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Flow-through shares & tax credits are a made-in-Canada innovation solution

Flow-through shares & tax credits are a made-in-Canada innovation solution | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
While successful innovation calls on several factors, the greatest challenge and most important ingredient is access to sufficient risk capital
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NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will have a map for that - Scienmag

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will have a map for that - Scienmag | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On Sept. 8, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to launch for terra incognita: the unknown surface of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. 


Like expeditions of old, OSIRIS-REx's mission includes mapping the exotic terrain it explores. Bennu is part of the debris left over from the formation of the solar system and is pristine enough to hold clues to that very early history. 


OSIRIS-REx – which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer – will study Bennu in detail and collect a sample to send to Earth for in-depth analysis...

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Toronto Team wins at the global Nasa Space Apps Challenge

Toronto Team wins at the global Nasa Space Apps Challenge | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
May 28, 2016, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Toronto team Kid On The Moon is on a mission – to inspire the next generation of space explorers. They were announced this week as the global winner of the NASA Space Apps Challenge for Most Inspirational project. 

Over the weekend of April 22–24, 2016, developers, makers, scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs took on NASA-designed challenges, creating a diverse range of solutions. Over 15,000 people world-wide took part in the 5th annual NASA Space Apps Challenge, with over 1,200 projects developed.
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In 2014, Toronto based Skywatch won for best use of data. For more, check out the May 14th, 2014 post, 'CDN "SkyWatch" wins "Best Use of Data" at Int'l Space Apps Challenge" at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2014/05/cdn-skywatch-wins-best-use-of-data-at.html
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Layoffs at XCOR Aerospace on Friday

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I’m getting reports about layoffs at XCOR this morning at their operations in Mojave and Midland. 

I don’t have a precise number, but it seems to have been a significant staff reduction. Some of the folks working on Lynx were let go. Another employee posted on Facebook that this was his last day because he was going to work for SpaceX in Florida...
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Packing for space flattened NASA’s inflatable space hotel

Packing for space flattened NASA’s inflatable space hotel | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The blow-up BEAM habitat had its first test run on the International Space Station on Thursday, but the constraints of being packed for the trip kept it from inflating sufficiently, NASA says...

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Details of Orbital ATK’s proposed heavy launcher revealed – Spaceflight Now

Details of Orbital ATK’s proposed heavy launcher revealed – Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The launch vehicle Orbital ATK wants to face off against SpaceX and United Launch Alliance for lucrative U.S. military contracts would be made of two internally-built solid rocket motors and an upper stage engine supplied by Blue Origin, the entrepreneurial space firm led by Jeff Bezos, an Orbital ATK official said this week.

The new rocket, dubbed the Next-Generation Launcher for now, would offer the U.S. Air Force a third option to launch the military’s communications, navigation, early warning and intelligence-gathering satellites...
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SpaceX does it again: Company lands third rocket on drone ship in the ocean

SpaceX does it again: Company lands third rocket on drone ship in the ocean | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ho, hum, another day, another SpaceX rocket landing on a drone ship in the ocean. 


The Elon Musk-founded private spaceflight company just landed their third Falcon 9 booster on a drone ship floating in the ocean after launching the Thaicom 8 communications satellite on its way to orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Friday...

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SCS AG Signs Earth Observation Contract with UrtheCast - Via Satellite -

SCS AG Signs Earth Observation Contract with UrtheCast - Via Satellite - | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

South Africa-based Space Commercial Services Aerospace Group (SCS AG) has acquired the imagery distribution rights for sub-Saharan Africa from UrtheCast...

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Macdonald Dettwiler to Provide Communication Subsystems for Boeing - Sonoran Weekly Review

Macdonald Dettwiler to Provide Communication Subsystems for Boeing - Sonoran Weekly Review | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates (MDA.TO), a communications and information company, late Wednesday said it has been contracted to provide a communication subsystem to be installed on the Boeing 702MP satellite platform. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. MDA rose to $86.11 at closing on Wednesday but at the lower half of 52-week range $70.55 – $99.36...
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Planetary Resources’ asteroid miners focus on Earth observation with $21 million in new funding

Planetary Resources’ asteroid miners focus on Earth observation with $21 million in new funding | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Planetary Resources was founded as an asteroid mining venture, but now the company is emphasizing a space frontier that's closer to home: Earth observation.

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SpaceX Will Attempt Another Rocket Launch and Landing Today: Watch Live

SpaceX Will Attempt Another Rocket Launch and Landing Today: Watch Live | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX will try to land a rocket on a ship at sea for the third time in less than two months today (May 26), and you can watch the exciting spaceflight action live...

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HawkEye360's Pathfinder Smallsats To Be Manufactured By Deep Space Industries & UTIAS SFL

HawkEye360's Pathfinder Smallsats To Be Manufactured By Deep Space Industries & UTIAS SFL | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
HawkEye 360, Inc., a subsidiary of Allied Minds (LSE:ALM), has selected Deep Space Industries and their sub-contractor, the University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), as the manufacturer for the Pathfinder small satellite cluster...
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Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket Launch System & 3D Printed Rutherford Engine to Blast Off Later This Year

Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket Launch System & 3D Printed Rutherford Engine to Blast Off Later This Year | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Like many humans—and especially because I spend so much time writing on the subjects—I’m often inclined to float away in daydream mode thinking of the expansiveness of space, our travel there, and what more we might find, whether that be positive or terrifying.
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Next Big Future: Discovery of new catalyst materials for lithium-air batteries could enable batteries with five times the energy density of lithium ion batteries

Next Big Future: Discovery of new catalyst materials for lithium-air batteries could enable batteries with five times the energy density of lithium ion batteries | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A UT Dallas researcher has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones. 

Dr. Kyeongjae Cho, professor of materials science and engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has discovered new catalyst materials for lithium-air batteries that jumpstart efforts at expanding battery capacity...
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The chilling effect Peter Thiel’s battle with Gawker could have on Silicon Valley journalism

The chilling effect Peter Thiel’s battle with Gawker could have on Silicon Valley journalism | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For better or worse, Gawker is entitled to the same freedom as any other news outlet. If it crosses the line, as it likely did with wrestler Hulk Hogan, the courts should deal with it. Silicon Valley’s power brokers should not get involved because they have access to resources that rival those of governments. They can outspend any other entity and manipulate public opinion...

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Vancouver tech startup attracts U.S. investors despite vow to stay in Canada

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A Vancouver startup that hopes to improve the process of building mobile software apps has attracted one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms to lead its Series A funding round – on condition that it can stay put in Canada. 

Buddybuild, founded by former Microsoft and Amazon executive Dennis Pilarinos, said on Tuesday that it had raised $7.6-million (U.S.) in a financing led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. U.S investors from its $1.2-million seed financing last year, Amplify Partners, Blooomberg Beta and First Round Capital, also participated...
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Steve Blank on the Tech Bubble: 'VCs Won't Admit They're in a Ponzi Scheme'

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Steve Blank, creator of the "lean startup" movement, explains how the role of venture capital has shifted over time, and why it doesn't bode well for startup founders...
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The Big Read: Sir Richard Branson's space race

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Will Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson's space travel experiment be a roaring success, or a one-way ticket to oblivion?
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Boeing, SpaceX update progress on commercial crew spacecraft

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — When one talks of a space race these days, it is no longer just between geopolitical super powers. Now several U.S. corporations are in a race to develop and launch their own brands of crewed spacecraft for NASA, hopefully starting as soon as 2018. 


Boeing and SpaceX recently presented updates on the progress with their space vessels. The two aerospace firms are working to be the successors to the long-running Space Shuttle program and the answer to America’s current reliance on Russian space systems for placing astronauts in Earth orbit...

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NIAC Focus: In-Space Construction of 1g Growable Habitat

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Tensegrity Approaches to In-Space Construction of a 1g Growable Habitat NASA Innovative Advance Concepts Phase II Award Robert Skelton Texas Engineering Experiment This proposal seeks to design a rotating habitat with a robotic system that...
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1 g habitat in space concept uses a tensegrity approach.
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Big Data meets AIS at exactEarth

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Through its satellite AIS global vessel tracking system exactEarth is offering a comprehensive ability to shipowners and fleet managers to track their vessels of interest regardless of global location for a price point that its president, Peter Mabson, claims is far lower than conventional satcom-based systems...

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Telesat plans broadband constellation

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Canada’s Telesat says it will construct a new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation of Ka-band satellites in order to serve its broadband customers. 

In April Telesat ordered up a pair of experimental satellites (one from Space Systems/Loral and the other from UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology) to help prove Telesat’s new concept, which is to see the LEO traffic merge with its Geostationary satellites, and to test what Telesat describes as a variety of technologies.

Provisional launch date for these satellites is 2017...
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BEAM expanded on International Space Station

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After an initial inflation, further expansion of BEAM was called off today after the process was taking too long with no visible change in size...

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MP DeCourcey to announce funding for advanced airborne remote sensing systems - Canada News Centre

MP DeCourcey to announce funding for advanced airborne remote sensing systems - Canada News Centre | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Matt DeCourcey, the member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, the minister of Innovation, science and Economic Development, will announce support for Canada's aerospace and defence industry on Thursday,  May 26th, at least according to a government of Canada press release...

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The Commercial Space Blog: The "Most Interesting Man in the World" is Building SSTO Spacecraft in Edmonton

The Commercial Space Blog: The "Most Interesting Man in the World" is Building SSTO Spacecraft in Edmonton | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A small, western Canadian company, with connections to government, mining, aerospace and the University of Calgary, is seeking "joint venture projects with major aerospace and space companies," in order to commercialize various "spin-off and patented products" designed originally for use in a single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) hypersonic, air-breathing orbital launch vehicle with more than a passing resemblance to the Skylon space plane...
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Apples and oranges: Why comparing India’s reusable launch vehicle with the space shuttle is totally out of place | The Space Review

Apples and oranges: Why comparing India’s reusable launch vehicle with the space shuttle is totally out of place | The Space Review | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On Monday, the Indian space agency ISRO flew its first reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator vehicle on a brief suborbital flight. Kiran Krishnan Nair argues that while the flight is a step forwards towards an RLV, its importance has been overhyped, particularly in the Indian media...


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