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Moon Express Expands into Canada with the Establishment of Moon Express Canada and New Partnerships

Moon Express Expands into Canada with the Establishment of Moon Express Canada and New Partnerships | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC (October 16, 2018) ​​– Moon Express, Inc. has announced the creation of Moon Express Canada to leverage Canadian space science and technology in the exploration of the Moon and its resources. 

The announcement follows quickly after the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Moon Express on October 3rd, enabling Canadian firms and researchers to offer their expertise and capabilities to Moon Express. 

Moon Express Founder and CEO Bob Richards made the announcement today at the CSA Fall 2018 Industry Days, a three-day event hosted at its headquarters in Longueuil, Quebec to promote Canadian space capabilities and expertise...
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Orbiter.ch Space News: BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries

Orbiter.ch Space News: BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury blasted off on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT on 20 October on its exciting mission to study the mysteries of the Solar System’s innermost planet. 


Signals from the spacecraft, received at ESA’s control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, via the New Norcia ground tracking station at 02:21 GMT confirmed that the launch was successful...

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BepiColombo is a joint endeavour between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA. It is the first European mission to Mercury, the smallest and least explored planet in the inner Solar System, and the first to send two spacecraft to make complementary measurements of the planet and its dynamic environment at the same time.
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XPRIZE Appoints Anousheh Ansari as New CEO – Parabolic Arc

XPRIZE Appoints Anousheh Ansari as New CEO – Parabolic Arc | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES, October 18, 2018 (XPRIZE PR) — XPRIZE, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, announced at their annual Visioneering event today that Anousheh Ansari has been named as chief executive officer. Dr. Peter H. Diamandis will continue in the role of founder and executive chairman...
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Satellite imagery for journalism: Why a picture is worth a thousand words

Satellite imagery for journalism: Why a picture is worth a thousand words | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Satellites are opening up new frontiers in journalism by providing reporters with a ‘Bird’s Eye’ view of things and the availability of precise information...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Earth Observation Data Market to Reach $2.4Bln US, VAS Market Potentially at $9Bln US by 2027

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Earth Observation Data Market to Reach $2.4Bln US, VAS Market Potentially at $9Bln US by 2027 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Paris, Washington D.C., Montreal, Yokohama, October 19, 2018 - According to the 11th edition of Euroconsult's report, Satellite-Based Earth Observation: Market Prospects to 2027, the commercial Earth observation (EO) data market could reach $2.4 billion in 2027, driven by a mixture of defense and new commercial markets and supported by the arrival of new constellation operators. 

The EO market for value-added services (VAS) should reach over $5.7 billion by 2027; potential new service areas with entrants focusing on developing constellations to support high-frequency change detection could even see the VAS market reaching $9 billion in our upside scenarios...
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Space Apps Challenge: students have 48 hours to develop applications using space data - Canada.ca

Space Apps Challenge: students have 48 hours to develop applications using space data - Canada.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Longueuil, Quebec, October 19, 2018 — From October 19 to 21, in Montreal, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton about 650 Canadians will have 48 hours to tackle the challenges of Space Apps Challenge 2018 with the support of experts from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). 


During NASA's international hackathon, participants around the world must use space data to develop applications that meet needs here on Earth. Following the success of its first participation in the Space Apps Challenge last year, the CSA is facilitating access to Canadian space data, like data from RADARSAT-2, SCISAT, THEMIS and is presenting six Canadian challenges this year...

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Roscosmos plans to restart Soyuz launches from late November

Roscosmos plans to restart Soyuz launches from late November | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 18, 2018 - On October 11, the crew of the Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan due to an accident that took place two minutes after the craft's launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome...

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The iPolitics "Morning Brief" is being sponsored by #DontLetGoCanada Today

The iPolitics "Morning Brief" is being sponsored by #DontLetGoCanada Today | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Not to worry. iPolitics is still slagging both Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump, just like every other day...
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The Commercial Space Blog: Maritime Launch Services and the Wider Launch Market

The Commercial Space Blog: Maritime Launch Services and the Wider Launch Market | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
It's good that Halifax NS based Maritime Launch Services (MLS) made an in-person presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2019 Budget.

But if MLS CEO and president Stephen Matier really want to compete on the open launch market and interest the Federal government in supporting Canadian based initiatives, he should take a look at the most recent Space Investment Quarterly, from the New York NY based Space Angels, which covers the third quarter of 2018...
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Canada to host landmark G7 conference on Artificial Intelligence

Canada to host landmark G7 conference on Artificial Intelligence | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents a major economic opportunity for Canadians, and the Government of Canada is making the most of it. 


Consequently, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced today that he will host the G7 Multistakeholder Conference on Artificial Intelligence on December 6.

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The conference is an outcome of the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Preparing for Jobs of the Future that Minister Bains co-hosted in March with the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, 

Workforce Development and Labour, and it will be one of the last events under Canada's G7 Presidency. It will take place in Montréal during the week of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference, the biggest machine-learning and AI conference in the world...
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Science & Space - Spacewalk to inspect hole in Soyuz spacecraft’s hull scheduled for December

Science & Space - Spacewalk to inspect hole in Soyuz spacecraft’s hull scheduled for December | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

STAR CITY /Moscow Region/, October 17. /TASS/. A spacewalk to inspect a hole in the manned Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft’s hull delayed from mid-November over the abortive launch of the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket is planned for December, Roscosmos Executive Director for Manned Programs Sergei Krikalyov said on Wednesday. 


"We are planning this during the crew changeover. [Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko] will arrive while [Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei] Prokopyev [currently staying on the International Space Station] won’t leave yet. So, we will be planning for this moment, for December. There are no more specific dates so far," Krikalyov said...

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The surprising scale of China's space program

The surprising scale of China's space program | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It's no secret that China's growth in the past few decades has been reflected in space. In addition to the country's growing economic power and international influence, it has also made some very impressive strides...

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No failure to launch for Canadian astronaut, says Garneau

No failure to launch for Canadian astronaut, says Garneau | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A Canadian astronaut’s trip to space is not in jeopardy, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Tuesday, even though the government is still waiting for a report from the Russian space agency about a failed Soyuz launch last week. 


Russia has suspended all manned space launches...

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Sea Launch promises return to flight in two years

Sea Launch promises return to flight in two years | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The S7 Group, which owns the Sea Launch venture, has published a launch schedule for the Ukrainian-built Zenit rocket from the ocean-based platform. The missions were not expected to resume until the end of 2019, but once the did, S7 planned to fly the Zenit roughly every three months. A total of 12 launches were promised before the end of 2022...

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Maxar Technologies' MDA Announces New LaunchPad Program to Benefit Technology and Innovation in Canada

Maxar Technologies' MDA Announces New LaunchPad Program to Benefit Technology and Innovation in Canada | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA, Oct. 19, 2018 /CNW/ - MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), today announced the company's LaunchPad program, which will serve as an entry point for innovative small and medium-sized Canadian companies and academic research groups seeking to collaborate with MDA on technology or innovation projects. 


MDA LaunchPad will create partnerships that build and grow Canadian businesses in the fast-paced space and defence industries...

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Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and academic research groups can contact the MDA LaunchPad team to:

i/ Explore potential collaboration regarding the development of world-class technology 
ii/ Bring new products or business opportunities together 
iii/ Jointly enter a new market 
iv/ Collaborate on research and development ideas that are of mutual interest 
v/ Collaboration on other types of projects
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Curiosity Mars Rover: Resuming Limited Science Duties

Curiosity Mars Rover: Resuming Limited Science Duties | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Word about NASA’s balky Curiosity Mars robot is that rover science is back…well, sort of. Sarah Lamm, a planetary geologist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico reports that the rover team is excited that science operations are starting to resume...

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Contributions awarded under the Canadian Space Agency's Space Technology Development Program (STDP) - Canada.ca

Contributions awarded under the Canadian Space Agency's Space Technology Development Program (STDP) - Canada.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Agency's Space Technology Development Program (STDP) supports innovation for the growth of the Canadian space sector and aims to reduce technological unknowns of future space missions. 


Contribution agreements are issued to Canadian organizations to support the development of innovative technologies with strong commercial potential. As part of a competitive process, proposals are selected based on the applicant's (mainly industry) capacity to advance the development of specific space technologies for which they receive financial support of up to 75% of their project cost...

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Announcing the Launch Canada Rocket Innovation Challenge

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Montreal, QC – Adam Trumpour today announced the launch of Canada’s first-ever major rocket competition, the Launch Canada Rocket Innovation Challenge. 

The competition is aimed at helping Canada's highly motivated and rapidly growing student rocketry community to take their activities to the next level, while providing them with an unprecedented learning opportunity, harnessing the excitement of rocketry and space to promote STEM education, and generating public awareness of Canada’s space industry and talent.

“We have a unique opportunity to bring together Canada’s talented student and amateur rocketeers and give them a venue to be able to pursue their activities right here and demonstrate to Canada and the world just what we Canadians can accomplish when we dare to try great things.” says Trumpour. 

The intent of the competition is to break down the silos between academia, industry and government, and unite them with Canada’s grassroots rocketeers. 

At the same time, it will place a major focus on innovation, and encourage the students to think entrepreneurially and develop not only hands-on engineering skills, but even novel technologies that could be of use to industry. 

Having assisted in the design of the Base 11 Space Challenge, an ambitious $1 million US competition for the first student-built liquid-propellant rocket to reach space that is open to US and Canadian teams, Trumpour is now spearheading the effort to create a Canadian competition that will complement the Base 11 challenge. 

“We were blown away by the amount of enthusiasm for the Base 11 Space Challenge that came out of Canada. Seeing how much raw rocketry talent is there, I'm excited to partner with the Launch Canada competition to help unlock that talent” says Landon Taylor, CEO of Base11. 

The competition aims to take place annually, with the inaugural event in the summer of 2019.

For Additional information: Adam Trumpour President adamt@continuumaerospace.com www.launchcanada.org
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The space radar: 25 years of SuperDARN - News - Arts & Science - University of Saskatchewan

The space radar: 25 years of SuperDARN - News - Arts & Science - University of Saskatchewan | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Saskatoon SuperDARN team likes to joke that some of its first radar transmitters were stolen by pirates. 


It’s almost true. 


Twenty-five years ago, as the international SuperDARN collaboration was taking shape, the University of Saskatchewan team was tasked with building the transmitters for each country’s new radar sites. A batch of these was set on a ship bound for Iceland, where the French research team was building its radar...

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Chandra operations resume after cause of safe mode identified

Chandra operations resume after cause of safe mode identified | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 18, 2018 - The cause of Chandra's safe mode on October 10 has now been understood and the Operations team has successfully returned the spacecraft to its normal pointing mode...

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The Commercial Space Blog: MDA Also Presented to the the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance this Month

The Commercial Space Blog: MDA Also Presented to the the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance this Month | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Brampton ON based MDA Space Missions (a subsidiary of Westminster, CO based Maxar Technologies) group president Mike Greenley made an in-person presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2019 Budget.


According to the meeting transcript, Greenley claimed to be representing "several hundred other Canadian companies today that are engaged in Canada's space industry," likely because of MDA's affiliation with the Don't Let Go Canada advocacy campaign, but spent most of his presentation lobbying for funding for a "third generation Canadarm" to contribute to the US led Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (Lunar Gateway)...

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The Commercial Space Blog: Many of the Most Senior of the Usual Suspects Were in Ottawa Discussing Space, But Not the Innovation Minister

The Commercial Space Blog: Many of the Most Senior of the Usual Suspects Were in Ottawa Discussing Space, But Not the Innovation Minister | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Many of the most senior of the "usual suspects" involved in Canada's space industry were in Ottawa on October 16th, attending the "Ready for Launch: Preparing Canada for a Future in Space," conference organized by the Calgary AB based Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI).


As outlined first in the September 18th, 2018 post, "Colorado Based Maxar/MDA Asking for $1-2Bln to Build Another Canadarm for the US LOP-G," it was also a keynote event for the Brampton ON based MDA Space Missions (a subsidiary of Westminster, CO based Maxar Technologies) and its Don't Let Go Canada advocacy campaign to lobby the Federal Liberal government to fund a new, "third generation" Canadarm for the US Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (Lunar Gateway)...

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Welcome To the Yukon CubeSat Idea Draw

Welcome To the Yukon CubeSat Idea Draw | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Submit an idea for the Yukon CubeSat payload for a chance to have your name in space. 


You can learn more about the project at our main page. What do we mean by payload? The payload can be anything from a temperature sensor to a camera or anything that you can dream up. 


Getting the satellite to space isn’t a problem thanks to the launch arranged by the Canadian Space Agency, we just need to decide what it’s going to do once it gets up there and then build it...

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Yukon College is one of the participants in the Canadian CubeSat Project (CCP), a professor led initiative funding fifteen cubesat and space focused proposals from Canadian based post-secondary institutions...
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Magellan Aerospace Completes Delivery of Satellite Hardware for the RADARSAT Constellation Mission

Magellan Aerospace Completes Delivery of Satellite Hardware for the RADARSAT Constellation Mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - Magellan Aerospace Corporation ("Magellan") announced today the completion of all hardware deliveries to MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, for the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) being built for the Canadian Space Agency. In late September, the Multi-Layered Insulation (MLI) blankets were installed on the final satellite bus, marking the completion of this major contractual milestone. These thermal blankets for the spacecraft prevent it from freezing while in space.

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Global warming breakthrough? New satellite will offer CLUES as UK and France team up

Global warming breakthrough? New satellite will offer CLUES as UK and France team up 


A BRITISH-built device at the heart of a space mission to make the first global survey of the world’s surface waters and oceans, offering vital clues about global warming, has been delivered to Thales Alenia Space in France. 


France and the UK have shaken off differences over Brexit – temporarily at least – in the name of science for the ambitious project. ..

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