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Kepler wants to build a second constellation of 360 satellites for broadband services

Kepler Director of Space Systems, Jared Bottoms, and his team preparing to send two GEN1 satellites to Exolaunch for integration as part of their IoT constellation

Toronto based Kepler Communications isn't content with just its original constellation of 140 Internet of Things (IoT) low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. It's filled applications with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for another larger constellation of 360 satellites that would offer a variety of broadband services. Those services could also be used by the military in …

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New Conservative leader Erin O’Toole supports the space sector

New Conservative Party Leader Erin O'Toole

The new leader of the Conservative Party is Erin O'Toole, a former member of Royal Canadian Air Force, a lawyer, and in the previous Harper Conservative government, the Minister of Veterans Affairs. In an interview with SpaceQ last fall shortly before the 2019 Federal Election, O'Toole provided some insights on Conservative Party space policies. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. …

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Is this the lunar lander Canadian astronauts will use on the Moon?

Blue Origin-Led National Team  Human Landing System

The Blue Origin led "National Team," a catchy marketing gimmick by the way, has delivered a lunar lander engineering mockup to NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. It is one of three companies vying for the opportunity to eventually send humans back to the Moon, including someday Canadians. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, …

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Kepler LEO constellation satellites set to launch

Kepler TARS satellite

Kepler Communications last demonstration satellite, TARS, is now scheduled to launch on August 31 on an Arianespace Vega launcher. That launch has been delayed almost a year. The first delay was the failure of the preceding Vega mission which necessitated a launch failure investigation. Then came the pandemic, and finally weather delays. Now, even as Kepler breathes a sigh of relief as TARS is finally …

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Satellite emission monitoring companies look to the long term as US rolls back methane leak limits

GHGSat Claire satellite data

Under the guise of cutting "burdensome and ineffective regulations" as mandated by President Trump and his administration, the US Environmental Protection Agency last week scrapped rules that had oil and gas companies monitoring methane leaks. SpaceQ queried GHGSat and Bluefield, two companies that measure emissions, for their take. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, …

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MDA and UrtheCast led projects get funding from the Digital Technology Supercluster

The Digital Technology Superclusters funds the Protecting our Oceans and Satellite-based Environmental Analytics projects

The Digital Technology Supercluster is moving forward with two partner projects led respectively by MDA and UrtheCast. MDA is leading the Protecting Our Oceans project while UrtheCast is leading the Satellite-Based Environmental Analytics project. Both projects look to innovate digital solutions to address challenges created by climate change. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, …

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