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The Canadian Space Agency issues Moon program Invitation to Qualify including NASA’s PRISM Program

Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program

As a next step for its $250 million Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has issued an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) notice. The invitation is open until October 29, 2021. 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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Could Canada’s promising new fusion energy reactor technology work in space?

A General Fusion energy reactor

There's renewed interest in fusion energy in the wake of the successful release of over 1.3 megajoules of energy at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). NIF has been attempting to achieve successful fusion ignition by bombarding pellets with nearly 200 high-powered lasers within their Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) research device.  This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, …

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Mapping ice and volatiles at the Moon’s South Pole

Lunar south pole mosaic - annotated

While in-situ Moon resources may be the key to any future lunar space-based economy, finding those resources is a key challenge. Surrey Satellite Technology’s Samantha Rowe, speaking at the 2021 Smallsat conference, presented a small satellite mission that includes Canadian participation that may lay the foundation for lunar resource exploitation.  This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, …

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CubeSat mission will test Gateway lunar orbit and operations

After arrival at the Moon, CAPSTONE will begin its 6-month-long primary mission. CAPSTONE will validate a near rectilinear halo orbit’s characteristics by demonstrating how to enter into and operate in orbit

CubeSat testing is already being planned this year for NASA's planned Gateway space station near the Moon, according to conference presentations at the virtual Small Satellite Conference this week. 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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Future directions in small satellites point to autonomy and adaptivity

Thirty five years of small satellites presentation

Small satellites, a Martian helicopter and military monitoring are some of the trends to watch in the satellite industry, according to a "future trends" discussion in a major industry conference. 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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Canadian led Swarm Technologies launches Eval Kit and is acquired by SpaceX

Swarm eval kit in the field

IoT satellite communications provider Swarm Technologies is being acquired by Elon Musk's SpaceX. The news comes just as the Small Satellite Conference starts and just days after SpaceQ spoke with Canadian founder Sara Spangelo. 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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