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Exploring the surface of a planet: young Canadian entrepreneurs at work

Exploring the surface of a planet: young Canadian entrepreneurs at work | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered how rovers could safely explore the surface of a planet? Mission Control Space Services recently received a contract from the Canadian Space Agency to develop a promising technology that does just that!

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Jaeyoung Park confirms publication of patent filing for polywell fusion

Jaeyoung Park confirms publication of patent filing for polywell fusion | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Nextbigfuture interviewed Jaeyoung Park who leads the EMC2 commercial fusion effort. EMC2 is developing the work of late Dr. Robert Bussard for magneto-electrostatic fusion, also known as “Polywell fusion”. Dr. Park confirmed the recent publication of an EMC2 patent filing. Dr Park also discussed the reasons behind EMC2's silence, which had been driven by the Navy’s concern about technology disclosure of Polywell technology...

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Lindsay Place High takes new, exciting approach to science, tech and math

Lindsay Place High takes new, exciting approach to science, tech and math | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Lindsay Place High School is holding an information session to explain and demonstrate its STEAM (squared) approach to education...

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Early Stage Investing For US Entrepreneurs & Investors Just Got A Lot More Attractive

Early Stage Investing For US Entrepreneurs & Investors Just Got A Lot More Attractive | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On Friday, December 18, Congress passed the PATH Act (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes), a sweeping $1 trillion bill which, as part of an 887-page omnibus, would prove challenging for even the most astute of human beings to absorb, let alone many of those in Washington.

Nevertheless, page 813, Section 126, makes reference to a feature that’s now become a permanent part of the tax code — and it’s great news for entrepreneurs and other individuals financing startups and companies in the earliest stages of growth, as well as general partners and individual investors in venture capital funds. This is all part of Congress’ interest in encouraging long-term investing.

The impact this change will have on entrepreneurs, the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, is significant. This new code will enable a company’s founders and employees holding stock, including that obtained upon exercise of options, to save up to millions of dollars in taxes upon a company achieving a successful liquidation event. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 26, 2016 10:16 PM

This tax rule is significant for #entrepreneurs and #earlystage #investors. Good to be aware of it and don't forget when preparing taxes.

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ESA selects Airbus Defence and Space for two new Sentinel-2 satellites

ESA selects Airbus Defence and Space for two new Sentinel-2 satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Paris, France (SPX) Jan 27, 2016 -
Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract, worth around 285 million euros with the European Space Agency (ESA) to deliver two further optical satellites for the European Copernicus programme.

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The Space Review: The unfortunate provincialism of the space resources act

The Space Review: The unfortunate provincialism of the space resources act | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An illustration of an asteroid mining spacecraft proposed by Deep Space Industries. A new law that grants rights to resources extracted from asteroids by US companies misses a chance to help establish an international framework...

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A space station, with border surveillance cameras from UrtheCast for Hire

A space station, with border surveillance cameras from UrtheCast for Hire | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Email traffic recently released by the European Commission revealed that a Canadian company pitched an idea to the European Union’s beleaguered border agency to use the UrtheCast Theia and Iris Earth imaging camera's for border surveillance...

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The StarSpot Episode 93: Will the Electric Sail Get Us to Deep Space? with Les Johnson

The StarSpot Episode 93: Will the Electric Sail Get Us to Deep Space? with Les Johnson | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In our last conversation, Pekka Janhunen, inventor of the electric solar sail, joined Denise at The Star Spot to explain the science and engineering behind this advanced spacecraft propulsion technology. Now as we dive into Part 2, it’s time to ask, just how far into deep space will the electric sail take us and will it truly open up a path to the stars? To answer those questions, today we’re joined at The Star Spot by Les Johnson, Deputy Manager for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office...

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China's progress in developing hypersonic weapons unsettles Pentagon

China's progress in developing hypersonic weapons unsettles Pentagon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Although Beijing has repeatedly stated that its efforts to modernize its military are aimed strictly at boosting China's defense capabilities, US military officials never miss an opportunity to present these developments as an alarming trend.

 

Admiral Cecil D. Haney, Commander of US Strategic Command, recently confirmed that in late 2015 China successfully launched a rocket carrying a record 20 micro-satellites, as well as tested hypersonic and anti-satellite weapons as part of its rapidly developing space program...

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SpaceX Falcon 9 upgrade certified for National Security Space launches

SpaceX Falcon 9 upgrade certified for National Security Space launches | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space and Space and Missile Systems Center commander, updated the certified baseline configuration of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launch System to Falcon 9 Upgrade, for use in National Security Space (NSS) missions. The baseline configuration of the Falcon 9 Launch System was updated to the Falcon 9 Upgrade on Jan. 25th...

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Understanding Universe's Secrets with Euclid Spacecraft

Understanding Universe's Secrets with Euclid Spacecraft | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 26, 2016 - Dark matter and dark energy are two of the most greatest mysteries of the universe, still perplexing scientists worldwide...

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The University of Calgary's leading space research program draws new round of CSA funding

The University of Calgary's leading space research program draws new round of CSA funding | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Earth-Space research is deepening our understanding of atmospheric phenomena like the space weather dynamics that create Aurora Borealis.

 

This breath-taking light show belies the epic forces at the heart of space storms that send radiation, solar winds, and magnetic fields into swirling dances around earth -- while disturbing our technologies...

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Russian Cosmonauts to Attach Thermal Insulation to Int’l Space Station

Russian Cosmonauts to Attach Thermal Insulation to Int’l Space Station | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Russian cosmonauts will undertake a spacewalk on February 3 to get some practice fixing screen-vacuum thermal insulation onto the exterior of the International Space Station which is currently under repair in orbit, the Russian Mission Control Center said Monday...

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McCain Seeks to Reverse RD-180 Legislation (Update) - NASA Watch

McCain Seeks to Reverse RD-180 Legislation (Update) - NASA Watch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Keith's 6:30 pm update: Moments ago Sen. McCain just gave a shout out on CNN to SpaceX as being able to provide a competitive alternative to the RD-180 saying "we paid this outfit ULA $800 million just to stay...


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Senator McCain did not take kindly to slipping into the recently passed federal budget bill a rollback of the ban on Russian RD-180 rocket engines used by the ULA Atlas V launch vehicle. He vowed to do everything he can to reinstate the ban.

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Elon Musk Talks About SpaceX & Mars Settlement

Elon Musk Talks About SpaceX & Mars Settlement | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Musk begins talking about SpaceX at 27:48. Hopes to go to space station in five years. Hopes to launch crew to Mars around 2025. Will describe the Mars Colonial Transporter in September at the International Astronautical Conference in Guadalajara. Mexico...

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NASA Learns Electric-Propulsion Lessons For Sceptor X-plane

NASA Learns Electric-Propulsion Lessons For Sceptor X-plane | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Getting back in the X-plane business challenges NASA’s culture...

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Russia launches ambitious cosmic robotics project

Russia launches ambitious cosmic robotics project | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The development of state-of-the-art robots capable of operating in outer space will begin in Russia this year, media reports said.

Russian scientists will begin the development of sophisticated robots capable of operating in outer space later in 2016, according to media reports...

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Last Launch for Long March 2F/G

Last Launch for Long March 2F/G | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jan 27, 2016 - At some time this year, China will launch the Tiangong 2 space laboratory...

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Elon Musk and the SpaceX Odyssey | The Space Review

Elon Musk and the SpaceX Odyssey | The Space Review | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Elon Musk has long made clear his long-term ambitions to establish a human presence on Mars, but that effort faces both opposition and competition. Tim Reyes argues that SpaceX needs to accelerate its efforts to make a reusable launch vehicle to maintain momentum for sending humans to Mars.


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Canadian Space Agency awards research funds to three universities

Canadian Space Agency awards research funds to three universities | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CALGARY -- Three Canadian universities are sharing $1.4 million in funding from the Canadian Space Agency.


Four awards have been given to the University of Calgary, three to the University of Alberta and one to the University of Waterloo in Ontario...

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Scientists urge world to stop killer robots

Scientists urge world to stop killer robots | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Davos, Switzerland (AFP) Jan 22, 2016 - The world must act quickly to avert a future in which autonomous robots with artificial intelligence roam the battlefields killing humans, scientists and arms experts...

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India to Cooperate With France on Next Mission to Mars

India to Cooperate With France on Next Mission to Mars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

France will become India's partner in the next Indian mission to Mars, India's Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said Monday.

 

Earlier in the day, French President Francois Hollande and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks, signing several deals...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Tony Lacavera Has a New $100Mln Venture Capital Fund

The Commercial Space Blog: Tony Lacavera Has a New $100Mln Venture Capital Fund | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Anthony ("Tony") Lacavera, the entrepreneur who created Wind Mobile (Canada’s fourth-largest wireless carrier), once acted as chairman of the board for NewSpace company UrtheCast and currently serves as chairman of Globalive Holdings (a privately held Canadian communications and investment company), is raising money for a new venture capital fund...

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DSI and SFL test "autonomous spacecraft manuevering"

DSI and SFL test "autonomous spacecraft manuevering" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MOFFETT FIELD, CA. - The world’s first demonstration of autonomous spacecraft maneuvering was recently completed by Silicon Valley-based Deep Space Industries (DSI) and the Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of Toronto, Canada. Using their highly-successful CanX-4 and CanX-5 pair of nanosatellites, SFL operators executed a DSI-defined experiment on-orbit, in which the world’s first spacecraft-to-spacecraft orbit maneuver was commanded by one satellite and executed by the other...

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This is a follow-on from earlier experiments as outlined in the August 11th, 2014  SpaceRef.ca post "Canadian Nanosats CanX-4 and CanX-5 Achieve Notable Firsts" at http://spaceref.ca/commercial-space/utias-space-flight-laboratory/canadian-nanosats-canx-4-and-canx-5-achieve-notable-firsts.html

 

UTIAS-SFL mission manager Grant Bonin, quoted in the earlier article, now works at Deep Space Industries as outlined in the September 14,th 2015 post, "UTIAS-SFL Mission Manager Grant Bonin Joins Deep Space Industries," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2015/09/utias-sfl-mission-manager-grant-bonin.html

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Eyes in the sky capture historic US snowstorm | NASASpaceFlight.com

Eyes in the sky capture historic US snowstorm | NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The NPOESS Preparatory Project (Suomi) and the Landsat-8 satellites have been keeping a close eye on the major snowstorm that impacted millions of Americans...

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