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Virgin Galactic spaceship cabin interior

The Virgin Galactic experience will be priceless

Virgin Galactic unveiled the slick cabin interior of its space tourist and suborbital research spaceship yesterday. For the "hundreds and thousands" who will first experience flying briefly to space, the experience will be priceless. Of course it's also expensive at over US$250K a ticket for tourists. But wait, what about the rest of us? This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. …

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Artist illustration of NASA's Human Landing System for the Artemis program.

What does a possible Democratic President mean for the US space program

The US election is just over three months away, and although a lot could happen between now and then, the Democrats will likely keep their majority in the House, could get a majority in the Senate, and win the Presidency. Would the US space program be radically changed? Would NASA's plans for the Moon change? These are some of the questions we'll try to answer. …

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Statistics Canada harnessing Earth observation data

Data from Google Earth and other Earth observation campaigns is allowing Statistics Canada (StatsCan) to create databases showing how Canadians live and work. The government department showcased some of its ongoing work at the online GeoIgnite conference on Friday (July 24), with projects ranging from building catalogues to walkability. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, …

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Space-based Earth Observation

Earth observation is hitting its stride: MDA

A senior MDA executive says Earth observation (EO) is "on the brink of a really integrated and operational era" due to continued efforts from his company and others around the world. Within Canada, MDA is famous for its RADARSAT series of satellites – RADARSAT-1 (no longer operational after exceeding its design life), RADARSAT-2 (still working well after more than a dozen years in space) and …

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This is a Mosaic of Canada which is made from 121 images captured by Canadian satellite RADARSAT-2.

Geospatial community says international partnerships key to Canada’s future in space

It doesn't matter what space tech Canada is working on deploying; our country still finds a vibrancy in leveraging international partnerships to get things done in orbit, according to experts at the GeoIgnite online conference. In a panel Wednesday (July 23) about the future of Canada's geospatial sector, executives from the geospatial community working in industries ranging from Earth observation to robotics talked about our …

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

DND releases Surveillance of Space 2 GBO RFI summary

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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COVID-19 Canada data on the ESRI GIS database

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

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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Yuzhnoye RD-861K Engine test on June 26, 2020 for the Cyclone 4M

Good and bad news in 2nd spaceport launch vehicle rankings

In this, the second edition of the Canadian Spaceport Launch Vehicle Power Rankings, we've got good and bad news to share including updates from C6 Launch, Yuzhnoye, Astra Space, a Canada - US Technology Safeguards Agreement and more. The preamble Canada does not have a spaceport. So why bother creating a Canadian Spaceport Launch Vehicle Power Rankings? You can read our full reasoning behind the …

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