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Final curtain for Europe's deep-space telescope

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Le Bourget, France (AFP) June 17, 2013
The deep-space telescope Herschel took its final bow on Monday, climaxing a successful four-year mission to observe the birth of stars and galaxies, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.
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New Artificial Intelligence Research Institute Launched in Toronto

New Artificial Intelligence Research Institute Launched in Toronto | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TORONTO, March 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Vector Institute, a new independent research facility for artificial intelligence (AI), opened its doors at the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto today with the aim of producing, attracting and retaining the finest talent in the world as part of a Canadian-rooted economic supercluster that will generate future discovery, opportunity, jobs and growth. 


Vector will be dedicated to cutting-edge exploration of AI, specializing in the transformative fields of deep learning and machine learning. Collaborating with academic institutions, incubators, accelerators, start-ups, scale-ups and established companies, it will advance AI research and drive the adoption and commercialization of AI technologies across Canada...

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In a quantum race everyone is both a winner and a loser

In a quantum race everyone is both a winner and a loser | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 30, 2017 - When describing nature using physical laws, scientists often start from everyday experiences. However, our usual intuition does not apply to the quantum world...

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NASA partnerships open the path from ground to space

NASA partnerships open the path from ground to space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA recently marked a decade since it began a new era in commercial spaceflight development for low-Earth orbit transportation. The space agency inked agreements in 2006 to develop rockets and spacecraft capable of carrying cargo such as experiments and supplies to and from the International Space Station...

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Will the Thirty Meter Telescope Move to La Palma, Spain?

Will the Thirty Meter Telescope Move to La Palma, Spain? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – Clearing a major milestone to construct and operate the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in La Palma, Canary Islands, the TMT International Observatory (TIO) and Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) today signed a hosting agreement. While Maunakea in Hawaii continues to be the preferred choice for the location of the TMT, the hosting agreement defines how the alternative site will be available if Maunakea proves infeasible. 

"This is an important step for TMT,” said TMT Executive Director Ed Stone. “We want to ensure we have by April 2018 a site suitable to start construction should Maunakea not be feasible. We now have a signed agreement and are moving ahead with the appropriate government approvals so that everything will be in place if needed.”
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SPACE Canada’s George Dietrich Wins the National Space Society’s 2017 Special Merit Space Pioneer Award

SPACE Canada’s George Dietrich Wins the National Space Society’s 2017 Special Merit Space Pioneer Award | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

George Dietrich, the founding President of SPACE Canada, is the winner of the National Space Society’s 2017 Space Pioneer Award in the Special Merit category...

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NASA Announces Upcoming ISS Crew Assignments; David Saint-Jacques part of Expedition 58/59 #CANSpace

NASA Announces Upcoming ISS Crew Assignments; David Saint-Jacques part of Expedition 58/59 #CANSpace | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Five NASA astronauts have been assigned to upcoming spaceflights. Joe Acaba, Ricky Arnold, Nick Hague, Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Shannon Walker all have begun training for missions launching later this year and throughout 2018.


Auñón-Chancellor will join the Expedition 58 and 59 crews in November 2018, along with Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques and a Russian cosmonaut.

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UrtheCast Reports Q4 & strong revenue growth in FY 2016

UrtheCast Reports Q4 & strong revenue growth in FY 2016 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER, March 28, 2017 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) ("UrtheCast" or the "Company") today announces financial results for the three and twelve months ended on December 31, 2016. 


Highlights include non-IFRS revenue of $49.9 million in fiscal 2016 increased by 95% over the prior year (IFRS revenue of $111.3 million in 2016 increased by 205%)...

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A transcript of the 2016 conference call to announce the results is available online at https://seekingalpha.com/article/4058651-urthecasts-lfdef-ceo-wade-larson-q4-2016-results-earnings-call-transcript
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Reusable rockets could disrupt the space industry, and not always in a good way

Reusable rockets could disrupt the space industry, and not always in a good way | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Elon Musk's SpaceX aims to launch its first flight-proven (read: gently used) orbital booster rocket this week from Cape Canaveral. If the rocket delivers its satellite cargo to space and returns successfully, it will be a new milestone in the race toward cheaper space access. SpaceX believes that reusing boosters will allow it to cut prices b
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Mubadala, Dubai Future Foundation, GE Additive to build UAE's first 3D printing microfactories

Mubadala, Dubai Future Foundation, GE Additive to build UAE's first 3D printing microfactories | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the Dubai Future Foundation, and GE Additive have joined forces to establish the first 3D printing microfactories in the UAE. The trio plan to start with microfactories in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
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UrtheCast, 3D Printing for Space, AlbertaSat & More on Reusable Rockets

UrtheCast, 3D Printing for Space, AlbertaSat & More on Reusable Rockets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The week of March 27th, 2017 has certainly a busy week for news in the space industry. Given that, here are some of the stories we're currently tracking for the Commercial Space blog...
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SpaceX is about to make history by relaunching a used Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX is about to make history by relaunching a used Falcon 9 rocket | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On Thursday, SpaceX is set to launch yet another satellite into orbit from the Florida coast — but this mission will be far from routine for the company. The Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX is using for the launch has already flown before. Around the same time last year, it sent cargo to the International Space Station for NASA, and then came back to Earth to land upright on a floating drone ship at sea. This is the first time that SpaceX will attempt to reuse one of its rockets. 


 It’s a feat that SpaceX has been working toward for more than five years now, and it could be a watershed moment for the aerospace industry...

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UrtheCast 2016 year-end conference call will be held on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

UrtheCast 2016 year-end conference call will be held on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER , March 20, 2016 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp. (UR.TO) ("UrtheCast" or the "Company") today announces that it will host a conference call regarding its 2016 fourth quarter and full-year financial results at 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT) on Tuesday, March 28, 2017...
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Budget signals shifting attitudes towards procurement, Ottawa-based tech group says: Join the Mission!

Budget signals shifting attitudes towards procurement, Ottawa-based tech group says: Join the Mission! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
John Reid, CEO of CATA, says that while the announced programs and funding are a positive start, what's really exciting him is the attitude he's seeing from the government.

"We gave it two thumbs up, and that's not because there isn't more to be done and things to be changed, it's that it represented a pivot or change in mindset," he tells OBJ. "It's something we can build on instead of something to attack....
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Bill Nye Joins March for Science as Honorary Co-chair, Speaker

Bill Nye Joins March for Science as Honorary Co-chair, Speaker | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Planetary Society today announced that CEO Bill Nye (The Science Guy®) will join the global March for Science as a speaker and honorary Co-chair...

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UrtheCast negotiates tricky path to goal of constellation owner

UrtheCast negotiates tricky path to goal of constellation owner | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

PARIS — Satellite geospatial imagery and services provider UrtheCast on March 28 said revenue doubled in 2016 and the company turned EBITDA-positive on the strength of its ownership of two Spanish satellites and an alliance with other small Earth imagery providers. 


Canada-based UrtheCast is nonetheless walking a tightrope as it transitions from a failed effort to develop a business using International Space Station-based cameras into a company that now operates two revenue-generating satellites and is designing two separate constellations of optical and radar observation spacecraft...

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Canada looking to contribute to ‘deep space habitat’ orbiting moon and eventual Mars mission

Canada looking to contribute to ‘deep space habitat’ orbiting moon and eventual Mars mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA — The Canadian government is looking at technologies that could contribute to a “deep space habitat” orbiting the moon and, eventually, a human mission to Mars, according to a letter of interest posted Wednesday on a federal procurement website...

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To be fair to the authors of this article, there is nothing new here...

The proposal includes a rover platform they will never fly (just like all the other rovers the CSA has built so far)... a set of rover wheels (really???!!!), a new arm grappler, and a new version of software based on a system that never really worked in the beginning (or so sources indicate)

Even better, these items seem highly targeted towards specific companies and will only improve the capabilities of specific technologies already in existence, rather than develop any new capabilities. 

The complete letter of interest is available on the Buyandsell.gc.ca under the title "Development of enabling space technologies for future international Human Spaceflight collaborations (9F063-160957/A)" at https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-MTB-575-14307
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CATA Tax Experts on SR&ED Program Review & Derisking: Canada's federal budget

Denis Lajoie, CATA Tax & Finance Advocate and Russ Roberts, CATA Sr. VP Advocacy join CATA CEO John Reid to expand on Mr. Lajoie’s Blog post analysis of…
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Disrupting Space – The Rise of the European Space Sector - Space Angels

Disrupting Space – The Rise of the European Space Sector - Space Angels | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The exploration of space is the most significant thing we will ever do as a species. Curiosity and the drive to explore is at the very essence of human existence...

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Gairdner Awards honour seven wonders of the world of medical science

Gairdner Awards honour seven wonders of the world of medical science | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This year's Gairdner Awards are acknowledging pioneers in vaccines, pediatric care, nuclear magnetic resonance and more​. Here's how their achievements have changed your world...

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UofT's Lewis Kay is first Canadian in nine years to win Canada's most prestigious int'l science prize
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New York Architects Propose Enormous Skyscraper Hanging From An Asteroid In Space

New York Architects Propose Enormous Skyscraper Hanging From An Asteroid In Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The quest to cram ever more human beings into ever-decreasing square footage of city real estate continues – with a skyscraper suspended from an asteroid...

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Donald Trumps weekly address for 3/25/17 is all about NASA

Published on 25 Mar 2017 from the White House...

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Cloak and Dagger Between Space Systems Loral and Orbital ATK

Cloak and Dagger Between Space Systems Loral and Orbital ATK | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a US based subsidiary of Richmond, BC based Macdonald Detwiler (MDA), has launched a lawsuit against Virginia based Orbital ATK over an alleged computer breach involving proprietary data relating to on-orbit satellite servicing technology. The incident is a ominous milestone in the evolution of the commercial space industry.
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NASA's James Webb space telescope completes acoustic and vibration tests

NASA's James Webb space telescope completes acoustic and vibration tests | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
At NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland the James Webb Space Telescope team completed the acoustic and vibration portions of environmental testing on the telescope. These tests are merely two of the many that spacecraft and instruments endure to ensure they are fit for spaceflight.
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Global Satellite-based Automatic Identification Systems Market 2017 - StormGeo, ExactEarth, Iridium & ORBCOMM

Global Satellite-based Automatic Identification Systems Market 2017 - StormGeo, ExactEarth, Iridium & ORBCOMM | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Satellite-based Automatic Identification Systems Industry Report introduced a Market Segment, Product Types, with Sales, Revenue, Price, Market Share and Growth, focuses on top players in these regions/countries, Size, Share, Demand, Analysis, Manufacturers, Type and Application, Forecast 2017 to 2022 The report, titled Satellite-based Automatic Identification Systems is an in-depth analysis of the Satellite-based Automatic Identification …
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Part 2: 150 Years of Canadian Aerospace History

Part 2: 150 Years of Canadian Aerospace History | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A quarter of a century after the first International Polar Year the world changed irrevocably when two bicycle-shop mechanics in Dayton Ohio led our civilization into the era of powered, winged flight. 

People around the world became entranced by the adventure and potential of aviation, and Alexander Graham Bell, yet another immigrant from Scotland and one of Canada's most illustrious citizens, was willing to put up the money from his substantial fortune to help pave the way for Canadians into this new realm...
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