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NASA told to slow down CRS payment schedule for Orbital’s cargo runs

NASA told to slow down CRS payment schedule for Orbital’s cargo runs | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

NASA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a report that recommends the Agency should slow down its payments to Orbital for their Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions. Despite Orbital’s successful test flight of their Antares launch vehicle, the OIG is concerned by the “financial risk” of paying the company too far ahead of schedule...

 

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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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Canadian Space Company UrtheCast is Hiring

Canadian Space Company UrtheCast is Hiring | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

BC based UrtheCast is opening new offices and hiring new people. The firm has announced plans to open a second office in Vancouver able to house up to 40 engineers, video specialists, GIS experts, web developers and space systems engineers.


The additional space is required to support staff expected to be hired to fulfill a $65Mln CDN, five year contract signed last November with an unnamed, "confidential customer" for the provision of "engineering services, value-added services, and Earth imagery data." The new facilities are expected to open in March 2015...

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Virgin Galactic to test new rocket without longtime aerospace partner, Scales Composites

Virgin Galactic to test new rocket without longtime aerospace partner, Scales Composites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After last year's fatal crash, Richard Branson 's Virgin Galactic will now test its new SpaceShipTwo rocket without its longtime aerospace partner that designed and built the first plane...

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NGA Eyes Role for Small Sats | Aviation Week

NGA Eyes Role for Small Sats | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is in the early stages of crafting a strategy to leverage the influx of imagery available from what agency director Robert Cardillo calls an “explosion” of new information services providers.

 

The strategy will include money, but how much is not yet known...

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Google Lunar XPrize: Moon Express's unorthodox approach to the prize

Google Lunar XPrize: Moon Express's unorthodox approach to the prize | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The criteria for winning the grand $20 million Google Lunar XPrize seems fairly straightforward: Land on the moon, cross a distance of 500 meters and send back high-definition footage to Earth along the way. The natural solution to the problem, indeed the one that most of the GLXP competitors have envisioned, is to gently deposit a rover upon the lunar surface and then let it pick its way across the required distance, dodging rocks and other moon junk along the way.

 

For the Mountain View-based Moon Express team, however, they're taking a rather different approach...

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NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto

NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington (AFP) Jan 25, 2015: Nine years after leaving Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is at last drawing close to Pluto and on Sunday was expected to start shooting photographs of the dwarf planet...

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More Astronauts for China

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Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jan 26, 2015: The next Chinese crewed space mission won't fly until 2016. China is expected to send a crew of three astronauts to the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is expected to launch in the same year...

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Will Canada help fund the Thirty Meter Telescope?

Will Canada help fund the Thirty Meter Telescope? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canadians want to use a basketball-court sized telescope to hunt for alien life and will blame Stephen Harper if he doesn't kick in $300Mln extra to help build it...

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NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts from the U.S. in 2017

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts from the U.S. in 2017 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA, Boeing and SpaceX will hold a news briefing on NASA Television at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston at noon EST (11 a.m. CST) Monday, Jan. 26, to highlight key development activities, test plans and objectives for achieving certification of two American crew transportation systems...

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Economic crisis in Russia lowers prices for suborbital space tourism

Economic crisis in Russia lowers prices for suborbital space tourism | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Russian space tourism company may change the price it charges tourists for tickets to outer space. It had originally planned to offer a five-minute experience in zero gravity for $200,000-$250,000 per person...

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Salman Partners cuts COM DEV international price target to C$3.60

Salman Partners cuts COM DEV international price target to C$3.60 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

COM DEV International (TSE:CDV) had its pricetarget lowered by Salman Partners from C$3.70 to C$3.60 in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday morning. The firm currently has a hold rating on the stock.

 

Shares of COM DEV International (TSE:CDV) opened at 3.84 on Tuesday. COM DEV International has a 52-week low of $3.45 and a 52-week high of $4.36. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $3.92 and its 200-day moving average is $3.89. The company has a market cap of $292.7 million and a P/E ratio of 29.38.

 

The company also recently announced a Quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 6th. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 23rd will be paid a dividend of $0.0252 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 3.07%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 21st...

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NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars'

NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Jan 23, 2015; NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens...

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Moon Express signs deal for test flights at Cape Canaveral

Moon Express signs deal for test flights at Cape Canaveral | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Start-up Moon Express will lease Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral from Space Florida...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Elon Musk as a Big Pimpin Playah! Raises $1Bln USD for SpaceX

The Commercial Space Blog: Elon Musk as a Big Pimpin Playah! Raises $1Bln USD for SpaceX | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On January 20th, Hawthorne,CA based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) confirmed that it has raised approx. $1Bln USD ($1.24Bln CDN) from two new powerhouse investors, Mountain View, CA based Google Inc. and Boston, MA based Fidelity Investments.

 

The deal will not only provide SpaceX with the capital needed to achieve its goals, but also marks a watershed moment in the history of the NewSpace industry...

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Richard Branson also went to Davos according to the Financial Times

Richard Branson also went to Davos according to the Financial Times | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Richard Branson will press on with his Virgin space tourism venture despite the fatal crash of one of his rocket ships in October and hopes eventually to use it for high-speed flights around the Earth. Sir Richard, whose Virgin Galactic venture this
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Europe’s IVX spaceplane on a trajectory for February launch | NASASpaceFlight.com

Europe’s IVX spaceplane on a trajectory for February launch | NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) spaceplane is finally into its final processing flow towards launch, following the loading of propellants and work...

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Asteroid mining executive Chris Lewicki goes to Davos

Asteroid mining executive Chris Lewicki goes to Davos | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In Davos, you meet a lot of people who do interesting and unusual things. After all, those who are part of the global elite dream big.

On a shuttle, I sat across from someone who was fighting corruption in Angola and elsewhere. Next to me was the photographer Platon (he goes by one name), who chased Edward Snowden for a year before photographing him hugging a flag for Wired. He now has a non-profit that plans to raise awareness about human rights issues through portraiture.

 

But Chris Lewicki has by far the most out there (literally) job of anyone I have ever met at the World Economic Forum...

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THE SIMPSONS: As Vibrant As Detroit Itself from "The Musk Who Fell To Earth" - ANIMATION on FOX | YouTube

Mr. Burns comes face to face with Elon Musk.


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Planetary Society announces test flight for LightSail

Planetary Society announces test flight for LightSail | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Pasadena, CA (SPX) Jan 26, 2015; The Planetary Society today announced the first of its LightSail spacecraft will embark on a May 2015 test flight...

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USAF To Boost Launch Competitions as SpaceX Shelves Lawsuit

USAF To Boost Launch Competitions as SpaceX Shelves Lawsuit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has agreed to drop its lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force. In return, the service is vowing to increase the number of launches it plans to compete.

 

SpaceX is working to break a long-held monopoly on national security space missions held by the United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing formed in 2006. ULA builds the Air Force’s Atlas V and Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV)...

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Turf War Seen at Heart of Russian Space Industry Shake-Up

Turf War Seen at Heart of Russian Space Industry Shake-Up | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An ambitious drive by a friend of President Vladimir Putin’s to take control of Russia’s defense industry may be behind a shock announcement this week that Russia would merge its federal space agency with a major industry group...

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Elon Musk: Guest-Starring on The Simpsons Was 'Kind of Trippy'

Elon Musk: Guest-Starring on The Simpsons Was 'Kind of Trippy' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This Sunday, Elon Musk, the head honcho at Tesla Motors and SpaceX, will enjoy the rare experience of watching himself in a Simpsons episode called “The Musk Who Fell to Earth...

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Roscosmos, NASA Still Planning on Sending Men Into Space

Roscosmos, NASA Still Planning on Sending Men Into Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jan 23, 2015; Piloted space flight programs will be the focus of cooperation between the Russian and US space agencies, new Roscosmos head, Igor Komarov, said Thursday...

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Opinion: How aerospace & defence companies can dodge political risks

Opinion: How aerospace & defence companies can dodge political risks | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Aviation Week’s choice of Vladimir Putin as Person of the Year has been controversial, to say the least. Among the negative comments posted onAviationWeek.com, some readers said an aviation magazine should not mingle with politics.


Yet one of the key features of the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry is its close link  to international politics. Trying to analyze and report on the industry while ignoring this dimension would be like missing the forest for the trees...

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Ted Cruz is now the 'Chairman of Space'

Ted Cruz is now the 'Chairman of Space' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is now in charge of NASA budget. Given the Senator's prior comments on science, concerns have been raised about the agency's future...

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French Space Agency To Focus on Climate Science in 2015 - Space News

French Space Agency To Focus on Climate Science in 2015 - Space News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
CNES plans to focus in 2015 on climate science in advance of a major climate change conference in Paris late in the year.
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