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Episode 7: The Business of Space Exploration, with Chuck Black

Episode 7: The Business of Space Exploration, with Chuck Black | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Our guest today is Chuck Black who joins The Star Spot to discuss the business case for space within the international scene. Following hot on the heels of the success of private spacecraft Dragon and the upcoming Chinese launch to the Tiangong Space Station, in this interview with Justin Trottier, the two discuss the space programs of various nations, debate private versus public-led initiatives, analyze the interaction of the 3 main players (government, industry and research centres), reflect on reforms being implemented by various countries to better respond to the changes in the space sector, and conclude with a focus on the challenges and opportunities of space exploration...

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Astronaut Steve MacLean is the new Ambassador of the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies

Astronaut Steve MacLean is the new Ambassador of the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

MONTREAL, Jan. 16, 2018- Astronaut Steve MacLean is the new Ambassador of the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies...

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MDA Issues Unusual RFI to Support a Canadian Next Generation Robotic Manipulator System - SpaceQ

MDA Issues Unusual RFI to Support a Canadian Next Generation Robotic Manipulator System - SpaceQ | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In anticipation of a contribution to a future international mission beyond low Earth orbit MDA has issued an unprecedented Request for Information (RFI) to Canadian organizations cabable of contributing to the proposed next generation robotic manipulator system being proposed for the US led Deep Space Gateway...

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Richmond BC based MDA, a subsidiary of San Francisco, CA based Maxar Technology, has been under increasing pressure from the Federal government to establish its Canadian bona-fides ever since, as outlined most recently in the December 19th, 2017 post, "Maxar's Win and Canada's Loss," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/12/maxars-win-and-canadas-loss.html, the company reorganized and reincorporated as a US based firm in October 2017.

Only a few years ago, MDA's predecessor and Canadarm manufacturer, the Rickmond BC based MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) would have been a shoe-in to be awarded Canadian Space Agency contracts based on legacy Canadarm technology.

But, as outlined in the January 8th, 2018 post, "New "Canadarms" Will Now Compete Against Maxar/ DARPA & Orbital ATK/ NASA Satellite Servicing Technologies," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2018/01/new-canadarms-must-now-compete-with.html, there's a lot of competition in this area these days...

Is MDA still the preferred Canadian provider for Canadarm technology? Stay tuned...
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GLXP May Bite the Dust Before Reaching the Finish Line

GLXP May Bite the Dust Before Reaching the Finish Line | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The decade-old Google Lunar X-Prize (GLXP) will officially end on March 31st, 2018 very likely without a winner due to multiple teams dropping out of the race from financial/technical issues or facing launch vehicle delays. Extracting lessons to be learned would be useful in order to create more successful prizes in the future...
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Skycorp planning to make space industries | NextBigFuture.com

Skycorp planning to make space industries | NextBigFuture.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Skycorp planning to make space industries
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Veteran space engineer Dennis Wingo of Skycorp lays out his vision for space industrialization.
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Canada's WSP to oversee construction of new Giant Magellan Telescope - Canadian Manufacturing

Canada's WSP to oversee construction of new Giant Magellan Telescope - Canadian Manufacturing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SANTIAGO, Chile—Montreal-based engineering company WSP Global Inc. has been picked to lead construction on a multinational project aimed at peering deeper into the universe. 


The company said Jan. 12 it has been awarded a construction management contract for the Giant Magellan Telescope, a next-generation telescope being built in a mountainous region of Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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2018 needs to be the year of private spaceflight companies fulfilling their past promises

2018 needs to be the year of private spaceflight companies fulfilling their past promises | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

From SpaceX to Blue Origin, private spaceflight companies should start seeing their hard work pay off in 2018...

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It might also end up being the year when the choices made by the Federal government relating to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) leads to results which stand in stark contrast to the growing  successes of the private space sector.

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Is the Google Lunar X Prize Kaput? – Parabolic Arc

Is the Google Lunar X Prize Kaput? – Parabolic Arc | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

It appears highly likely that the decade-old Google Lunar X Prize will end on March 31 without a winner following reports out of India...


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The Google Lunar X Prize competition will end without a winner.
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Another of Canada’s Nine Supercluster Finalists Includes a Space Company

Another of Canada’s Nine Supercluster Finalists Includes a Space Company | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster, a British Columbia based consortium wrapped around Vancouver BC based Telus Corporation, Vancouver BC based Urthecast, Redmond WA based Microsoft Corporation, Burnaby BC based D-Wave Systems, Port Coquitlam BC based Finger Food Studios plus others, has expanding its Canadian footprint to bolster a bid for funding under Canada's Innovation Superclusters Initiative....
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Telesat Begins Deploying Its Global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Constellation with Successful Launch of Phase 1 Satellite | Telesat

Telesat Begins Deploying Its Global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Constellation with Successful Launch of Phase 1 Satellite | Telesat | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
OTTAWA, CANADA, January 12, 2018 – Telesat announced today the successful launch of its first LEO satellite, an important milestone in the company’s plans to deploy a global LEO constellation that will revolutionize broadband communications services around the world. Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite was launched aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) operated by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The spacecraft was built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) based in the U.K., a world leader in small satellites and part of the Airbus Defence and Space group...
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Isro’s PSLV-C40 places Cartosat-2 Series, 30 other satellites in two different orbits - Times of India

Isro’s PSLV-C40 places Cartosat-2 Series, 30 other satellites in two different orbits - Times of India | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SRIHARIKOTA: After a lull of over four months, the Indian Space Research Organisation is back in the game as its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) successfully placed 31 satellites in two different orbits in one of the longest missions. 


The launch was also significant for another reason -- Isro demonstrated multiple-burn technology that it tested in three previous launches...

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Feds Fail to Ignite Budget Promises of a SR&ED Review

Feds Fail to Ignite Budget Promises of a SR&ED Review | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Government needs to provide a clear and fully transparent explanation of the SR&ED review announced in the February 2017 federal Budget, including: Which ministries are responsible for what, contacts, process, and key elements on which the Government needs input...
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An interesting perspective from CATA Alliance. Needs to be read in context with the January 8th, 2018 post, "Lots of AIAC "Aero" Initiatives, But Only "Hope" for Space Funding," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2018/01/lots-of-aiac-aero-initiatives-but-only.html which discusses upcoming AIAC initiatives including SR&ED review...
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Russia, China shut out of Canadian conference on Korea – value of meeting questioned

Russia, China shut out of Canadian conference on Korea – value of meeting questioned | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian government has organized a meeting in Vancouver on Jan. 16 for various countries to come up with an international response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program. The plan is to seek “a more peaceful, prosperous and nuclear-free future” Korean Peninsula 


That’s a fine idea, except two of the top players in the region and the countries believed to have the most influence on North Korea– China and Russia – aren’t invited. 


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will co-host the Vancouver meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland...

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Nuclear weapons programs often use rockets...
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Privatization of PSLV and role of private players in Indian space industry

An interview with Director, National Remote Sensing Center [NRSC], India- Dr. Y.V.N Krishna Murthy...

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New MDA president seeks opportunities to grow Canadian space business - SpaceNews.com

New MDA president seeks opportunities to grow Canadian space business - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — The new president of Canadian space technology company MDA says he sees opportunities for growth both within the country and beyond, while maintaining the company’s Canadian roots as part of a larger, and increasingly American, company. 

Maxar Technologies announced earlier this month the appointment of Mike Greenley as group president of MDA, one of the four divisions of Maxar. Greenley formally started work at MDA Jan. 15. Greenley held positions at a variety of Canadian aerospace and defense companies prior to joining MDA...
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Ukraine to test components of a powerful Indian rocket engine

Ukraine to test components of a powerful Indian rocket engine | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The Yuzhmash production plant in Ukraine prepares to begin a series of firings testing critical parts of a large rocket engine intended for India's next-generation heavy launcher. Although it was built entirely in India, the prospective engine was originally designed in Ukraine under designation RD-810...
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ABB Canada Supplies Key Instrument for Joint Polar Satellite System-1

ABB Canada Supplies Key Instrument for Joint Polar Satellite System-1 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

An interferometer built by Montreal, PQ based ABB Canada is at the heart of the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), an Earth observation satellite launched by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) built Delta II rocket on November 18th, 2017...

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From Nova Scotia to NASA: Canadian company’s repertoire includes space experiments

From Nova Scotia to NASA: Canadian company’s repertoire includes space experiments | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Doug Milburn wasn't looking to venture into space when he co-founded Protocase Inc. 17 years ago, but having successfully made the journey from Nova Scotia to NASA, the now 140-person company's horizons reach beyond the sky. 


And it's not just the American space agency that Protocase counts among its clients, but also many others in the aerospace industry...

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10 Space Startups Investors Loved in 2017 - Via Satellite -

10 Space Startups Investors Loved in 2017 - Via Satellite - | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

On a personal note, what interests me most about covering the NewSpace industry is seeing which companies really have what it takes to make the cut. Beyond the snappy elevator pitches, entrepreneurs must prove that their businesses are not only unique and innovative, but substantial enough to generate revenue once the rubber hits the road — something each of the following companies worked to accomplish in 2017. 


While this isn’t a full list of every funding round that took place last year, the Via Satellite team thinks these 10 companies are ones that hold serious potential as the NewSpace arena continues to mature...

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It's just a damn shame that none of these success stories originated with Canadian companies...
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SpaceX's recycled Dragon splashes down after second ISS stint

SpaceX's recycled Dragon splashes down after second ISS stint | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
​SpaceX has notched up another important victory in its march toward fully reusable rocketry and spacecraft, with the safe return of its Dragon spacecraft following a recent stint docked at the International Space Station (ISS).
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ABB satellite-based technologies help improve weather forecasts and save lives

ABB satellite-based technologies help improve weather forecasts and save lives | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 15, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the JPSS-1 satellite is joining the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting satellite in the same orbit to provide meteorologists with data on atmospheric temperature and moisture, clouds, sea-surface temperature, ocean color, sea ice cover, volcanic ash, and fire detection. The data will improve weather forecasting, such as predicting a hurricane's track, and will help agencies involved with post-storm recovery by visualizing storm damage and the geographic extent of power outages...

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SpaceX, China and Others Start 2018 With Many Bangs

SpaceX, China and Others Start 2018 With Many Bangs | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
SpaceX has launched its first mission of 2018, the deployment of the US military’s secretive Zuma satellite. 

 Although there are various conflicting media reports as to whether the Zuma satellite is currently orbiting Earth or plunged through its atmosphere to a fiery demise, SpaceX has stated it was satisfied enough with the performance of the Falcon 9 to proceed with the highly anticipated first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket at the end of this month...
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SFL develops NorSat-3 maritime tracking microsatellite for Norwegian Space Centre - Geospatial World

SFL develops NorSat-3 maritime tracking microsatellite for Norwegian Space Centre - Geospatial World | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada: The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) has announced to be developing a 15-kilogram microsatellite, NorSat-3, for the Norwegian Space Centre. 


The NorSat-3 is a civilian satellite that is designed to capture signals from civilian navigation radar. The satellite will carry an experimental navigation radar detector to augment ship-detection capabilities from its Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver. NorSat-3 …

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All systems go for Nanaimo students’ space experiment - Nanaimo News Bulletin

All systems go for Nanaimo students’ space experiment - Nanaimo News Bulletin | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

There are many ways of measuring success. One of those is getting flatworms back to Earth without them having lost weight during their time spent in orbit. 


Tiny flatworms have been drafted into a partnership with three Nanaimo District Secondary School Grade 11 students to do potentially history-making scientific research aboard the International Space Station. 


Megan Poteryko, Parker Davie and Abigail Sitler will be the first Vancouver Island students to have an experiment launched into orbit as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program and are one of only two teams selected from across Canada to be part of SSEP Mission 12, scheduled to launch in June...

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It's worth noting that Elon Musk doesn't make the best powerwalls

From Motherboard...
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It Ain’t Transparent Aluminum, But ESA’s Working on See Through Metals – Parabolic Arc

It Ain’t Transparent Aluminum, But ESA’s Working on See Through Metals – Parabolic Arc | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
PARIS (ESA PR) — Astronauts on the International Space Station have begun running an experiment that could shine new light on how metal alloys are formed. 

How humanity has mastered metallurgy is synonymous with progress, with historians labelling periods such as the Bronze Age and the Iron Age...
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