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Focused on Canadian money making activities high above the skies...
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Where's Canada's "Ministry of Space?"
           By  Brian Orlotti The UK government has announced upcoming legislation to allow spaceports to be built in the United Kingdom; enabling the country, for the first time, to launch its home-built satellites from its own soil. The move calls Canada’s...

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Digiglobe in "Buyout Talks" With MacDonald Dettwiler, 17 New CSA "Enabling Technologies" & the 2017 NSERC Awards
           By Henry Stewart For the week of February 20th, 2017, here are a few of the stories we're currently tracking for the Commercial Space blog: An overview of Digitalglobe stock price on February 17th, 2017, when the news broke that MDA was attemptin...

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Those Pesky Kids at Kepler Communications
          By Chuck Black The future of Canada's space efforts, and the growth of its telecommunications infrastructure, is suddenly a lot less reliant on Canadian government initiatives and foreign controlled multinationals. Toronto, Ontario based, Kepler C...

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Comparing Canada's Northern Watch to Kiribati's Global Fishing Watch
          By Brian Orlotti The recent failure of the Canadian government's " Northern Watch " program of Arctic air and maritime surveillance, when compared to other governmental and private efforts currently in place in other nations, is a reminder that lo...

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OMX, Trump, Trudeau, Bombardier's Bailout, the UK Space Agency, UK Spaceports, CSA Earth Imaging Grants & MAFIC Studios
           By Henry Stewart For the week of February 13th, 2017, here are a few of the stories we're currently tracking in the Commercial Space blog: Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and US President Donald Trump met in Washington, DC on February 13th, 2017....

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Look Ma! No Canadarms!!! MDA & Orbital ATK Battle for US On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Contracts
          By Chuck Black Richmond, BC based MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) has issued a press release announcing that its " US business unit ," the Paulo Alto, CA based Space Systems Loral (SSL), has " entered into an agreement with the US Defense Advanced Resea...

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UrtheCast, Public Private Partnerships, Improperly Disposed Space Debris, Falcon-9 "Flaws" & The HandBook for New Actors in Space
          By Henry Stewart For the week of February 6th, 2017, here are a few of the stories we're currently tracking in the Commercial Space blog: An overview of precision farming technologies as from the October 9th, 2012 GIS Lounge post, " Geospatial Tec...

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Europe Will Fund the Prometheus Reusable Engine; Canada Pitched Cyclone-4's
          By Chuck Black In a useful reminder that the future of rocketry is reusable, France’s Prometheus reusable engine program will receive funding from the European Space Agency (ESA). The new engine is designed to be a direct competitor to the reusabl...

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"Bread and Circuses" and Canada's Astronaut Selection Process
          By Henry Stewart The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has released short biographies and statistics on the remaining seventy-two candidates vying for the two open positions in the Canadian astronaut corps. Seventy-two candidates from across the country...

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Satellite Servicing, Orbital ATK, MDA, "Security Control Agreements," CETA, Minister Duncan's Science Advisor & Nova Scotia Spaceports
          By Henry Stewart NASA is waiting for the incoming Trump administration to notice its space program. Canada is also waiting for Trump, if only to help define our ongoing role in NASA programs. But Canada's space industry is also waiting for the Tru...
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