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Short Cuts: The Commercial Ecosystem, SEDS Canada, Kepler Communications, Virtual Reality and More

Short Cuts: The Commercial Ecosystem, SEDS Canada, Kepler Communications, Virtual Reality and More

In today's Short Cuts: The final story in our series from the Canadian Space Policy Symposium is available, SEDS Canada offers an op-ed on the space programs budget and moves forward with their Young Space Entrepreneurs Competition, Kepler Communications makes a choice on a company to build their prototype satellites, the Canadian Space Agency funds a new study using virtual reality to help astronauts and more.

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The Commercial Ecosystem from the 2016 Space Policy Symposium

The Commercial Ecosystem from the 2016 Space Policy Symposium

On Tuesday, November 8th some 90 people gathered at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa for the 1st Canadian Space Policy Summit organized by the Canadian Space Commerce Association. Representatives from industry, academia, not-for-profits and government discussed a variety of policy issues with a planned outcome of putting together a recommendations report to be disseminated, and in particular, provided to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Minister Bains.

The Symposium was organized with an opening keynote by Canadian Space Agency (CSA) president Sylvain Laporte followed by a Space Policy and the Canadian Innovation Agenda plenary with four follow-on panel discussions. This is the third of three stories on the event.

Short Cuts: New Space Strategy Coming in June 2017, a Balanced Space Program and more

Short Cuts: New Space Strategy Coming in June 2017, a Balanced Space Program and more

In today's Short Cuts: Minister Bains, in remarks at the 2016 Canadian Aerospace Summit last week, said that a new space strategy will be launched next June with the new Space Advisory Board supporting the development of long term priorities for Canada's space program. In part two of our series on the Canadian Space Policy Symposium we hear about the need for a balanced space program. The Fourth Canadian Satellite Design Challenge begins, iREx grants, Aerospace cluster and more.

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New Canadian Space Strategy Coming in June 2017

New Canadian Space Strategy Coming in June 2017

At the recent AIAC 2016 Canadian Aerospace Space Summit Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Minister Bains in his speech said a new space strategy will be launched next June with the new Space Advisory Board supporting the development of long term priorities for Canada's space program.

Since the new space strategy will be unveiled after the budget, does that mean the budget won't include any new initiatives or funding for the space program? Or are there items that would presumably be in a new strategy that might be in the budget anyway?

A Balanced Space Program from the 2016 Space Policy Symposium

A Balanced Space Program from the 2016 Space Policy Symposium

On Tuesday, November 8th some 90* people gathered at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa for the 1st Canadian Space Policy Summit organized by the Canadian Space Commerce Association. Representatives from industry, academia, not-for-profits and government discussed a variety of policy issues with a planned outcome of putting together a recommendations report to be disseminated, and in particular, provided to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Minister Bains.

The Symposium was organized with an opening keynote by Canadian Space Agency (CSA) president Sylvain Laporte followed by a Space Policy and the Canadian Innovation Agenda plenary with four follow-on panel discussions. This is the second of three stories on the event.

Details Emerge on Kepler Communications and Telesat Small Satellite Constellations

Details Emerge on Kepler Communications and Telesat Small Satellite Constellations

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released details this week of applicants seeking to build a variety of satellite constellations. The most dramatic application came from SpaceX who are looking to build 4,425 small satellites to be used in low earth orbit.

From the Canadian perspective, there were two applications, that of Kepler Communications who are based out of Toronto, and Ottawa's Telesat.

The Canadian Astronomical Society Announces Establishment of New Award for Early Career Research in Astronomy

The Canadian Astronomical Society Announces Establishment of New Award for Early Career Research in Astronomy

Today the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) announced the Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal for Early Career Research in Astronomy.

According to CASCA "the Richer Medal will be presented in odd numbered years to an individual in recognition of significant and sustained early career research in astronomy."

Up to 100 Candidates Selected for the next Canadian Astronaut Recruitment Phase

Up to 100 Candidates Selected for the next Canadian Astronaut Recruitment Phase

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will shortly finish notifying up to 100 candidates out of the 3,772 who had originally applied, that they've made it to the next round. The lucky "100" will continue on in their quest in trying to become one of two astronauts selected next summer. While the CSA released information yesterday saying it had identified 163 qualified candidates available for the next round, they are limited to selecting up to 100 to continue.

Video - Cubes in Space 2017 Conference: Launching Canada into Space

Video - Cubes in Space 2017 Conference: Launching Canada into Space

Today the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is hosting the Cubes in Space 2017 Conference: Launching Canada into Space. The event brings together more than 100 elementary and high school students from the National Capital Region.

The event was organized by idoodledu inc, founders and creators of the Cubes in Space competition. The Cubes in Space competition is a global design challenge for students ages 11-18 where they will design experiments that fit into small clear cubes that will be launched by NASA on sounding rocket or high altitude balloon in 2017.

Short Cuts: Space Policy, Earth Observation Summit, Apogy Software, Upcoming Events and More

Short Cuts: Space Policy, Earth Observation Summit, Apogy Software, Upcoming Events and More

In today's Short Cuts: The Canadian Space Commerce Association held its first Canadian Space Policy Summit last week and we have the first of three stories from the event. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) releases information about the the 11th Advanced SAR (ASAR) Workshop being held as part of the Earth Observation Summit 2017. The CSA promotes its Apogy software for operating robots and satellites and we list this weeks and upcoming events.

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