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Innovation of Defence Excellence Needs Start-ups

Brigadier General Kevin G. Whale, Director General and Component Commander – Space, Department of National Defence

If it is said that innovation of defence excellence is the Canadian Department of National Defence’s research and development goal, then it could be noted that Canadian space industry “start-ups” may possibly provide an answer to the space capability requirements that have been listed in the Department’s recent defence policy document.

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Business Matters, Even in Space, Especially in Space – Thoughts and Highlights From Ascension 2017

From McMaster University, the winning team for the Ascension conference’s annual Young Space Entrepreneurs Competition (YSPACE), shown here taking questions about their project, conceived as a company that will repair, upgrade, refuel and maintain satellites in space. From left to right; Venus Orig, Tyvaughn Holness, Hira Nadeem, Arvi Mulliqi, Julian Vincent Sedillo. ​Not shown: ​Harsh Bansa

Hey, am I at the right conference? A first-time visitor might be forgiven for feeling a little confused. There was certainly no shortage of bleeding-edge science and engineering – asteroid mining, anyone? – but for much of this three-day event, the air was abuzz with talk of bootstrapping, venture capital funding (or lack thereof), pivoting, culture-building, and various and sundry other facets of the startup …

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Maritime Launch Services to Decide on Nova Scotia Spaceport in March

Maritime Launch Services Cyclone 4M rocket

It seems every couple of years another group comes along claiming they’ll setup a spaceport in Canada with Nova Scotia being the preferred location. The latest is Maritime Launch Services (MLS), a newly registered company in Nova Scotia with roots in the U.S and the Ukraine. What sets it apart from recent previous efforts is the experienced principals involved.

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Five Teams Remain as Google Lunar XPRIZE Enters Final Phase

Google Lunar X Prize

Space is hard. While startups success rates are slowly increasing in low earth orbit (LEO), it’s even harder for startups looking beyond low earth orbit. In fact, no company with the goal of operating a commercial enterprise near or on the moon, can call themselves a success, yet. But just maybe we’ll the emergence of one as a the result of the Google Lunar XPRIZE.

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Details Emerge on Kepler Communications and Telesat Small Satellite Constellations

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released details this week of applicants seeking to build a variety of satellite constellations. The most dramatic application came from SpaceX who are looking to build 4,425 small satellites to be used in low earth orbit. From the Canadian perspective, there were two applications, that of Kepler Communications who are based out of Toronto, and Ottawa’s Telesat.

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