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.

NASA exec discusses seamless transition to privately-owned LEO space stations

The LEO based Blue Origin and Sierra Space Orbital Reef baseline configuration (second half of the 2020s): Core Module, Energy Mast, LIFE, Node, and Science Module. Payload operations commence with the second launch

At Via Satellite’s Satellite 2022 conference on Monday, March 21st, Dennis Stone, Project Executive for the US$400M Commercial Destinations Free Flyer project in NASA's Commercial Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Development Program (CLDP), delivered a keynote address on the growing LEO economy and NASA's expected role within it. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology …

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3D imaging may be first step to real-life Metaverse

The Maxar metaverse

Maxar Technologies’ Dan Nord, SVP & GM of Enterprise Earth Intelligence,  delivered a keynote at the GeoIgnite Conference on March 1st that started by sounding familiar notes about Maxar's past and present. But it transitioned to a surprising future: one where Maxar's imagery becomes the key basis for the so-called "Metaverse." This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, …

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MDA presents details on CHORUS constellation capabilities

MDA's new Chorus constellation logo.

MDA’s Wayne Hoyle, Senior Director of Business Development, gave a detailed presentation at the GeoIgnite conference about the capabilities of their new CHORUS Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite constellation. 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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Rocket Lab inaugurates new launch pad, announces Neutron rocket manufacturing complex

Rocket Lab launch of the he Owl's Night Continues launch on March 1, 2022 (NZST)

New Zealand-based launch company Rocket Lab announced on Feb 23rd that they’d officially opened a new orbital launch pad in New Zealand for their Electron rockets. The new “Pad B,” located near their original pad at Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1, is an important step towards Rocket Lab’s goal to become a premier player in the growing SmallSat launch market. 

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Canadensys completes grueling tests of all-metal lunar wheels

The dusty durability test bed. The wheels are attached to and driven by a rover power train while the circular testbed revolves. This picture was taken before the dust was added. It was never this clean again.

Designing, manufacturing and testing a set of lunar wheels for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) was well within the longstanding areas of expertise of Canadensys Aerospace's highly-skilled Stratford-based robotics team. But as Peter Visscher, General Manager of the Stratford Facility revealed in an interview with SpaceQ, there were still a lot of genuine surprises along the way to the successful conclusion of the project. This …

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Elon Musk, SpaceX and becoming a multiplanetary species, and oh, the first crewed Starship mission sold

Elon Musk of SpaceX greets the crowd ahead of providing an update on Starship

SpaceX head Elon Musk took to the stage in Boca Chica, Texas on Thursday, Feb. 10 night. Standing underneath a spotlighted Starship atop a Super Heavy stack erected beside a launch tower and the now-recognizable “chopsticks” pincer arms—which had built the stack earlier—he laid out the anticipated future of Starship. Focusing on high-tempo “rapid reuse” launches, he provided a lot of vision but comparatively few …

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Wyvern receives $4M for agriculture emissions study

AAC Clyde Space Epic 6U platform to be used for Wyvern

Wyvern Space will be receiving a $4 million investment from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) as part of a three-year project studying how to reduce domestic agriculture emissions. 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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US Air Force awards point-to-point cargo R&D contract to SpaceX

SpaceX point-to-point transportation of cargo and people

SpaceX has just been awarded a USD $102M contract from the USAF to “demonstrate technologies and capabilities” to quickly transport humanitarian aid and military supplies anywhere on earth using their rockets.  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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Wyvern Space announces Y Combinator participation and USD $2.25 million in additional funding

Wyvern Space hyperspectral camera unfolding

Edmonton-based Wyvern Space got a new vote of confidence in their hyperspectral imaging technology this week with the announcement of a successful seed round and their acceptance in the Y Combinator accelerator. 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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