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Mars One cuts leaves 54 Canadians hoping for one-way mission to the red planet

Mars One cuts leaves 54 Canadians hoping for one-way mission to the red planet | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MONTREAL - The number of Canadians in the running for a planned one-way trip to the red planet has been reduced to 54 as Mars One pared down its list of potential worldwide candidates on Monday.

 

The Dutch-based non-profit organization said 705 people still remain in contention and will be subject to an interview by the Mars One selection committee...

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This organization has  enough money to create a television show (the “global media event” mentioned in the article), but not enough to send anyone to Mars. 

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Absolutely amazing that people actually want to go on a one way mission with no guarantee to survive.

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The Commercial Space Blog: 2015 Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing

The Commercial Space Blog: 2015 Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Periodically, the Commercial Space blog organizes, hosts and sponsors events to bring together industry experts for detailed in-person discussions, collaboration and networking on a wide variety of topics.

Our next event is the 2015 Commercial Space Market Report on Geomatics and Remote Sensing, which will be held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on November 16th, 2015.  

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Russia launches Proton rocket with British satellite

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Moscow (AFP) Aug 28, 2015; Russia on Friday successfully launched a Proton rocket with a British satellite in the first such launch since an engine failure in May resulted in a Mexican satellite being destroyed...

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Don't make us hitch rides with Russia: NASA chief

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Washington (AFP) Aug 28, 2015; The head of NASA appealed to Congress on Friday to put more money into restoring America's ability to send astronauts into space instead of relying on Russian rockets...

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University of Lethbridge gets new cryogenic testing facility

University of Lethbridge gets new cryogenic testing facility | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The University of Lethbridge’s new cryogenic test facility (CTF) has allowed researchers in Dr. David Naylor’s astrophysics lab to be more productive, more energy efficient and more flexible.

 

“It’s working exactly as intended. It’s great,” said Naylor, a U of L physics and astronomy professor and Board of Governors Research Chair. “I do have to thank the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the province, and the manufacturer, Quantum Technologies.”

 

The CTF, which cost slightly more than $375,000, allows U of L scientists to test instruments to ensure they work in extreme cold before they are sent into space...

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Next Big Future: LPP Fusion closes last of $2 million stock offering and slogs away on Tungsten electrode work

Next Big Future: LPP Fusion closes last of $2 million stock offering and slogs away on Tungsten electrode work | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

They have cleaned the Tungsten. There was a lot of non-trivial engineering needed.

LPP fusion is working out theoretically ways to transfer more of the energy from the electron beam to the heating of plasmoid, leaving less available to damage the anode. This work involves mixing in heavier gases and is still under way. We’ll report more on it next month. Reassembly of the cleaned electrodes is now almost complete. LPP Fusion expects new experiments in early September.

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Tracking the medical risks of spaceflight with Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk

Tracking the medical risks of spaceflight with Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Last week, I was in Houston, Texas for medical testing. Every year, usually around my birth date, I return to the NASA Johnson Space Center to participate in the Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health program. The Canadian Space Agency supports my participation.

 

Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health (LSAH) is a proactive medical surveillance program. Its purpose is to monitor astronauts for occupationally-related disease.

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U of T astrophysicist’s Dragonfly offers a bug’s eye view of the universe | Toronto Star

U of T astrophysicist’s Dragonfly offers a bug’s eye view of the universe | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A Q&A with astronomer Roberto Abraham, co-creator of a new kind of multi-lens telescope capable of detecting faint realms of outer space...

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To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing

To Infinity And Beyond With Investments: Rocketing Into Space Investing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Like most investors, Sunil Nagaraj of Bessemer Venture Partners is always looking for that next big thing to invest in and turn into a significant return. While the global venture capital firm has primarily invested in tech and health care, the fund has significantly ramped up its efforts around investing in space. He sat down with me to talk about boldly going where few people have gone before in investing and what he and his team look for when selecting a startup for funding...


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Isro's GSLV-D6 with indigenous cryo engine places GSAT-6 in orbit - The Times of India

Isro's GSLV-D6 with indigenous cryo engine places GSAT-6 in orbit - The Times of India | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

This marks the second successful GSLV launch using an indigenous cryogenic engine...

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TMA-18M Flight to Take Two Days

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Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 27, 2015; The new International Space Station (ISS) crew's Soyuz TMA-16M flight to the station, slated for September, will take two days, Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said Wednesday...

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Hey Putin – got any space bracelets? | Metro News

Hey Putin – got any space bracelets? | Metro News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada may have slapped sanctions on Russia, but there’s apparently one thing we still need them for: space bracelets.

 

Newly released documents show the Canadian Space Agency planned to buy unique bracelets from a Russian state-funded organization earlier this year.

 

The agency needed the devices for a Canadian-led science experiment on the International Space Station measuring astronauts’ cardiovascular health...

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SSL awarded DARPA contract to study on-orbit satellite assembly

SSL awarded DARPA contract to study on-orbit satellite assembly | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Palo Alto, CA - Space Systems/Loral (SSL) a leading provider of commercial satellites today announced it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study on-orbit robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites. Called Dragonfly, the program is designed to enable larger and more powerful satellites that cannot be launched fully assembled, to be packaged in pieces within a standard launch vehicle fairing...

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NASA Funds Plasma Rocket Technology for Superfast Space Travel

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Washington DC (SPX) Aug 26, 2015; Superfast journeys to Mars may be one big step closer for humanity, as NASA has sponsored a private company to develop a high-tech, plasma engine...

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GSLV Launches India's Latest Communication Satellite GSAT-6

GSLV Launches India's Latest Communication Satellite GSAT-6 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

New Delhi (IANS) Aug 29, 2015 In its ninth flight (GSLV-D6) conducted today, (August 27, 2015), India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, equipped with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS), successfully launched GSAT-6...

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ESA Chief warns not to politicize partnership with Russian space program

ESA Chief warns not to politicize partnership with Russian space program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2015 The ongoing crisis in ties between Russia and the West should not tarnish their cooperation when it comes to space exploration, according to Johann-Dietrich, the head of the European Space Agency...

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ISS Crew Redocks Soyuz Spacecraft

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Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2015; The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday successfully performed a manual redocking of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, clearing a port for the arrival of a new crew, the Russian Mission Control said...

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Tri Alpha Energy reportedly makes important breakthrough in developing fusion reactor

Tri Alpha Energy reportedly makes important breakthrough in developing fusion reactor | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Science Magazine is reporting that physicists working at Tri Alpha Energy in Los Angeles have succeeded in building a device that held a ball of superheated hydrogen plasma for five milliseconds, longer than any other effort before, offering proof that it is possible to hold such gases in a steady state. The development represents a possible breakthrough in the development of a fusion reactor as the process involved is a move towards developing technology that can hold gases at temperatures high enough to sustain a fusion reaction.

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Controlled nuclear fusion could take us to the stars. This achievement is a step along the way.

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Canadian Space: Al Gore's Great Idea Produces Memorable Images

Canadian Space: Al Gore's Great Idea Produces Memorable Images | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Simply because this was the season where we finally saw close-up photos of Pluto and its moons, the summer of 2015 has been a memorable one for space exploration. And that’s even before considering Dawn’s close-up shots from the largest body in the asteroid belt, Ceres, and more photos from Rosetta as Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko made its closest approach to the Sun.

 

But those images have been upstaged in my mind by images from a spacecraft that was launched on February 11 to little fanfare. Today the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR is parked in space a million miles away from Earth at the L1 Lagrangian point where the gravity of the Earth and Sun balance the centrifugal forces of the satellite. A number of spacecraft at L1 are gathering data on the Sun, but DSCOVR is taking advantage of the fact that from this point, spacecraft always see the sunlit side of the Earth...

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The 2016 NewSpace Business Plan Competition, entrepreneurial funding and education

The 2016 NewSpace Business Plan Competition, entrepreneurial funding and education | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The NewSpace Business Plan Competition has announced the first two regional qualifying events for the 2015 -2016 competition:  New York in October, Los Angeles in December...

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Canada Seeks To Deploy Repeaters on USAF Satellites

Canada Seeks To Deploy Repeaters on USAF Satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada will negotiate an agreement with the US Air Force for the installation of search-and-rescue repeaters.

 

The repeaters provided by Canada’s Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite project will significantly cut down on the time it takes to locate a distress signal, according to Canadian military officers.

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For more about the Canadian repeaters, check out the August 11th, 2015 post "MEOSAR Project Funded & CCMEO Gets Free TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X Satellite Imagery," which is available online at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2015/08/meosar-project-funded-ccmeo-gets-free.html.

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NASA And The Politics Of Going Back To The Moon

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A year ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, it’s amazing at how small a role the American space program has played during this tempestuous summer of early primary campaigning.

 

It’s certain that NASA will live long and prosper no matter who’s ultimately elected as our 45th president; the American space agency has done so for 50-plus years. But even in this burgeoning age of commercial space development, political catchphrases such as “Back to the Moon and on to Mars ;” “Capture an asteroid and on to Mars;” or even bypass the Moon and “Go directly to Mars” somehow still ring hollow...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Part 7 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program

The Commercial Space Blog: Part 7 of The Empire Strikes Out - Canada's Defence & The Commonwealth Space Program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On September 26th 1960 The British Aviation Minister, Peter Thorneycroft, arrived in Ottawa to solicit Canada's support.[1] The Diefenbaker government reversed their position of a year earlier and made it known that they were not interested in participating in a Commonwealth space program.[2]...

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Stratasys Announces Winner for Their 3D Printed CubeSat Challenge

Stratasys Announces Winner for Their 3D Printed CubeSat Challenge | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In efforts to further development of and explore the potential of the CubeSat, Stratasys has enticed numerous brilliant minds from the field of engineering...

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The Moon landing was a giant leap. The next leap is staying there. - Macleans.ca

The Moon landing was a giant leap. The next leap is staying there. - Macleans.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

We know we can get there. Next step: live there. And after that? The cosmic equivalent of Everest base camp. How we plan on colonizing the Moon...

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Eyeing the stars: Ethiopia's space programme

Eyeing the stars: Ethiopia's space programme | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

High above the crowded streets of Addis Ababa, among fields where farmers lead oxen dragging wooden ploughs, sits Ethiopia's space programme.

 

Perched on the top of the 3,200-metre (10,500-foot) high Mount Entoto, two metal domes house telescopes, each a metre in diameter.

 

Operational for only a few months, the specialized equipment -- the first in eastern Africa -- has propelled Ethiopia into an elite club of African countries to have embarked on a space programme...

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Nine Real NASA Technologies in 'The Martian'

Nine Real NASA Technologies in 'The Martian' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Aug 25, 2015; Mars has held a central place in human imagination and culture for millennia. Ancients marveled at its red color and the brightness that waxed and waned in cycles over the years...

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