Commercial Space TOP STORY
The CRTC is currently holding hearings on the topic of reliable, affordable broadband Internet. For the majority of Canadians, access to broadband is not an issue. However for many, especially in rural and northern areas, access and affordability is a big issue. OneWeb explained the key technical issues and provided some suggestions on how the Government might want to move forward.
Commercial Space TOP STORIES
MaxQ Accelerator Inc., a new not-for-profit company based in Kitchener-Waterloo, today announced it is launching the first dedicated space accelerator in Canada with a pilot program scheduled to start in September.
It comes as no surprise that OneWeb Satellites, the joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and OneWeb, selected Florida as its manufacturing base for the majority of the 900 satellites it wants to build. Rumour of an impending deal was circulating as early February. Now that the deal is done, it doesn't preclude Canadian companies providing parts or services to OneWeb.
After just over 20 years at the helm of Canada's leading space company, Daniel Friedmann is ceding his position as CEO in an effort to continue the expansion of the company into the U.S. market. Taking over as CEO on May 16 will be Howard L. Lance, former CEO of Harris Corporation. Mr. Friedmann will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.
St. John Paul II School in Caledon, Ontario hosted a visit on Thursday 7th April 2016 by Canadian Astronaut Lieutenant-Colonel Jeremy Hansen for an inspection tour of their Satellite Remote Mission Operations Centre (RMOC) in Caledon, Ontario.
The Federal Budget brought a mild surprise and welcome news to the space community in that the government provided a specific funding dollar amount to sustain Canada's contribution to the International Space Station (ISS) through 2024. The previous government had committed Canada to participating in the ISS through 2024, but had yet to allocate funds to make it happen.
Since the beginning, man has yearned to venture into the cosmos, which is a difficult achievement without access to space. Such is the attitude and position of Canada within the global space industry.
The advent of small satellites is not new. For several years small satellites have been on the rise. However, 2015 can be seen as the year small satellite constellations leapt to the forefront of the news with the announcements by OneWeb to launch 900 small satellites and SpaceX to launch up to 4,000 small satellites.
Based on the trusted collaboration in space, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have announced the funding of six major research projects in the domain of Emergency Response and Safety of Operations.DLR has awarded Airbus Defence and Space with two of them.
With climate change being a focus of the new Liberal government the timing of a new player in the Earth Observation, climate change space couldn't be better. GHGSat, a new company based out of Montreal announced yesterday that it's small demonstration satellite has completed testing and is being prepared for launch in April on an Indian rocket.
One of Canada's larger space companies is reportedly up for sale. The report by Reuters says COM DEV approached several companies about a possible sale. On the news COM DEV's stock shot up and trading was halted for about three hours.
MDA is the latest high profile company to partner with OneWeb in its effort to build a constellation of over 900 small satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to provide affordable broadband services to areas of the Earth that are underserved.
Magellan Aerospace announced today it has delivered the first two payload modules structure to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), the prime contractor for the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM).
In late July, Thoth Technology Inc. issued a press release announcing it had been granted a patent for a "Space Elevator". It was not a Space Elevator in the traditional sense, but rather a tall structure with an elevator that could, if built, reach 20 kilometres at first, and perhaps eventually 200 kilometres. What's intriguing about this concept is the incremental approach to solving an existing problem, lowering the cost to access space.
In discussing last week's budget, Jay Aspin, Conservative MP for Nipissing-Timiskaming and Chair of the Parliamentary Space Caucus, told Bay Today that "we're going to be launching satellites out of North Bay."
WorldView-3, a high-resolution commercial satellite by DigitalGlobe, is as accurate as it should be according to a study by Vancouver based PhotoSat. In fact, the study shows that WordlView's 30 centimeter resolution satellite is accurate to within 15 centimeters, a remarkable achievement.
Space Strategies Consulting Ltd. (SSCL) is offering an Introduction to Space Applications two day course at the end of March. The course is targeting an audience of civil servants and the general public who require and understanding of the space environment as part of their work.
In a spinoff from the robotic technology developed by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) for the space program, a new robotic surgical tool, the KidsArm, is being tested for pediatric surgery at SickKids Hospital in Toronto.