Technology

What are the Next Breakthrough Space Technologies for Canada?

Next Friday in Toronto the Canadian Space Commerce Association will be holding it’s annual meeting with the theme The Next Breakthrough Space Technologies for Canada. The event will bring together executives, business owners, independent consultants, venture capitalists, scientists, engineers, R&D managers and students. Some of Canada’s top commercial space companies will be represented along with smaller new companies, academia, the military and the Canadian Space …

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The Making of the European Space Agency's ATV-2

See how the European Space Agency’s ATV-2 nicknamed the Johannes Kepler was made. From pieces and parts to mighty spacecraft sitting atop of Ariane 5 launcher. The Johannes Kepler will carry approximately 6.6 tonnes of cargo to the International Space Station on a resupply mission. ESA’s ATV’s are sent on resupply missions approximately every 17 months.

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MSCI Making Pitch for Telecom Financing

The recent announcement by Microsat Systems Canada (MSCI) CEO David Cooper that his company is “launching a new initiative” to build a constellation of 78 small, relatively low-flying satellites designed to relieve internet and smart phone congestion and provide broadband access in rural locations, highlights the differences between small space focused Canadian firms and their larger commercial satellite and internet service provider cousins.

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An Overview of the Canadian Space Agency Exploration Core Program

Jean-Claude Piedboeuf of the CSA provides an Exploration Core Program as of 2010

At the recent 61st International Astronautical Congress in Prague, Jean-Claude Piedboeuf, Head of Exploration Planning at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), provided an overview of Canada’s preparatory exploration activities. While Canada has been involved in exploration activities for 25 years with its contributions in robotics, science and astronaut core, it wasn’t until 2007 that the CSA created the Exploration Core Program to unify the activities …

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University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team Competes Valiantly at NASA's Power Beaming Challenge

The University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team (USST) arrived early this week at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center as one of the favorites to win up to $2 million in prize money at the NASA sponsored Centennial Power Beaming Challenge. Unfortunately for the student team, technical issues throughout the week resulted in a disappointing outcome.

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NASA Ares-1 X Takes Flight

NASA today successfully tested the agency’s next-generation spacecraft and launch vehicle system, called Ares I-X. The flight test provided NASA with an early opportunity to test and prove flight characteristics, hardware, facilities and ground operations associated with the Ares I.

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