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UN committee on space issues renews focus on sustainability and climate change - New Kerala

UN committee on space issues renews focus on sustainability and climate change - New Kerala | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space opened its annual session in Vienna today with the role of sustainability and climate change in outer space activities taking centre stage, the United Nations space agency has reported.

 

In a press release issued by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the UN agency confirmed that, for the first time in its history, the Committee would address transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities and how they relate to the safety of space operations and the long-term sustainability of outer space activities...

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Space sex – has it already happened? Express.co.uk probe into out of this world nookie

Space sex – has it already happened? Express.co.uk probe into out of this world nookie | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A crowd funding bid has been launched to raise the cash to send two adult films stars into space to make the first ever space porn flick.

 

But express.co.uk has uncovered evidence that sex in space may have already happened – indeed NASA is believed to have confidential seX-Files detailing the results of weightlessness nookie positions...

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We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, but Someone Has to Pay - Newsweek

We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, but Someone Has to Pay - Newsweek | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Earlier this spring, as violence and chaos drove thousands of refugees onto rickety boats off Libya, with some drowning on the grueling voyage to Italy, scientists gathered on the outskirts of Rome to discuss another sort of catastrophe. Astronomers and physicists from some of the world’s top institutions grappled with a dire scenario...

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Porn website wants to make the world's first adult film in SPACE

Porn website wants to make the world's first adult film in SPACE | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Pornhub has said it wants to make a pioneering porno in space, to be filmed late next year, and starring porn stars Eva Lovia and Johnny Sins.

 

And you could join in the mission, as Pornhub wants to raise the cash - a massive £2.19million - through crowd funding website Indiegogo...

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First US deep space weather satellite reaches final orbit

First US deep space weather satellite reaches final orbit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington DC (SPX) Jun 11, 2015; More than 100 days after it launched, NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has reached its orbit position about one million miles from Earth...

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It seems like such quiet place but security concerns have still sunk a Chinese business near CSA HQ

It seems like such quiet place but security concerns have still sunk a Chinese business near CSA HQ | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Industry Canada has put the kibosh on a Chinese manufacturing venture which was in the process of setting up shop about 1.7 kilometres away from the Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Longueuil, Quebec...

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Ottawa to Help Kiev Launch Surveillance Satellite

Ottawa to Help Kiev Launch Surveillance Satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ukraine has reached an agreement with Canada to jointly launch a Ukrainian surveillance satellite, the country's Ukroboronprom state defense conglomerate said Monday.

 

The agreement was reached at the CANSEC 2015 conference, staged by the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries in Ottawa...

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X-37B Still Largely Unexplained

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Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 10, 2015; The fourth mission of the X-37B robot spaceplane is well underway. We know much of what is happening with the flight...

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Soyuz moves ISS out of position after accidentally firing its engines

Soyuz moves ISS out of position after accidentally firing its engines | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Russia said one of its Soyuz spacecraft accidentally fired its engines. The incident occurred yesterday but the ISS (stock image shown) has since been stabilised...

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Space Technology Development Program Industrial Capability-Building Contribution: STDP AO3

Space Technology Development Program Industrial Capability-Building Contribution: STDP AO3 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is issuing this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to support the development of Canadian industrial capabilities in the area of space technologies with the aim of increasing the commercial potential of Canadian space companies to secure its fair share of the New Space Economy.

 

Within Canada's Space Policy Framework, the Canadian Government underlines the fact that space yields more commercial opportunities than ever. It is therefore not surprising that "Positioning the Private Sector at the Forefront of Space Activities" has been identified as one of its core principles...

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A Grand National Space Strategy Could Save NASA (Op-Ed)

A Grand National Space Strategy Could Save NASA (Op-Ed) | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Perhaps the most enduring characteristics of NASA's legendary reputation have been the agency's ability and willingness to embark on extraordinarily difficult challenges, to pursue next-to-impossible journeys and to solve profoundly vexing problems.

 

But more recently, the agency has drifted from that Apollo-like focus that built its credibility and brand...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Airbus Unveils its Response to the Falcon 9 Reusable

The Commercial Space Blog: Airbus Unveils its Response to the Falcon 9 Reusable | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Munich-based Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus) has unveiled a reusable version of its Ariane rocket in an attempt to compete with California-based SpaceX's Falcon 9 reusable.

But despite claims to a superior product, Airbus statements regarding their new design study simply affirm SpaceX's status as the current trailblazer of the space industry...

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LightSail spreads its sails

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Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) Jun 8, 2015; After a few setbacks and several anxious periods of radio silence, the Planetary Society's solar sailing space probe has deployed its giant, featherlight sails...

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Expedition 43 crew safely returns to Earth after 199 days in space

Expedition 43 crew safely returns to Earth after 199 days in space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronauts Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov and Samantha Cristoforetti landed safely in Kazakhstan today after it undocked from the International Space Station...

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Canadian Space: Canadian Astronaut Announcement Standard Operating Procedure

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Last week to great fanfare the Canadian government announced that it was renewing its commitment to the International Space Station through 2024, joining the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Union in extending its involvement in the ISS beyond 2020...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Small Canadian Firm Uses Tiny Materials to Big Effect

The Commercial Space Blog: Small Canadian Firm Uses Tiny Materials to Big Effect | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A $200,000 CDN award made under the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) Space Technology Development Program (STDP) on May 28th, 2015 to “test and optimize a novel nano-material that has equivalent or better performance than aluminum in mechanical strength and stiffness,” has highlighted the expertise of a small firm focused on the electroplating and electroforming of nanocrystalline metals.


All of which sounds pretty boring until you meet Gino Palumbo, the president and CEO of Integran Technologies and he slips into his story telling mode...

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Magnetic nanoparticles could offer alternative to rare Earth magnets

Magnetic nanoparticles could offer alternative to rare Earth magnets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A team of scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University has synthesized a powerful new magnetic material that could reduce the dependence of the United States and other nations on rare earth elements produced by China.

 

"The discovery opens the pathway to systematically improving the new material to outperform the current permanent magnets," said Shiv Khanna, Ph.D., a commonwealth professor in the Department of Physics in the College of Humanities and Sciences...

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Mexico Buys A Ride To The Moon | Aviation Week

Mexico Buys A Ride To The Moon | Aviation Week | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Mexico’s fledgling space agency has purchased a ride to the surface of the Moon from one of the contenders for the Google Lunar X-Prize, potentially opening the door to a new commercial space market that could one day include human “sovereign clients.”

 

Astrobotic, which hopes to take the $20 million first prize for a private robotic landing on the Moon, and then use the technology it is developing for that to build a lunar “FedEx or DHL”-type business, has signed the Agencia Espacial Mexicana (AEM) as a payload customer for the lander it is building to take a small rover to the surface...

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Russia aims for launch of next manned flight to ISS in July

Russia aims for launch of next manned flight to ISS in July | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (AFP) June 9, 2015; Russia's space agency said on Tuesday the next manned mission to the International Space Station would blast off between July 23 and 25, after it delayed the launch due to a rocket failure...

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XCOR Selects Matrix Composites to Develop Lynx Chines

XCOR Selects Matrix Composites to Develop Lynx Chines | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Mojave CA (SPX) Jun 10, 2015; XCOR Aerospace has announced its selection of Matrix Composites, Inc. of Rockledge, Florida as the manufacturer and supplier of the XCOR Lynx Mark I spacecraft... composite chine panels.

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Facebook and Google are out of the space race

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Who wasn’t excited to see Facebook and Google battle for dominance of low-earth orbit?

 

Alas, it wasn’t meant to be: both companies are shelving their ambitious plans for satellite internet. The tech-news site The Information reports that Facebook is dropping its plans for a geo-stationary satellite over concerns that it will not recoup costs. Google, which hired satellite entrepreneur Greg Wyler to prepare an satellite constellation in 2014, backed out of that plan earlier this year.

 

To which satellite experts might say: We told you so. Ambitious satellite-internet projects have a history of failure. Satellite-internet services today are fairly expensive, and offer slow data speeds...

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Thales Alenia Space opens its subsidiary in Poland

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Thales Alenia Space (TAS), a key European aerospace company, announced Monday, June 8, that it has opened its subsidiary in Poland...

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Next Big Future: Australia plans mach 20 scramjet in 2018 that can fly 120 miles in 30 seconds

Next Big Future: Australia plans mach 20 scramjet in 2018 that can fly 120 miles in 30 seconds | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Australia's DSTO has been doing hypersonic experiments in Woomera, South Australia and Norway. In 2018, it plans to launch a glider with an air-breathing scramjet engine that will cruise at hypersonic speeds to travel about 200 kilometres in 30 seconds (mach 20)...

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Com Dev wins satellite equipment contract

Com Dev wins satellite equipment contract | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Com Dev International says it has been awarded a contract for satellite equipment that is expected to be worth more than $9 million.

 

The Cambridge-based company said it has received authorization to proceed on a contract to supply passive microwave equipment for a commercial communications satellite. The initial go-ahead is valued at $4 million and is expected to lead to a full contract with a value of more than $9 million, Com Dev said...

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Space Industry Startups Eye Asteroid Mining, Tourism And In-Orbit Construction As The Future

Space Industry Startups Eye Asteroid Mining, Tourism And In-Orbit Construction As The Future | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

While Elon Musk's SpaceX and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic have set out a widely publicized vision for a second space age, dozens of lesser-known companies -- many of them in the Seattle area -- are pursuing ambitious projects of their own in the expanding space industry. Richard David, CEO of NewSpace Global, estimates that there are about 700 companies dedicated to commercial space worldwide -- up from 100 in 2011. They build rockets, offer mission planning services, pack freight into spaceships and monitor planetary risks.
 

“People often think of this as a very long-term thing that is far in the future,” says Chris Lewicki, president and chief engineer of an asteroid mining company called Planetary Resources based in nearby Redmond. “I would encourage people to realize that it’s happening right now.”


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