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COM DEV Reportedly up For Sale

One of Canada’s larger space companies is reportedly up for sale. The report by Reuters says COM DEV approached several companies about a possible sale. On the news COM DEV’s stock shot up and trading was halted for about three hours.

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India Launches ASTROSAT Observatory with Canadian Contribution and exactEarth Satellite

India’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), today launched India’s first dedicated astronomy observatory, ASTROSAT. Canada contributed to one of the science payloads, the Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UVIT). Also launched on India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C30) was exactEarth’s exactView-9 (EV9) Automatic Identification System (AIS) satellite.

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A Different Concept for a Space Elevator Emerges

In late July, Thoth Technology Inc. issued a press release announcing it had been granted a patent for a “Space Elevator”. It was not a Space Elevator in the traditional sense, but rather a tall structure with an elevator that could, if built, reach 20 kilometres at first, and perhaps eventually 200 kilometres. What’s intriguing about this concept is the incremental approach to solving an …

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