SFL and NOSA Achieve Laser-Based Sat-to-Ground Communications from a CubeSat

Artist rendering of NorSat-TD microsatellite developed by Space Flight Laboratory (SFL)

Toronto’s Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) and the Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA) say that they have successfully transferred data from a small CubeSat to a ground station using a laser-based optical link. This is a first for Dutch-built laser communications devices, and one of the few times that it’s been done on a small satellite and which posed a challenge with the various payloads.  This page …

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Xplore, SpaceX Ready Satellite Internet Bids for 43,000 Northern Ontario Homes and Businesses

Starlink satellites in orbit prior to deployment.

New Brunswick-based Xplore Inc. and SpaceX's Canadian office have both been tapped for offers to provide satellite Internet service to 43,000 homes and businesses in Ontario. It's part of program from the Government of Ontario that it says will see the province invest "nearly $4 billion to bring reliable high-speed internet access to every community across the province by the end of 2025."  This page …

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NordSpace Completes Flight-ready Rocket Engine Test, Aims for Suborbital Flight in 2024

Hot fire of the Hadfield-10 engine. Image credit: NordSpace.

Markham, Ontario based NordSpace finished their first test of a flight-ready rocket engine on Feb. 8 with the plan of launching to suborbital space later in the year. In an interview with SpaceQ, CEO Rahul Goel shared some details on funding, fuels and more. 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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MDA Awarded $74M Contract For DND RPAS Ground Control Stations

Government of Canada orders the MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPAS from GA-ASI in which MDA will be part of Canadian coalition working on the program

MDA announced this morning it had been awarded a $74 million contract from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GS-ASI) to support the Canadian Armed Force MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). The Government of Canada signed a deal with GS-ASI on December 19, 2023 to purchase RPAS. A Canadian team is working on the project, called Team SkyGuardian Canada and includes MDA, CAE, and …

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RCAF 100th Anniversary Highlights Include Two Canadian Astronaut Missions in 2025

Canadian astronauts Joshua Kutryk (left) and Jeremy Hansen (right) seize the opportunity to fly together before the start of astronaut training. Prior to joining the Canadian Space Program, they were both pilots with the Canadian Armed Forces. In this picture, they are standing in front of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 2017 Canada 150 CF-18 Demonstration Hornet

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will celebrate its 100th anniversary on April 1 with a lot of news to report in astronaut missions as well. Service members, and Canadian Space Agency astronauts Col. Jeremy Hansen and Col. Josh Kutryk were assigned to two space missions, respectively, in 2023. Hansen will be the first non-American to fly around the Moon on Artemis 2 in 2025, …

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