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An introduction to China’s space economy

China Long March 5 rocket

In 2014 China didn’t have any private space companies. Today there are over a 100 and growing. SpaceQ will now begin to cover China’s emerging space economy on a more regular basis. That coverage will include what the export opportunities are for western nations.

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Recently launched York University spacecraft will test deorbiting technology

York University DESCENT (DEorbiting SpaceCraft using ElectrodyNamic Tethers) mission

Canada's York University recently launched a CubeSat mission that will demonstrate deorbiting technology for space debris. The mission was funded by the Canadian Space Agency Flights and Fieldwork for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) program. 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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MDA signs contracts with Maxar for on-orbit servicing technologies

Illustration of NASA’s OSAM-1 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) on-orbit satellite servicing mission, which will refuel a government-owned satellite

The promise of on-orbit servicing as business for MDA has been in the works for over a decade. In 2011 MDA signed Intelsat as its anchor customer for its Space Infrastructure Servicing vehicle. That deal fell through. Now, almost 10 years after that deal was signed, MDA is making some progress, as evidenced by its latest contracts. This page is for subscribers only. Already a …

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Marcia Smith on U.S. space policy after the election

SpaceX Crew Dragon

The U.S. election has left the public with many questions, including when or if President Trump will concede. The Democrats won the House of Representatives as expected, but lost seats. The fate of the Senate rests upon two run-off elections in Georgia scheduled for January 5th. Some members of House and Senate committee’s on space lost their elections. So what does this mean for space …

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MDA hires Minda Suchan to lead Geointelligence unit and releases executive organizational chart

Dr. Minda Suchan Vice President Geointelligence MDA

MDA has filled its last senior executive position with the hiring of Dr. Minda Suchan as Vice President of its Geointelligence unit. Of note, MDA's executive organizational chart (below) now has a 50/50 gender split. 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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