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Neptec is lobbying for a spot on NASA's Resource Prospector Mission

Neptec is lobbying for a spot on NASA's Resource Prospector Mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Now that the story of Canadian Space Agency's  (CSA) ineffective (so far, at least) contribution to the NASA Resolve/ Resource Prospector mission is finally on the public record, its worth noting that Neptec Technologies Corporation, one of the Canadian subcontractors to the Canadian rover program CSA once pitched to NASA, has begun to lobby publicly in favor of re-engaging with NASA on the project.

Their website blog post is at  http://www.neptec.com/in-situ-resource-extraction/ and it's certainly worth taking a look at. 

 
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For background and recently released Federal government documents on Canada's attempts to engage NASA for subcontract work on Resource Prospector, check out the September 26th, 2016 post "The REAL Reason Why Canada Won't Be Participating in the NASA Resolve Mission Anytime Soon, Probably!" at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2016/09/the-real-reason-why-canada-wont-be.html
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Rocket Lab Aims to Win Cubesat-Launching Race

Rocket Lab Aims to Win Cubesat-Launching Race | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Rocket Lab is dedicating itself to launching small satellites cheaply and efficiently — a capability the American company thinks the burgeoning private spaceflight industry desperately needs.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump weigh in on U.S. space policy

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump weigh in on U.S. space policy | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For good or ill, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton haven’t said much about U.S. space policy during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. 


SpaceNews put nine identical questions to the Clinton and Trump camps. Here’s what they had to say...

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Boeing Delays CST-100, Still Targets 2018 ISS Mission

Boeing Delays CST-100, Still Targets 2018 ISS Mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA’s original 2015 goal of certifying commercial space vehicles to service the ISS has not been met but Boeing still hopes to make it happen by late 2018.

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Rockets of the World circa 2025 • /r/space

Rockets of the World circa 2025 • /r/space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A fascinating discussion on rocketry from reddit...
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Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch teams up (again) with Orbital ATK on air-launched rockets

Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch teams up (again) with Orbital ATK on air-launched rockets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch Systems has renewed its partnership with Orbital ATK on a platform that will make use of the world’s biggest airplane to launch rockets into orbit.

 

Allen started up Stratolaunch five years ago, and since then the venture has been developing a 385-foot-wide, twin-fuselage airplane inside a giant hangar at Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The company, which is part of Allen’s Vulcan Aerospace group, aims to start launching payloads by 2020.


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Stratolaunch plans to launch flight-proven Orbital-ATK rockets from what will be the world's largest airplane, starting in 2020.
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NASA partners with UBC on OSIRIS-REx spaceship project - Cantech Letter

NASA partners with UBC on OSIRIS-REx spaceship project - Cantech Letter | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Last month, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made its successful launch into the great unknown, starting out on its two-year journey to meet up with and gather samples from a distant asteroid, one which may one day be on a collision course with Earth. The NASA-led mission depends on a significant contribution from the Canadian Space Agency …
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Blue Origin rocket unexpectedly lands itself intact during safety test

Blue Origin rocket unexpectedly lands itself intact during safety test | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Engineers expected the rocket would crash during the test of safety systems, but it landed itself intact after the crew capsule parachuted to the desert floor...

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MacDonald Dettwiler wins $15M satellite radar system deal with DND - Canadian Manufacturing

MacDonald Dettwiler wins $15M satellite radar system deal with DND - Canadian Manufacturing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER—MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has won a $15 million contract option to provide a space-based radar system for a soon-to-launch Canadian satellite program. Awarded by the Department of National Defence (DND), the agreement expands the scope of a previously-disclosed $48.5 million deal for a maritime surveillance satellite system known as Polar Epsilon 2. 

With the contract option in place, the Canadian communications and aerospace firm will also provide the mission with space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capabilities...
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Polar Epsilon 2 is part of the DND ground system construction required for the military to operate the upcoming RADARSAT Constellation mission (RCM).
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Elon Musk's SpaceX Has Company In The Race To Mars

Elon Musk's SpaceX Has Company In The Race To Mars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Just when you thought Elon Musk’s plan for putting humans on Mars seemed ambitious, or even far-fetched, the world’s largest aerospace company has promised to get there first. 

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg didn’t say whether his company planned to beat SpaceX’s target date of 2025, only that it would reach Earth’s planetary neighbor before Musk’s SpaceX does. 

“I am convinced that the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding on a Boeing rocket,” Muilenburg said Tuesday at an innovation conference in Chicago. 

And just like that, the race for Mars is on.
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Blue Origin Ascent-abort Test An Apparent Success

Blue Origin Ascent-abort Test An Apparent Success | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Engineers at Blue Origin validated the “full-envelope” escape system for its six-seat suborbital passenger capsule with a successful abort test Oct. 5 16,000 ft. above the West Texas desert.
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Improving Environmental Debates With Democratized Earth Observation

Improving Environmental Debates With Democratized Earth Observation | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

When it comes to environmental regulation, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has been extremely clear: Social license or ‘community buy-in’ will be absolutely necessary. 


“Public input will be sought and considered. Decisions will be informed by scientific evidence. Indigenous peoples will be more fully engaged in reviewing and monitoring major resource development projects. 


The process will have greater transparency,” stated Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) on Jan. 27, 2016...

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Canadian and Norwegian students collaborate on sounding rocket mission

Canadian and Norwegian students collaborate on sounding rocket mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Ten engineering students from across Canada have been selected to take part in the 13th Canada–Norway Student Sounding Rocket (CaNoRock) exchange program, during which they will gain hands-on experience in rocket and payload instrument design...
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President Obama Commits to Colonizing Mars by 2030s | Culture | Geek.com

President Obama Commits to Colonizing Mars by 2030s | Culture | Geek.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Riding the optimism of the 1969 Moon landing, many thought that Mars wouldn’t be far off. But, for several reasons — including the end of the Cold War, budget constraints, or technical challenges — humans haven’t yet stepped foot on another planet. 


But President Obama wants to stake his legacy on that dream. In an op-ed penned for CNN, he laid out a plan to send people to Mars and return them safely to Earth by the mid-2030s...

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Sixteen More Organizations Currently Developing Small-Sat Launchers

Sixteen More Organizations Currently Developing Small-Sat Launchers | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
As discussed in the October 3rd, 2016 post, "Sixteen Organizations Currently Developing Small-Sat Launchers," a multitude of start-ups, legacy space companies and national space agencies are currently developing small-sat launchers and/or components using a variety of cutting edge and/or proven technologies.

That last article highlighted sixteen of those organizations and their launchers. Here are sixteen more...
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32 powerpoints from the October 6th, 2016 virtual MEPAG have just been posted here

32 powerpoints from the October 6th, 2016 virtual MEPAG have just been posted here | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Thank you to all who participated in the 32nd Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) meeting yesterday – we hope you found it useful and informative. 

The presentations are now available, and we aim to post the meeting summary late next week. http://mepag.nasa.gov/meetings.cfm?expand=m32...
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Chinese Research "Road Map," New Approaches to Mars Research & "Democratizing" Earth Observation

Chinese Research "Road Map," New Approaches to Mars Research & "Democratizing" Earth Observation | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Here are a few of the international stories currently being tracked for the Commercial Space blog...

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24 hours without satellites - Illustration

24 hours without satellites - Illustration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
2016-10-05 -When Anik F2 went out of service on October 2, 2016, thousands of northern Canadians were left without banking, phone or Internet services. Thankfully the glitch was promptly fixed and life went back to normal in less than 24 hours.
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Shotwell: 'We did something to that rocket, and we’re going to find it and we’re going to fix it.'

Shotwell: 'We did something to that rocket, and we’re going to find it and we’re going to fix it.' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell addressed the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) 2016 conference held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on October 5, 2016, answering questions about the company’s status – including the Amos-6 disaster.

 

Among Shotwell’s topics were the reasons behind the two most recent dramatic failures of their Falcon 9 rocket. Shotwell stated the NewSpace company will be back on its feet and into space again by the end of this year and will be offering satellite customers a price discount when they launch with one of their previously flown and refurbished Falcon 9s.


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Mark Clampin: Team effort paying off as JWST nears completion

Mark Clampin: Team effort paying off as JWST nears completion | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The most powerful ever built. the James Webb Space Telescope is an international project led by NASA with its partners, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

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NASA rethinks approach to Mars exploration

NASA rethinks approach to Mars exploration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA is looking at a new way of studying Mars. 


Starting in the 2020s, scientists who participate in the agency’s Mars missions might no longer design and build their own highly specialized payloads to explore the red planet. 


Instead, planetary scientists could find themselves operating much as astronomers who use large telescopes do now: applying for time to use a spacecraft built with a generic suite of scientific instruments.  

The proposed change is spurred by NASA’s waning influence at Mars. The agency’s long-running string of spacecraft is winding to a close, and international and commercial interests are on the rise. By the middle of the next decade, European, Chinese, Emirati and SpaceX missions are as likely to be at Mars as NASA is.

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Iconic MacDonald Dettwiler is Now SSL MDA Holdings, a US Based Company with a Canadian Subsidiary

Iconic MacDonald Dettwiler is Now SSL MDA Holdings, a US Based Company with a Canadian Subsidiary | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Eight years after the Federal government rejected its sale to US based Alliant Techsystems (ATK) because it was not of "net benefit" to the country, BC based Macdonald Dettwiler (MDA), the iconic Canadian space company which manages, supports and builds a variety of Canadian civilian and military assets including RADARSAT-2 and the upcoming RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), has quietly turned into a Delaware holding company, changed its name, added several new US based board members and moved its corporate headquarters to San Francisco...

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Boeing CEO Vows to Be a Leader in Space Tourism

Boeing CEO Vows to Be a Leader in Space Tourism | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Boeing Co. once helped the U.S. beat the Soviet Union in the race to the moon. Now the company intends to go toe-to-toe with newcomers such as billionaire Elon Musk...

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The StarSpot Episode 110: Peering into the Void, with Nico Hamaus

The StarSpot Episode 110: Peering into the Void, with Nico Hamaus | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Astronomers are no longer avoiding the void. Between the overdense zones of our universe, where most galaxies live, there exist vast regions of near emptiness that can stretch for hundreds of millions of light years. 

But these voids are not nearly as inconsequential as you might imagine and now they are finally getting the attention they deserve. Astronomers are peering into the void in the hopes of solving a variety of cosmic mysteries, from gleaning critical insights into dark matter to studying unique galaxies found in the voids. 

Today we’re joined at The Star Spot by Nico Hamaus as we study the spaces between...
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MDA further erases Maple leaf, adds Stars and Stripes - SpaceNews.com

MDA further erases Maple leaf, adds Stars and Stripes - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Satellite and space-services provider MDA on Oct. 3 moved to further burnish its new identity as an American company fully eligible to win U.S. government contracts, naming new directors with US military credentials and moving its headquarters to San Francisco from Richmond, British Columbia.

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In its announcement, MDA said William D. McCombe had been appointed chief financial officer and treasurer at SSL MDA Holdings. He is the former senior vice president for strategy and finance at SSL. 

Anil Wirasekawa, MDA’s long-time chief financial officer, will retain that title for the publicly traded MDA in Canada and will be based in Vancouver, the company said...
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