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Space tomatoes provide valuable lessons - Londoner

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As SpaceX prepared to launch a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with supplies and science experiments headed for the International Space Station April 14, students on the ground in London were contemplating obstacles of long-term space travel...

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Stephen Hawking Sings the Monty Python Galaxy Song

The song was originally written for the 1983 film, “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life”...

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Mars rover data boosts hope for liquid water on Mars

Mars rover data boosts hope for liquid water on Mars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) April 13, 2015
Research from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has strengthened hopes that liquid water may exist near the surface of Mars, astrophysicists said on Monday.
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Russia's Angara launcher becomes cheaper to manufacture

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Russia's brand new eco-friendly Angara space launch vehicle will be produced at a plant in the city of Omsk using cutting-edge solutions for manufacturing process, said Andrei Kalinovsky, the head of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center.

 

These two factors will help to reduce manufacturing costs...

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Warning to Canada's Big Five Banks: Startups are Coming - Techvibes.com

Warning to Canada's Big Five Banks: Startups are Coming - Techvibes.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In his annual letter to shareholders this week, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon warned investors and those in the banking industry that "Silicon Valley is coming."

 

"There are hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money working on various alternatives to traditional banking," Dimon wrote in the letter.

 

"The ones you read about most are in the lending business, whereby the firms can lend to individuals and small businesses very quickly and — these entities believe — effectively by using Big Data to enhance credit underwriting."

 

But not all of those startups will be founded in Silicon Valley...

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Samuel Pavin's curator insight, April 15, 3:34 AM

Interesting reaction and vision. Startups are coming, have been for a while but the banking industry has been very slow to even consider technology, new channels and new ways to do business. Warning, too late!(?)

Jan Moore's curator insight, April 15, 11:00 AM

Interesting development in the Canadian banking field.

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Risk of lightning postpones SpaceX launch

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Miami (AFP) April 13, 2015; The risk of lightning postponed Monday's planned launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a load of food and supplies for the International Space Station...

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British astronaut Tim Peake prepares for historic space mission - Daily Mail

British astronaut Tim Peake prepares for historic space mission - Daily Mail | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Father-of-two Tim Peake from Chichester, West Sussex, will make the six-hour flight from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS) in November...
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Video: Podcast: Space Symposium Outlook | Aviation Week

Video: Podcast: Space Symposium Outlook | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ahead of next week's Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, our editors discuss the latest on an American-built engine to send U.S. national security assets to space, competition between ULA and Space X, the state of U.S.-Russian relations and more...

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U of S students prepping rover for Mars space challenge

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The University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team (USST) has big designs on improving its placing in May at the University Rover Challenge (URC) in Hanksville, Utah...

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SpaceX to attempt Falcon 9 first stage landing again with SpX-6 flight - SpaceFlight Insider

SpaceX to attempt Falcon 9 first stage landing again with SpX-6 flight - SpaceFlight Insider | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Pre launch article for the upcoming flight of a SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft that will conduct the 6th CRS flight,
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Guardians of the Galaxy: Russia Creates International Space Patrol

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Russia's Ministry of Defense on April 1 established the Aerospace Monitoring Forces (AMF) tasked with providing security to spacecraft and the International Space Station (ISS) and enforcing international rules of space conduct.

 

The military corps, dubbed the Space Patrol by the Russian media, will carry out joint missions in cooperation with similar forces under development in other countries across the globe, including the United States, China and Germany.

 

The United Nations welcomed Russia's initiative, adding it could lead to a binding international agreement...

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Kitchener startup aims to turn science fiction into science fact - Guelph Mercury

Kitchener startup aims to turn science fiction into science fact - Guelph Mercury | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Dr. McCoy diagnosed and cured many crew members on the USS Enterprise using his trusty tricorder. Now a local startup wants to turn the fictional device from the TV series “Star Trek” into a 21st century consumer product...

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ULA CEO Calls 2018 Availability Date For AR-1 Engine ‘Ridiculous’ | Aviation Week

ULA CEO Calls 2018 Availability Date For AR-1 Engine ‘Ridiculous’ | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno says Aerojet Rocketdyne’s claim of delivering an AR-1 rocket engine capable of operating on the Atlas V or Vulcan vehicles by 2018 is “ridiculous.”
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SpaceX Launch You Up (Uptown Funk Parody) - YouTube

You Elon MUST share this SpaceX music video, and help promote the future of science and space exploration! #GoBold (Lyrics at the bottom!)...

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Astronaut Jeremy Hansen Talks Science Exploration With Byron Northview students

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Students at Byron Northview Public School had an out of this world guest.

 

Astronaut and London native Jeremy Hansen docked at the school to visit students and talk to a grade six class taking part in Tomatosphere...

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4% wholesale service revenues growth for MSS operators in a challenging market

4% wholesale service revenues growth for MSS operators in a challenging market | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, April 15, 2015 - According to Euroconsult's latest report, Mobile Satellite Communications Markets Survey: Prospects to 2024, the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) industry faces multiple challenges, including increasingly omnipresent mobile VSAT, troop withdrawals, government budget reductions, and unfavorable economics in the shipping industry. The future of the MSS industry now depends on how fast MSS operators can adapt to this new market environment...

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SpaceX launch successful but historic booster rocket landing fails again

SpaceX launch successful but historic booster rocket landing fails again | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

(CNN)SpaceX on Tuesday launched a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carrying an uncrewed cargo spacecraft called Dragon on a flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station.

 

That was the easy part. In a difficult bid to land a rocket stage on a floating barge for the first time, the private space exploration company was unsuccessful...

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ULA’s Vulcan Rocket Embraces Reusability, New Upper Stage | Aviation Week

ULA’s Vulcan Rocket Embraces Reusability, New Upper Stage | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

United Launch Alliance intends to incorporate a reusable main engine and re-ignitable upper stage in its newly dubbed Vulcan rocket, which was unveiled here April 13 on the eve of the 15th Space Symposium.

 

This new rocket is the company’s path to substantially reduce its cost to launch — a critical factor as the company’s monopoly over national security launches is eroding — and compete against SpaceX,..

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The Commercial Space Blog: The MOST Space Telescope Joins the Private Sector

The Commercial Space Blog: The MOST Space Telescope Joins the Private Sector | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
It looked like "curtains" for the plucky Microvariability and Oscillation of STars (MOST) micro-satellite in April 2014 when the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced that funding would be withdrawn as of September 9th 2014. But with the assistance of many of the same scientists and engineers who helped design, manufacture and launch the satellite in 2003, MOST remains operational and capable of contributing new data for scientific research...
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The New Yorker talks about "Moving to Mars; Preparing for the longest, loneliest voyage ever"

The New Yorker talks about "Moving to Mars; Preparing for the longest, loneliest voyage ever" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On a clear, cold day in March, 1898, a converted seal-hunting ship named the Belgica gave up struggling against the pack ice of the Bellingshausen Sea and resigned itself to the impending Antarctic winter. The ship was carrying a scientific expedition with an international crew, rare in that phase of polar exploration: nine Belgians, six Norwegians, two Poles, a Romanian, and an American, the ship’s doctor...

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DND search and rescue project on hold

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A project to put search and rescue transponders on U.S. military satellites has been put on hold by the Canadian government.

 

COM DEV International of Cambridge, Ontario, was supposed to design and build the transponders for the Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) project.

 

The government's reasons for delaying the project don't jibe with what military and industry sources are saying...

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The Commercial Space Blog: 2015 is Shaping Up to be a Good Year for UrtheCast

The Commercial Space Blog: 2015 is Shaping Up to be a Good Year for UrtheCast | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Vancouver based, Earth imaging company UrtheCast certainly began 2015 with a bang, starting with the January 2015 announcement that the company was hiring and expanding. Since then, several additional announcements have added to the positive buzz surrounding the publicly traded company...

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France, India to Boost Space Cooperation, Other Joint Projects

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New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 10, 2015; In June 2014, an Indian rocket put into orbit five foreign satellites, including one built by France...

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New DARPA Programs Simultaneously Test Limits of Technology, Credulity

New DARPA Programs Simultaneously Test Limits of Technology, Credulity | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2015 Less than one week after releasing Breakthrough Technologies for National Security, DARPA's latest summary of the Agency's mission, accomplishments and funding priorities for extending its legacy...

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Oksana Borukh's curator insight, April 15, 7:11 AM

DARPA is amazing!