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Canadian Space Agency President Pick Prompts Military Takeover Talk

Canadian Space Agency President Pick Prompts Military Takeover Talk | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VICTORIA, British Columbia - The former head of the Canadian Forces is taking the helm of the country’s space agency, prompting both concern that the civilian organization could be heading in a more military direction and praise that a seasoned administrator is taking over.

 

Gen. Walter Natynczyk, who retired last year as chief of the defense staff, was selected by the Conservative government as the new president of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on June 14...

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Looking for icebergs? This map will help. - Vox

Here's where to find every iceberg in Newfoundland and Labrador right now...

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McCain Blows His Top Over US Inability to Abandon Russian Rocket Engines

McCain Blows His Top Over US Inability to Abandon Russian Rocket Engines | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

US Senator John McCain is blowing a gasket over America's inability to find a suitable substitution for Russia's RD-180 engines, accusing his Republican fellows of playing into Moscow's hands, US journalist Tim Mak notes.

 

Regardless of its widely discussed sanctions policy, the United States still cannot break its reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines to get to space, US journalist Tim Mak notes, adding that the situation has left US Senator John McCain seething with rage...

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Stop saying space is hard; It makes us feel good, but it also makes us weak

On June 28th, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket meant to deliver supplies to the International Space Station exploded en route. It was the third cargo resupply mission to fail within the past year...

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Ottawa's 'national security' review a warning to foreign investors

Ottawa's 'national security' review a warning to foreign investors | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An apparent move by the federal government to quash a plan by a Chinese company to build a factory in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que., is the latest indication of Ottawa’s willingness to use its opaque national security review process to block foreign investments it sees as potential threats.

 

Last summer, a newly formed Canadian subsidiary of Beijing-based Beida Jade Bird Group, which is controlled by China’s Peking University, announced plans to invest $30-million, build a 130,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and hire more than 70 people. The company, called Maple Armor Fire Solutions Canada Inc., planned to build fire-alarm systems for the Chinese market, which values a “Made in Canada” sticker on this kind of product as a symbol of quality...

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New plan proposed to send humans to Mars

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New Rochelle NY (SPX) Jul 01, 2015; A new, cost-constrained U.S. strategy to send humans on Mars, could be achieved within projected NASA budgets by minimizing new developments and relying mainly on already available or planned NASA assets...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Tri-Alpha Energy Attempting to Create "Tri-Alpha" Particles via Fusion Reactions

The Commercial Space Blog: Tri-Alpha Energy Attempting to Create "Tri-Alpha" Particles via Fusion Reactions | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Tri-Alpha Energy Inc (TAE), a secretive and enigmatic Foothill Ranch, California based firm working to develop non-traditional fusion power, has published two papers that shed light on its latest progress...

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The myth of “what might have been” in space - The Space Review

The myth of “what might have been” in space - The Space Review | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After Apollo 17, back in 1972, the space program was scaled back. We had three flights on Skylab, one flight on Apollo-Soyuz, and then a six-year hiatus before the thirty-year era of the Space Shuttle began...

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SpaceX rocket explodes after launch

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Miami (AFP) June 28, 2015; An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded less than three minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, in the first major disaster for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk...

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The Commercial Space Blog: The Canadian Space Industry Could Be In for a Bumpy Night

The Commercial Space Blog: The Canadian Space Industry Could Be In for a Bumpy Night | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

According to political observers, the upcoming federal election in October will be one of the closest in years. Any of the three major parties could win. Add to that the possibility of a minority government, or even a Liberal/NDP coalition, and we’re facing what could be a long period of political instability...

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Com Dev subsidiary ExactEarth going public

Com Dev subsidiary ExactEarth going public | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Com Dev International is spinning off its ExactEarth subsidiary into a publicly traded company...

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First woman to head a major German research facility

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Pascale Ehrenfreund, currently Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute in Washington, is the new Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR)...

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Australia and US sign remote sensing agreement

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On June 18, 2015 in Canberra, Australia, the U.S. Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia signed a comprehensive new partnership to maximize land remote sensing operations and data that can help to address issues of national and international significance...

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Cellulose from wood can be printed in 3-D

Cellulose from wood can be printed in 3-D | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Goteborg, Sweden (SPX) Jun 22, 2015; A group of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have managed to print and dry three-dimensional objects made entirely by cellulose for the first time with the help of a 3D-bioprinter...

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RADARSAT Constellation scheduled to be put into orbit on same rocket which exploded last week

RADARSAT Constellation scheduled to be put into orbit on same rocket which exploded last week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The pride of Canada’s space program is scheduled to be launched on the same type of U.S. rocket that blew up on the weekend.

 

The Radarsat Constellation Mission, which will cost taxpayers $975 million, is to be launched in 2018 on the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

 

SpaceX, a private firm established by Canadian-South African high tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, suffered a setback on Sunday when its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket exploded shortly after take-off. It was carrying supplies to the International Space Station...

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European space industry collaborates with ESA for the future

European space industry collaborates with ESA for the future | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris (ESA) Jul 01, 2015; More than 80 companies from ESA Member States met recently to begin discussing new models of collaboration to reinforce European space industry's presence in the world market...

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Cosmonaut Padalka Sets World Record in Combined Flight Duration

Cosmonaut Padalka Sets World Record in Combined Flight Duration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2015; Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka currently working on the International Space Station (ISS) has set a world record in combined flight duration, a space industry source told RIA Novosti early on Monday...

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SAARC satellite to be launched by December 2016: ISRO

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Bengaluru, India (IANS) Jul 01, 2015; India will launch a dedicated satellite for the eight SAARC countries by December 2016 to provide a range of public services, space agency chief AS Kiran Kumar said on Friday...

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The Gargoyle: Air force commander shot down plan to commemorate Canadian Space Agency

The Gargoyle: Air force commander shot down plan to commemorate Canadian Space Agency | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The head of the Royal Canadian Air Force ignored staff recommendations that the RCAF share the spotlight by commemorating the Canadian Space Agency's 25th anniversary at air shows last year, intern...
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Falcon 9 Failure Strains ISS, But Doesn’t Break It

Falcon 9 Failure Strains ISS, But Doesn’t Break It | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Operations on the International Space Station can continue for now without major upset in the wake of Sunday’s failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying a Dragon capsule crammed with supplies and equipment, but the program will have to make significant adjustments to accommodate the loss...

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Bolivia's Chinese-made satellite brings in 16 mln USD

Bolivia's Chinese-made satellite brings in 16 mln USD | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

La Paz (XNA) Jun 28, 2015; Bolivia's Chinese-made Tupac Katari satellite has generated 16 million U.S. dollars of income in a little more than a year in orbit, the Bolivian News Agency (ABI) said Tuesday...

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SpaceX, NASA Managers Discuss Vehicle Mishap Following CRS-7 Launch | YouTube

 

During a post-launch press conference on June 28, mangers from SpaceX and NASA discuss the mishap following the liftoff of the SpaceX CRS-7 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The mission was to deliver supplies, hardware and other important cargo to the International Space Station. SpaceX is leading the investigation of the cause of the issue.


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P&P Optica Continues Proud Tradition of Canadian Technology In Space

P&P Optica Continues Proud Tradition of Canadian Technology In Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

When the next SpaceX spacecraft blasts off from Cape Canaveral on June 28 en route to the International Space Station (ISS), a little bit of Waterloo, Ontario technology will be on board in the form of a spectrometer made by P&P Optica...

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MDA Wins Ground System Contract, Starts Eyeing International Opportunities - Via Satellite

MDA Wins Ground System Contract, Starts Eyeing International Opportunities - Via Satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

[Via Satellite 06-26-2015] Natural Resources Canada(NRCan) has entered a $6 million agreement withMacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) for in-service support to maintain and operate Canada’s national ground station infrastructure at Inuvik, Prince Albert and Gatineau.

 

MDA is also the exclusive supplier for hosting services to international satellite operators who desire to install and operate antennas at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) for satellite control and data reception. The ISSF receives satellite information that is used for environmental monitoring, security and surveillance, and natural resource development...

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Russia Confirms Elimination of US On-Board Computer Failure at ISS

Russia Confirms Elimination of US On-Board Computer Failure at ISS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jun 25, 2015 The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos confirmed that a glitch in the work of an on-board computer in the US segment of the International Space Station (ISS) was eliminated, the agency's spokesman told RIA...

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Is space tourism travelling faster than space law?

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Space tourism is fast becoming the new frontier in the transportation business. Driven by profit-making private venture capital, the push to offer customers some direct or indirect experience with space travel is no longer the stuff of comic books or science fiction. The worry is that the legal architecture for this nascent industry has barely got its foundations in order...

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