Craig Bamford

Craig started writing for SpaceQ in 2017 as their space culture reporter, shifting to Canadian business and startup reporting in 2019. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists, and has a Master's Degree in International Security from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He lives in Toronto.

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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The boom in Synthetic Aperture Radar satellites

Capella Space Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite

The falling cost of launch services and advances in satellite manufacturing has created an absolute boom in satellite manufacturers and operators. One of the fastest-growing segments is in Earth observation (EO) platforms that use Synthetic Aperture Radar. 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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Earth Observation industry is missing opportunities

European Space Agency Sentinel-2 Earth observation image of Vancouver, Canada July 29, 2019

Industry representatives came together at the GeoIgnite virtual conference for a very frank conversation on the business of optical-based Earth Observation (EO) and radar-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) on April 22nd at the “Spatial Finance, New Markets for Earth Observation” panel. 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 …

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Wyvern hyperspectral technology garners contract from Defence Research and Development Canada

Wyvern hyperspectral technology

Edmonton-based space startup Wyvern has received an initial $155,000 to create a feasibility study for Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) on how satellite-based hyperspectral imaging could benefit Canadian defence. 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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