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One of the humans at the Canadian Space Agency - Tim Haltigin

One of the humans at the Canadian Space Agency - Tim Haltigin | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Tim Haltigin is Senior Mission Scientist - Planetary Exploration at the Canadian Space Agency.
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Has Tiangong 1 gone rogue

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Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 30, 2016 - China's announcement in late March that telemetry to the Tiangong 1 space laboratory had ceased is disturbing...
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UrtheCast Reports 2015 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results; Made C$13.4Mln in Q4

UrtheCast Reports 2015 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results; Made C$13.4Mln in Q4 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) ("UrtheCast" or the "Company") today announces financial results for the three and twelve months ending December 31, 2015.

The Company reported revenues of $13.4 million and $41.1 million for the three and twelve month periods ending December 31, 2015, respectively, compared to $11.9 million of revenues for both periods in 2014. The Company's non-IFRS adjusted EBITDA, excluding share-based payments, was a loss of $7.7 million in the fourth quarter (compared to a profit of $7.4 million in 2014 due to the recognition of $8 million in insurance payments) and a loss of $12.9 million for the year (compared to a loss of $2.4 million for 2014). At December 31, 2015, the Company had total cash balances of $47.5 million and working capital of $44.2 million...
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DARPA Eyes Public-Private Partnership for Robotic Space Servicing Program

DARPA Eyes Public-Private Partnership for Robotic Space Servicing Program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking at potential public-private partnerships to advance the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites program, which pushes to enable robotic support for geosynchronous Earth orbit satellites within five years...

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Elon Musk's can fund his Mars plan without Neil deGrasse Tyson

Elon Musk's can fund his Mars plan without Neil deGrasse Tyson | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Is SpaceX founder Elon Musk crazy to press ahead with plans to send people to Mars? Or crazy like a fox? There's a new round of buzz over the old debate...

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3D Printing 101—How to Make a Car: Local Motors Gives Us a Sneak Peek

3D Printing 101—How to Make a Car: Local Motors Gives Us a Sneak Peek | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

“There is nothing conventional about this car, the way it's made, or the company behind it.” For a while there it sounded as if we were going to 3D print everything eventually.

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U.S. Air Force: Malfunctioning Japanese satellite was not hit by debris - SpaceNews.com

U.S. Air Force: Malfunctioning Japanese satellite was not hit by debris - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Air Force has concluded that a Japanese astronomy satellite that malfunctioned March 26 was not struck by debris, meaning the spacecraft likely suffered from a technical problem...

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This Man's Perfect Launch Record Is No Match for Musk's Low Cost Rockets

This Man's Perfect Launch Record Is No Match for Musk's Low Cost Rockets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After a United Launch Alliance rocket blasted off in a fiery arc from Florida last week, Tory Bruno shook hands with everybody in the control room. Then he headed home.

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Op-Ed - The 2016 Canadian Budget is a Start But Action Must Follow Words for the Space Sector

Op-Ed - The 2016 Canadian Budget is a Start But Action Must Follow Words for the Space Sector | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
It needs to be recognized that funding in Canada's overall space program is declining when you remove the only large ongoing capital project, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). 

With the first of three RCM satellites scheduled to launch in 2018, the build phase will soon wind down. By 2018-19 planned spending for the CSA will have decreased to $330 million. It is difficult to conceive of Canada keeping its leadership role with a declining budget...
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SpaceRef co-founder and CEO Marc Boucher seems to have taken a step back from his earlier, positive assessment of the space component of the Canadian budget as outlined in the March 22nd, 2016 Spaceref post, "What You Need to Know about the budget and Canada's Space Program." 

For those with an interest, the earlier article is available online at http://spaceref.ca/government-of-canada/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-budget-and-canadas-space-program.html
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For Space Start-ups, Where Are the Exits?

For Space Start-ups, Where Are the Exits? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

I mean “where” in two senses: What are the likely exit routes, and why haven’t there been more actual exits? A healthy and sustainable investment system needs both paths and events. 


 I know labeling companies “space startups” can be too broad and too limiting. There’s a difference between a company offering radically new electric propulsion and a company that uses satellite imagery as one source for analytics and information products. A reasonable frame is to identify space companies as participants in the $300B+ economy that includes satellite services, ground systems and other space infrastructure (satellites, payloads and launch vehicles)...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: 'The delusion is thinking that SpaceX is going to lead the space frontier'

Neil deGrasse Tyson: 'The delusion is thinking that SpaceX is going to lead the space frontier' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Neil deGrasse Tyson is the most ubiquitous presence in popular science these days. Coming off of a successful reboot of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, he started a new television show (called StarTalk, based on a long time radio show and podcast of his), he hosts panels and Pluto brunches at the Hayden Planetarium inside New York's Museum of Natural History, and he's even been on — surprise — his old pal Stephen Colbert's Late Show....
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Lockheed Martin Opens Space Fence Test Facility

Lockheed Martin Opens Space Fence Test Facility | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
MOORESTOWN, N.J., March 28, 2016 – Objects in space will soon be monitored by a radar array for the U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence as part of Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) new test site representative of the larger system under construction on the remote Kwajalein Island. 

The test facility will be used for early validation of hardware, firmware and software that will enable the Space Fence to detect, track, and catalog orbital objects more than 1.5 million times a day to predict and prevent space-based collisions. The test site will also provide early lessons learned on installation of the S-band ground-based radars, support maintenance training and allow engineers to test verification procedures...
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An Angel Investor's Thoughts on the 2016 Federal Budget - NACO Canada

An Angel Investor's Thoughts on the 2016 Federal Budget - NACO Canada | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Last week, Finance Minister Bill Morneau released the 2016 Federal Budget at the House of Commons. 


Although the new budget does not provide direct benefits for Angel investors and groups, it does outline an Innovation Agenda that highlights an increased focus on early-stage companies, as well as additional support to fuel innovation, drive the economy …

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Scarborough scientist unravelling a geological mystery using lasers from space

Scarborough scientist unravelling a geological mystery using lasers from space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
It's a mystery that has stumped geologists for more than a century. Now, thanks to new technology - including satellite laser imagery - researchers may be one step closer to understanding the origins of an archetypal landform: the drumlin hill. "Drumlin hills are the most studied and yet the most enigmatic ice age landform," says U of T 

Scarborough geology professor Nick Eyles. "Thanks to high resolution satellite imagery and new technology like LiDAR, we're literally seeing the surface of the planet for the first time and finding major surprises in the process...
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The Lunar Race That Isn't

The Lunar Race That Isn't | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 29, 2016 -
Politics, lobbyists, and corruption set back US space program to pre-1960s capacity despite scientific and technological advances that should lead to advances to new frontiers...
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The Commercial Space Blog: Changing Times; Space Start-up Accelerator Announced in Waterloo

The Commercial Space Blog: Changing Times; Space Start-up Accelerator Announced in Waterloo | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
On April 24th, as part of Waterloo, Ontario's contribution the upcoming International Space Apps Challenge a small Canadian NewSpace start-up plans to help unveil Canada’s first space startup accelerator. 

The move is an important milestone in Canadian space history and highlights the continuing shift of space activities away from government/academia-focused models and towards those of the IT industry...
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MDA to build two more ground stations for DigitalGlobe's satellite constellation

MDA to build two more ground stations for DigitalGlobe's satellite constellation | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Richmond, BC - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has been awarded two contracts with a total value of several million dollars from DigitalGlobe Inc. to provide new ground station solutions to two international customers. 

The ground stations will receive and process imagery and data from DigitalGlobe’s satellite constellation, and are also configurable to receive and process data from the RADARSAT-2 Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite, enabling future integration of electro-optical and radar imagery capabilities...
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Japan is Tracking Tumbling and Damaged Satellite : DNews

Japan is Tracking Tumbling and Damaged Satellite : DNews | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is struggling to understand exactly what went wrong with its brand-new astronomy satellite, Hitomi, which suffered some sort of malfunction over the weekend and is apparently tumbling in space.
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Next Big Future: ARPA-E funding Xerox Machine for Super Solar Panels

Next Big Future: ARPA-E funding Xerox Machine for Super Solar Panels | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Researchers at PARC, an R and D-focused subsidiary of Xerox, say they’re developing a new digital printing process that could make it much cheaper to mass-produce concentrated solar photovoltaic systems. Such systems can dramatically increase the efficiency of solar cells by using lenses to concentrate and focus the sunlight onto small cells.
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U.S. launch companies lobby to maintain ban on use of Indian rockets - SpaceNews.com

U.S. launch companies lobby to maintain ban on use of Indian rockets - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

U.S. government policy forbidding the launch of U.S. commercial satellites on Indian rockets is under pressure from small-satellite owners but defended by the U.S. launch-service industry...

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Stuck On Earth: The U.S. Innovation Deficit

Stuck On Earth: The U.S. Innovation Deficit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On July 8, 2011, the space shuttle Atlantis rumbled off its launch platform and rose skyward, marking the last time we sent Americans into space using our own rockets launched from our own soil. 


Since then, our access to orbit (and the Space Station) has come via tickets bought on Russian rockets in Russian crew capsules. 


If all goes well, this reliance on Russia may end in 2017. That's when private space companies, through contracts with NASA, begin launching American astronauts into space with American technology once again. 


When these launches come it will be historic — but today it's important to understand how we ended up stranded on Earth in the first place...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Japanese Hitomi (ASTRO-H) Satellite Suffers Major Malfunction

The Commercial Space Blog: Japanese Hitomi (ASTRO-H) Satellite Suffers Major Malfunction | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hitomi (ASTRO-H) X-ray astronomy satellite launched on February 17th, 2016, has suffered a major and perhaps fatal accident...
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The satellite carried the Canadian built Astro-H Metrology System (CAMS), a laser alignment system which was to be used to measure the distortions in the extendable optical platform which the Hitomi satellite uses for image correction...
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Moving to Mars? The Ethics and Logistics (March 16, 2016, Toronto)

An exciting event hosted by the Astronomy and Space Exploration Society at the University of Toronto on Wednesday March 16, 2016. Sponsored by The Star Spot radio show and podcast. 

 Featuring five amazing panelists with a wide range of backgrounds (i.e., physics and astronomy, philosophy, commerce, environmental science, planetary protection, and political science) discussing the ethical and logistical aspects of Martian settlement...
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DND’s science cuts threaten ability to do job, documents warn

DND’s science cuts threaten ability to do job, documents warn | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Federal government cutbacks, which saw the Defence Department’s science branch lose 20 per cent of its budget and a fifth of its staff, are now making it difficult for the organization to meet the needs of the Canadian Forces, according to a new evaluation. 

 Conservative government cuts ordered in 2012 hit Defence Research and Development Canada hard and the reduction in money and staff are now being felt throughout the military and the Department of National Defence...
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Here’s why the next SpaceX launch isn’t just about the booster landing

Here’s why the next SpaceX launch isn’t just about the booster landing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
It's a big idea. It's a bold idea. And at first blush, it seems a bit of a daft idea. A company called Bigelow Aerospace wants to build space stations for the government and hotels for private customers that will inflate like balloons once they reach outer space. 

Bigelow’s inflatables have the potential to revolutionize spaceflight by providing lighter, and much larger, places to live in space. But the big question remains: Does anyone really want to live in a space balloon? NASA intends to find out and has signed a $17.8 million contract with Bigelow to do so. As early as April 8 a deflated module will launch inside the trunk of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft...
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