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NASA Doesn't Have Enough Nuclear Fuel For Its Deep Space Missions

NASA Doesn't Have Enough Nuclear Fuel For Its Deep Space Missions | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A special isotope of plutonium is necessary for missions to Mars and beyond. But we don't have enough, and aren't making more fast enough...

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The Commercial Space Blog: 2019 Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Report Mentions " Significant, Ongoing Investments to Advance Canada’s Space Program"

The Commercial Space Blog: 2019 Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Report Mentions " Significant, Ongoing Investments to Advance Canada’s Space Program" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The report from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) on the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2019 Budget, under the title "Cultivating Competitiveness: Helping Canadians Succeed" has been released.


The report was formally adopted by the Committee on December 6th, 2018 and presented to the Canadian House of Commons on December 10th, 2018. It's essentially a summary of the 493 written briefs and 393 in-person presentations made by a variety of individuals and organizations looking to influence how the Federal government spends the money it collects from Canadian taxpayers...

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Awesome Images From the Flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo – Parabolic Arc

Awesome Images From the Flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo – Parabolic Arc | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Photo's of the takeoff, flight, landing and the party afterwards...
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Commercial Astronauts Make Historic Space Flight

The pilots of Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity reached an altitude of 82.7km this morning, which is high enough for the FAA to award them commercial astronaut wings...

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exactEarth Announces Closing of $13 Million Financing Deal

exactEarth Announces Closing of $13 Million Financing Deal | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Dec. 13, 2018 /CNW/ - exactEarth Ltd. ("exactEarth" or the "Company") (TSX:XCT), a leading provider of satellite Automatic Identification System ("AIS") data services announces that it has closed its previously announced private placement of 13,000 convertible debentures (the "Convertible Debentures") of the Company at a price of $1,000 per Convertible Debenture (the "Offering Price") for aggregate gross proceeds of $13,000,000 (the "Private Placement").


"This financing, together with the previously announced $7.2 million Canadian government development financing, provides significant financial flexibility for the Company and demonstrates confidence in our strategy and outlook from new and existing shareholders, as well as other stakeholders," said Peter Mabson, CEO of exactEarth...

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First Radar Image from ICEYE-X2 Published Only A Week After Launch

First Radar Image from ICEYE-X2 Published Only A Week After Launch | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Dec 13, 2018 - ICEYE, an Earth observation company creating the world's largest Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation, has published its first radar image from the ICEYE-X2 satellite...

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CSPC 2018 Proceedings are now available/Les comptes rendus de la CPSC 2018 sont maintenant disponibles

CSPC 2018 Proceedings are now available/Les comptes rendus de la CPSC 2018 sont maintenant disponibles | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The CSPC 2018 Proceedings include: 

i/ Summaries/takeaway messages from Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 
ii/ Videos of interviews and the Gala Audio files of all panels 
iii/ PDF versions of each panel presentation Pictures of panels and the conference as a whole...
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Rocket Lab dodging weather ahead of NASA mission with Electron launch of ELaNa-XIX – NASASpaceFlight.com

Rocket Lab dodging weather ahead of NASA mission with Electron launch of ELaNa-XIX – NASASpaceFlight.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Rocket Lab is set to launch their second mission in just over a month when the weather becomes acceptable. With Thursday’s window set to open at 04:07 UTC and lasting until 08:00, the main concern was poor launch weather. Ahead of the window opening, the company opted to stand down for the day. 

 The Electron rocket is preparing to carry a host of CubeSats for NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program...
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Cosmonaut Performs Rocket Surgery, While Spacewalking, With a Knife.

The Latest EVA outside the International Space Station saw one of the cosmonauts taking a knife to the outside of their return spacecraft to collect evidence for the investigation of the origin of a hole in the spacecraft.

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MILO Institute Launches a New Model for Space Exploration – Parabolic Arc 

MILO Institute Launches a New Model for Space Exploration – Parabolic Arc  | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The MILO Institute takes a new approach to advancing space science. Through a consortium model, universities, industries and space agencies around the globe are able to become members of the institute. 

The members split the cost of the missions, allowing more access to space by making it more affordable.
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It's not really a new model. Universities often set up consortiums to share the cost of developing large scale tools for research such as cyclotrons, large telescopes and research facilities. 

But perhaps it''s a useful model for Canada's space industry to adapt.

The MILO Institute operates out of the University of Arizona. For more, check out the website at https://newspace.asu.edu/milo-institute/.
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Regulating the Final Frontier | Space Rules

Regulating the Final Frontier | Space Rules | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Can humankind cooperate to ensure safety and sustainable development in space? Two optimistic Canada Research Chairs have founded an institute to lead the way...
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NASA's InSight takes its first selfie

NASA's InSight takes its first selfie | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 12, 2018 - NASA's InSight lander isn't camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie - a mosaic made up of 11 images.This is the same imaging process used by NASA's Curiosity Rover...

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Bringing a knife to a spacewalk: Cosmonauts inspect Soyuz leak repair

Bringing a knife to a spacewalk: Cosmonauts inspect Soyuz leak repair | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

During a nearly eight-hour spacewalk, two Russian cosmonauts used a knife to peel back thermal insulation in order to inspect an area of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft where a small leak occurred and was repaired earlier in the year. 


In August 2018, a minor leak was detected aboard the International Space Station. The source of the slow depressurization event was traced to the Orbital Module of Soyuz MS-09. Using an epoxy, the crew of then Expedition 56 quickly sealed the microcrack, which was described as about 2 millimeters wide...

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Maxar Technologies' MDA receives$3.8Mln CDN for "Future Follow-on" RADARSAT Constellation Mission satellites and ground stations from DIRP

Maxar Technologies' MDA receives$3.8Mln CDN for "Future Follow-on" RADARSAT Constellation Mission satellites and ground stations from DIRP | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

RICHMOND, BC, Dec. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), today announced it was awarded four contracts under the Defence Innovation Research Program (DIRP) with a combined total value of CA$3.8 million. 


The DIRP supports Canada's long-term commitment to respond to the scientific and technological needs of the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces. 


The objective of this latest DIRP initiative is to help to define the technologies and capabilities for future follow-on RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) spacecraft and ground segment exploitation systems...

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Just to be cautious, we're going to make this announcement after Parliament has recessed for the holidays and its too late in the day to make the news... 
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The Commercial Space Blog: GHGSat, ABB and UTIAS SFL Providing a "Made in Canada" Solution for Global Emissions Tracking

The Commercial Space Blog: GHGSat, ABB and UTIAS SFL Providing a "Made in Canada" Solution for Global Emissions Tracking | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Quebec City PQ based ABB Canada measurement & analytics business unit is building sensors for the third in a series of upcoming microsats planned by Montreal PQ based GHGSat and, according to GHGSat president Stephane Germain, it most certainly makes sense to source out high quality Canadian based suppliers for Canadian based projects, especially if they come with the capabilities possessed by ABB.


"We think we have a strong partnership with both ABB and the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) Space Flight Laboratories (SFL)," he said during a recent interview with this blog...

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What is the Role of Microspace Companies in the NewSpace Revolution? - Via Satellite

What is the Role of Microspace Companies in the NewSpace Revolution? - Via Satellite | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Ever since Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) opened its doors 20 years ago at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), innovations in microspace technologies have led to one satellite revolution after another. Today, the satellite industry is in the midst of the NewSpace revolution...

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To Paraphrase Li'l Abner "What's Good For General Estes is Good for the USA!" Former commander, USAF Space Command  Named Chair at Maxar Technologies

To Paraphrase Li'l Abner "What's Good For General Estes is Good for the USA!" Former commander, USAF Space Command   Named Chair at Maxar Technologies | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WESTMINSTER, CO, Dec. 13, 2018 /CNW/ - Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR), a global technology innovator powering the new space economy, today announced that the Maxar Board of Directors has elected retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Howell M. Estes III as Chair, effective January 1, 2019, coincident with the Company's planned U.S. domestication. 


Estes, who has served as a director of the Maxar Board since the Company's acquisition of DigitalGlobe, succeeds Robert L. Phillips, who will continue to serve as a director of the Company. 


"Howell's wealth of experience in service to the US Government and his previous role as Chair of DigitalGlobe's Board make him the ideal choice to provide oversight and guidance for Maxar's next phase," said Maxar CEO Howard Lance...

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For those who would like to learn more about Li'l Abner, check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li%27l_Abner

For those who would like to hear the original song, check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj65AcbekIE

For those who would like to learn more about General Estes, check out his Wikipedia entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howell_M._Estes_III
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Virgin Galactic achieves space on SpaceShipTwo test flight

Virgin Galactic achieves space on SpaceShipTwo test flight | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MOJAVE, Calif. — Virgin Galactic achieved a long-awaited milestone Dec. 13 when its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle performed its longest test flight to date, exceeding one altitude often used as the boundary of space. 


The WhiteKnightTwo aircraft carrying SpaceShipTwo took off from Mojave Air and Space Port here at 10:11 a.m. Eastern. The aircraft released the SpaceShipTwo vehicle, named VSS Unity, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern at an altitude of about 13,100 meters...

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Roscosmos to submit super-heavy rocket project to Government

Roscosmos to submit super-heavy rocket project to Government | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 13, 2018 - Russian space agency Roscosmos will submit the project of the creation of a super-heavy rocket for an unmanned mission around the Moon for the government consideration by January 15...

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Virgin Galactic's new flight test to soar closer to edge of space

Virgin Galactic's new flight test to soar closer to edge of space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Washington (AFP) Dec 12, 2018 - Virgin Galactic is preparing for a new flight test Thursday that aims to fly higher and faster than before toward the edge of space...

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Relativity Space 3D Prints 11-Foot-Tall Fuel Tank with Stargate 3D Printer

Relativity Space 3D Prints 11-Foot-Tall Fuel Tank with Stargate 3D Printer | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Relativity Space is not alone in wanting to 3D print rockets - there are plenty of companies with the goal of doing just that. What makes Relativity stand out, however, is that it has the means to 3D print entire rockets with almost no intervention from humans...

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The (literal) launch of new satellite IoT services has begun – Space IT Bridge

The (literal) launch of new satellite IoT services has begun – Space IT Bridge | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
In the past two weeks, SpaceX and ISRO have put 95 new satellites into orbit. India’s PSLV launch on November 29, 2018 carried 31 satellites to orbit while SpaceX’s Falcon 9 had 64 satellites onboard the December 3 launch. 

Among the passengers, seven IoT (Internet of Things) startup companies looking to provide new, low-cost services to track and monitor things across the world. Satellite IoT is surging and the subject of an IoT Evolution panel discussion in Ft. Lauderdale on January 31, 2019...
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Multiple Canadian companies are involved in this list, including Vancouver BC based  Helios Wire and Toronto ON based Kepler Communications, 

And (of course) Silicon Valley CA based Swarm Communications which, as outlined in the March 12th, 2018 post, "Silicon Valley Company Co-owned and Run by a Canadian has Launched Four "Unauthorized" & "Dangerous" Pico-sats" at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.com/2018/03/silicon-valley-company-co-owned-and-run.html is being run by an expatriate Canadian astronaut candidate...
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Probe enters lunar orbit in preparation for landing - Chinadaily.com.cn

Probe enters lunar orbit in preparation for landing - Chinadaily.com.cn | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

China's Chang'e 4 robotic probe has approached the moon and entered a lunar orbit, marking a major step in its journey toward the moon's far side...

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We're all ears as Voyager 2 goes Interstellar

We're all ears as Voyager 2 goes Interstellar | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 12, 2018 - Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, is supporting NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft as it enters interstellar space...

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Instrument on NASA probe finds hydrated minerals on Asteroid Bennu

Instrument on NASA probe finds hydrated minerals on Asteroid Bennu | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Tempe AZ (SPX) Dec 12, 2018 - NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, newly arrived at asteroid Bennu, has found strong spectral evidence that the asteroid's rocks have undergone interactions with water at some point in their history...

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