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In-Space Manufacturing Prototype

In-Space Manufacturing Prototype | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Leicester UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2015; Magna Parva has produced a prototype in-orbit manufacturing system that should provide a method of producing huge carbon composite 3D structures in space...

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See How Virgin Galactic Plans to Launch Satellites From a 747

See How Virgin Galactic Plans to Launch Satellites From a 747 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The company is shifting its focus as plans for human spaceflight have stalled
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New Global Space Actors: Issues and Perspectives

New Global Space Actors: Issues and Perspectives | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The space sector has progressively witnessed the rise of new stakeholders starting investing in space technologies and projects. Relevant geopolitical actors in different regions of the globe and many smaller nations, in economy or population size, are positioning as emerging space powers, generally featuring relatively small-scale investments in space applications linked to specific national socio-economic development objectives. The variety of countries progressively engaging in space activities requires an accurate analysis of their trends without making generalizations, as each country tends to give a peculiar focus to its space investment portfolio...

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Ottawa scientists send equipment into space to study astronauts' health

Ottawa scientists send equipment into space to study astronauts' health | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A team of Ottawa scientists will be watching their latest experiment launch in a very unique way - by loading equipment onto an Atlas rocket before it lifts off into space.

 

Set for a rendezvous Monday with the International Space Station, the capsule will be plucked from the void by another notable Canadian contribution to space science and tech: the Canadarm2.

 

Part of a plan to monitor 10 astronauts over a five-year residency, the findings will bring immediate advancements to health science research back here on Earth, and could carry interplanetary implications...

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Call to Earth - A Message from the World's Astronauts to COP21

The Association of Space Explorers reached out to their fellow astronauts to pass on a simple message of solidarity, hope and collaboration to combat climate change and reach our political leaders during such a crucial time...

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While no Canadian astronauts contributed comments to the video, that's not to say that Canadian's aren't contributing to the solutions. 

 

To learn more about Canadian contributions, check out the November 30, 2015, "GHGSat Competing for 2016 GreenTec Awards, Europe's Largest Environmental & Business Competition," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2015/11/ghgsat-competing-in-2016-greentec.html

and the the November 30th, 2015 Commercial Space blog Special Report on GHGSat at http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=yxf4ircab&v=001J8BvtJGIt7s8Q9O7TsASqdY-FfmTJhhIvo4FKBXhorK0tCtPC9qQE4RL1Fk-fzTFiGCFV20B6gwydNYVD1_kCdfgW2YM2lOPE5v6tgDG2K1e7tpAqreKJZx99iRVMNCoM0WdOLcROupBOysLD2LjfhR0bz8eH7fvDQshjfP7lN2mN3wx9eoj6QFkCcd0bgl1bx8xYVw6zXB-oHrAtrAPcsMjPIeSlwGhvkVW8OvkRhdARprAF8vAXoGoT8ZJhKVrB53bgNGcGsD8X3uNPM0OEd4a6dD8rvDQbR4Wi5qzdfs8DYMDVjUGX-pfuPhd_DZ1Rm8h6EcANfInd3px0HZvJgfQP-LHjCz7&id=preview 

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A reversal for Macdonald Dettwiler is not near as stock declines again

A reversal for Macdonald Dettwiler is not near as stock declines again | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The stock of Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd (TSE:MDA) is a huge mover today! The stock is down 1.04% or $0.9 after the news, hitting $85.77 per share. About 27,940 shares traded hands. Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd (TSE:MDA) has declined 9.51% since April 30, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 9.22% the S&P500...

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2015 State of the startup industry

2015 State of the startup industry | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
What does it mean to be a startup entrepreneur in 2015? And how can sharing this experience help everyone? These are the questions we seek to answer every week on the First Round Review and through the many events, online forums and other programs we run internally.
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UAE, Russia agree to cooperate in space industry

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Abu Dhabi UAE (SPX) Dec 04, 2015; The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Russia on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a strategic partnership in the field of space exploration...

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British astronaut Tim Peake to run marathon from space

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London (UPI) Dec 4, 2015; On Friday, British astronaut Tim Peake announced his intention to compete in the London Marathon - from space.


Peake is scheduled to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, as part of Expedition 46...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Blue Origin vs. Space-X

The Commercial Space Blog: Blue Origin vs. Space-X | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On November 24th, Blue Origin announced that it had successfully launched its New Shepard suborbital vehicle, flew it 100 km to the edge of space and landed it safely back on Earth. Though the launch marks a key milestone for both the NewSpace industry and spaceflight in general, reactions to it have been mixed. These reactions highlight fundamental differences between the NewSpace industry and old-style space advocacy....

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'New Space' Pioneers Pursue Passion Over Profitmaking

'New Space' Pioneers Pursue Passion Over Profitmaking | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The new business should bring XCOR co-founder Jeff Greason closer to the passion he has carried since he left the computer industry as an Intel executive to join the old Rotary Rocket startup...

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Kennedy now firmly established as a 21st Century Spaceport

Kennedy now firmly established as a 21st Century Spaceport | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On Thursday, Dec. 3, NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida will team with industry partners to launch science and supplies to the International Space Station. The event is one more example of how the goal of establishing Kennedy as a 21st century, multi-user spaceport for both government and commercial customers has been achieved.

 

As part of NASA's Commercial Resupply Services Program, the Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-4 spacecraft will launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The capsule, which was processed in the Space Station Processing Facility, will deliver more than 7,000 pounds of equipment and research materials that ultimately can lead to improved life on Earth and drive progress toward future space exploration...

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New law establishes ownership rights for space minerals

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Houston TX (SPX) Dec 03, 2015, A new public law signed by President Obama sets the stage for continued expansion of the U.S. space program and transforms the mining of space mineral resources (SMR)...

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6Quinten Caliendo's curator insight, December 10, 2015 10:29 AM

Chief Legislator, I did not realize I guess that every single law that is passed is signed by Obama. even weird space mineral rights laws. I agree with his actions here, I am not very educated about the whole space thing, and therefore I am uncertain about the importance of the law, but it seems not to have any drawbacks so I don't see why he shouldn't sign it. 

6Quinten Caliendo's curator insight, December 10, 2015 5:37 PM

Chief Legislator, I did not realize I guess that every single law that is passed is signed by Obama. even weird space mineral rights laws. I agree with his actions here, I am not very educated about the whole space thing, and therefore I am uncertain about the importance of the law, but it seems not to have any drawbacks so I don't see why he shouldn't sign it. 

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Russia loses advanced military satellite after launch

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Moscow (AFP) Dec 7, 2015 Russia has lost communication with a newly developed military satellite after it apparently failed to separate from the booster rocket after its launch, a source in the country's air and space forces told TASS state news...

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Atlas 5 rocket sends Cygnus in hot pursuit of space station | Spaceflight Now

Atlas 5 rocket sends Cygnus in hot pursuit of space station | Spaceflight Now | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 

CAPE CANAVERAL — Bound for an orbital rendezvous with the International Space Station on Wednesday, a commercial Cygnus freighter was successfully launched by an Atlas 5 rocket this afternoon to restart American cargo deliveries to the research outpost.

The United Launch Alliance booster rocket lifted off at 4:44:57 p.m. EST (2144:57 GMT) from Cape Canaveral on a trek to place the Orbital ATK-owned resupply ship into its preliminary 143-statute-mile orbit. At the time of ignition, the station was flying just off the east coast of the U.S.


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The Commercial Space Blog: Hawaii Supreme Court Rescinds Permit to Build Thirty Meter Telescope

The Commercial Space Blog: Hawaii Supreme Court Rescinds Permit to Build Thirty Meter Telescope | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's big in Hawaii, but in Canada, the story seems to be relegated to the bottom of the news cycle. This is a shame, because our last Federal government committed several hundred million dollars to its construction, and our current one will likely be on the hook for several hundreds of millions more to cover the costs associated with the inevitable delays caused by this latest setback...

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Could leaders at Paris summit find climate answers in space? - CNET

Could leaders at Paris summit find climate answers in space? - CNET | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A new consortium aiming to harvest solar power from space hopes to spread word of a little-known source of energy that's clean, carbon-free and literally limitless...


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The consortium itself may be new, but the people advocating this plan, like  Artemis Innovation CEO John Mankins and Shackleton COO Jim Keravala, are generally considered to be the "usual suspects" surrounding space based solar power initiatives...

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Space solar power could make the seemingly intractable problem of global warming into a manageable task. All it takes is funding and the will to do it. The technology is well in hand.

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Latest Space Fashion - Epiq Space

Latest Space Fashion - Epiq Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 ESA and the Science Museum in London are working with four leading fashion schools around Europe to design clothes for the space age with their ‘Couture in Orbit’ project...

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Norsk Titanium AMAZEs Summit Attendees With Rapid Plasma Deposition 3D Metal Printing Technology

Norsk Titanium AMAZEs Summit Attendees With Rapid Plasma Deposition 3D Metal Printing Technology | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The European Space Agency (ESA) has done some amazing things lately, from 3D scanning a comet to testing a 3D printed rocket combustion chamber...

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NASA Orbital ATK Launch Live Stream: Watch The ISS Resupply Mission Liftoff Here

NASA Orbital ATK Launch Live Stream: Watch The ISS Resupply Mission Liftoff Here | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Cygnus spacecraft has been named the "S.S. Deke Slayton II" for the mission...

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Couture in Orbit: from spacewalk to catwalk

Couture in Orbit: from spacewalk to catwalk | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris (ESA) Dec 04, 2015; ESA and the Science Museum in London are working with four leading fashion schools around Europe to design clothes for the space age with their 'Couture in Orbit' project...

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Orbital to try space cargo launch Saturday after high winds

Orbital to try space cargo launch Saturday after high winds | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Miami (AFP) Dec 4, 2015; Orbital ATK will attempt to make it third time lucky Saturday in the launch of its Cygnus space cargo ship after high winds off Florida forced a second postponement in as many days...

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Canadian ageing experiment set to study ISS astronauts

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A US commercial cargo ship with supplies that is set to reach the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday has a new experiment to gauge the effect of ageing and related problems on astronauts, the Canadian Space Agency has announced...

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“No-Go” Space station resupply launch scrubbed until Friday

“No-Go” Space station resupply launch scrubbed until Friday | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Astronauts on the International Space Station will have to wait at least one more day for supplies. Weather delayed Thursday’s resupply mission launch.

 

Nearly 7,000 pounds of food, science experiments, supplies and children’s books were slated to launch to the International Space Station.

 

The commercial resupply mission is OrbitalATK’s first launch since a supply mission ended in failure last year.

 

Another commercial resupply contractor, SpaceX, lost a supply capsule to a rocket explosion in June.

 

In the interim, NASA relied on supply rockets from Russia to stock the space station. Another launch window opens Friday at 5:33 PM EST.

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Arianespace selected to launch Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellites

Arianespace selected to launch Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris, France (SPX) Dec 03, 2015; Azercosmos and Intelsat have chosen Arianespace to launch the Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 telecommunication satellite...

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