NorthStar to launch first of its kind satellite constellation for space situational awareness

Artis illustration of NorthStar Space Situational Awareness satellites monitoring space

NorthStar Earth and Space has been quiet for some time and now we know why. The Montreal based company which has so far raised $86 million, announced today it had contracted Thales Alenia Space to build the first three satellites that will make up an initial constellation of 12 satellites dedicated to space situational awareness (SSA). The commercial constellation will be the first of its …

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The Canadian Space Agency takes first step towards putting a rover on the Moon

Rover concept on the moon.

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has taken the first procurement step towards getting a rover on the Moon. It was expected, but for those with a long memory, the seeds of this procurement started at the first Canadian Space Exploration Workshop held in 1998. 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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Virgin Galactic coming to Canada for an Industry Day presented by the Canadian Space Agency

SpaceshipTwo cabin in payload configuration for suborbital research

The Canadian Space Agency will host a virtual Industry Day for Virgin Galactic on Friday, November 6 that will allow the company to discuss suborbital flight opportunities for commercial and academic researchers. The Industry Day will also feature a Memorandum of Understanding being signed between the two organizations. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, …

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OSIRIS-REx spacecraft performs flawless touch-and-go maneuver

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection

It was scripted to happen this way, but when it did what it was supposed to do, ground controllers and scientists elation was clearly evident. What had just happened? A spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, had just “touched” down, albeit it for seconds, on asteroid Bennu, grabbed a bunch of “dust and pebbles,” and taken off again with its prize. It lasted mere seconds, yet took years to …

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CSA Report – InvestmentSpace was a success, do it again

InvestmentSpace 2019 Angel and VC Investors panel.

A Canadian Space Agency (CSA) internal report on the InvestmentSpace 2019 conference states that the 166 participants gave the first time event a 8.7 rating out of 10 and that it should be a recurring event. Using the government's Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) service, SpaceQ received the very lightly redacted report. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven …

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SpaceX Starlink service is not a go in Canada yet despite CRTC license

SpaceX Starlink

Despite what you may have read, SpaceX is not authorized yet to offer Starlink service in Canada. In fact, no one, including even SpaceX, knows when they might offer services in Canada. The reason is simple, SpaceX needs a satellite spectrum license from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) to operate and offer their services to Canadian customers.

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