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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...

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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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Civil/Military Aerospace Split Has Outlived Its Usefulness

Civil/Military Aerospace Split Has Outlived Its Usefulness | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Compared to the cold radioactive vacuum of space, survival in combat is a piece of cake...

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Bulgaria’s first communications satellite heaved into orbit – Spaceflight Now

Bulgaria’s first communications satellite heaved into orbit – Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Launching into a sun-splashed summertime afternoon sky, a previously-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket climbed into orbit from Florida’s east coast Friday with a U.S.-built, Bulgarian-owned television broadcasting satellite. 

 In a secondary objective, the Falcon 9’s first stage booster descended back to Earth and slowed down for a jarring touchdown on SpaceX’s drone ship holding position several hundred miles east of Cape Canaveral...
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Norsat International investors approve takeover bid from Chinese firm

Norsat International investors approve takeover bid from Chinese firm | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

​Norsat International Inc. says its securityholders have voted to approve a controversial takeover of the company by Chinese company Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. 


The Canadian satellite communications firm says its securityholders voted 72.53 per cent in favour of the offer of $11.50 US per share. 


The deal has been the focus of a debate over national security risks and the federal government's willingness to approve a Chinese takeover of a Canadian technology company. 


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Canada consulted the U.S., a major Norsat customer, before concluding that Hytera's takeover doesn't pose any national security concerns...

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As outlined in the June 23rd, 2017 Norsat Press release, "Norsat Securityholders Approve Plan of Arrangement with Hytera Communications Co., Ltd.," at http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/norsat-securityholders-approve-plan-of-arrangement-with-hytera-communications-co-ltd-630324853.html, the completion of the arrangement "remains conditional on approval by the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the "Court"), as well as obtaining regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions. "

Norsat intends to apply for a final order of the Court approving the Arrangement on June 27, 2017...
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FACETS Endorsed as Official Journal of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science

FACETS Endorsed as Official Journal of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Ottawa, ON (June 20, 2017) - Canadian Science Publishing, an independent, not-for-profit scholarly publisher dedicated to serving the needs of researchers and their communities, and the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the country’s senior collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists, announced today that FACETS has been selected as the official journal of the RSC’s Academy of Science. 

FACETS is Canada’s first and only multidisciplinary open access science journal that publishes and shares rigorously peer-reviewed science which matters to Canadians, as well as the international community, from policy and regulatory frameworks, to cross-disciplinary research and scientific approaches that address questions and issues in new ways...
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Chinese Social Media Giant Tencent's Startup Investment Frenzy Now Reaches Outer Space

Chinese Social Media Giant Tencent's Startup Investment Frenzy Now Reaches Outer Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Tencent Holdings Ltd. is best known for super-app WeChat and its relentless pace of startup investment. Now the Chinese social media giant is looking beyond Earth-bound opportunities. 

China’s largest corporation has invested in Moon Express, a startup that aims to put drones on the lunar body; Argentina’s Satellogic, which specializes in satellite imagery; and Planetary Resources, which is looking into asteroid-mining. They’re an unusual trio of investments for a company that typically seeks out terrestrial entertainment content and up-and-coming technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality...
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Classic Trek Offers Advice to the Canadian Space Industry on Our Latest Postponed Space Plan

Classic Trek Offers Advice to the Canadian Space Industry on Our Latest Postponed Space Plan | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has gone on record to address the rumours that an expected report from the Federal Space Advisory Board will not be ready in time to meet the government's self-imposed June 2017 deadline for publication. 

As outlined in a June 22nd, 2017 e-mail from ISED media relations officer Hans Parmar, the report is to be updated to become more "action oriented."

Parmar provided no estimate of when the final report would be completed and refused to answer a question on whether the report will be ready for September, when an expected Federal Cabinet shuffle could potentially plop a new Liberal face into Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains' current portfolio and cause the entire process to reset to zero...
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HTS Capacity Lease Revenues to Reach More Than $6 Billion by 2025; Euroconsult

HTS Capacity Lease Revenues to Reach More Than $6 Billion by 2025; Euroconsult | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, June 21, 2017 - According to Euroconsult's latest report, High Throughput Satellites: Vertical Market Analysis & Forecasts, the total committed investment from the 30 satellite operators in HTS systems has reached nearly $19 billion. 

Compared to the 36 launches of GEO-HTS systems over the past decade, another ~100 GEO-HTS systems are expected to launch from 2017 to 2025, at an average of 11 launches per year. 

Of these ~100 GEO-HTS systems, roughly 60 have yet to be officially contracted and are still open to the market...
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New Canadian Space Strategy Delayed - SpaceQ

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Canada's new Space Strategy will not be unveiled this month as previously expected but delayed until later this summer or early fall...

Chuck Black's insight:
As notorious space Liberal Marc Boucher has finally acknowledged in his post, and as the rest of us knew for quite some time, the new Canadian space strategy will be delayed until "later this summer or early fall."

Or maybe even longer. 

There are simply no ideas currently on the table capable of typing together the disparate needs of the various constituencies from academia, law, business and government working from Inuvik to Ottawa into a coherent whole.

One thing the post didn't note was how much the attempted sale of Norsat to either Hytera or Privet has further upset the Liberal apple cart, when it comes to space.

The Norsat situation should reach its peak over the next week or so, as the major players digest the consequences of whatever decision the reconvened Norsat board makes on Thursday...

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Norsat Board will recommend Hytera purchase, not Privet offer at Thursday AGM

Norsat Board will recommend Hytera purchase, not Privet offer at Thursday AGM | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Norsat has entered into "an amended arrangement agreement (the "Amended Arrangement Agreement") with Hytera Project Corp. ("Hytera"), a subsidiary of Hytera Communications Co., Ltd., pursuant to which Hytera will acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Norsat for $11.50 in United States dollars ("USD") in cash per share, pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement"). All unexercised options and restricted share units will also be acquired under the Arrangement."


The proposed transaction values Norsat at approximately $70.6Mln USD ($94Mln CDN)...

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The Arrangement will be subject to a number of customary conditions, including the approval of at least 66 2/3% of the votes cast by security holders at the Meeting.

As per the June 19th, 2017 Privet press release, "Privet Fund Management LLC Announces Intention To Vote Against Arrangement Resolution Between Norsat International and Hytera Communications Co," at http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/privet-fund-management-llc-announces-intention-to-vote-against-arrangement-resolution-between-norsat-international-and-hytera-communications-co-629383053.html , Privet already owns 17.6% of the common shares of Norsat, and intends to vote against the Hytera offer...
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Federal delays 'canary in a coal mine' for Inuvik's satellite industry, says company director

Federal delays 'canary in a coal mine' for Inuvik's satellite industry, says company director | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A satellite company says federal licensing delays are making Canada - and Inuvik's fledgling satellite industry - one of the most difficult jurisdictions in the world to work in...

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The Journey to Mars seems to be pretty much dead

The Journey to Mars seems to be pretty much dead | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
On Friday, the space agency released what it called a "mid-year report" on NASA five months into the presidency of Donald Trump. The nearly five-minute video is mostly a chronological summary of NASA's announcements so far this year and seems designed to highlight all of the things the new administration has accomplished in space. However, there are some curious inclusions and omissions in the promotional video that provide clues about where NASA is headed under the new administration...
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NAV Canada's Game Changing Global Space-Based Real-Time Flight Tracking System Nearing Completion

NAV Canada's Game Changing Global Space-Based Real-Time Flight Tracking System Nearing Completion | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On January 14th of this year, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, launched the first 10 satellites of the Iridium Next satellite constellation. This coming Sunday another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch, with the next 10 satellites in the constellation to be deployed. 


When the constellation is completed in 2018, there will be 66 cross-linked operational satellites along with 9 in-orbit spares and another 6 on the ground for future replenishment...

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Insurance Underwriters in Space at the 2017 World Space Risk Forum

Insurance Underwriters in Space at the 2017 World Space Risk Forum | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The 2017 World Space Risk Forum (WSRF), first organized in 2010 "as a forum for the global space community to better understand space risks, new technologies and innovations with the goal to find ways to best mitigate risks, allowing space to become a safer place to do business," wound up its most recent one day event in London, UK last week with a consensus that the space industry is at a tipping point...

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Will Mars Go Mute? NASA's Aging Orbiters May Not Last Long Enough to Support Future Exploration

Will Mars Go Mute? NASA's Aging Orbiters May Not Last Long Enough to Support Future Exploration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A cry for help has come from planetary scientists pleading for a Next Mars Orbiter—or NeMO for short. Researchers say the spacecraft fleet currently orbiting the Red Planet are aging and there are no replacements in the works, imperiling future Mars landers, rovers and even possible human missions that will depend on orbiters to talk to Earth. 


“We are at a turning point in Mars exploration,” says Casey Dreier, director of space policy at The Planetary Society. “NASA declares itself on a ‘Journey to Mars,’ but it can’t even invest in the most basic infrastructure to ensure that goal moves forward...

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The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed

The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TORONTO — As an undergraduate at Cambridge University, Geoffrey Everest Hinton thought a lot about the brain. He wanted to better understand how it worked but was frustrated that no field of study — from physiology and psychology to physics and chemistry — offered real answers. 


So he set about building his own computer models to mimic the brain’s process...

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Lack of satellite orders triggers layoffs at Space Systems Loral - SpaceNews.com

Lack of satellite orders triggers layoffs at Space Systems Loral - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Citing a long-term drought in satellite orders, Space Systems Loral has laid off employees at its California satellite plant, it confirmed June 22....

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MDA to study use of Synthetic Aperture Radar for Mars science and space exploration

MDA to study use of Synthetic Aperture Radar for Mars science and space exploration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER, June 22, 2017 /CNW/ -  MacDonald, Dettwiler and
Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has signed a contract with the

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U.S. criticizes Ottawa's oversight of Chinese high-tech takeovers

U.S. criticizes Ottawa's oversight of Chinese high-tech takeovers | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The head of the House Armed Services Committee in Washington is urging Ottawa to be “more vigilant” in its national-security process when Chinese investors want to buy Canadian high-tech firms that specialize in sophisticated military hardware. 


Representative Mac Thornberry was responding to The Globe and Mail reports on a bid by Hytera Communications Corp. of Shenzhen, China, to take over Vancouver-based Norsat International Inc., which sells satellite technology to the U.S. military and NATO. The government approved the sale without a formal national security review...

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Think tank leads corporate-funded campaign to sway Canadians on Chinese trade

Think tank leads corporate-funded campaign to sway Canadians on Chinese trade | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Nearly nine in 10 Canadians are 'uncomfortable' with the idea of China gaining more access to Canada’s economy
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Accounting Firm Sponsors Canadian Science and Technology Reporting Award

Accounting Firm Sponsors Canadian Science and Technology Reporting Award | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
CATAAlliance, Canada's One Voice For Innovation lobby group, is pleased to announce the newly branded MNP Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting. 

The annual award is granted to a journalist or writer who has raised the public profile of science and technology through clear and engaging articles. 

MNP (http://www.mnp.ca/en), one of Canada's leading accounting, tax and consulting firms, has thrown it support behind the 2018 award. 

"We're proud to have MNP as the major sponsor recognizing outstanding technology and science industry reporting," said John Reid, CATAAlliance president. MNP has been promoting technology and science for decades through individuals and companies across the country, helping them succeed and grow in domestic and international markets...
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Quebec funding for MacDonald Dettwiler's $202Mln CDN Centre of Excellence

Quebec funding for MacDonald Dettwiler's $202Mln CDN Centre of Excellence | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
MacDonald, Dettwiler got some financial help from the Quebec government last week for its $202 million expansion project.

With more than 800 employees, the new expansion will support 169 high-tech jobs as the Quebec Liberals are granting three million and a loan of $45 million in order “to develop a centre of excellence for satellites,” said Jacques-Cartier MNA and Native Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley who was representing the Ministry of Economy. 

The new project will include the development of three new satellites for the Canadian Space Agency that will “open up windows of possibilities for tomorrow,” said Kelley.
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May 19th Space Advisory Board Roundtable on the North and Canada’s Future in Space has been posted

May 19th Space Advisory Board Roundtable on the North and Canada’s Future in Space has been posted | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The high level overviews, generalizations and platitudes included with this final roundtable are most effectively understood after reading a more specific account of the situation in the north

An good example would be the June 20th, 2017 CBC News post, "Federal delays 'canary in a coal mine' for Inuvik's satellite industry, says company director," at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/inuvik-satellite-delays-1.4168485 which discusses why Planet Labs' new satellites are now tied to a station in Antarctica instead of the originally planned new Inuvik station...
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Liberal ministers meet Lockheed Martin at Paris Air Show, snub Boeing

Liberal ministers meet Lockheed Martin at Paris Air Show, snub Boeing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Trudeau government appears to have given aerospace giant Boeing the cold shoulder in Paris — the latest sign that the Liberal government’s plan to buy Super Hornet fighter jets could be on the rocks...

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Meet some of the young engineers getting Canada's RADARSAT Constellation satellites ready for space!

Meet some of the young engineers getting Canada's RADARSAT Constellation satellites ready for space! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
2017-06-13 - Meet some of the young engineers getting Canada's RADARSAT Constellation ready for space!
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Taylor and Gibbs: A big step forward for Canada's federal scientists

Taylor and Gibbs: A big step forward for Canada's federal scientists | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (the union representing the majority of federal scientists) and the Liberal government have signed a new collective agreement, with an explicit commitment to create science integrity policies for all federal departments (with 10 or more scientific staff) by 2018...
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