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The Canadian Space Agency has just announced 15 more "priority technologies" it wants to develop

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The Canadian Space Agency isn't waiting for the just announced space advisory committee to get its act together. 


 It just announced another list of 15 priority technologies that it considers necessary to develop for "exploration Beyond Low Earth...

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This latest series of RFP's is part of the Space Technology Development Program (STDP) geared towards developing components for international space missions.

Funding for individual programs range from $200K - $1.4Mln CDN...
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Part 6: A History of the CDN Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets

Part 6: A History of the CDN Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The 1980's, A "National Space Agency," Canadarm's Rollout, The Second Three Year Space Plan & Canada's First Astronauts..
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Space Advisory Committee Members Announced: Stakeholders Begin Independently Releasing Their Own Views, Just in Case

Space Advisory Committee Members Announced: Stakeholders Begin Independently Releasing Their Own Views, Just in Case | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
With almost no fanfare in either the mainstream media or amongst the Federal government, but with a great deal of confusion from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), the Federal government department tasked with administering its activities. the members of the long awaited space advisory board were finally announced on Tuesday evening...
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Aerospace Industry Association of Canada supports new federal space advisory board

Aerospace Industry Association of Canada supports new federal space advisory board | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
April 19, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – Yesterday evening the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), announced the renewal of the federal Space Advisory Board, including the appointment of new members and a new mandate. 

The board has been tasked with consulting Canadians on a new vision for Canada’s space sector and providing advice to the government on key elements of a new Canadian space strategy that will be launched in the summer.
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And why not. New advisory board member Michael Pley, once CEO of iconic Canadian space corporation COM DEV International before it was purchased by US based Honeywell in 2016, is currently the chair of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada’s Space Committee...
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Student-built satellite puts Alberta into orbit

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The student-built ‘Ex-Alta 1’ will begin measuring conditions in Earth’s magnetic field as early as next month
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Report: Canada should work with U.S. to protect satellites as “critical infrastructure” - SpaceNews.com

Report: Canada should work with U.S. to protect satellites as “critical infrastructure” - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
VICTORIA, British Columbia — Canada’s space assets must be declared as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure and the country should work with the U.S. to protect those systems from threats, a new report from a Canadian Senate committee recommends. 

 The report from the Senate’s Standing Committee on National Security and Defence and Security could give a boost to efforts by the Canadian Space Agency which has, in the past, been promoting the idea of classifying many of the country’s satellites as critical infrastructure. 

The Canadian government should “designate satellites and radar installations as critical infrastructure and seek ways to secure the full spectrum of all critical infrastructure assets against significant threats, including electromagnetic pulse, by 2020 in partnership with the United States and other countries,” the committee noted in its report dated April 13. 

The report, which took a year to complete, is titled “Military Underfunded: The Walk Must Match the Talk” and it focuses largely on defense spending and capabilities...
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Former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin supports DARPA's MDA/SSL contracts

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Former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin comes to the defense of DARPA's contested satellite-servicing partnership with MacDonald Dettwilers US subsidiary, Space Systems Loral...

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Atlas 5 launches Cygnus cargo mission to ISS - SpaceNews.com

Atlas 5 launches Cygnus cargo mission to ISS - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An Atlas 5 successfully launched a Cygnus spacecraft April 18 carrying three and a half tons of cargo for the International Space Station...

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7 Awesome things to know about the webb space telescope

7 Awesome things to know about the webb space telescope | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful space telescope ever built, is on schedule to launch on October 2018 at dawn from French Guiana in South America.

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Update on Russian Rockets in NS. Intelsat Hunting for Canadian Gov't Satellite Contracts & More Ukrainian Lybid News

Update on Russian Rockets in NS. Intelsat Hunting for Canadian Gov't Satellite Contracts & More Ukrainian Lybid News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
For the week of April 17th, 2017, here are a few of the stories we're currently tracking for the Commercial Space blog:...
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The IGY, the Avro Arrow & Jetliner, Lapp, Stehling, Bull & Blue Streak in Pt 5 of 150 Years of CDN Aerospace History

The IGY, the Avro Arrow & Jetliner, Lapp, Stehling, Bull & Blue Streak in Pt 5 of 150 Years of CDN Aerospace History | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In 1955 President Eisenhower announced that the United States would contribute to the 75th anniversary of the International Polar Year by launching an orbiting satellite. This new scientific global initiative was to be called the International Geophysical Year (IGY) because scientists would now study the whole planet, rather than just the polar regions. Kurt Stehling was now in Princeton New Jersey working for the Naval Research Laboratory and he was assigned to be chief of propulsion on the as-yet untested launch vehicle for the proposed IGY satellite...
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Continuous Electrode Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion

Continuous Electrode Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
NASA recognizes within its roadmaps (specifically TA 3.1.6) that development of aneutronic fusion (such as p-11B) reactors with direct energy conversion (over 80%) would be an enabling technology to achieve low specific mass (kg / kW) through the elimination of shielding and potentially the need for dedicated radiators. 

In addition, material activation due to neutron capture could be avoided. The challenge is of course to develop a plasma confinement system that is far less massive than the current leading (magnetic/inertial) approaches, but consumes less power than is generated by the fusion process – a feat that has yet to be achieved even terrestrially...
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Asteroid Prospects III: In pursuit of a thriving space economy - Space Angels

Asteroid Prospects III: In pursuit of a thriving space economy - Space Angels | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
By Chad Anderson and Kelsey Tollefson | Executive Editor John Lenker This is the third article in a three-part series about the prospects and future of space mining. Part one, “Asteroid Prospects: The Facts and Future of Space Mining” can be found here. “Asteroid Prospects II: Between a Rock and a Hard Place” can be...Read More
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NASA Cuts A Check To Underwrite Asteroid Mining

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NASA awarded $125,000 to a mining company to develop technology to extract minerals embedded in asteroids. 


NASA will pay Deep Space Industries (DSI) for technology to return mined minerals from asteroids to Earth’s orbit. DSI is developing a way to use aerobraking to bring minerals back to Earth...

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Thousands of tiny satellites are about to go into space and possibly ruin it forever

Thousands of tiny satellites are about to go into space and possibly ruin it forever | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Halfway through the European Space Agency's new film, we're at the part where — if this were some happy space documentary from yesteryear — Carl Sagan might be giving us a tour of a distant galaxy. 

But it's 2017, Sagan is dead, and this is a film about space trash. So six minutes in, we're stuck a mere 800 miles above Earth, watching a wasp swarm of defunct satellites whip around the globe to a frenetic soundtrack that sounds like the end of “The Dark Knight.” 

 It's a dramatic simulation of what low Earth orbit looks like today...
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China Prepares Another Step Toward Own Space Station

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Chinese human-spaceflight managers are ready to launch their nation’s long-awaited robotic cargo vehicle to the Tiangong-2 orbital outpost...

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U.S. government rejects Chinese investment in Global Eagle

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The planned equity investment into GEE by China’s HNA Group has been rejected, on national security grounds, by the U.S. government. The parties will amend the deal and resubmit...
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Gee, maybe Canada should try this approach once or twice...
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A discussion on the report by a federal panel looking at scientific research funding in Canada

A discussion on the report by a federal panel looking at scientific research funding in Canada | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Got questions about Canada's science policy? Tune into our Facebook Live stream of Dr. David Naylor's talk on this expert panel report and pos

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The Canadian Space Agency has just announced 15 more "priority technologies" it wants to develop

The Canadian Space Agency has just announced 15 more "priority technologies" it wants to develop | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Agency isn't waiting for the just announced space advisory committee to get its act together. 


 It just announced another list of 15 priority technologies that it considers necessary to develop for "exploration Beyond Low Earth...

Chuck Black's insight:
This latest series of RFP's is part of the Space Technology Development Program (STDP) geared towards developing components for international space missions.

Funding for individual programs range from $200K - $1.4Mln CDN...
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Innovation Minister Bains Announces New Members of the Space Advisory Board

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The Government of Canada has finally announced the new members of the Space Advisory Board.


The new board will be chaired by Dr. Marie Lucy Stojak, Director of the School on Management of Creativity and Innovation at HEC Montréal. 


The members of the board are: 


* Dr. James Drummond, a professor at Dalhousie University. 

* William MacDonald Evans, the president of W. MacDonald Evans Consulting Inc. and an ex-president of the Canadian Space Agency.

* Stéphane Germain, the president and CEO of GHGSat Inc. 

* Dr. Douglas Hamilton, the clinical associate professor of internal medicine and an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at the University of Calgary

* Michelle Mendes, the executive director of the Canadian Space Commerce Association

* Dr. Gordon Osinski, an associate professor at Western University and the natural sciences and engineering research council of Canada industrial research chair in planetary geology 

* Michael Pley, currently the President of Pley Consulting Inc. and the chair of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada’s Space Committee. Pley was also president of COM DEV International before the company was purchased by Honeywell in 2016.  

* Dr. Afzal Suleman, the Canada research chair in computational and experimental mechanics and a professor in the department of mechanical engineering and the director of the Centre for Aerospace Research, at the University of Victoria 

* Christine Tovee, an independent consultant, who once worked for Airbus.


As a part of the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, the board will engage with Canadians to develop a new vision for Canada’s space sector and define key elements of a strategy that will be launched this summer. 


The advisory board’s input will inform the strategy, which will focus on using space to drive broader economic growth and innovation, while inspiring the next generation of space scientists. 

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SS John Glenn Launching Science Stash to Space Station atop Atlas V April 18 - Watch Live and 360 Degree Video - Universe Today

SS John Glenn Launching Science Stash to Space Station atop Atlas V April 18 - Watch Live and 360 Degree Video - Universe Today | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - The ‘SS John Glenn’ cargo freighter stands proudly poised for launch at pad 41 from the Florida Space Coast on Tuesday April 18, loaded with a stash of nearly 4 tons of science investigations and essential supplies atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket destined for the multinational crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS)...

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The cargo also includes the Canadian built AlbertaSat, which as outlined in the AlbertaSat website (https://albertasat.ca/projects/) which "will provide a platform for the University of Alberta to demonstrate their newly designed digital fluxgate magnetometer in a space environment."
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Canada science review: will funding plea be put into practice?

Canada science review: will funding plea be put into practice? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Scholars applaud recommendation to increase cash for basic research, but question significance of post-budget release
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"Massive" Review of Federal Science Funding Finally Released; Will Likely Soon "Drop Down the Memory Hole"

"Massive" Review of Federal Science Funding Finally Released; Will Likely Soon "Drop Down the Memory Hole" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A "massive" review of Federal science funding, announced in June, 2016 by the Justin Trudeau Liberal government, finally released its report on April 10th. 


But the review is expected to quickly slide into irrelevance because of first recommendation for additional funding to assist "younger researchers" attempting to establish their careers through government funded research and its second recommendation, to form yet another committee tasked with further assessing the situation.


A reasonable person might ask why this will happen? That answer is revealingly obvious...

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Part 5: A History of the Canadian Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets

Part 5: A History of the Canadian Space Program - Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The 1970’s also saw the beginning of Canada’s interests in using satellites for observing the earth. During the 1960’s, NASA had launched several weather satellites, including the Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) and the NIMBUS satellites. Canadian scientists, primarily at the National Research Council (NRC) and the Meteorological Services of Canada (MSC), had participated in using these satellites on an experimental basis. In 1971, the MSC set up a Satellite Data Laboratory at its new headquarters in Downsview, Ontario...

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Ukrainian satellite Lybid could be launched by late 2017 – acting SSAU head

Ukrainian satellite Lybid could be launched by late 2017 – acting SSAU head | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The first Ukrainian telecommunications satellite Lybid build in international cooperation with participation of Canada and Russia could be placed into orbit in the fourth quarter of 2017, acting Head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) Yuriy Radchenko has said...

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A contract for the construction of a national telecommunications satellite Lybid was signed by the SSAU and Canada's MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) in December 2009. 

The Lybid is based on the Express-1000NT platform, developed by Russia's Reshetnev ISS...
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Legendary flight director praises SpaceX for “taking risks”

Legendary flight director praises SpaceX for “taking risks” | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

They're willing to risk their future in order to accomplish the objective...

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