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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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The Canadian Space Agency identifies 7 new priority technologies to develop

Canadian Space Agency

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has identified new priority technologies it's interested in developing and includes blockchain and new sensors for "the exploration of new worlds" among others. Up to eight contracts are available with a maximum funding of $8.1 million for all the contracts. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. …

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CSA contract lets 4pi Labs develop wildfire detection system

File photo: Canadian wildfires image taken by NASA's Aqua satellite on May 30, 2015

A Calgary-based company received a quarter-million dollars from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to test a camera system for detecting wildfires from a suite of orbiting space satellites. 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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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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DND releases Surveillance of Space 2 GBO RFI summary

Alliance Rationales & Roadblocks: A U.S. - Canada Space Study

The Department of National Defence has released a summary of feedback and outcomes update as part of the industry engagement process for the Surveillance of Space 2 Ground Based Optical (GBO) Segment request for information and letter of interest. The solicitation for the Surveillance of Space 2 GBO RFI closes on September 3, 2020. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. …

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How Canada built a COVID-19 reporting tool in 72 hours

COVID-19 Canada data on the ESRI GIS database

At the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Canadian government marshalled numerous resources to create a cloud-based platform tracking cases across the country. Government official Éric Loubier said this platform allowed decision-makers to access the data swiftly and efficiently to not only map novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spread, but also determine its effects on vulnerable populations. This page is for subscribers only. …

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