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NASA announces eight new astronauts, half are women

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Washington (AFP) June 17, 2013
The US space agency announced the appointment of eight new astronauts on Monday, and a record half of NASA's first astronaut class since 2009 are women.
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The National Space Society Comes to Toronto in May 2015

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For the second time in under a year, a major international space conference is setting up shop in Toronto. 

 

Hot on the heels of very successful 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2014) comes the 2015 International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2015) which will be held in Toronto, ON from May 20th - 24th, 2015...

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Don't Worry About Russia Backing Away From Space and WMD Cooperation - U.S. News & World Report

Don't Worry About Russia Backing Away From Space and WMD Cooperation - U.S. News & World Report | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Don't worry about Russia backing away from the International Space Station or an old arms control plan...

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New Alliance to Promote Space Development and Settlement

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A group of 11 organizations announced a new coalition to promote policies to achieve space development and settlement with aid from the U.S. government...

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They also want government money to implement these goals, which likely means that the initiative will never become anything more than a press release...

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510 smallsat launches planned over next five years

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Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, February 26, 2015 - According to Euroconsult's newly released research titled Prospects for the Small Satellite Market, a total of 510 small satellites, or smallsats (meaning nanosats, cubesats, microsats and minisats) are to be launched in the next five years, a two-third increase in the average number of smallsats per year versus that of the past decade. This total includes 14 constellations of different sizes and capabilities that represent a total of 140 satellites...

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Last Call for IAC 2015 Abstracts!

Last Call for IAC 2015 Abstracts! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This is the last weekend of the abstract submission to the 66th International Astronautical Congress which will take place on 12-16 October 2015 in the magic city of Jerusalem...

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Argentina welcomes first Chinese satellite tracking station outside China

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Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Feb 27, 2015; Argentina is to become the location of the first Chinese satellite tracking station outside the country the newspaper La Manana De Cordoba reported on Thursday...

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Grade 6 students explore opportunities in space at Monarch Park

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How does a rocket launch into space? Or how do you know which way is up or down?

 

Those are some of the many questions students explored during the Toronto District School Board’s Air and Space Days at Monarch Park Stadium.

 

Approximately 800 grade 6 students from the West Region 10 family of schools flocked to the stadium over three days (Feb. 18 to 20) for a hands-on learning experience that explored space science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)...

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Mars One Loses Television Deal | SpaceNews.com

Mars One Loses Television Deal | SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

WASHINGTON — A private venture to send humans on a one-way journey to Mars has suffered another setback with the loss of a television deal, although the venture’s leader said it won’t affect the ongoing selection of crews for the mission.

Mars One co-founder and chief executive Bas Lansdorp said Feb. 24 that Mars One had terminated an agreement with entertainment company Endemol announced in 2014 to develop a “worldwide TV event” for the selection of the first Mars One crews. New Scientist first reported the terminated contract Feb. 20.


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Calling on satellites in alpine rescues

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Paris (ESA) Feb 26, 2015; Emergency services rescued 1780 people in the Austrian Alps last year. They can now count on satellites to access maps, send messages, give warnings and stay in contact...

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Transcript from MacDonald Dettwiler Q4 2014 earnings conference call on February 25th

Transcript from MacDonald Dettwiler Q4 2014 earnings conference call on February 25th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Good afternoon. My name is Leonie and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Limited 2014 Fourth Quarter Results Conference Call and Webcast. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers’ remarks there will be question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Thank you. Welcome to MDA’s Q4 2014 Conference Call...

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Macdonald Dettwiler price target raised to $104 CDN by Scotiabank

Macdonald Dettwiler price target raised to $104 CDN by Scotiabank | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MacDonald Dettwiler (TSE:MDA) had its price target increased by Scotiabank from C$92.00 to C$104.00 in a research report sent to investors on Monday morning. The firm currently has an outperform rating on the stock...

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Russian space agency endorses ISS until 2024

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Russia plans to stay part of the International Space Station partnership until 2024, then undock its modules to create a standalone base in orbit, the Russian space agency announced Tuesday.

 

A statement posted to the Russian space agency’s website said a meeting of the Roscosmos science and technical council considered Russia’s future human spaceflight plans, favoring the continued use of the International Space Station until 2024...

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Sarah Brightman Set For Space Themed Press Conference on March 10th

Sarah Brightman Set For Space Themed Press Conference on March 10th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

World renowned recording artist, performer and vocalist Sarah Brightman is taking some time out of her busy schedule to fulfill a lifelong dream of traveling to space this year according to a recent announcement and Brightman is now set for a press conference in the UK in March to discuss details of her journey, set to begin in September...

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Gateway Energy Services partners with new technology company

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A beneficial partnership for the energy services industry took place this week in Edmond when Gateway Full Circle Energy Services combined their services with a Canadian leak detection company, Synodon. The event was celebrated with a signing ceremony and reception Friday morning...

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In the early 90s, the Canadian government funded the development of measuring carbon monoxide from satellites.


Synodon purchased the intellectual property from the Canadian Space Agency, then through research and development launched their “realSens” service. Detected gases include ethane, methane, benzene, ammonia, phosphene and others. Services provided include liquid leak detection, natural gas detection, pipeline threat assessment, right-of-way change detection, tree canopy encroachment, water crossings analysis and pipeline location classification...

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Veteran senior bureaucrat Sylvain Laporte appointed new Canadian Space Agency president

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the following change in the senior ranks of the Public Service: Sylvain Laporte, currently Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trade-marks, becomes President of the Canadian Space Agency, effective March 9, 2015...

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Magellan Aerospace Hosts Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Teams

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Magellan Aerospace hosted students from the teams participating in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge for a workshop on Feb. 17 and 18, at their Winnipeg facility.

 

The workshop was an opportunity for representatives from each of the university teams to meet each other and share ideas, as well as listen to several presentations. These included a Magellan Aerospace Overview, by Ken Kohut; Spacecraft Software and Configuration Management, by Dario Schor (who was the leader of the first University of Manitoba CSDC team and is now a full-time Magellan employee); Satellite Attitude Determination and Control, by Paul Harrison from Magellan’s office at the David Florida Laboratory;

Spacecraft Structural Analysis, by Adam Latour, from PrecisionHawk in Toronto; and, Cubesat Launch Interfacing, by Kirk Woellert of Nanoracks, the company which deploys cubesats from the International Space Station.

 

Each team also gave a short presentation about their planned missions, which included the following:

 

1. Ability of biological samples to withstand exposure to space, which
2. Cubesat-sized ion propulsion systems
3. Testing a self-healing structural material
4. Arctic sea-ice mapping with GPS reflectometry
5. Using spectroscopy to detect greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere
6. Forest fire detection

 

Two students (Tom Dixon and Alice Yue) from the Bluesat project group at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia, attended the workshop, and were treated to a fine example of what Canadian winters can be like. Special thanks to Lisa Hobday, a University of Manitoba student, who loaned Alice a winter jacket while she was here!

The workshop also included a tour of Magellan’s extensive and impressive aircraft and spacecraft manufacturing facilities, including a close-up look at an in-progress satellite bus assembly, and Magellan’s new advanced composites facility where they manufacture the tail section for the F-35 fighter jet.

On behalf of the CSDC Management Society (CSDCMS) and the students who attended the workshop, I would like to thank Magellan Aerospace for hosting us – in particular, Leslie Yakimishyn for co-ordinating the visit, as well as all of the guest speakers for their excellent presentations.

The CSDMS would like to express its sincere appreciation to all who continue to support the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. All participants and teams have shown impressive dedication, energy, capability, and innovation on their projects, and we are extremely fortunate to be able to foster and witness them in this competition.

For more information, please visit the CSDC web-site at: www.csdcms.ca, or contact us at info@csdcms.ca.

Regards,

Larry Reeves
The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society

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Daniel Faber, CEO of Deep Space Industries, to moderate panel at SxSW

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Silicon Valley, CA - February 26, 2015.  Deep Space Industries CEO Daniel Faber will moderate a panel at this years’ South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival on the ramifications of big data in an era of breakthroughs in digital capabilities, space development, and medical innovations.  The panel, “Beyond the Cloud:  Big Data in the Off-Planet Era,” will be featured on Monday March 16th...

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SES Announces Two Launch Agreements With SpaceX

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Hawthorne CA (SPX) Feb 27, 2015; SES has announced an agreement with SpaceX to launch two new satellites in 2017 - SES-14 and SES-16/ GovSat - using the Falcon 9 rocket...

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Russia's New ISS Module to Be Ready in Early 2016

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Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Feb 26, 2015; Russia's Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center will finish assembling the new module for the International Space Station (ISS) in February 2016, the center's acting chief said Wednesday...

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MDA Sees Rebound in U.S. Earth Observation Market

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PARIS — Satellite manufacturer MDA Corp. of Canada on Feb. 25 said the U.S. government is back in the market as a big customer for Earth observation data after a U.S. budget sequestration-caused slump in 2014.

 

The development, combined with Canada’s slowdown in new exploration or robotics programs, is accelerating the company’s reallocation of resources outside Canada, to Brazil and India in addition to the United States...

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Successful spacewalk ends with water leak | Spaceflight Now

Successful spacewalk ends with water leak | Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

Astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts floated outside the International Space Station Wednesday for the second of three spacewalks to help ready the lab complex for dockings by commercial crew capsules being built by Boeing and SpaceX. Back inside the station’s airlock, Virts reported a small amount of water in his space helmet, but officials said he was never in any danger.

Even so, given a near-catastrophic helmet leak in July 2013, engineers will need to troubleshoot the latest issue to make sure the suit’s internal systems are healthy enough for Virts and Wilmore to carry out a third planned spacewalk Sunday.


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Next Launch of Heavy Angara-5 Rocket Due Next Year

Next Launch of Heavy Angara-5 Rocket Due Next Year | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Feb 26, 2015 The next launch of Russia's newest ecologically friendly heavy-class Angara-A5 carrier rocket is scheduled for 2016, Andrei Kalinovsky, the acting head of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space...
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STTARS Helps Light Up The Texan Sky

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The world’s largest telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, is on its way to being built...

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COM DEV to hold 2015 Q1 conference call on March 9th

COM DEV to hold 2015 Q1 conference call on March 9th | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Feb. 24, 2015 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV) today announced that it expects to issue its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 on Monday, March 9, 2015 before markets open.  The Company will host an investor conference call that same day at 10:00 am ET to discuss the results.

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Space exploration key for national security, economic growth in UAE - The National

Space exploration key for national security, economic growth in UAE - The National | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The UAE has invested more than Dh18 billion into its space programmes, the director general of the country’s newly-established space agency has said...

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The future of electronics -- now in 2-D

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Columbus OH (SPX) Feb 20, 2015; The future of electronics could lie in a material from its past, as researchers from The Ohio State University work to turn germanium--the material of 1940s transistors--into a potential replacement for silicon...

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