It's been almost five years since the Downsview, Ontario based Canadian Air and Space Museum (CASM), was handed an eviction notice by its landlord, Downsview Park in September 2011.
Since then, the museum has been unable to relocate from what was once the head office and primary manufacturing facility for de Havilland Aircraft of Canada at 65 Carl Hall Road in Downsview, Ontario, to new facilities. After a few short term public exhibitions (such as the one outlined in the September 23rd, 2013 CTV post "Convoy escorts Avro Arrow replica to Mississauga for public display"), most of the museum artifacts have ended up in storage.
But in 2015, a $250K CDN "non-receipted" contribution from an unnamed donor essentially cleared off all debts associated with storing the artifacts (most of which ended up in several dozen 40 foot freight containers stored in warehouses at Pearson International Airport in Toronto)...
In ramping up to build 900 small satellites, OneWeb Satellites last month revealed its first three subcontractors that will help build the company’s mega-constellation for low cost space-based telecommunications.
MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) of Canada, Sodern of France, and Teledyne Defence in the United Kingdom are all publicly announced partners in the mega-constellation project that OneWeb Satellites, the joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space tasked with manufacturing the satellites, is leading...
Chuck Black's insight:
As outlined in the article, "The 900 OneWeb spacecraft require 3,600 communication antenna subsystems, which MDA is producing. Joanna Boshouwers, VP and general manager of MDA Satellite Systems, told Via Satellite that the company’s first step is developing designs that are easily producible in terms of manufacturing, Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT). She said early breadboards have already been produced to retire the technical risks and that the ongoing “productization” phase will be critical in achieving the expected delivery rates and budgets."
So everyone has been talking about commercial space. We’ve been thinking about how to frame the future space economy, in a way that makes sense for investors and entrepreneurs alike. Our new framework is based on “Geographies”. There are three geographical regions – Terrestrial, In-Space, and Planetary:
Orbital Access Ltd, headquartered at the iconic Palace of Engineering at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, has announced it will lead the development of UK designed and manufactured horizontal take off space launch systems. The design pictured in the Herald Scotland shows a winged flyback reusable launcher mounted underneath the fuselage of a DC10 wide-body airliner.
Orbital Access Ltd has been established by Stuart McIntyre, grandson of David McIntyre, the founder of Scottish Aviation, and is backed by Scottish Enterprise...
The Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) onboard, Thursday, July 7, 2016, Kazakh time (July 6 Eastern time), Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
There are some things that never get old, and Star Trek seems to be one of them. The original series aired back in the 1960s, but multiple spinoffs, a reboot, and a super-loyal, generation-spanning fan base have kept the franchise very much alive and at the forefront of our pop culture.
Earlier this year, Japan launched a groundbreaking black-hole-monitoring satellite—only to lose control of it almost immediately under strange circumstances. Now, we finally can see what Hitomi did right before it died...
Just a few years ago, any space company that raised money from venture capital (VC) firms would have been big news. Space entrepreneurs, and advocates of commercial space ventures, had long sought to tap into this source of financing, rather they rely on smaller individual investors or self-funding by millionaire or billionaire founders. But VCs, the conventional wisdom went at the time, were not interested in space companies that offered uncertain payoffs that took too long to realize...
Ever consider moving to Mars? The Star Spot did. Along with the University of Toronto Astronomy and Space Exploration Society, we co-hosted a panel event exploring one of the most fascinating questions in which science meets science fiction.
The great terraforming Mars debate.
We were joined by a 5 member panel of experts, representing a wide range of backgrounds. We approached the issue from all angles: physics, astronomy, philosophy, ethics, commerce and politics.
Now over the course of 4 episodes I’m being joined at The Star Spot by each of our guests from that event.
We covered the science of Mars with planetary scientist Paul Delaney. We then turned questions of Martian and Earthling biology with Dr. Olathe MacIntyre. Finally, switching gears, we asked NASA’s planetary protection officer John Rummel if we should terraform a lifeless world.
These have been weighty discussions so in this fourth and final interview with journalist Chuck Black of Canadian Aerospace News we’re going to have a little fun. We’re going to dream of our loftiest vision of a Martian colony and we’re going to ask, if we do opt for colonization, how would we choose who to send as ambassadors of our species...
TOULOUSE, FRANCE – Satellite Internet startup OneWeb Satellites has completed the preliminary design review for its 700-satellite constellation and expects to have its entire satellite subcontractor team committed by by early August, Chief Operating Officer Eric de Saintignon said June 30.
The next step, he said, is a design-to-manufacture period to be followed by production of the first 10 pilot satellites, to be built at Airbus Defence and Space’s production facility here.
The 10 pilots will be launched aboard a Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket in late 2017 and then tested in orbit before full-scale production of the remaining 890 satellites is committed.
Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, July 7, 2016 - According to Euroconsult's latest report, Prospects for the Small Satellite Market, we are on the cusp of a major revolution for the space sector and overall space ecosystem, as more than 3,600 smallsats are expected to be launched over the next ten years, a significant increase from the previous decade.
The total market value of these satellites is anticipated to be $22 billion (manufacture and launch), a 76% increase over that of 2006-2015. This rate of growth is unprecedented for the space sector and will bring about fundamental changes as both new and established industry players attempt to increase their capabilities in order to gain market share...
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