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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

The National Space Society Comes to Toronto in May 2015 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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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Another $10Mln CDN contract extension for COM DEV International

Another $10Mln CDN contract extension for COM DEV International | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, April 30, 2015 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that it has received a funding release in excess of $10 million to deliver equipment for the second of several commercial communications satellites awarded in a single contract in 2013.  The Company's work on the first satellite is largely complete, with all equipment now delivered or in the final testing stages.  All figures are in Canadian dollars...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Part 13 of 100 Years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield

The Commercial Space Blog: Part 13 of 100 Years of Aerospace History in Canada: From McCurdy to Hadfield | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In January 2001, Geoff Sheerin, an Ontario based engineer, announced his plans to build a modern version of the infamous V-2 missile. ..

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China's new meteorological satellite now operational

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Beijing (XNA) May 03, 2015; A new meteorological satellite, launched in last December, has been put into operation after four months of testing...

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The next Hadfield? Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti...

The next Hadfield? Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti... | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A simple message goes out to hundreds of thousands of Twitter readers, night after night: 'Good night from #space. Buona notte dallo spazio...

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Orbital Composites to make 3D printing 100 times faster using carbon fiber, optics, injection & more

Orbital Composites to make 3D printing 100 times faster using carbon fiber, optics, injection & more | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Every so often there comes along a startup which somehow remains under the radar for one reason or another. This is especially true within the 3D printing...

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Your startup isn't disruptive, and here's why

Your startup isn't disruptive, and here's why | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

There's a lot of talk of "disruption" in startup circles, but it can be hard to understand. Here's how to tell if your company is definitely not disruptive...

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The Commercial Space Blog: The 2015 Edition of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space!"

The Commercial Space Blog: The 2015 Edition of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space!" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Welcome to the 2015 edition of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Space," the listing for those looking to work in the telecommunications, space or aerospace industry.

 

This years list includes direct links to the job pages of the largest Canadian space companies...

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NASA Counting On Next SpaceX Cargo Run | Aviation Week

NASA Counting On Next SpaceX Cargo Run | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX’s commercial satellite launches may have to take a backseat to NASA campaigns as the company balances its busy Falcon 9 manifest with sudden demand for its resupply services to the International Space Station (ISS) and a small backlog of delayed government missions...

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NASA pushes back against proposal to slash climate budget

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Washington (AFP) May 1, 2015; NASA pushed back Thursday against a congressional proposal to slash more than $300 million in funding from its branch focused on climate issues...

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Only for Academics: CSA offers up small science grants for NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)

Only for Academics: CSA offers up small science grants for NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The CSA would like to extend Canada's scientific participation in NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission by supporting the opportunity presented by the the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement entitled Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist Program (Solicitation: NNH15ZDA001N-MSLPSP).

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PHOTOS: Nepal earthquake, before and after in satellite images

PHOTOS: Nepal earthquake, before and after in satellite images | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe show Kathmandu, Nepal before and after the massive earthquake on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

 

The earthquake devastated Nepal, killing more than 3,700 people, collapsing modern houses and ancient temples and triggering a landslide on Mount Everest...

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First developmental flight of the New Shepard

Highlights from Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle as it makes its first developmental test flight on April 29th.

 

For more, check out the press release at https://www.blueorigin.com/news/blog/first-developmental-test-flight-of-new-shepard. ;

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NASA Investing in Hundreds of Small Businesses - Epiq Space

NASA Investing in Hundreds of Small Businesses - Epiq Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA has selected research and technology proposals from 254 small businesses and 39 research institutions in the United States for grants to develop new technologies that will further NASA’s journey to Mars.


The proposals are solicited, vetted and managed through NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Proposals that lead to the successful development of ideas and products could result in contracts with a combined approximate value of $47.7 million...

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Moon Express Completes Initial Flight Tests at NASA's Kennedy

Moon Express Completes Initial Flight Tests at NASA's Kennedy | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moon Express successfully conducted its lander test vehicle hot fires and initial flight tests at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida...

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Space radiation may harm astronauts' brains: study

Space radiation may harm astronauts' brains: study | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Flying people to deep space -- like Mars or an asteroid -- is high on NASA's wish list, but research on mice suggested Friday that extended radiation exposure permanently harms the brain.

 

Central nervous system damage and cognitive impairments were observed in lab animals that were exposed to highly energetic charged particles -- similar to the galactic cosmic rays that astronauts would encounter during long space flights -- said researchers at the University of California, Irvine...

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Blue Origin first vehicle test deemed success

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Chihuahuan Desert, Texas (UPI) May 2, 2015; Private space company Blue Origin successfully launched and landed a tourism vehicle, New Shepard, Wednesday from a remote area in western Texas, USAToday.com reported Friday...

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Tracking Japan's asteroid impact mission

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Paris (ESA) May 03, 2015; ESA is set to support Japan's 'touch-and-go' Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, now en route to a little-known asteroid, helping to boost the scientific return from this audacious mission...

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Scale Up Ventures to Help Local Start-Ups Expand

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Ontario is investing in a new $50-million venture capital fund that will provide successful early- stage start-ups with both mentorship and capital to foster the next generation of global comp...

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Astronomers Clash Over A Giant Telescope On A Sacred Hawaiian Mountain

Astronomers Clash Over A Giant Telescope On A Sacred Hawaiian Mountain | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Construction stopped Tuesday on the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope in the face of protests from Hawaiians who believe its location is sacred...

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Budget crunch hits Russia's space programme; Flight Global

Budget crunch hits Russia's space programme; Flight Global | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Russia’s space programme has had a bad recent run, with an unmanned International Space Station (ISS) resupply ship left spinning out of control, the failure of an experimental military launcher and the apparent cancellation of a super-heavy-lift rocket programme owing to swingeing budget cuts.


Federal space agency Roscosmos looks set to lose 35% of its budget over the next 10 years, with spending cut over the decade to about Rb2 trillion ($37.7 billion), according to a Reuters report carried by The Moscow Times. Lost in those cuts will be a super-heavy-lift rocket programme – and Russian plans to orbit its own space station from 2023 may also be in doubt...

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​3D Printing in Space Is Really Hard; Motherboard

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Long-haul space missions are going to need a way to produce their own supplies...

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Out-of-control Russian spaceship to burn up around May 5, tweets astronaut - India Today

Out-of-control Russian spaceship to burn up around May 5, tweets astronaut - India Today | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Russian spaceship tumbling at 90 degrees is likely to burn up around May 5-7...

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Telesat reports net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 - NASDAQ.com

Telesat reports net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 - NASDAQ.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA, April 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Telesat Holdings Inc. ("Telesat") today announced its financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2015. All amounts are in Canadian dollars and are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") unless otherwise noted.

 

For the quarter ended March 31, 2015, Telesat reported consolidated revenues of $229 million, a decrease of approximately 5% ($13 million) compared to the same period in 2014. During the quarter, the U.S. dollar was approximately 12% stronger than it was during the first quarter of 2014, and as a result, there was a favorable impact on the conversion of U.S. dollar denominated revenues...

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Telesat's net loss for the quarter was $154 million compared to net loss of $28 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014...

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Arizona’s missile, space industry may turn to space tourism programs

Arizona’s missile, space industry may turn to space tourism programs | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Arizona’s missile and space vehicle industry has faced massive cuts to its government contracts over the last four years, forcing some companies to explore other revenue sources.

 

Experts said the industry may turn to space tourism and commercial space programs to fill that gap...

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10 things scientists are doing right now so humans can inhabit Mars - Business Insider Australia

10 things scientists are doing right now so humans can inhabit Mars - Business Insider Australia | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Mars is a freezing, desolate desert seemingly devoid of life. Yet humanity will be in much better shape after we colonize it.

 

This feat, however, will not be easy. The first steps will likely begin with return missions from Mars back to Earth. And only after we’ve proven that we can safely transport, land, and launch people from Mars, will we begin considering the possibility of establishing small, permanent colonies there...

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