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Earth Explorers take centre stage at Le Bourget

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Paris, France (ESA) Jun 21, 2013
ESA's new Biomass mission and the numerous accomplishments from the existing Earth Explorer satellites came into focus at the Paris Air and Space Show.
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Haskell to Design-Build New Blue Origin Orbital Rocket Manufacturing Facility

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – Haskell, a leading integrated design, engineering and construction firm, announced today that it has been selected to design-build a new orbital rocket manufacturing facility for Blue Origin. The facility will be built at Exploration Park in Cape Canaveral, Florida – the hub of U.S. space exploration.

In 2015, Blue Origin announced plans to open a 21st century production facility that will focus on manufacturing a new fleet of reusable orbital launchers for their private spaceflight program. The facility is strategically located near Complex 36, the site where Blue Origin plans to launch from later this decade.


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Will SpaceX Get People to Mars Before NASA? : DNews

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Will the first astronaut on Mars work for SpaceX or NASA -- or both?

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Hawaii's top court rules construction permit for Thirty Meter Telescope invalid

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A long-awaited Hawaii Supreme Court ruling Wednesday invalidating a construction permit for what would be one of the world's largest telescopes represents a major setback for the $1.4 billion project on a mountain astronomers tout for having perfect star-gazing conditions.  

The ruling is a victory for protesters who say they are fighting the project to curb development, preserve Native Hawaiian culture and protect the Big Island's Mauna Kea, a mountain many consider sacred. The court ruled that the state Board of Land and Natural Resources should not have issued a permit for the telescope before a hearings officer reviewed a petition by a group challenging the project's approval...

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Phase two of ExoMars mission delayed to 2020

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The second part of a joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has been delayed two years, with a new launch date set for July 2020, officials said Monday...

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Former Moonwalker Pushes Colonization of Mars From Florida Tech

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Buzz Aldrin, who is 86, advises a center run by his son that is bent on figuring out how to get people settled on a neighboring planet...

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Heads of Canadian, German, Mexican & European Space Agencies at CASI ASTRO 2016

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ASTRO 2016 is the 17th renewal of the very popular CASI ASTRO series of conferences, the preeminent space gathering held in Canada every two years. 

The CASI ASTRO conference is the event space enthusiasts eagerly anticipate who want to be up‐to‐date with current and planned missions and emerging trends in the space arena in Canada and around the world...
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The asteroid miner's guide to the galaxy

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To evangelists of asteroid mining, the heavens are not just a frontier but a vast and resource-rich place teeming with opportunity. According to NASA, there are potentially 100,000 near-Earth objects -- including asteroids and comets -- in the neighborhood of our planet...

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USAF Estimates 40% Savings With GPS III Launch Award To SpaceX

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The U.S. Air Force estimates it has achieved a 40% cost savings with its $82.7 million standalone contract award to SpaceX for the May 2018 launching of the Pentagon’s second GPS III satellite.
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Can SpaceX really land on Mars? Absolutely, says an engineer who would know

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In September, 2014, a Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida carrying a Dragon spacecraft bound for the International Space Station. 


The capsule carried some notable cargo, including the first 3D printer to be tested in space as well as 20 mousetronauts to study muscle loss. Yet the most far-reaching part of that mission came after the Falcon 9 deployed its upper stage and began falling back to Earth...

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JAXA ceasing efforts to restore ASTRO-H; Will focus on investigation of anomaly causes

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JAXA will cease the efforts to restore ASTRO-H and will focus on the investigation of anomaly causes...

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Rapid growth, change predicted for remote sensing industry: Urthecast leads way

Rapid growth, change predicted for remote sensing industry: Urthecast leads way | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In February 2015, IEEE-USA, "the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity," released a position statement urging US government officials to support and incentivize development in the space-based remote sensing industry...

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SpaceX plans to send a spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018

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SpaceX announced today that it is going to start sending specially modified Dragon spacecraft aka "Red Dragon" to Mars as early as 2018. 


The purpose of these missions is to demonstrate the technologies needed to land large payloads propulsively on Mars. These Mars missions will also be pathfinders for the much larger SpaceX Mars colonization architecture that will be announced in September 2016...

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There's a New (and Smaller) Private Spaceflight Company in Town

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The world of private spaceflight got an unexpected jolt today, as a new kid on the block announced its arrival while boasting a $1 million angel investment. 

Vector Space Systems is apparently aiming to be the hot new commodity for those who don’t want to wait in long lines to get into space. Calling itself a “Micro Satellite” launch company, Vector comes to us from many of the same people behind private spaceflight titans SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, among others...
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The Commercial Space Blog: OneWeb Goes to Gatineau

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Channel Islands based OneWeb, with its proposed constellation of satellites intended to provide global internet broadband service to individual consumers, will begin as a business-to-business internet provider, then use the revenue and infrastructure developed to move into under-served rural and consumer markets worldwide.

At least that's the plan outlined by OneWeb CEO Matt O'Connell last week when OneWeb submitted its license application to US regulators. It's a process which, as outlined in the April 28th, 2016 Space News article, "OneWeb to debut as B2B broadband wholesaler before serving world’s poorest," will likely result in "a multi-year slog through the world’s capitals as the company seeks global operating rights." 

All of which should provide a little context to the April 25th, 2016 public meeting at Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) headquarters in Gatineau, PQ., with OneWeb founder Greg Wyler, his daughter, OneWeb policy director Marc Dupuis, MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) CEO Don Osborne, MDA director of government and public affairs Leslie Swartman and various CRTC representatives...
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OneWeb to debut as B2B broadband wholesaler before serving world's poorest - SpaceNews.com

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Internet satellite constellation startup OneWeb LLC on April 28 said it had submitted its license application with U.S. regulators as part of what likely will be a multi-year slog through the world’s capitals as the company seeks global operating rights...

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UrtheCast Reports Milestone in Proving its Revolutionary Dual-Frequency SAR Technology - UrtheCast Blog

UrtheCast Reports Milestone in Proving its Revolutionary Dual-Frequency SAR Technology - UrtheCast Blog | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

UrtheCast has successfully completed prototype hardware testing of the principal core enabling elements of our ground-breaking Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology.

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Canadian institute places Israel’s space program at the center of its universe

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“Do you remember when Leonard Nimoy said, ‘Live long and prosper?’” Dr. Frederick Krantz asked an audience at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal. Listeners chuckled in approval of his “Star Trek” reference, indicating that a large percentage were familiar with the iconic TV series and had fond memories of the late Canadian-Jewish actor. 

Krantz continued, “Well, that is very true. Israel is not only a power in the Middle East, but will be a power in space.” The Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR) on April 14 held its 28th anniversary gala, an event titled “Israel in Space.” It was North America’s largest-ever gathering dedicated to Israel’s space exploration achievements, with an estimated 200 attendees, according to Krantz...
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The Commercial Space Blog: SpaceX Announces Up-rated Launch Capabilities & Pricing for Mars Trips

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On the heels of its announcement that it plans to begin landing spacecraft on Mars "as early as 2018," Hawthorne, California based SpaceX has revised its standard pricing to include trips to Mars and updated the specs for both its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets.
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Canada could have its own satellite launch capability: Space Agency Report

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I’ve written in the past about the view inside some parts of the Canadian Forces and the aerospace industry that Canada should, and could, have its own capability to launch small or micro-satellites. That way the country would not be beholding to the launch schedules of other nations.
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From zero to 100mph in 1.2 seconds, the SuperDraco thruster delivers

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Ars takes a closer look at SpaceX's innovative and essential engine.
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U of T Engineering research lets mobile robots drive themselves - U of T Engineering News

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Professor Tim Barfoot (UTIAS) develops techniques that enable robots to use visual information, as opposed to GPS, to get from A to B..

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Telesat Shares Details on LEO Constellation Expectations - Via Satellite -

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Telesat President and CEO Dan Goldberg is confident that the operator is on the right path to developing a constellation of Ka-band High Throughput Satellites (HTS) in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to serve broadband customers around the world...

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Honeywell to repurchase up to $5 billion of shares

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Honeywell International Inc , a U.S. manufacturer of aerospace parts and climate control systems, said its board authorized the company to repurchase up to $5 billion of its common stock. In March, 


Honeywell had scrapped its $90.7 billion offer to buy rival United Technologies Corp , citing the company's unwillingness to engage in negotiations. Honeywell had 762.1 million shares outstanding as of March 30th...

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This Map Tracks Thousands of Cargo Ships to Highlight Their Carbon Emissions

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The tiny specks of blue, red, and yellow on this world map depict the global pathways of tens of thousands of cargo ships. 

The interactive map, co-created by researchers from the University of London’s Energy Institute and data visualization company Kiln using data pulled from exactEarth, a company that provides location-based information on maritime traffic, and the Clarksons Research UK World Fleet Register, which registers the world’s fleet, shows the flow of cargo ships across the world over the course of 2012, based on “hundreds and millions of individually recorded positions...
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Telesat Procures Two Prototype Satellites for Global Ka-band Low Earth Orbit Constellation | Telesat

Telesat Procures Two Prototype Satellites for Global Ka-band Low Earth Orbit Constellation | Telesat | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
OTTAWA, CANADA, April 27, 2016 – Telesat, a leading global satellite operator, has procured two prototype Ka-band satellites for operation in low earth orbit (LEO) that Telesat anticipates launching mid-to-late 2017 as part of a test and validation phase for an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation that Telesat is developing. 

Through an authorization issued by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), Telesat has secured priority rights to certain Ka-band spectrum in non-geostationary orbits (NGSO) at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to operate such a constellation...
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