More Commercial S...
Follow
Find
25.4K views | +3 today
More Commercial Space News
A supplement to the Commercial Space Blog (http://acuriousguy.blogspot.com)
Curated by Chuck Black
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Waiting on Canada, Germany sees new industry for NWT town

Waiting on Canada, Germany sees new industry for NWT town | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Germany had hoped Canada would be ready by now. In the meantime, they’re helping out.

 

The country was among the first two to build a satellite dish, or antenna, in Inuvik, NWT. Canada opened a satellite station facility there in 2010, essentially laying the groundwork for others to build actual dishes. It was done with hope of turning Inuvik – with its far-northern location that offers ideal exposure to polar orbit paths – into a hub for “remote sensing,” or satellite dishes...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Kennedy Administration Shapes Current Space Activities

Kennedy Administration Shapes Current Space Activities | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's worth noting on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, that the 35th president of the United States chose to have his country go to the moon, and to this day, will always be remembered as one of the biggest political supporters of the American space program.

 

Even before John. F. Kennedy worked in the oval office he had toiled for the creation of NASA as a senator, proposing space related programs to congress, his boldest plan being to land an American safely on the moon. It was with this dream, and from increasing Russian pressures, that Kennedy could justify the expenditure and resources invested in such a remarkable and challenging task...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Is Inspiration Enough to Launch Inspiration Mars?

Is Inspiration Enough to Launch Inspiration Mars? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In 2001, Dennis Tito used his millions to buy a seat on a Soyuz spacecraft for an eight-day visit to the International Space Station. On February 27 of this year, he announced his plan to foot a large portion of the bill for Inspiration Mars, a flyby mission to the red planet. On Wednesday in front of a House Committee on Space, he called for NASA to pick up the slack to see his mission fly, both financially and technologically. Inspiration Mars had some obvious problems from the start, but this latest development looks a little like it might be the first nail in the mission’s coffin.  

 

Tito unveiled Inspiration Mars earlier this year as a philanthropic mission; technological and scientific ends were secondary to the primary goal of inspiring the nation to aspire to great things in space once again. The mission itself is fairly straightforward. A crew of two (a married, middle-aged, heterosexual couple) will launch in January of 2018, fly to Mars, and whip around the planet’s far side using gravity to boost them back to Earth. The mission isn’t designed to land on Mars of even go into orbit. It would be a 501 day flight with a very short but exciting flyby..

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Flights of fancy may launch the industry's future

Flights of fancy may launch the industry's future | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MOJAVE, CALIF. — The air is so clear the mountains in the distance look almost fake, as if added digitally. The desert floor is runway-flat, with a few Joshua trees popping up randomly, like lost cowboys. The dominant feature is the sky, preposterously vast, beckoning test pilots, rocketeers and would-be space travelers.

 

Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier near here in 1947. Neil Armstrong flew rocket planes. Tom Wolfe immortalized the Antelope Valley’s hard-drinking, sky-shattering aviation pioneers in his book “The Right Stuff.” The place is chockablock with history — and yet it’s the future that everyone’s buzzing about.

 

To hear the dreamers tell it, this is the next Silicon Valley. The Mojave Air and Space Port is the spiritual heart of the industry that people call “New Space...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Darpa Targets Spaceplane At Launch Industry

Darpa Targets Spaceplane At Launch Industry | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (Darpa) goal with its new Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program is to demonstrate a reusable capa...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

MDA Receives Contract From U.S. Naval Research Laboratory For Radarsat-2 Ground System

MDA Receives Contract From U.S. Naval Research Laboratory For Radarsat-2 Ground System | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

RICHMOND, BC, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ – MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has been awarded a contract valued at US$2.9 million by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). MDA will provide a RADARSAT-2 ground system for Open Ocean Surveillance, as a part of the NRL’s Coalition Tactical Awareness and Response (CTAR) program...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

University of Calgary technology part of European Space Agency Swarm mission

University of Calgary technology part of European Space Agency Swarm mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CALGARY, ALBERTA—(Marketwired) - The Swarm mission, led by the European Space Agency (ESA), successfully launched this morning aboard the Russian space vehicle Rokot/Briz-KM at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome located in Arkhangelsk Oblast, about 800 km north of Moscow. Communication with the satellite was successfully established shortly after the launch.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

NASA, Planetary Resources Sign Agreement on Asteroid Detection

NASA, Planetary Resources Sign Agreement on Asteroid Detection | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASA and Planetary Resources Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., are partnering to develop crowd-sourced software solutions to enhance detection of near-Earth objects using agency-funded data.The agreement is NASA’s first partnership associated with the agency’s Asteroid Grand Challenge.

 

Under a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, Planetary Resources will facilitate the use of NASA-funded sky survey data and help support the algorithm competition and review results. NASA will develop and manage the contests and explore use of the best solutions for enhancing existing survey programs. The first contest is expected to launch early in 2014 based on Planetary Resources’ and Zooniverse’s Asteroid Zoo platform currently in development. The partnership was announced Thursday at NASA’s Asteroid Initiative Ideas Synthesis Workshop in Houston...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Canada launches consultations on major changes to the Defence Production Act and Controlled Goods Program

Canada launches consultations on major changes to the Defence Production Act and Controlled Goods Program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Yesterday, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) launched consultations on proposed amendments to the Defence Production Act (DPA) which will have a significant impact on Canadian companies in the defence, aerospace, security, and satellite sectors. Companies that are subject to the DPA and its Controlled Goods Regulations are subject to significant registration, screening and security obligations in their dealings with controlled goods and technology within Canada. The proposed amendments will significantly change the scope of products and technology subject to the Controlled Goods Program (CGP), including by removing approximately 52% of the current entries covered by the DPA Schedule...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Israeli experts launches space studies course for teachers

Israeli experts launches space studies course for teachers | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Jerusalem (XNA) Nov 22, 2013
Israel Aerospace Industries inaugurated on Wednesday a course designed to train secondary school teachers in the instruction of space studies, the company announced.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

JFK legacy to states: Space industry jobs

JFK legacy to states: Space industry jobs | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Kennedy's commitment to getting a man on the moon launched American space exploration and transformed rural Southern economies with high-paying science jobs.

Chuck Black's insight:

It's also crippling any current new initiatives since those same space industry jobs currently need to be protected which eats into the NASA budget for new initiatives.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Supports S. 1753 to Extend Government-Industry Risk-Sharing Regime

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Supports S. 1753 to Extend Government-Industry Risk-Sharing Regime | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation strongly supports S. 1753 to extend government risk-sharing for U.S. commercial launch companies for three years. Current law that provides risk-sharing for these companies is set to expire in less than two months, on December 31, 2013.

 

The bill, introduced by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Science and Space Subcommittee Chairman Bill Nelson with significant bipartisan support, calls for extension of a liability risk-sharing regime that was created in 1988 and has never led to any cost for the taxpayer. The provision requires commercial launch companies to show financial responsibility (usually in the form of insurance) for liability resulting from damages to third parties, including the government, up to a value that, as calculated by the FAA, would only be exceeded in a 1-in-10 million chance accident. If such an unlikely event occurred, the law would then allow the Secretary of Transportation to seek expedited appropriations for funds above the insured amount but below another statutory limit. According to testimony given by the GAO in June 2012, the other major space-launching countries (China, Russia, and France) offer their industries stronger third-party risk protection than the current U.S. risk-sharing regime...

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Chuck Black from The NewSpace Daily
Scoop.it!

International Space Commerce Summit 2013, 29th-30th October, London, UK

International Space Commerce Summit 2013, 29th-30th October, London, UK | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The International Space Commerce Summit – ISC2013 was hosted on 29th-30th October by global summits organiser IRN at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Hotel in London, UK.

 

The summit gathered the elite of the space industry with more than 90 senior level executives coming from 75 leading organisations. Executives with a long history in the industry, along with top experts and entrepreneurs, delivered 35 presentations that focused on the legalities, policies and financing of space-based activities, satellites infrastructure, space technology, applications and human spaceflight infrastructure.

 

ISC2013 started with the chairman of the summit, Rick Tumlinson, Chairman of Deep Space Industries pointing at the necessity for the private sector to get more involved in space exploration, as this will be the driving force moving the industry and space exploration ahead.

 

 


Via Stratocumulus
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

New national space transportation policy makes modest, not major, changes

New national space transportation policy makes modest, not major, changes | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After many months of delays, the Obama Administration quietly released Thursday afternoon a new National Space Transportation Policy. This is an update to the former space transportation policy developed during the Bush Administration and completed in late 2004. Both documents outline policy in regards of civil, national security, and commercial launch activities in the United States.

 

Many of the central tenets of the new policy are the same or similar as the 2004 policy (which, in turn, retained those of previous national policies.) These include assured access to space; use of US vehicle to launch US government payloads, with certain exceptions; and support for commercial space transportation in the United States. There are updates to the new policy to reflect NASA’s direction to develop “a heavy-lift space transportation system” (the Space Launch System is not mentioned by name in the new document) as well as commercial crew transportation systems and “other related capabilities” like on-orbit refueling and advanced in-space transportation systems...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

UrtheCast Prepares for Liftoff

UrtheCast Prepares for Liftoff | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In case ninety minutes of watching George Clooney in space wasn’t enough for you, from early 2014 you’ll be to watch a near real-time stream of our planet from the lower reaches of space, courtesy of Vancouver company UrtheCast Corp. (pronounced “Earth-cast”).
 
The company’s cameras will launch into space aboard a Soyuz rocket on Monday at 12:53 PM PT Vancouver-time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, up to the International Space Station (ISS), where they will be installed on the Russian segment of the ISS. UrtheCast will live stream the launch from its website....

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Indian space agency to launch German, French, British, Canadian satellites

Indian space agency to launch German, French, British, Canadian satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), that got global recognition for its successful launch of a mission to Mars, will now launch German, French, British and Canadian satellites, a top official said...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

China launches remote-sensing satellite

China launches remote-sensing satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Taiyuan, China (XNA) Nov 25, 2013
China on Wednesday sent a remote-sensing satellite into scheduled orbit, according to the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.
The Yaogan XIX satellite was launched at 11:31 a.m.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

MDA to develop payload orbital delivery system for US Government's satellite servicing demonstration

MDA to develop payload orbital delivery system for US Government's satellite servicing demonstration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

RICHMOND, BC, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has been authorized to proceed with development of a Payload Orbital Delivery system (POD) for the DARPA Phoenix mission.   The expected contract value for full development of the flight system is US$6 million.

 

The POD concept is an innovative and cost-effective solution to rapidly deliver small packages to geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) using surplus capacity on regularly launched communication satellites. PODs seeks to demonstrate a new faster delivery capability for DARPA's Phoenix mission and capability for future applications of assembly and servicing...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Three COM DEV Instruments Launched Onboard European Space Agency's Swarm Satellites

Three COM DEV Instruments Launched Onboard European Space Agency's Swarm Satellites | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), ("COM DEV" or "the Company") a leading manufacturer of space hardware and systems, announces that three state-of-the-art scientific instruments provided by COM DEV to the European Space Agency ("ESA")  for its Swarm mission were launched today from the Plasetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Russian Dnepr conducts record breaking 32 satellite haul

Russian Dnepr conducts record breaking 32 satellite haul | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Kosmotras launched a Dnepr rocket from Dombarovsky on Thursday, carrying the United Arab Emirates' DubaiSat-2, thirty one other satellites - including Peru's
Chuck Black's insight:

... Three of the satellites were launched as part of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies’ (UTIAS) Nanosatellite Launch Services programme.

 

Designated NLS-9, this payload consists of the Lem satellite for Poland’s Copernicus Astronomical Centre and Space Research Centre, WNISAT-1 for Japan’s Weather News Incorporated, and GOMX-1 for GOMSpace of Denmark.

 

Lem, which is also known as BRITE-PL1 or CanX-3C, is the third satellite to be launched as part of the Bright Target Explorer, or BRITE, programme. BRITE is an joint programme between Canadian, Polish and Austrian institutions. The University of Toronto is leading the programme, with the universities of Graz and Vienna in Austria and Poland’s Copernicus Astronomical Centre participating.

 

The programme has received funding from the Canadian Space Agency as well as the Polish and Austrian governments. Once complete the BRITE constellation will consist of six satellites: two Austrian, two Canadian and two Polish. The BRITE programme is aimed at studying the most luminous stars in the sky through photometric observation...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

NovaSAR wins an Innovation Award from the IET

NovaSAR wins an Innovation Award from the IET | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

At an awards ceremony held in London last night, a joint SSTL-Astrium team were surprised and honoured to receive the award in the Navigation and Surveillance category, against strong competition...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Launch of Canadian Instruments Onboard Swarm Constellation

Launch of Canadian Instruments Onboard Swarm Constellation | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Longueuil, Quebec, November 21, 2013 – On November 22, the three satellites that form the Swarm constellation will be launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

UrtheCast Obtains Comprehensive Insurance Coverage

UrtheCast Obtains Comprehensive Insurance Coverage | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
UrtheCast has successfully obtained a comprehensive insurance policy from a leading space insurance broker for its two cameras.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

We Haven’t Won Yet on Export Control Reforms

We Haven’t Won Yet on Export Control Reforms | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The defense industry is hard-pressed for good news these days after budget cuts, sequestration and the government shutdown. But there is one bright spot. The industry received some good news last month when new export control reforms went into effect. The reforms involved transferring authority for key categories of arms exports, including military aircraft parts and engines, from the State Department to the Department of Commerce.


The move from State to Commerce means that companies wishing to sell these parts will face fewer burdensome regulations, helping to sustain exports and providing needed relief for America’s defense industrial base. But, as helpful as this change has been, the most important item on the export control reform agenda will be less about the ability of US defense firms to sell abroad than whether the US military has access to cutting edge technology from commercial firms who are not normally considered a part of the defense industrial base.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Black
Scoop.it!

Tito Now Wants NASA Funding for Inspiration Mars - Here's NASA's Response

Tito Now Wants NASA Funding for Inspiration Mars - Here's NASA's Response | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Dennis Tito made headlines earlier this year by announcing plans to send a married couple to Mars in 2018 as a private sector initiative, but at a congressional hearing Wednesday he revealed a change in plans.  Now he wants the effort to be a public-private partnership, with NASA as his partner and the largest contributor to the effort.

 

Tito is a millionaire who was the first "space tourist" to visit the international Space Station.  He paid a reported $20 million to Russia for a the one-week trip, which created quite a stir at the time although several other wealthy individuals have made similar trips since then...

more...
No comment yet.