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Com Dev subsidiary ExactEarth going public

Com Dev subsidiary ExactEarth going public | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Com Dev International is spinning off its ExactEarth subsidiary into a publicly traded company...

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First woman to head a major German research facility

First woman to head a major German research facility | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Pascale Ehrenfreund, currently Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute in Washington, is the new Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR)...

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Australia and US sign remote sensing agreement

Australia and US sign remote sensing agreement | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On June 18, 2015 in Canberra, Australia, the U.S. Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia signed a comprehensive new partnership to maximize land remote sensing operations and data that can help to address issues of national and international significance...

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Cellulose from wood can be printed in 3-D

Cellulose from wood can be printed in 3-D | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Goteborg, Sweden (SPX) Jun 22, 2015; A group of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have managed to print and dry three-dimensional objects made entirely by cellulose for the first time with the help of a 3D-bioprinter...

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China's super "eye" to speed up space rendezvous

China's super "eye" to speed up space rendezvous | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Chinese space experts have developed the world's most sensitive "eye" that enables the autonomous rendezvous and docking of two spacecraft - flying eight times faster than bullets - more efficiently and safely.

 

The "eye" is China's newly developed third-generation rendezvous and docking CCD optical imaging sensor. It will be used on China's second orbiting space lab, Tiangong-2, the Chang'e-5 lunar probe and the permanent manned space station, according to China Academy of Space Technology (CAST)...

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From ESA: more than 300 new companies from Space

From ESA: more than 300 new companies from Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

ESA's business incubators hit a milestone this month: they have now fostered 300 start-up companies - and more are joining all the time. Thanks to innovations from the many Business Incubation Centres (BICs) start-ups, leading-edge applications that spring from space are spreading throughout Europe.

 

"Technologies from Europe's space programmes have turned out to be great problem-solvers here on Earth," notes Franco Ongaro, ESA Director of Technical and Quality Management. "They are now used in the most diverse applications, from healthcare to transport, from sport to entertainment, from managing Earth's resources to helping the environment - and many more areas of our daily lives...

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Europe launches next phase of hi-tech Earth satellites

Europe launches next phase of hi-tech Earth satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Kourou (AFP) June 23, 2015 The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the second phase of a 4.3-billion-euro ($4.91-billion) programme to deploy new-generation satellites to monitor environmental damage and aid disaster relief operations,...
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The Commercial Space Blog: Is UrtheCast Becoming Canada's "Other" Space Program?

The Commercial Space Blog: Is UrtheCast Becoming Canada's "Other" Space Program? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Three announcements, each made by Vancouver based UrtheCast within the last week, are obvious reminders that even moderately sized Canadian corporations are quite capable of funding substantial space based activities by raising money on the commercial market.

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UrtheCast, Surrey Satellite + ElecnorDeimos Space combine to build new SAR satellite constellation

UrtheCast, Surrey Satellite + ElecnorDeimos Space combine to build new SAR satellite constellation | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (“UrtheCast” or the “Company”) has revealed their plans to build, launch and operate the world’s first fully-integrated, multispectral optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) commercial constellation of Earth Observation (EO) satellites (the “Constellation”), to be deployed over multiple launches expected in 2019 and 2020...

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These Amateur Maps of the Curiosity Rover Rival NASA's | WIRED

These Amateur Maps of the Curiosity Rover Rival NASA's | WIRED | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

ABOUT 140 MILLION miles away, on a big red rock circling the sun, a little rover by the name of Curiosity is crawling around a barren landscape of stone and silence. But people like to keep track of where their favorite things are. That’s why Canadian astronomer Phil Stooke is mapping the mission’s every move...

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Curtiss-Wright Awarded Contract By The European Space Agency

Curtiss-Wright Awarded Contract By The European Space Agency | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Curtiss-Wright Corporation reports that the Dublin-based operation of its Defense Solutions division received a contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) to supply the Payload Data Router (PLDR) system that will be used to gather data in support of scientific and industrial payloads onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

 

Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright's ACRA Control business in Dublin, Ireland, acting as a prime contractor for ESA, will develop and deliver the PLDR to ESA. The initial contract is valued at $2 million. Delivery of the flight model PLDR is scheduled for 2017...

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A new space race is on to bring the internet to the whole world

A new space race is on to bring the internet to the whole world | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Jun 22, 2015; The race is on to get billions of people connected to the internet via a global network of satellites...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Canadian Space Advocates, Activists and Groups

The Commercial Space Blog: Canadian Space Advocates, Activists and Groups | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

There are a lot of space advocates in Canada. 

Some of them are wrapped around academic institutions. Others are wrapped around ideas such as "open source" or "working in space" and a few are even wrapped around activities like launching rockets or space tourism. 

Below is a representative sampling of some of the more interesting...

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MDA Wins Ground System Contract, Starts Eyeing International Opportunities - Via Satellite

MDA Wins Ground System Contract, Starts Eyeing International Opportunities - Via Satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

[Via Satellite 06-26-2015] Natural Resources Canada(NRCan) has entered a $6 million agreement withMacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) for in-service support to maintain and operate Canada’s national ground station infrastructure at Inuvik, Prince Albert and Gatineau.

 

MDA is also the exclusive supplier for hosting services to international satellite operators who desire to install and operate antennas at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) for satellite control and data reception. The ISSF receives satellite information that is used for environmental monitoring, security and surveillance, and natural resource development...

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Russia Confirms Elimination of US On-Board Computer Failure at ISS

Russia Confirms Elimination of US On-Board Computer Failure at ISS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jun 25, 2015 The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos confirmed that a glitch in the work of an on-board computer in the US segment of the International Space Station (ISS) was eliminated, the agency's spokesman told RIA...

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Is space tourism travelling faster than space law?

Is space tourism travelling faster than space law? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space tourism is fast becoming the new frontier in the transportation business. Driven by profit-making private venture capital, the push to offer customers some direct or indirect experience with space travel is no longer the stuff of comic books or science fiction. The worry is that the legal architecture for this nascent industry has barely got its foundations in order...

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US Rocketeers Take Home Championship

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Paris (SPX) Jun 25, 2015
Seven students from the Russellville City Schools of Russellville, Ala., won first place in the International Rocketry Challenge at the 2015 Paris Air Show on June 19. The U.S.
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The International Rocketry Challenge is the culmination of three separate competitions held annually around the globe: the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR); the United Kingdom Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) sponsored by ADS, the UK Aerospace, Defense, Security and Space association; and the French Rocketry Challenge sponsored by Groupement des Industries Francaises Aeronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), the French aerospace industries association.

 

No Canadian rocketry assocations are involved in the event.

 

Each contest brings together teams of middle and high school students to design, build and launch model rockets with the goal of inspiring young minds to become engaged in science, technology, engineering and math.

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An Interview With Clearpath Robotics CEO Matt Rendall - Cantech Letter

An Interview With Clearpath Robotics CEO Matt Rendall - Cantech Letter | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Founded in 2009 by four University of Waterloo grads, Clearpath Roboticshas racked up some hefty clients, including the Canadian Space Agency and the Department of National Defence.

 

Last August, the company rather brilliantly earned itself some organic publicity by penning an open letter taking a stand against the development of “killer robots”, or autonomous robots that would kill a human without first consulting a human supervisor.

 

The tactic worked to differentiate Clearpath as the more ethical choice in a world in which drones and autonomous technology are increasingly seen as threats to liberty and to humanity itself...

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Roscosmos to Launch More Satellites, Set up Imaging Center

Roscosmos to Launch More Satellites, Set up Imaging Center | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 22, 2015 The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos plans to expand its fleet of satellites for taking images of the Earth, as part of a project to create a new center for global imaging...

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Latest EU Sentinel satellite to track global food crops - BBC News

Latest EU Sentinel satellite to track global food crops - BBC News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The second of the European Union's Sentinel Earth-observing satellites launches on a mission that will allow scientists to map the performance of the world's crop harvests...

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UrtheCast To Acquire Deimos Satellites + Earth Imaging Operations

UrtheCast To Acquire Deimos Satellites + Earth Imaging Operations | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

UrtheCast is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Elecnor, S.A. to acquire its Earth Observation business, Deimos. UrtheCast will soon acquire Deimos ownership, operation of the Deimos-1 and Deimos-2 satellites, and the Deimos global archive of Earth imagery...

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Russia eyes Kazakh cosmonaut as space tourist - The West Australian

Russia eyes Kazakh cosmonaut as space tourist - The West Australian | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (AFP) - Russia on Monday proposed sending a Kazakh cosmonaut to the International Space Station in place of a space tourist in September after a Japanese candidate formally dropped out...

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Red tape grounds North Bay zero gravity flights until 2016

Red tape grounds North Bay zero gravity flights until 2016 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NORTH BAY – The recent excitement over this fall’s celebration of World Space Week lacks a key component, the zero gravity experience promised by Swiss Space Systems (S3).

 

While North Bay’s October Space Week promises to include an opportunity to book a ticket, the city’s zero-G flights, the only ones in Canada, are delayed...

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ESA spaceplane on display

ESA spaceplane on display | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris (ESA) Jun 22, 2015; The February flight of ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is yielding invaluable insights and results for future reentry craft...

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The Star Spot Episode 79: Governing Outer Space, with Lorna Jean Edmonds

The Star Spot Episode 79: Governing Outer Space, with Lorna Jean Edmonds | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As our civilization moves out into the solar system and beyond, will we be ready to govern ourselves in a way better than we have here on Earth?


Today we’re joined at The Star Spot on location at the International Space Development Conference 2015 by space policy thinker and Vice Provost for Global Affairs at Ohio University, Lorna Jean Edmonds, who believes, “those who control the galaxy control the world...

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