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Canadian Opposition Asks: Où est le boeuf? at Parabolic Arc

Canadian Opposition Asks: Où est le boeuf? at Parabolic Arc | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
After nearly running the Canadian Space Agency into the ground with short-sighted budget cuts and sheer incompetence, the Conservatives are now trying to convince Canadians that they're its biggest champions.
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Largest Flock of Earth-Imaging Satellites Launch into Orbit From ISS

Largest Flock of Earth-Imaging Satellites Launch into Orbit From ISS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 12, 2014
It is often said that if everyone had the opportunity to see Earth from the perspective of astronauts in space, respect and admiration for our planet would grow and the environment would be better protected.
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Episode 46: A Space Travel Agent and A Space Journalist, with Leon Graafland and Elizabeth Howell

Episode 46: A Space Travel Agent and A Space Journalist, with Leon Graafland and Elizabeth Howell | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
For more info on the podcast, please see our About page. Feature Guests: Leon Graafland and Elizabeth Howell On today's episode of the star spot we conclude our coverage of the 2013 Canadian Space ...
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Crowdfunding Mars, crowdinvesting a space company

Crowdfunding Mars, crowdinvesting a space company | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

When Mars One announced in December its plans for its first robotic precursor missions to Mars, it also started a crowdfunding campaign to raise $400,000. Those funds, the Dutch-based nonprofit organization said, would not be used to fund the robotic mission concept studies announced in December for a lander and orbiter, but “will help us achieve our goals more rapidly” and also demonstrate public interest in Mars One’s ultimate plans to send humans on one-way journeys to Mars, officials said then.


The results for Mars One, as the crowdfunding campaign ended earlier this week, are mixed. Mars One fell short of its $400,000 goal, ending up with $313,749, even after extending the deadline for the effort. However, since Mars One used Indiegogo, rather than Kickstarter and its all-or-nothing model, Mars One does get the money it did raise, making it one of the largest space-related crowdfunding efforts to date. Whether it demonstrated the broad public interest in Mars One that the organization hoped, though, remains to be seen...

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Google plans aerospace and robotics projects for Hangar One - San Jose Mercury News

Google plans aerospace and robotics projects for Hangar One - San Jose Mercury News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MOUNTAIN VIEW -- If you were Google, what would you do with a 350,000-square-foot hangar that was originally built to house helium airships for the U.S. Navy?

 

How about using its cavernous interior for building and testing new robots, planetary rovers and other space or aviation technology?

A NASA spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that those plans are part of the proposal submitted by a subsidiary of the giant Internet company, along with restoring the outside of the landmark structure known as Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield. Based on that proposal, U.S. officials said this week they will negotiate a long-term lease with Google for a significant portion of the former naval base, including three historic hangars, two runways and some adjacent land and buildings...

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Generation Orbit Signs Investment Banking Agreement with The Inman Company

Generation Orbit Signs Investment Banking Agreement with The Inman Company | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On January 17th, 2014, Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) signed an exclusive investment banking agreement with The Inman Company, a leading regional investment banking firm. As part of the GO team, Inman will assist in raising capital to fund GO’s continuing growth and will then advise management on maximizing shareholder value.

 

Generation Orbit, with its network of key industry participants, is developing the GOLauncher, an air-launched rocket system specifically designed for launching small satellite payloads. GOLauncher offers fast, flexible, and dedicated space transportation services for nano and microsatellites, enabling developers and operators to unlock the full commercial and scientific potential of this rapidly growing market segment...

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NewSpace, Software Incubator Culture and the Investor Landscape

NewSpace, Software Incubator Culture and the Investor Landscape | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On February 7th, Canada’s Space Policy Framework was released to the public. One of its stated “key principles” is “positioning the private sector at the forefront of space activities.” So its a good thing that Canada is well-equipped to implement this principle by leveraging the strength of its growing tech start-up/incubator culture.

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Wells Fargo Analyst Thinks Intelsat Could Make a Move for Telesat - Via Satellite

Wells Fargo Analyst Thinks Intelsat Could Make a Move for Telesat - Via Satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
[Via Satellite 2-10-2014] Intelsat could make a move for Telesat, according to Wells Fargo — and at a stroke, the “Big Four” would become a “Big Three.” In a research note, titled “Telesat Overview – Potential Satellite M&A target,” Wells Fargo Senior Analyst Andrew Spinola believes it is more than possible that Intelsat could pursue [...]
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NASA, the Aerospace Welfare Queen - Ludwig von Mises Institute ...

NASA, the Aerospace Welfare Queen - Ludwig von Mises Institute ... | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In contrast to NASA, privately financed aerospace engineer Burt Rutan developed energy efficient aircraft and spacecraft. In June 2004, his SpaceShipOne was the first privately built craft to reach space.
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Conservatives Form Committees; NDP Says "Incompetence Crippling Space Sector!"

Conservatives Form Committees; NDP Says "Incompetence Crippling Space Sector!" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
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There was once a time when the Industry Minister didn't need to be in the room when his department announced the formation of two new committees to supervise ongoing activities.
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NDP issues press release, "Conservative incompetence crippling space sector"

NDP issues press release, "Conservative incompetence crippling space sector" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After nearly running the Canadian Space Agency into the ground with short-sighted budget cuts and sheer incompetence, the Conservatives are now trying to convince Canadians that they’re its biggest champions.

 

“Conservatives are compromising middle-class jobs in this innovative sector,” said NDP Industry critic Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain).

 

“Thanks to Conservative ineptitude, important projects like the Radarsat Constellation Mission are late, over budget and jobs have been lost...

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The ducks are beginning to line up for a real debate on Canada's space future. 

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Nearly 40 Teams At Starting Line Of Inspiration Mars Mission Competition

Nearly 40 Teams At Starting Line Of Inspiration Mars Mission Competition | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
An artist’s concept of how the spacecraft for the Inspiration Mars Foundation’s “Mission for America” might be configured. Credit: Inspiration Mars.

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This Inspiration Mars project morphs into a design competition for students at 56 insitutions in 15 countries. This is a great way to generate potentially revolutionary ideas on an extremely low budget.

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Report: U.S. science and technology lead diminishing as Asia competes

Report: U.S. science and technology lead diminishing as Asia competes | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Feb 7, 2013
U.S. predominance in science and technology eroded during the last decade as many Asian nations increased their innovation capacities, a report indicates.
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Farewell to Yutu

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Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 12, 2014
By now, it seems almost certain that China's Yutu Moon rover has died a premature death in the cold lunar night. The rover has been exposed to sunlight for a few days, and there has been no word of it waking up.
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Sign up for Aerospace and Space News: The weekly newsletter of the Canadian Space Commerce Association

Sign up for Aerospace and Space News: The weekly newsletter of the Canadian Space Commerce Association | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Summaries of current information from the Commercial Space Blog, the Space Conference News website, the Canadian Space Commerce Association and other sources are compiled into a weekly e-mail, which is sent out as a free service to readers, every Tuesday.


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Is it time to lift alcohol ban in space?

Is it time to lift alcohol ban in space? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Voice of Russia) Feb 12, 2014 -
Russians were not only the first to travel to space. They were also the first to secretly carry a bottle of brandy aboard a spaceship...

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"Notes from the Commercial Space blog" is now "Aerospace and Space News"

"Notes from the Commercial Space blog" is now "Aerospace and Space News" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

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Seven new stories each week covering Canada... Enjoy. 

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2014 Winter Olympics are "Out of this World"

2014 Winter Olympics are "Out of this World" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The 2014 Winter Olympics had an out of this world theme all throughout the opening ceremony and even prior, spreading the international love of space and stellar exploration...

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US, France sign deal for 2016 Mars lander

US, France sign deal for 2016 Mars lander | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Feb 11, 2014
The United States and France Monday unveiled plans to collaborate on a new Mars mission, two years after NASA withdrew from a European partnership to send a probe and lander to the Red Planet.
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Skybox Imaging selects MDA/ SSL to build 13 Low Earth Orbit imaging satellites

Skybox Imaging selects MDA/ SSL to build 13 Low Earth Orbit imaging satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

PALO ALTO, CA, Feb. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced it was awarded a contract by Skybox Imaging to build an advanced constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites for Earth imaging. The contract award helps SSL, which is best known for its high-power geostationary communications satellites, to further expand its capabilities building LEO imaging satellites and solutions.

SSL will build 13 small LEO satellites, each about 60 x 60 x 95 centimeters and weighing roughly 120 kilograms, to be launched in 2015 and 2016. These satellites, based on a Skybox design, will capture sub-meter color imagery and up to 90-second clips of HD video with 30 frames per second. Once the 13 satellites are launched, Skybox will be able to revisit any point on Earth three times per day.

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Mars One misses its Indigogo fundraising goal

Mars One misses its Indigogo fundraising goal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As you know, our campaign is coming to a close. So far, we have raised an impressive 290,000 dollars. As a community, we’ve actually raised more money during this two-month campaign than we raised from private donations over the past two years. An incredible feat. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts...

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Of course, the goal was 400K. 

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Russia expects to launch over dozen spacecraft before May

Russia expects to launch over dozen spacecraft before May | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Feb 10, 2014
Russia expects to launch 17 spacecraft from four space centers within the next three months, a source from the rocket and space industry told Interfax news agency on Wednesday.
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Affordable habitats means more Buck Rogers for less money says Bigelow | NASASpaceFlight.com

Affordable habitats means more Buck Rogers for less money says Bigelow | NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Robert Bigelow, founder and President of Bigelow Aerospace, believes that cost effective habitats and transportation systems are key to America’s space explorations ambitions throughout the solar system. In expansive documentation provided to NASA, Bigelow Aerospace presented a fleet of vehicles that could enable humanity’s ambitions...

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NASA bets on private companies to exploit moon's resources

NASA bets on private companies to exploit moon's resources | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) Feb 09, 2014
NASA - building on successful partnerships with private companies to resupply the International Space Station - is now looking to private entrepreneurs to help exploit resources on the moon.
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Affordable habitats means more Buck Rogers for less money says Bigelow | NASASpaceFlight.com

Affordable habitats means more Buck Rogers for less money says Bigelow | NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Robert Bigelow, founder and President of Bigelow Aerospace, believes that cost effective habitats and transportation systems are key to America’s space explorations ambitions throughout the solar system. In expansive documentation provided to NASA, Bigelow Aerospace presented a fleet of vehicles that could enable humanity’s ambitions.

 


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