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NASA and SpaceX Post Falcon 9 Launch Press Conference Video

After a nearly flawless launch of Falcon 9 and recovery of the Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was almost speechless during the first part of the press conference saying “he was in semi shock” at how well the launch went. Musk said he was extremely thankful to NASA for helping get SpaceX to this point and that SpaceX had built upon decades of NASA …

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Successfully Launches Dragon Spacecraft Into Orbit

Heading into the first demo flight of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program SpaceX and NASA were both quick to remind people that this was a test program doing something SpaceX had never done before. From the look of today’s launch it seems they needed have worried so much. The first flight of Falcon 9 carrying the Dragon spacecraft to orbit appears to have …

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MDA and Neptec Awarded Contracts to Build Lunar Exploration Light Rover Prototypes

In the last week both Neptec and MDA, two of Canada’s leading commercial space companies, have been awarded contracts by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to build a Lunar Exploration Light Rover (LELR) prototype. The awards come four and half months after the CSA issued a request for proposals whereby up to two contracts would be awarded for $11.5 million each. Each team has until …

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Canadian Space Summit Takes Shape

The Canadian Space Summit is being held in Ottawa between November 19th through the 20th. It is an annual gathering of industry, academia, government, non-profit organizations, students and enthusiasts. This year’s theme is “2010: A Canadian Space Odyssey”. With over 35 speakers, an exhibit area and a free Friday night public discussion titled “Meet Canada’s Space Industry” hosted by the CBC’s Johanna Wagstaffe, it’s sure …

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Canadian Space Agency Awards Mars Rover Contract to MDA

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) was awarded a $6 million (CAD) contract today by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to develop a terrestrial prototype of a science rover for Mars exploration. The Mars Exploration Science Rover (MESR) prototype is part of the CSA Exploration Surface Mobility (ESM) program.

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Canadian Space Commerce Association Bi-Monthly Meeting

The next Canadian Space Commerce Association meeting is Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the law office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, 199 Bay Street, Suite 2800, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON M5L 1A9 (a map to the office can be found at: http://www.blakes.com/english/toronto.html).

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