Craig Bamford

Craig is a graduate of Carleton's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, focused on conflict studies. Naturally, this means he writes on the Internet about gaming, tech, and speculative fiction. He lives in Toronto.

C-COM reaches new phased array milestone

Scalable Architecture: 4×4 to 16×16 to 80×80 Antenna Sub-Array

C-COM Satellite Systems is touting a significant milestone on the way to making their electronically steerable phased array antennas a reality.  This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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Could Canada’s promising new fusion energy reactor technology work in space?

A General Fusion energy reactor

There's renewed interest in fusion energy in the wake of the successful release of over 1.3 megajoules of energy at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). NIF has been attempting to achieve successful fusion ignition by bombarding pellets with nearly 200 high-powered lasers within their Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) research device.  This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, …

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Mapping ice and volatiles at the Moon’s South Pole

Lunar south pole mosaic - annotated

While in-situ Moon resources may be the key to any future lunar space-based economy, finding those resources is a key challenge. Surrey Satellite Technology’s Samantha Rowe, speaking at the 2021 Smallsat conference, presented a small satellite mission that includes Canadian participation that may lay the foundation for lunar resource exploitation.  This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, …

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OHB Sweden explores Arctic weather constellation

Arctic Weather Satellite constellation illustration. Credit: OHB Sweden.

OHB Sweden and a pan-European consortium are working with the European Space Agency (ESA) to create a prototype for a small satellite constellation that will help solve a pressing 21st century transportation issue: Arctic weather prediction. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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Canadian led Swarm Technologies launches Eval Kit and is acquired by SpaceX

Swarm eval kit in the field

IoT satellite communications provider Swarm Technologies is being acquired by Elon Musk's SpaceX. The news comes just as the Small Satellite Conference starts and just days after SpaceQ spoke with Canadian founder Sara Spangelo. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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Space Tango taps former CSA director to lead transition to space-based manufacturing

Space Tango ST-42, a reusable, re-entry free-flying orbital platform utilizes microgravity to manufacture health and technology products.

Kentucky-based space science company Space Tango is preparing to make a transition from one business sector to another, and is enlisting the help of a Canadian expert with government, political, and startup experience: Dr. Alain Berinstain. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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Is asteroid mining closer to reality than previously thought?

OSIRIS-REx - Asteroid Bennu sample site finalists.

Asteroid mining has received a lot of attention, both as a possible way of addressing resource shortages and as a way of reducing the environmental impact of mining on Earth. While it is assumed that asteroid mining is still a far-off dream, the recent Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Science Symposium may suggest otherwise. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven …

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Creative Destruction Lab graduates nine companies in its 2020-21 space stream

CDL Insights chat with Chris Hadfield, Firouz M. Naderi, Anousheh Ansari and Dante Lauretta

The Toronto based Creative Destruction Lab Space Stream has graduated nine of 21 companies that participated in its third cohort session. Of note, of the 20 companies originally selected, none were Canadian. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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Near term: An ISRU water-based space economy

NASA artist illustration of lunar ISRU

The Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium and Space Resources Roundtable had a strong focus on In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) in space. The presentations explored a variety of possible technologies for resource extraction and refinement in space, and the means by which they could be used to begin to develop a space economy. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven …

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Australia’s Fleet Space wants a portion of the LEO Internet of Things market

Fleet Space nanosatellite

Talking with Flavia Tata Nardini is a reminder that there’s more to the Internet than Facebook or Twitter or online gaming. Her company, Fleet Space, is focused on Internet of Things devices that communicate through a fleet of nanosatellites in low Earth orbit (LEO). This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support …

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