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Astronauts4Hire Eric Seedhouse will be at the CSCA National Conference on MArch 7th.

Astronauts4Hire Eric Seedhouse will be at the CSCA National Conference on MArch 7th. | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Erik Seedhouse, a Milton, Ontario based aerospace scientist training with Astronauts4Hire will be at the Canadian Space Commerce Association National Conference in Toronto on March 7th.

He's one of the new breed of private sector Canadian astronauts as outlined at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2013/03/more-private-sector-canadian-astronauts.html.

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The Commercial Space Blog: Coverage From the 2018 CSCA Small-Sat Conference

The Commercial Space Blog: Coverage From the 2018 CSCA Small-Sat Conference | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
It's worth noting that, while journalists from the Commercial Space blog were banned from the recently concluded 2018 Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) Canadian SmallSat Symposium, mostly for reasons outlined in the November 9th, 2017 post, "Commercial Space and Rocket Port Shenanigans," there has been much useful coverage on the event. 

And most of the best of that coverage has originated from Alexandria, VA based Space News senior staff writer Jeff Foust...
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Swarm satellite trio becomes a quartet with help from Canada's Cassiope

Swarm satellite trio becomes a quartet with help from Canada's Cassiope | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

With the aim of making the best possible use of existing satellites, ESA and Canada have made a deal that turns Swarm into a four-satellite mission to shed even more light on space weather and features such as the auror

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Canada's Cassiope satellite carries three instrument packages, one of which is e-POP. It delivers information on space weather which complements that provided by Swarm. 

Therefore, the mission teams began looking into how they could work together to make the most of the two missions. To make life easier, it also just so happens that Cassiope's orbit is ideal to improve Swarm's readings. 

And now, thanks to this international cooperation and formalised through ESA's Third Party Mission programme, e-POP has effectively become a fourth element of the Swarm mission. It joins Swarm's Alpha, Bravo and Charlie satellites...
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The Small-Rocket Revolution - Bloomberg

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When SpaceX's 230-foot Falcon Heavy blasted off on Feb. 6, it became a global sensation. But a much quieter launch three days earlier may turn out to be more important. That's when a 31-foot rocket known as the SS-520-5 took off from Japan's Uchinoura Space Center. It's the smallest rocket ever to place an object into Earth orbit -- and it could be a harbinger of big changes to come.

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Planet & KSAT ground station licenses approved however conditions attached to the licenses may "still yet prove problematic."

Planet & KSAT ground station licenses approved however conditions attached to the licenses may "still yet prove problematic." | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A little bit of Thursday drama from our competitors over at SpaceQ...
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The original story was called "Planet and KSAT Threaten to Pull Ground Station Assets out of Canada" had to be updated to reflect the fact that Global Affairs Canada (GAC) approved the application for a ground station yesterday.

Maybe it's best to wait a few days to see how the story shakes out. Having to update a story almost as soon as it comes out normally reflects a lack of due diligence on the part of the author.

For more on Planet, KSAT, Tom Zubco and New North Networks, check out the July 24th, 2017 post, "NWT Businessman "Perturbed" By Response to Private Sector Inuvik Ground Station Proposal," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2017/07/nwt-businessman-perturbed-by-federal.html
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The Canadian Space Agency Awards $2M in Contracts for Priority Technologies and Space Utilization Study

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The Canadian Space Agency has awarded $2M for two priority technology development contracts along with a contract for a socioeconomic benefit study.

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Russia jails four for embezzling millions from cosmodrome project

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Moscow (AFP) Feb 21, 2018 - Russia on Wednesday jailed three men and a woman for up to 8 years for embezzling state funding worth millions of dollars while working as contractors on the construction of the country's showpiece Vostochny cosmodrome.
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Vice President Pence Hosts National Space Council at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

Vice President Pence Hosts National Space Council at NASA's Kennedy Space Center | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Feb 22, 2018 -
Vice President Mike Pence returned to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 20, this time to chair a meeting of the recently re-established National Space Council. During his first trip to
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NASA's $1 Billion 'Leaning' Launch Tower Likely to Bite the Dust After Just One Use

NASA's $1 Billion 'Leaning' Launch Tower Likely to Bite the Dust After Just One Use | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The mobile launcher for the Space Launch System rocket, initially meant for the launch of Ares 1, will likely only be used once despite its expensive price tag...

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Corridor group among five to share $950M “supercluster” funding | Communitech News

Corridor group among five to share $950M “supercluster” funding | Communitech News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
A coalition of advanced manufacturing and technology companies and public-sector entities in the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor is among five “superclusters” that will share $950 million in federal funding designed to drive economic growth and innovation. 

Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains announced the winners of a months-long bidding process Thursday in Ottawa. 

The nearly billion-dollar initiative, which attracted 50 bids from across Canada and included hundreds of companies, as well as universities and public-private entities such as Communitech and Toronto’s MaRS, was outlined in last year’s federal budget. Nine finalists were announced last fall, with five of the nine emerging as winners. Each of the five will receive up to $250Mln in funding...
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Watch SpaceX Launch Its Experimental Internet Satellites Live Right Here [Updating]

Watch SpaceX Launch Its Experimental Internet Satellites Live Right Here [Updating] | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

After a four-day delay, SpaceX is now set to launch a pair of experimental mini-satellites as part of its planned 4,000-satellite strong Starlink constellation. You can watch the launch live right here starting at 9:14 a.m. EDT (6:14 a.m. PDT)...

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Regulatory reform to be a topic of next National Space Council meeting

Regulatory reform to be a topic of next National Space Council meeting | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

When members of the National Space Council meet this week, they are expected to discuss regulatory reforms intended to promote the spaceflight industry...

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Opinion - Seeing the Biggest Picture: The Value of Investments in Space-based Astronomy

Opinion - Seeing the Biggest Picture: The Value of Investments in Space-based Astronomy | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Canada was among the early leaders in the space race, becoming the 3rd nation to have a satellite in orbit with the launch of the Alouette mission in 1962, aboard a US launch vehicle. For over 50 years our federal strategy has been to achieve our space goals through tight partnerships with other nations. 

Yet, today our investment in space and space-based science, made through the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), is falling behind other nations, and expertise we have built in many sectors is at risk. With wealth distribution, taxation and other fiscal concerns dominating economic policy it is no surprise that areas with less immediately measurable returns on investment are finding themselves viewed as lesser priorities. Space-based science is especially problematic in this regard, being noted for having a ‘long tail’ of economic returns...
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Two more academics, in this case Rob Thacker from Saint Mary’s University and Matt Dobbs from McGill University, are asking for more money from the Federal government to fund science programs.

Don't they understand that, as outlined in the June 14th, 2015 post, "Jobu Won’t Save Your Space Start-up: Do it Yourself," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2015/06/jobu-wont-save-your-space-start-up-do.html, the Federal government can't solve every problem for you.

You have to do it yourself.
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Media Lock-Up for Budget 2018 - Canada.ca

Media Lock-Up for Budget 2018 - Canada.ca | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will table Budget 2018 in the House of Commons on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at approximately 4:00 pm...


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Here's where we find out if the Space Advisory Board (SAB) actually has any influence on the Federal Liberal government...
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The Commercial Space Blog: Supercluster Funding Won't Work, According to CD Howe Based Academic

The Commercial Space Blog: Supercluster Funding Won't Work, According to CD Howe Based Academic | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

According to Alex Usher, the president of the Toronto, ON based Higher Education Strategy Associates and a fellow-in-residence at the CD Howe Institute, "Government funding for clusters is highly unlikely to be able to deliver the enticing possibility of “Made-in-Canada Silicon Valleys.”


Usher made those comments in a nationally distributed editorial, just days after Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced the five Canadian, industry-led consortia who will each receive a piece of the $950Mln Federal government “superclusters” funding...

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Canadian Space Agency awards $2M in contracts for Priority Technologies and Space Utilization study

Canadian Space Agency awards $2M in contracts for Priority Technologies and Space Utilization study | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada: The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded a total of $2M for two priority technology development contracts along with a contract for a socioeconomic benefit study. Euroconsult was awarded a $114k contract for the Socioeconomic Benefits of Space Utilization for the Canadian Space Agency...

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Telesat Fourth Quarter 2017 Conference Call Will Take Place on March 1st, 2018

Telesat Fourth Quarter 2017 Conference Call Will Take Place on March 1st, 2018 | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA, Feb. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Telesat has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the three month and one-year periods ended December 31, 2017...

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Maxar Technologies reports fourth quarter and year end 2017 results

Maxar Technologies reports fourth quarter and year end 2017 results | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO and VANCOUVER, Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Maxar Technologies Ltd. ("Maxar" or the "Company", formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), (NYSE and TSX: MAXR), a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year end December 31, 2017.

Highlights from the quarter include: 

i/ Consolidated revenue of $545.1 million 
ii/ Adjusted EBITDA of $180.9 million and margins of 33.2% 
iii/ Adjusted earnings of $66.5 million and adjusted earnings per share of $1.19 
iv/ Net earnings of $64.5 million and net earnings per share of $1.15
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Effective with the fourth quarter of 2017, MAXAR changed the reporting currency from the Canadian dollar to the U.S. dollars. All dollar amounts in this press release are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted. 

Refer to the section entitled "Consolidated Results in Canadian Dollars" later in this press release for further information on our financial results in Canadian dollars.
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Innovative Solutions Canada Opens Challenge on Using AI and Big Data Analytics to Advance Usages of Space Data

Innovative Solutions Canada Opens Challenge on Using AI and Big Data Analytics to Advance Usages of Space Data | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A new government initiative modeled after the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in the U.S. promotes innovative growth in the small businesses sector. 


The federal government has recently opened up a challenge that calls for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics in finding innovative uses for the plethora of available space data. The challenge is a component of Innovative Solutions Canada, which aims to ramp up technological innovation in the small business sector...

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The challenge, sponsored by the Canadian Space Agency, runs on a contractual basis. In the first phase, which was opened up to proposals Monday, successful proposals can receive up to $150,000 to develop a proof of concept. In the second phase, the small business may receive up to $1,000,000 to develop a prototype. If suitable, the government of Canada may be the first customer in the newly developed innovation.

For more on the Canadian version of the SBIR, check out the February 1st, 2018 post, "Canada's New SBIR Based Program to Stimulate Domestic Technology Startups," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2018/02/canadas-new-sbir-based-program-to.html
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SpaceX launches experimental Starlink internet satellites - Technology & Science

SpaceX launches experimental Starlink internet satellites - Technology & Science | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

SpaceX has launched a Spanish satellite and two experimental internet-beaming satellites into space...

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Will ThinSats inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists?

Will ThinSats inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists? | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The biggest thing since sliced bread might just be a satellite the size of a slice of bread.

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For more, check out the Virgin Space Thin-sat webpage at http://www.vaspace.org/index.php/thinsat-program
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Survey reveals federal departments still blocking access to scientists

Survey reveals federal departments still blocking access to scientists | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

More than half of the federal scientists who responded to an online survey conducted last year say they still do not feel they can speak freely to the public and media about their work despite Trudeau government policies aimed at unmuzzling researchers. 


The survey, released on Tuesday by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the union that represents the majority of scientists working in the federal government, also revealed that 23 per cent of respondents said they are aware of cases where public health and safety has been compromised because of political interference with scientific work since the last election.

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CATAAlliance Calls for "A Transformative Approach to Innovation"

CATAAlliance Calls for "A Transformative Approach to Innovation" | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
If you asked ten people what the definition of innovation is you’ll probably get ten different answers. 

This likely contributes to some of the mystery around the topic. So let’s begin with a little help from Wikipedia: innovation occurs when either something new is created to solve a need or when something existing is used to solve that need in a different way.  
Sounds pretty simple, yet many people, companies and countries of all sizes struggle with the topic. Some have it mastered and are redefining our lives and making businesses, traditional business models and long-standing companies vanish. 

A case in point: Bloomberg, using seven “innovation-related” criteria, including R&D intensity, patent activity, and tech density scores Canada number 22nd in the rankings...
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Canada is one of only two G7 nations—along with Italy—that fail to make what Bloomberg calls the “top-tier,” which includes the Nordic countries, the remaining G7 economies, and other economic powerhouses such as Singapore, Australia, and South Korea...
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It may not be finished, but the Canadian High Arctic Research Station is ahead of schedule

It may not be finished, but the Canadian High Arctic Research Station is ahead of schedule | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

While the federal government hasn't set a date for a grand opening, the CHARS main research facility is weeks away from completion...

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Kepler Communications named one of the most innovative space companies in the world by Fast Company

Kepler Communications named one of the most innovative space companies in the world by Fast Company | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

From Fast Company's annual guide to the businesses that matter the most..

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Canada bleeding aerospace talent by not embracing rocketry: expert | CTV News

Canada bleeding aerospace talent by not embracing rocketry: expert | CTV News | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Canada is experiencing a brain drain on its top aerospace talent, because there are no homegrown rocketry programs they can contribute to, an expert says. 


That’s not to say Canada is falling behind in the space industry in general, but it has lost ground in some areas by focusing on other endeavours such as satellites and robotics, according to Jeremy Wang, chief technology officer for an Ontario drone company called The Sky Guys.

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