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The Canadian Space Agency has just announced 15 more "priority technologies" it wants to develop

The Canadian Space Agency has just announced 15 more "priority technologies" it wants to develop | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Canadian Space Agency isn't waiting for the just announced space advisory committee to get its act together. 


 It just announced another list of 15 priority technologies that it considers necessary to develop for "exploration Beyond Low Earth...

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This latest series of RFP's is part of the Space Technology Development Program (STDP) geared towards developing components for international space missions.

Funding for individual programs range from $200K - $1.4Mln CDN...
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MDA selected to study alternatives to protect Canadian space assets

MDA selected to study alternatives to protect Canadian space assets | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Richmond, BC - MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), today announced that it has been awarded a contract by Public Service Procurement Canada on behalf of the Defence Research and Development Canada, under the Space Operations program within the Joint Force Development portfolio, to develop a Threat Detection and Early Warning System to provide protection for Canadian space-based assets.

The contract is for the study, concepts and research and development phases which could lead to MDA pursuing subsequent phases of technology demonstration and technology pilot...
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The 2009 Proposal for a Canadian Microsat Launcher & the Rocket Lab Electron Rocket

The 2009 Proposal for a Canadian Microsat Launcher & the Rocket Lab Electron Rocket | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
According to Arny Sokoloff, the president of Toronto, ON based Contimuum Aerospace, "Continuum Aerospace applauds Rocket Lab's success but bemoans that we had developed a functionally comparable design for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in 2009. It's a shame that we were unable to secure Canadian funding to realize the plan to develop an all-Canadian small satellite launch vehicle. Rocket Lab, faced with a similar problem, reincorporated in the United States and were able to fulfill their plan."

Sokoloff was interviewed earlier this week after Huntington CA and New Zealand based Rocket Lab launched an Electron rocket from its private spaceport in New Zealand. The rocket successfully achieved earth orbit and deployed three micro-satellites. 

Back in 2009, both Rocket Lab (then based solely in New Zealand) and Continuum were soliciting funds for the development of a micro-sat rocket launcher....
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SpaceX gets good news from the Air Force on the Zuma mission

SpaceX gets good news from the Air Force on the Zuma mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

A little more than two weeks have passed since the apparent loss of the highly classified Zuma mission. Since then, SpaceX has publicly and privately stated that its Falcon 9 rocket performed nominally throughout the flight—with both its first and second stages firing as anticipated. 


 Now, the US Air Force seems to be backing the rocket company up. 


"Based on the data available, our team did not identify any information that would change SpaceX's Falcon 9 certification status," Lieutenant General John Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, told Bloomberg News. This qualified conclusion came after a preliminary review of data from the Zuma launch. That's according to Thompson, who said the Air Force will continue to review data from all launches...

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NASA planning 2 spacewalks to replace Canadarm2 ‘hand’ despite US government shutdown

NASA planning 2 spacewalks to replace Canadarm2 ‘hand’ despite US government shutdown | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Despite budget battles in Washington, D.C. resulting in a temporary shutdown of the U.S. federal government, NASA and the International Space Station's Expedition 54 crew still plan to carry out a pair of spacewalks to replace one of the 16-year-old "hands" on the outpost's robotic Canadarm2...

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Magellan Delivers Canadian Satellite Power Control Unit for Upcoming Space Mission

Magellan Delivers Canadian Satellite Power Control Unit for Upcoming Space Mission | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2018 /CNW/ - Magellan Aerospace ("Magellan") announced today that it has delivered the first of three Power Control Units ("PCU") for an upcoming space mission. In 2016, Magellan was selected by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics ("LASP"), at the University of Colorado Boulder, to provide satellite technology for a future Deep Space Interplanetary Mission. Under the contract, Magellan's Winnipeg facility will deliver three PCUs and subsystems for three jointly-developed Control and Data Handling (C&DH) units. The end user customer and program cannot be identified for contractual reasons...
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Science advice from coast to coast to coast - Policy Options

Science advice from coast to coast to coast - Policy Options | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Late in 2017, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan unveiled her government’s new vision for science, an ambitious plan that aims to strengthen Canadian science, support evidence-informed decision-making and foster a culture of curiosity in Canada. 

Bolstered by the recommendations of the recent Fundamental Science Review, Duncan has outlined a number of actions she plans to take to deliver on this vision, several of which have already been initiated. 

Among these, in direct support of evidence-informed policy, is the appointment of Dr. Mona Nemer as Canada’s new Chief Science Advisor (CSA), whose primary role will be to provide advice and evaluate scientific decisions and activities within the federal government...
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Interestingly enough, the major recommendation of the Fundamental Science Review, a substantial $1.3Bln CDN increase over four years to research-funding agencies for more basic research, does not seem to have been approved by the Liberal government.

Maybe that will change in the next budget...
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Spaceflight startup Rocket Lab sends its Electron rocket to orbit for the first time

Spaceflight startup Rocket Lab sends its Electron rocket to orbit for the first time | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The company has pulled off a successful second test flight...

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Canadian entrepreneur wants to send the first private lander to the moon

Canadian entrepreneur wants to send the first private lander to the moon | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Moon Express might be the first private company to land on the moon - on their way to exploiting the valuable resources on the lunar surface...

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Bob Richards as interviewed by Bob MacDonald as two sterling examples of Canadian excellence...
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In a First, China Launches Canadian Satellite for Kepler Communications - SpaceQ

In a First, China Launches Canadian Satellite for Kepler Communications - SpaceQ | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

For the first time a Canadian satellite has been launched by China. Kepler Communications, a Toronto based startup, had its first satellite launched today as secondary payload on a Long March 11 rocket...

Chuck Black's insight:
As outlined originally in the January 4th, 2018 post, "The Upcoming PSLV-C40 / Cartosat-2F Launch Includes Two Canadian Satellites from Telesat and Kepler," at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2018/01/the-upcoming-plsv-c40-cartosat-2f.html, the Kepler satellite was originally thought to have been bundled as a secondary payload on an Indian rocket launched earlier this month. 

The China Great Wall Industry Corporation has issued a January 19th, 2018 press release under the title, "Long March launch vehicle Launch New Year! Great Wall Company successfully launchers Canada KIPP satellite!," confirming that it has launched the Kepler satellite (http://cn.cgwic.com/news/2018/0119.html).

But Kepler Communications has been far more reticent about either confirming or denying that its satellite has launched on board the Chinese rocket.. 

We'll likely find out why over the next little while. Stay tuned...
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MDA Issues a Recruitment RFI for New Canadarm Technology

MDA Issues a Recruitment RFI for New Canadarm Technology | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

BC based MDA Corporation, generally considered (even by its current owners) to be "a business unit" of the larger San Franscisco, CA based Maxar Technologies, has taken the unusual step of issuing a January 15th, 2018 request for information (RFI) under the title, "Canadian Capabilities to Support a Future Canadian Robotic Manipulator System."


No doubt the move has absolutely nothing to do with the fast growing Federal government perception, bolstered by recent articles such as December 28th, 2017 Globe and Mail post, "How Canada lost its foremost space company," that the current MDA is no longer quite the same company as it was when it was known as "MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates" and served as the one stop private sector prime contractor for Canadian space "capacity building...

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Effective Space signs first contract for satellite life extension services - SpaceNews.com

Effective Space signs first contract for satellite life extension services - SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Effective Space, a UK company developing spacecraft to extend the life of communications satellites, announced its first customer on January 17th...

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Spacewalk Needed to Replace Another Degraded Canadarm2 Hand on the International Space Station

Spacewalk Needed to Replace Another Degraded Canadarm2 Hand on the International Space Station | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

NASA has scheduled spacewalks on January 23rd and 29th to replace another degraded Canadarm2 hand on the International Space Station (ISS)...

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Space companies received $3.9 billion in private investment during 'the year of commercial launch'

Space companies received $3.9 billion in private investment during 'the year of commercial launch' | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The entrepreneurial space age is well underway, according to a report by investment firm Space Angels...

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Catapult and exactEarth team up to exploit satellite AIS data

Catapult and exactEarth team up to exploit satellite AIS data | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The Satellite Applications Catapult has teamed up with exactEarth to make it easier for UK companies to prototype, demonstrate and take to market new applications that exploit satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data...

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The Rocket Lab Electron Rocket Has Placed Three Satellites in Orbit

The Rocket Lab Electron Rocket Has Placed Three Satellites in Orbit | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Huntington CA and New Zealand based Rocket Lab has launched an Electron rocket from its private spaceport in New Zealand, successfully achieving earth orbit and deploying three commercial satellites. The launch is another critical milestone for the commercial space industry; the entry of a second commercial space launch provider...
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Quantum-enabled satellite passes key tests

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A joint China-Austria team has performed quantum key distribution between the quantum-science satellite Micius and multiple ground stations located in Graz (near Vienna), Xinglong (near Beijing) and Nanshan (near Urumqi)...

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Kepler’s first Ku-band satellite is in orbit - Kepler Communications

Kepler’s first Ku-band satellite is in orbit - Kepler Communications | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
Kepler’s first satellite, KIPP, is now in orbit! Pushing forward step one of their top-secret master plan to build a satellite platform 100x cheaper than the competition, then develop and sell a niche service to early adopters and then use the money to fund mass production...
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According to this Kepler press release, the company "went from napkin to orbit in 12 months..."

KIPP was built in partnership with Clyde Space, and Bright Ascension who provided the spacecraft BUS and on-board software respectively. The Kepler ground network was built in collaboration with Comtech EF Data, Kongsberg Satellite Services, Innovative Solutions in Space, and Nextologies. KIPP’s launch was manifested by Innovative Space Launch on board a Long March 11 provided by China Great Wall Industries Corporation...
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The new space race

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LATER this month, if all has gone according to plan, a rocket called the Falcon Heavy will take off from Cape Canaveral, in Florida (see article). Its mission is to put a sports car in orbit around the sun. The Falcon Heavy is the latest product of SpaceX, a firm founded by Elon Musk, an American billionaire...

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How taxpayer money could end up paying for rich people to go to space

How taxpayer money could end up paying for rich people to go to space | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

The past 20 years of space policy in the United States have been characterized by privatization of NASA’s functions. As entrepreneurs cast their eyes on space travel, the executive branch was more than willing to comply by privatizing large swaths of the beloved space agency, allowing companies to get rich off of government contracts. George W. Bush's renewed "vision" for space exploration occurred right at the moment in history when commercial space travel became more attainable. 


Indeed, until 2004, private space travel in the U.S. was illegal. 


This was followed by NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which led NASA to invest in multiple American companies to develop transport capabilities to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. Indeed, it was this change in space policy that led to NASA's multimillion-dollar investments, via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, in companies like Blue Origin, Boeing and SpaceX...

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Space mining is going to seriously disrupt Earth's economy. And we're nowhere near ready for the shock

Space mining is going to seriously disrupt Earth's economy. And we're nowhere near ready for the shock | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

In the coming decades, the mining of precious minerals in space is likely to have a major impact on the global economy. And existing laws are nowhere near ready for the shift

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Why Toronto Made ‘the Playoffs’ for Amazon’s Headquarters

Why Toronto Made ‘the Playoffs’ for Amazon’s Headquarters | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Toronto is the only city outside the United States on Amazon’s list. Its mayor credited Canada’s open approach to immigration and strong support for education...

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Private Investors Poured $3.9Bln into Commercial Space Companies Last Year

Private Investors Poured $3.9Bln into Commercial Space Companies Last Year | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

According to the New York, NY based Space Angels, a privately held financial services group of angel investors focused exclusively on the aerospace industry, private investors poured $3.9Bln US ($4.85Bln CDN) into commercial space companies last year.


As outlined in the January 18th, 2018 CNBC post, "Space companies received $3.9 billion in private investment during 'the year of commercial launch': Report," a record 120 private firms made investments in space in 2017, well over the previous peak of 89 in 2015...

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STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training

STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Universities must train scientists to engage with the ethics of emerging technologies, rather than functioning as cogs in the engine of economic development. Integrating the arts into STEM can help...

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Luxembourg Cooperates with China in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purpose

Luxembourg Cooperates with China in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purpose | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it
The National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences to establish a Research Laboratory in Luxembourg
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UK loses space data center to Spain amid post-Brexit security concerns

UK loses space data center to Spain amid post-Brexit security concerns | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Spain was picked Thursday as the new host of a data center that protects military information gathered by the EU’s satellite program, which must move from the U.K. after Brexit. 


The secure facility helps ensure the security of the Galileo satellite program — used by government defense programs as well as for civilian uses. The center, currently located in Swanwick, England, is a backup for the main infrastructure in Paris.


The European GNSS Program Committee voted today “by a large majority” in favor of relocating the U.K. center to Spain, said a Commission spokesperson...

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