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This is the first object 3D-printed from alien metal

This is the first object 3D-printed from alien metal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

So-called "asteroid mining" company Planetary Resources is built on the belief that asteroids and other objects in space are loaded with resources that we can take advantage of, both here on Earth and as we begin to explore space in earnest. The essentially infinite supply of rocks floating through space, filled with valuable minerals that we'll eventually run out of on our home planet, sounds like a great resource to take advantage of. But the idea of mining, processing and building with alien metals also sounds like a massive and daunting undertaking...

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A visual summary of VC activity in 2015 [datagraphic] | PitchBook News

A visual summary of VC activity in 2015 [datagraphic] | PitchBook News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As part of our 2015 in Review coverage, here is a datagraphic summarizing global venture capital deal making, exit activity and fundraising over the past year...

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The 4th Annual Manfred Lachs Conference on Space Law is Very Concerned about Space Mining

The 4th Annual Manfred Lachs Conference on Space Law is Very Concerned about Space Mining | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Almost sixty years of exploration and use of outer space have brought unprecedented benefits to mankind. Humanity now depends heavily upon space, and even a single “day without satellites” would have disastrous impacts for everyone on Earth, particularly those who increasingly rely on space assets. In 2014, the global space economy grew by 9% (compared with 2013) and is currently a $330 billion annual economic activity. Space products and services have become indispensable for such applications as banking, agriculture, tracking climate change, communications, international arms control and disarmament, health delivery, natural disaster management, transportation, national and global security and weather forecasting.

 

However, many concerns exist today across a broad spectrum of issues with regard to the exploitation of space natural resources and activities in outer space that impact upon notions of national and global security.

 

On 25 November 2015, the United States adopted a new Act under which American companies would be entitled to private property rights with regard to any natural resources they would mine in outer space. This has already aroused several concerns internationally, primarily because the mining of asteroids and other celestial bodies in outer space could generate billions, if not trillions, of dollars in revenue and could also have serious implications for the space environment. This Act also called for a detailed study of space traffic management. This subject, and the nature and extent of national and international space traffic management and control, also gives rise to other types of security concerns and issues...

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State-owned aerospace corporation seeks to privatize

State-owned aerospace corporation seeks to privatize | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The president and CEO of the Alaska Aerospace Corp. said Monday that the board of the state-owned corporation has recommended it pursue becoming a private company...

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Big Changes at Space News, Inc.

Big Changes at Space News, Inc. | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Editor's Note: I received word today that two highly respected colleagues at Space News are leaving that publication.

 

An email from Space News Publisher Bill Klanke last month announced that the "must read" newspaper/website for anyone who wants to know what's happening in the space business was changing from a weekly newspaper to bi-weekly magazine format.

 

The difficulties facing news publications in today's digital/social media age are well documented and that alone was not much of a surprise. But farewell messages today from Executive Editor Warren Ferster, a 21-year Space News veteran, and reporter Dan Leone, who covered the NASA beat, were stunning...

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Telesat and APT to build jv satellite

Telesat and APT to build jv satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Telesat of Canada and APT Satellite (of Hong Kong) are to build a new satellite and divide the eventual costs. The new craft will replace their jointly-owned Telstar-18/Apstar-5 satellite which operates from 138 degrees East.

 

The new craft will be called 18-Vantage/Apstar-5C, and will be built by Space Systems/Loral and is scheduled for launch in early 2018...

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India To Shift Toward Launching Bigger Space Missions In 2016

India To Shift Toward Launching Bigger Space Missions In 2016 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NEW DELHI—As India moves into the new year, it plans a shift toward launching bigger space missions ranging from larger satellites aboard heavy-lift launchers to improved Earth observation spacecraft.


“There are some 10 missions lined up for launch this year,” a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) says...

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Building better fighter planes and space ships

Building better fighter planes and space ships | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Thousands bound together are still thinner than a single strand of human hair, but with research from Binghamton University, boron nitride nanotubes may help build better fighter planes and space shuttles.


A team of scientists led by Changhong Ke, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Binghamton University's Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, and researcher Xiaoming Chen were the first to determine the interface strength between boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) and epoxy and other polymers...

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Astronomers find new way to measure the pull of gravity at the surface of distant stars

Astronomers find new way to measure the pull of gravity at the surface of distant stars | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Researchers have found a new way to measure the pull of gravity at the surface of a star. For distant stars with planets orbiting them, this information is key in determining whether any of those planets can harbour life.

 

The new method is described in a study published today in Science Advances. The research was led by University of Vienna's Thomas Kallinger and involved UBC Professor Jaymie Matthews as well as astronomers from Germany, France and Australia...

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NASA wants to built a floating city in atmosphere of Venus | Sci-Tech Universe

NASA wants to built a floating city in atmosphere of Venus | Sci-Tech Universe | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

However Mars may be all the fury right now, a team of NASA researchers has fantasized up an ground-breaking idea that could ultimately see humans permanently inhabiting Venus’ atmosphere, in a floating cloud city...


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It might be difficult to "live off the land" in the atmosphere of Venus, when you can never come within 50 miles of the planetary surface. How are these astronauts going to plant their potatoes? It's quite a long drive to the nearest supermarket.

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Next Big Future: Breakthrough for customizing heat resistant ceramics into complex shapes for jet engines, ion drives and many other applications

Next Big Future: Breakthrough for customizing heat resistant ceramics into complex shapes for jet engines, ion drives and many other applications | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Researchers at HRL Laboratories, LLC, have achieved a new milestone in 3D printing technology by demonstrating an approach to additively manufacture ceramics that overcomes the limits of traditional ceramic processing and enables high temperature, high strength ceramic components...

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Defense & Space Technologies To Watch In 2016

Defense & Space Technologies To Watch In 2016 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Countering UAS, beating brownout, robotic copilots, communication by laser, and building-block satellites are among advances that could make the news in 2016...

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The Force Awakens: China Readies for Space Warfare

The Force Awakens: China Readies for Space Warfare | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 01, 2016 - The Chinese military is undergoing a gradual shift to cyber and space warfare, and the move is more visible now as a new command structure has been created...

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Innovation Minister provides $1.7Mln for previously announced $1.9Mln Neptec ISS visioning system

Innovation Minister provides  $1.7Mln for previously announced $1.9Mln Neptec ISS  visioning system | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Navdeep Bains, federal minister responsible for innovation, science and economic development, was at the Canadian Space Agency in St-Hubert, Que., this morning to announce a $1.7-million contract for an advanced visioning system for the International Space Station....

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As per the November 25th, 2015 Spaceref.ca post, "Neptec Awarded Phase A Contract for Space Station Dextre Deployable Vision System," at http://spaceref.ca/missions-and-programs/canadian-space-agency/neptec-awarded-phase-a-contract-for-space-station-dextre-deployable-vision-system.html

the original contract, then valued at $1.9Mln CDN, was awarded by the CSA in November, 2015. 

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Innovation Minister Bains Visiting Canadian Space Agency on Thursday; Promises Announcement!

Innovation Minister Bains Visiting Canadian Space Agency on Thursday; Promises Announcement! | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), will visit the CSA for the first time on January 7, at which time he will announce an innovation in Canadian space technology...

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The truth about asteroid mining

The truth about asteroid mining | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

As our Earth orbits lazily around the Sun, some 13,000 asteroids pass close by. Known as Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), these asteroids are more than just a heavenly curiosity; they are treasures. The resources contained within them mean they have the potential to provide untold riches, the future oil fields of space...

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Forget Wi-Fi. Meet the new Li-Fi Internet | Harald Haas | TED Talks

What if we could use existing technologies to provide Internet access to the more than 4 billion people living in places where the infrastructure can't support it? Using off-the-shelf LEDs and solar cells, Harald Haas and his team have pioneered a new technology that transmits data using light, and it may just be the key to bridging the digital divide. Take a look at what the future of the Internet could look like...

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UrtheCast executive VP and general counsel Chris Hoeschen on the role of the legal department

UrtheCast executive VP and general counsel Chris Hoeschen on the role of the legal department | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In the second of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2016 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Chris Hoeschen, executive vice president and general counsel at UrtheCast Corp. talks about the role the legal department has in the company's move towards becoming operational this year and how he decides what work goes to external counsel...

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Liberal government will not review Com Dev sale to Honeywell

Liberal government will not review Com Dev sale to Honeywell | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ottawa will not review the sale of Canadian satellite equipment maker Com Dev International Ltd. under national security provisions of the Investment Canada Act, paving the way for the company to be taken over by U.S. giant Honeywell International Inc.

 

The $455-million proposed sale supposedly falls below the $600-million threshold for review under the “net benefit” provisions of the act, but the government could have reviewed it under other provisions that allow Ottawa to look at takeovers that might raise national security concerns...

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SSL wins Telkom bid for new comsat

SSL wins Telkom bid for new comsat | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Space Systems Loral (SSL) has announced that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, the largest telecommunication and network provider in Indonesia.

 

SSL was informed last week that it is the winner of the procurement of the TELKOM-4 satellite, which will be used for fixed satellite services in Indonesia, India, and Southeast Asia...

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Google takes quantum leap into artificial intelligence | Toronto Star

Google takes quantum leap into artificial intelligence | Toronto Star | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The D-Wave 2X quantum computer, developed with NASA, is said to be 100 million times as fast as any of today’s machines. But quantum computers are fraught with challenges...

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COM DEV Receives New Order Under Major Commercial Satellite Contract

COM DEV Receives New Order Under Major Commercial Satellite Contract | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Jan. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that it has received an order to begin work on the third satellite of a multiple-satellite contract awarded in October 2013. The contract is valued in excess of $12 million. All figures are in Canadian dollars.

 

Each of the satellites built under this contract will deliver high throughput commercial communications services. COM DEV has completed delivery on the equipment it built for the first satellite, and commenced work on the second in April 2015...

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Next Big Future: Ultralight metallic microlattices being developed to reduce the mass of Spacecraft for Deep space exploration

Next Big Future: Ultralight metallic microlattices being developed to reduce the mass of Spacecraft for Deep space exploration | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

HRL Laboratories is developing new ultra-lightweight materials for future aerospace vehicles and structures under NASA's Game Changing Development Program. These new materials can enable NASA to reduce the mass of spacecraft for deep space exploration by 40 percent and are necessary for the journey to Mars and beyond.

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Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 rocket SpaceX successfully landed is 'ready to fire again'

Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 rocket SpaceX successfully landed is 'ready to fire again' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

 SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 rocket successfully made it back to Earth last month, touching down gently at Cape Canaveral after traveling out of our atmosphere, into space, and back again. Now, SpaceX boss Elon Musk says, the rocket is ready for another mission...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Canadian Space Agency Finally Releases 2013 Space Sector Report

The Commercial Space Blog: Canadian Space Agency Finally Releases 2013 Space Sector Report | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's a year late, and already superseded by an expected 2014 report on the same topic completed by a Canadian Space Agency (CSA) subcontractor using a different methodology.

But the 2013 State of the Canadian Space Sector Reportwas finally and quietly released for public consumption on December 23rd, 2015.

Yeah, you read that correctly... The 2013 report.

As outlined in this "sorta" new assessment, the space sector generated approximately $3.49Bln CDN in 2013, which was a solid 5% increase over the $3.34Bln CDN generated in 2012, but only a marginal gain when compared to the $3.48Bln CDN generated in 2011.

Gains were also concentrated among the top 30 companies, a survey result which would normally indicate unfavorable conditions for small aerospace and space businesses focused around niche areas, which are typically the places where new ideas and processes are perfected and commercialized...

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