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CBC finally notices the cold war chill returning to space

CBC finally notices the cold war chill returning to space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Correspondent Bob McDonald yearns for a simpler time, when space was about science and cooperation and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wasn't waiting in the wings, hungry for profit....

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A profile of John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic Technology

A profile of John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic Technology | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic Technology, a spinoff from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, is one of the leading contenders in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, which pledges $20 million to the first team that lands a privately funded spacecraft on the surface of the Moon by Dec. 31, 2015. The winning entry also must traverse at least 500 meters of lunar landscape and transmit high-definition video back to Earth. Additional funds will be awarded for bonus achievements, including taking pictures of historic artifacts and driving 5 kilometers.

 

But winning is beside the point, says Astrobotic Chief Executive John Thornton. The company’s X Prize flight, slated for October 2015 aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket, is the first of three planned missions to the lunar surface to provide commercial services for a variety of business, research, government, educational and marketing customers...

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British MoD works on 'quantum compass' technology to replace GPS

British MoD works on 'quantum compass' technology to replace GPS | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (Voice of Russia) May 16, 2014
UK scientists say they are three to five years away from creating a new navigation system that would not rely on space-based technologies.
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Space exploration fuels potential insurance snags

Space exploration fuels potential insurance snags | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With the recent successful publicity of California-based space transport company SpaceX, the commercial launch industry continues to steal the spotlight as a market of promising growth. No longer dominated by Proton and Ariane—the two launch vehicles traditionally used in space exploration and geocommunication—new vehicles from private companies like SpaceX are starting to enter a market with new groups and governments eager to see a bit of the skies.

All of that increased demand and new product offerings mean amplified insurance complications...

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NASA Space Apps challenger makes PipBoy, the wrist-mounted computer from the Fallout computer game

NASA Space Apps challenger makes PipBoy, the wrist-mounted computer from the Fallout computer game | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space is no longer accomplished by the public sector space agencies. Now, commercial space companies have expanded the market for space technology. Your challenge is to design wearable clothing and accessories that could be useful for space travelers and/or the engineers and technicians involved with ground processing spacecraft and rockets. If possible, build a prototype(s) (hardware or software) during the 48-hour Space Apps marathon.

 

Incorporate understanding of challenges of working in the hostile off-planet environment into your wearable space designs that can improve the quality and safety of our explorers.

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Dauria Aerospace, Elecnor Deimos Team to Create Full Earth ...

Dauria Aerospace, Elecnor Deimos Team to Create Full Earth ... | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., May 12, 2014 (Dauria Aerospace) – Dauria Aerospace, a multinational aerospace company providing global data, communication and remote sensing information, and Elecnor Deimos, the ...
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Iran to Host Russian Satellite Navigation Facility

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Moscow (RIA Novosti) May 15, 2014
A ground-based facility for the Russian satellite navigation system Glonass is to be built in Iran, the Russian Izvestia newspaper said Tuesday, citing a decision by an intergovernmental group on space cooperation.
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Final export control rule offers some tweaks, but no major changes ...

Final export control rule offers some tweaks, but no major changes ... | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Lost in yesterday’s news from Russia was a major milestone for the commercial space industry: after more than a decade of effort, the State Department issued its interim final rule for the revised Category XV of the US Munitions List, which covers satellites and related components. Like the proposed Category XV list released nearly a year ago, the final revision to Category XV removes many commercial satellites and components for them off of the USML, and thus no longer under the jurisdiction of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); they are now on the less-restrictive Commerce Control List (CCL).

 

While the proposed rule generated hundreds of pages of comments from companies, organizations, and the general public, the final rule didn’t change some hot-button issues...

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Chris Hadfield's 'Space Oddity' video to be taken off YouTube

Chris Hadfield's 'Space Oddity' video to be taken off YouTube | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) May 13, 2013 Per his agreement with the copyright holders of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will take down the video of himself doing a rendition of the song while aboard the International Space...
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A fascinating discussion of the politics of space, from the Space Access Society

A fascinating discussion of the politics of space, from the Space Access Society | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Looking at this year's space policy and politics scene, we're struck by a number of issues that have been steady and predictable for years now, but that recently look about as stable as a stack of overage dynamite.  Changes, abrupt changes, are suddenly looking possible, and in some cases inevitable.

 

Our experience is that it's best to start thinking about a sensible plan before the stuff hits the fan, because it's really hard to make good plans in the middle of a stuff-storm.  Some thoughts follow...

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Includes comments on Russia, Soyuz, ISS access and possession, the RD-180 and the Space Launch System. 

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US Department of State Publishes Changes to Regulations That Control Exports of Satellites and Related Items

US Department of State Publishes Changes to Regulations That Control Exports of Satellites and Related Items | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of State published regulations today that will fundamentally change the nature of U.S. export controls on satellites and related parts and components. These changes to Category XV (Spacecraft and Satellites) of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) allow most commercial, scientific, and civil satellites and their parts and components to move to the Department of Commerce’s Commerce Control List (CCL). These changes are part of the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative, and will increase the competitiveness of cutting-edge, well-paying U.S. manufacturing and technology sectors by better aligning our export controls with national security priorities...

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The changes to Category XV (spacecraft and satellites) of the US Munitions List (USML) allow most commercial, scientific, and civil satellites and their parts and components to move to the Department of Commerce’s Commerce Control List (CCL)...

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Russia to Halt Export of RD-180 Engines for MilSat Launches and Questions ISS Future

Russia to Halt Export of RD-180 Engines for MilSat Launches and Questions ISS Future | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The escalating war of words between Russia and U.S. just hit home hard for the Air Force and United Launch Alliance (ULA) with the news today that Russia would no longer supply RD-180 engines for export to the U.S. if used by the "Pentagon".

 

The news was reported on Russian state owned TV news channel RT but was soon followed up by a series of Tweets by Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian deputy prime minister including this; "Russia is ready to continue deliveries of RD-180 engines to the US only under the guarantee that they won't be used in the interests of the Pentagon...

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Reports out of Russia indicate that their RD-180 rocket engines will no longer be supplied to the US for use in ULA Atlas V launch vehicles that launch military satellites. Other reports question whether Russia will continue to support the International Space Station beyond 2020. These events call into question the wisdom of relying on other nations for critical defense needs.

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Preparing for the Manfred Lachs Global Space Governance Conference

Preparing for the Manfred Lachs Global Space Governance Conference | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The 2nd Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance, will be held from May 29th - 31st in Montreal, PQ.

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GOP Congressman Wants To Block Elon Musk From Competing In Space

GOP Congressman Wants To Block Elon Musk From Competing In Space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

“Paring down the number of competitors will help things along greatly because the funding won’t be split.”


Query: To which Party and State would might you attribute the above market-bashing quote? California Democrat? Independent from Vermont? Surprisingly, this socialist missive comes from the staff of a Conservative Texas Republican.

 

Supporting the elimination of competition – that notorious creator of delay and inefficiency – from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, Robert La Branche, senior legislative assistant to Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), uttered these comments to the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee last week. Of course, what Mr. La Branche and his Congressional boss would really like to eliminate is that most inconvenient of competitors, the entrepreneur. And the very worst manifestation of entrepreneurial pestilence is, of course, California’s notorious Elon Musk...


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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 15, 2014 6:22 PM

I lose even more faith in the political process when I see machinations such as those perpetrated by Rep. Culbertson's office (R-TX).

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15 Years of Virgin Galactic's Failed Space Age Promises

15 Years of Virgin Galactic's Failed Space Age Promises | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Back in 2012, I saw a sign outside of a travel agency in Western Australia that filled my cold, black heart with glee. It was an ad for Virgin Galactic, with the implied promise that if I stepped inside that door, I could buy a flight to space from an "accredited space agent." 

 

I knew there was no way I could afford it, but just seeing that sign made me feel — however briefly — like I was living in the future. For those of us living here in the second decade of the 21st century, commercial space travel still usually feels like it's light years away...

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NASA hopes to continue cooperation with Russia on ISS

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NASA has not received from Russia notifications of changes in cooperation on the International Space Station (ISS) and expects to continue cooperation, press service of the US space agency stated, commenting on Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and the head of Roscosmos Oleg Ostapenko.

 

Ostapenko and Rogozin said the decision on Russia's participation in the ISS after 2020 is still pending, although the US has recently announced the availability of orbital complex to operate until 2024...

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"No longer your grandfather's space program:" The Future of the US Space Program

The fifth annual A. Alfred Taubman Forum on Public Policy convened several panels of experts on May 14th to discuss topics related to space including the economic benefits of private industry's involvement, the scientific discoveries resulting from NASA's continued space efforts and the potential for future exploration, and the government's policies and decision making process...

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Terminal Velocity Aerospace Selected for NASA SBIR Award for ISS ...

Terminal Velocity Aerospace Selected for NASA SBIR Award for ISS ... | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
NASA has selected Terminal Velocity Aerospace for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award to develop a payload system capable of returning experimental samples from the International Space Station (ISS).
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Could a space-based solar farm become a reality by 2040? - Gizmag

Could a space-based solar farm become a reality by 2040? - Gizmag | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The disaster at Fukushima, limited access to fossil fuels and advances in technology has, at least in the eyes of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), added further weight to the notion of a space-based solar power...

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Moscow to suspend American GPS sites on Russian territory from June

Moscow to suspend American GPS sites on Russian territory from June | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (Voice of Russia) May 15, 2014
Russia is going to suspend the operation of all American GPS sites on its territory, starting from June 1, said Russia's deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries.
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What's Going to Happen to the International Space Station?

What's Going to Happen to the International Space Station? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Russia plans to kick Americans off the station after 2020, four years earlier than the space mission's intended end.
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33rd Annual International Space Development Conference Lands In LA

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Buzz Aldrin and Elon Musk are two of the many movers and shakers who will be at the 33rd Annual International Space Development Conference.

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Of course the Crimea is affecting ISS operations if Russia backs out of participation in 2020

Of course the Crimea is affecting ISS operations if Russia backs out of participation in 2020 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Moscow (AFP) May 13, 2014
A senior Russian official said Tuesday that Russia will only need the International Space Station (ISS) until 2020, as previous plans by Washington to use it until 2024 were thrown into doubt amid the Ukraine crisis.
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A comment for CSA president Walt Natynczyk to follow-up on his statements from the April 16th, 2014 Canadian Press story "Tensions with Russia not affecting space station: Canadian Space Agency," which is available online at http://globalnews.ca/news/1272989/tensions-with-russia-not-affecting-space-station-canadian-space-agency/.&nbsp.

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XCOR Mission Report for May 2014

XCOR Mission Report for May 2014 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Here's five stories highlighting XCOR's plans to provide suborbital passenger service compiled by Space Expeditions Corporation...

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China's Beidou navigation system makes breakthrough

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Tianjin, China (XNA) May 13, 2014
China's independently-developed Beidou differential navigation satellite system has achieved a positioning accuracy within one meter, a major breakthrough in marine application, local authorities said Friday.
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