The Canadian Space Agency and NASA Test Lunar Technologies

Neptec rover at KSC

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has been invited by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to test technologies and concepts for lunar exploration. The joint nine-day field test takes place starting this week in a volcanic area near Hilo, Hawaii. A Canadian built rover will test procedures which may ultimately prove that water can be obtained from lunar soil.

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Canadian Space Agency Astronaut On An Expedition To Study Geology in the Arctic

In the past, Apollo astronauts prepared for their trips to the Moon by studying Moon-like geology here on Earth. Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jeremy Hansen will train for future international missions to the Moon or Mars as he joins an expedition next week to look for a new impact meteorite crater in the Arctic.

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Canadian Nanosatellite Workshop Report Released

CASI ASTRO 2012 Nanosatellite workshop final report

The final report form the First Canadian Nanosatellite Workshop recently held on April 23 in Quebec City has been released. Organized in conjunction with the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) ASTRO 2012 Conference the workshop was a result of a previous Canadian Space Agency workshop in 2010 which recommended the establishment of an annual Canadian forum on nanosatellite activities.

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MDA Acquires Space Systems Loral in Blockbuster Deal (Updated)

In what can only be described as a blockbuster deal, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA) announced late today that it has acquired a larger company in Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). The announcement comes a day before the MDA’s scheduled investor call and a day after they had announced a significant deal to provide the communications payload for the AMOS-6 Satellite.

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Chris Hadfield Signs-off on his final Soyuz Qualification Exam

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and his crewmates Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko suit up for their final Soyuz qualification exam as backups to the crew of Expedition 32/33, who launch July 15. In response to a question from an interviewer, Chris expresses his appreciation of having the opportunity to train and work as an astronaut.

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MDA Signs Significant Communications Payload Contract for AMOS-6 Satellite

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) announced late yesterday that it signed a deal with Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) to supply the AMOS-6 satellite with its communications payload. The contract which is yet to be finalized, but for which MDA has been authorized to start work on, is valued in excess of $90 million.

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