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Hard Science Fiction Web Series Deep Six Coming in May

Deep Six on the set

Alone, stranded 11.9 light years from Earth in the Tau Ceti system after an accident, Deep Six chronicles the lives of 250 intrepid astronauts and their military escorts on a perilous deep space mission trying to establish humanity’s first outpost outside of our own system, only to experience a hostile first encounter. Exoplanet Tau Ceti F had been discovered two centuries earlier and is now known as …

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Five Teams Remain as Google Lunar XPRIZE Enters Final Phase

Google Lunar X Prize

Space is hard. While startups success rates are slowly increasing in low earth orbit (LEO), it’s even harder for startups looking beyond low earth orbit. In fact, no company with the goal of operating a commercial enterprise near or on the moon, can call themselves a success, yet. But just maybe we’ll the emergence of one as a the result of the Google Lunar XPRIZE.

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Short Cuts: exactEarth First Year Results in, UrtheCast Takes the Next Step in Bid to Build Satellite Constellation and More

Short Cuts - A weekly roundup of Canadian space news stories.

In this weeks Short Cuts, Canada funds an instrument which will be key in conducting first-ever global survey of Earth’s surface water, exactEarth announces the results of its first year of operations as a public company, UrtheCast signs binding agreement with a government customer to buy two satellites in its OptiSAR constellation and more.

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SEDS Canada Receives 21 University Team Applications for the CAN-RGX Challenge and Selects Four

Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge.

SEDS Canada, the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), have selected four university applications to participate in the Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-RGX) competition. It is the inaugural year for the competition which received 21 applications from universities across the country, a sure sign that SEDS Canada’s goal of growing its membership is working.

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SpaceX Nails Launch and Landing on Return to Flight

SpaceX and its customers can breathe a sigh of relief today after an instantaneous launch went off without a glitch. The Falcon 9 lifted off at 12:54 p.m. EST and began deploying the first of 10 Iridium satellites 59 minutes later.  At 2:13 p.m. EST SpaceX reported that all of the Iridium satellites had been deployed successfully.

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An Update on NASA’s Satellite Servicing Efforts

Future satellite servicing concept by NASA.

In December we wrote a story about MDA’s subsidiary Space Systems Loral (SSL) in the U.S. winning a long sought after satellite servicing contract with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Yesterday, the NASA Future In-Space Operations weekly telecon provided an update on the evolution of NASA Goddard’s satellite servicing efforts including the Restore-L Mission which will see SSL build the spacecraft bus.

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