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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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The Government Invests $13.1 Million in 38 Space Technology Development Projects

This past Friday the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario) announced at the headquarters of COM DEV International that the government had selected 21 companies and 38 research and development projects to fund as part of the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Space Technology Development Program (STDP).

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Canadian University Demonstrates NanoSat Formation Flying First

The precise movements of a satellite in orbit is an orchestration of many variables, from gravity to positioning for solar power, communications and other factors. The precise movement of two satellites flying in formation in close proximity is another level of difficulty. It is a capability that the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) recently demonstrated and which at …

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Canadian Nanosats CanX-4 and CanX-5 Achieve Notable Firsts

There’s nothing routine about launch and spaceflight. For two Canadian nanosats, CanX-4 and CanX-5, the June 30th launch aboard an Indian rocket proved a challenge. But just over a month into the mission the team of engineers from the University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory have completed some notable firsts.

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A New Canadian Rocket Company Aims To Go Where None Before Have Succeeded

It might come as a surprise to most Canadians but Canada has never launched a rocket into orbit. Sure we were the third country in the world to build our own satellite, the Alouette, but it was launched by the U.S. on an American rocket. Sure we’ve sent astronauts into space, built the Canadarm, Canadarm2, Dextre, have satellites in orbit and even sent instruments to …

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