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NASA Selects Research Teams for New Virtual Institute

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — NASA has selected nine research teams from seven states for a new institute that will bring researchers together in a collaborative virtual setting to focus on questions concerning space science and human space exploration.

 

The teams participating in the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) will address scientific questions about the moon, near-Earth asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and their near space environments, in cooperation with international partners...

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Inspired by Hadfield? Dublin snapped from space by Italian astronaut Luca

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The last man to hit social media headlines for capturing the world from never-before-seen angles was Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield who lived on board ISS as Commander of Expedition 35.

 

Now, Hadfield’s European counterpart has been inspired by his social media updates.

 

European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano is currently orbiting Earth, practising his photo-taking skills along the way..

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Polar Communications and Weather Project Inches Slowly Forward

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On Nov 1st, the Canadian government released a Request for Information (RFI) for the Polar Communications and Weather (PCW) project, the polar-orbiting communications and weather satellite system considered crucial to maintaining Canada's arctic sovereignty in the coming decades.

The decision is a follow-on to the February 2013 Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announcement that it was seeking partners (including other Canadian government agencies as well as international partners) to help finance the system, expected to cost roughly $600Mln CDN.

 

But although the RFI is generally perceived of as moving PCW a step forward, there are many hurdles still to be overcome...

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Brican Flight Systems' TD100 Named 'Platform of Choice' for the NRC UAV Development Program

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BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 4, 2013) - Brican Flight Systems, one of Canada's leading innovators of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, today announced a landmark partnership agreement with the National Research Council of Canada...
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Mars Mission: India's Tryst with the Red Planet

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New Delhi, India (SPX) Nov 05, 2013
India's first ever Mars mission would begin its travel towards the Red planet on November 5 .2013. It would take around nine-months of time for this satellite to reach Mars orbit and start taking the observations.
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Spaceflight Joins with NanoRacks to Deploy Satellites from the ISS

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Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 05, 2013
Spaceflight and NanoRacks have formally announced a partnership to provide commercial launch services from the International Space Station (ISS).
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The business potential of 'NewSpace'

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Delegates attending the 2013 International Space Commerce Summit, held in  London on 29-30 October, heard how public and private bodies are being encouraged  to make the most of opportunities arising from so-called  'NewSpace'...


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A British contender for suborbital space tourism business emerges with a vehicle concept that will take 44 passengers high above the von Karman line for six minutes of weightlessness. First flilght is estimated to take place in 2018...

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A British contender for suborbital space tourism business emerges with a vehicle concept that will take 44 passengers high above the von Karman line for six minutes of weightlessness. First flilght is estimated to take place in 2018.

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From North Pole to the stars: Russia's thrill-seeking tycoon

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Other tycoons may plough their millions into yachts or private jets, but Vasily Klyukin prefers a good "adventure". On his diary for next year? A space trip with Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

"I don't want to waste any time -- I want to live my life to the full," the Russian multi-millionaire, newly settled in the mega-rich principality of Monaco, told AFP in an interview...

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The Nuclear Fusion Arms Race Is Underway

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Private investors are already betting tens of millions of dollars on nuclear fusion—here's the inside story of where the money is going.
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ISS Robotics Lead To Cancer Diagnosis Treatment - SpaceCoastDaily.com

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — We may not be driving flying cars to work yet, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot to be excited about from technology advances related to the space age.

 

Instead of zipping past traffic jams, International Space Station-derived robotic capabilities are giving us a fast pass to life-saving surgical techniques with cancer-fighting finesse.

 

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 232,340 women and 2,240 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the end of 2013 alone. From that, about 39,620 women and 410 men will not survive...

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This is an interesting article because it gives an insight as to how much robots will be involved in out future. Take IGAR for instance. This robot aids in perfoming surgies and helps detact breast cancer. It's much more precise than the human hand and is much more acurate. 

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NASA posts RFP: Kicks off 2nd phase of commercial crew program using onerous FAR regulations

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The next phase of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, called the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability Program (CCtCap), will carry out a certification process devised by NASA and willbe done under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) guidelines.

 

The current phase, which includes funding for Boeing, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX design and development of crew vehicles, was done under much less burdensome Space Act Agreements...

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Polar Communications and Weather Satellite Project One Step Closer to Reality

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The Canadian government today released a Request for Information (RFI) for the Polar Communications and Weather (PCW) Project signalling that is prepared to move forward with a project seen as crucial in ensuring Canada's sovereignty over the Canadian arctic and would provide reliable 24/7 tactical narrowband and wideband communication, weather imaging and space weather monitoring.

 

SpaceRef has learned that the government favors a constellation of satellites, the number to be determined, rather than a single satellite. The lifespan of each satellite would nominally be 15 years of operations...

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MacDonald, Dettwiler signs more contracts for Radarsat-2 data

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RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ – MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has signed three contracts totaling approximately CA$2.5 million for the provision of RADARSAT-2 information and services.

 

Two contracts were signed with an undisclosed national oil company for MDA to provide space-based monitoring for offshore exploration and production activity, and extend its provision of RADARSAT information. MDA’s monitoring solutions for the oil industry help identify and then track the rate and direction of oil slicks at sea.

 

The third contract is to provide RADARSAT-2 information to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The contract includes renewal options for two additional years. The information will be used to provide ice products and services to meet the strategic, operations, and tactical requirements of the United States across a global area of responsibility...

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Business incubator spurs growth

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For two years, Auburn University has provided growth opportunities for startup companies at the Auburn Business Incubator (ABI.)

 

Located in the Auburn Research Park, the ABI is a full-service business incubator for early- stage companies. Managed by the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, the incubator provides these companies with office space, conference rooms and a network of services from the university...

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Russia to take Olympic torch on spacewalk

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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — For the first time in history, the Olympic flame will be taken on a spacewalk.

 

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics torch will be sent to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft this week and astronauts will then carry it outside the station. Here’s a rundown of the event.

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Sounds cool- From the Fiasco that is Putins Russia

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A Better Way to Track Your Every Move

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Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 05, 2013 Physical activity tracking apps on smart phones are a potentially important tool for doctors who want to collect data and create treatment or intervention plans to improve the health of patients who struggle with...
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China shows off moon rover model before space launch

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Shanghai (AFP) Nov 05, 2013
China offered a rare glimpse into its secretive space programme on Tuesday, displaying a model of a lunar rover that will explore the moon's surface in an upcoming mission.
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UCSB professor develops cutting-edge detector technology for astronomical observations

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Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 05, 2013
Semiconductors have had a nice run, but for certain applications, such as astrophysics, they are being edged out by superconductors.
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India reaches for Mars on prestige space mission

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New Delhi (AFP) Nov 03, 2013
India began a countdown Sunday to the launch of its most ambitious and risky space mission to date, sending a probe to Mars which was conceived in just 15 months on a tiny budget.

 

After a recent Chinese attempt flopped, India is seeking to make a statement of its technological prowess by becoming the first Asian power to reach the Red Planet more than 200 million kilometres (124 million miles) away.

 

An unmanned probe, weighing 1.35 tonnes and about the size of a large refrigerator, will leave earth strapped to an Indian rocket which is set to blast off from the south-east coast on Tuesday afternoon.


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Paul Goodman, Moral Ambiguity, Corporate Science & Cost Plus Procurement Contracts

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Back in 1966, when the "mass media" sometimes tackled important topics in a deliberative and contemplative manner, a man once described by William F. Buckley Jr. as being "a pacifist, a bi-sexualist, a poverty cultist, an anarchist and a few other distracting things," was still considered to be a suitable contributor to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) prestigious Massey Lecture series on the topic of "The Moral Ambiguity of America."

 

What he said, especially in the third part of his presentation on science and technology, contains lessons applicable to even the current generation of space scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs....

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Another plea to get the politics out of space « Space Politics

Another plea to get the politics out of space « Space Politics | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With a continuing resolution in place until mid-January, work on fiscal year 2014 appropriations bills awaits efforts by budget negotiators in the House and Senate to come up with topline budget numbers that can then feed into appropriations efforts, something that may not be complete until December although appropriators are pressing for faster action. And there remains, of course, the threat of another round of sequestration, although sequestration would work differently in 2014, and not necessarily be as severe as in 2013.

 

That’s of little consolation to one key senator. “Sequestration will slit the throat of NASA,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) told Florida Today earlier this week. “It’ll cut the heart out of the manned space program.” Nelson, a member of the Senate’s budget committee, wants to get rid of sequestration, although he doesn’t describe his alternative approach in the article.

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Weather, Communications Project Inches Ahead at CSA - Space News

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Weather, Communications Project Inches Ahead at CSA Space News The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) hopes to start work on a new polar-orbiting communications and weather satellite system as soon as November 2016, according to a request for information...
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This Mobile Maritime Launch Pad Puts Satellites in Orbit for Less

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When it comes to orbital launch positioning, the Earth has something of a sweet spot: the equator. Like a gigantic planetary baseball bat, rockets jump off the Earth's center-line with ease, able to enter geostationary orbits using a fraction of the energy required anywhere else on the planet.

 

But the problem is that there isn't a whole lot of usable land along the equator—so one enterprising consortium has found a way to bring the land with it, so to speak, and launch rockets from the middle of the ocean.

 

 


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China providing space training

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Beijing (XNA) Nov 01, 2013
China is providing training for space professionals from developing economies, enhancing their capacity in satellite operations and space technology application.
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Global photonics market expected to grow between now and 2018

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The rising demand for fast speed has generated the need for photon based systems, thus driving the growth of the photonics market. Photonics finds application in different fields such as medical technology, production technology, lighting, optical components and defense photonics. Although photonics-enabled technologies are growing rapidly, the shortage of skilled manpower is inhibiting the growth of this field.

The photonics market has a huge potential as it supports a large number of jobs. In Europe more than 5000 small and medium enterprises and research institutes require skilled manpower for the photonics market. Germany is the leading market after France and UK and it accounts for about 20% of the European photonics market.

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Some of the key players of the photonics market are JDSU, Ciena, Alcatel-Lucent, Mobile Detect, Neptec Design, Picarro, Lumenera, Montrose Technologies, XYZ RGB, BTI Photonics, OZ Optics and Optiwave, among others.

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