News

Hope of North Bay Becoming Canada's First Spaceport Put on Hold

Swiss media began reporting last week that Swiss Space Systems (S3), the company with aspirations of becoming a leader in suborbital launches of small satellites and zero-g flights for passengers and scientists, was declared bankrupt by a Swiss court. It’s an unfortunate turn of events for the company which had conducted some initial work in North Bay, and was considering the city as potential launching …

Read More »

Short Cuts: Free Trade with EU a Problem for Industry, GHGSat Celebrates Milestone and More

In today’s Short Cuts: Industry sources tell SpaceRef Canada they have serious concerns over the free trade deal with the European Union. GHGSat, which hopes to launch two new satellites in the short term, passes a milestone with its Claire satellite. The National Research Council announces an Enhanced Virtual Observatory for the scientific community and more. If you would like to submit a Short Cut, …

Read More »

Free Trade Deal With Europe a Serious Cause for Concern for Canadian Space Industry

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) during the European Union-Canada Leaders’ Summit in Brussels, Belgium..

Free trade agreements are by their very nature a means of increasing trade between two or more countries. In the case of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the deal Prime Minister Trudeau signed in Brussels on October 30th could have a significant negative effect on Canada’s domestic space industry. Industry sources SpaceRef Canada spoke to are very concerned, with one saying …

Read More »

The CSA is Interested in Hosting a Sub-surface Ice Sounder on NASA's NeMO Orbiter

The Canadian Space Agency issued a request for proposals (RFP) today with the aim of determining the feasibility of a sub-surface ice sounder as a hosted payload on NASA’s Next Mars Orbiter (NeMO) which is a concept mission that could be headed to Mars in 2022. Earlier this year NASA held an industry day to talk about this conceptual mission. NASA Watch obtained a copy …

Read More »

Short Cuts: Dr. Robert Thirsk Interview, Op Ed on Small Satellites, On-Orbit Servicing and More

In today’s Short Cuts: We provide an Op-Ed on small satellite manufacturing in Canada, Work, Not Work Podcast interviews Dr. Robert Thirsk, MDA’s U.S. acquisition SSL gets long sought after satellite servicing contract, Canada searches for a Chief Science Advisor and more. If you would like to submit a Short Cut, please email us at tips@spaceref.com.

Read More »

MDA Scores a Win in Long Sought After Satellite Servicing Business Segment

The Restore-L servicer extends its robotic arm to grasp and refuel a client satellite on orbit.

It seems patience pays off. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) yesterday announced that MDA’s U.S. subsidiary Space Systems Loral (SSL) has won a $127 million contract to develop the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus which will be used to service a government satellite in low earth orbit. According to the NASA press release, SSL “will provide spacecraft bus, critical hardware and services for the development, deployment …

Read More »

Op Ed – The Government Should Support Canada Becoming a Small Satellite Manufacturing Hub

Recently, there has been noteworthy news related to small satellites. First and significantly, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released details of new applications from companies wanting to deploy constellations of small satellites, most in non-geostationary orbits (NGSO). This included applications from two Canadian companies, Kepler Communications and Telesat. The total number of planned NGSO satellites in applications filled since June of this year, is …

Read More »