June 23, a price that appears to reflect a drop compared to previous missions. There is no such thing as a “standard” price for launches, even for large geostationary-orbit …
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