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Monday, August 11th, 2014

Sanctions Prompt Russia to Turn to China for Space Components

Citing Russian media reports, Global Times said Russian manufacturers will struggle to meet demand for electronic components required for the country’s aerospace and military fields over the next two years due to ongoing sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. As a result, Russia is turning to China to fill the gap, with one source from the

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Commercial Use of Unmanned Aircraft Hurdles Addressed in UN Meeting

Widespread use of commercial drones is likely to take significantly longer than many proponents of the budding industry anticipate, according to U.S. and Canadian aviation regulators. That blunt message was delivered by high-ranking aviation safety officials from the U.S., Canada and the United Nations last week to an industry conference here. Read more in The

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Canadian Icebreakers Head Out to Map Arctic Sea Floor

Canada has sent two icebreakers to the High Arctic to gather scientific data in support of its plan to bid for control of the sea floor under and beyond the North Pole. The coast guard vessels Terry Fox and Louis St. Laurent set out Friday on a six-week journey that will take them to the

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Engaging High School Students by Creating CubeSats

How do you teach high school students about life, the universe, and everything? Well, you could have them build and launch a nanosatellite, or CubeSat, into space. While it sounds ambitious, that’s exactly what Adam Kemp set out to do in 2006, then in his first year of teaching at the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

New WorldView-3 Satellite to Offer Unprecedented Look at the Globe

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView 3 satellite, scheduled to launch next week, promises to bring unprecedented resolution to commercial satellite imagery. The satellite will be blasted into space on an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Wednesday morning in a launch that has extra significance given a recent U.S. government decision to relax

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Small Satellite Entrepreneurs and Legacy Providers Part Ways on Pricing

The small-satellite industry is transforming as suppliers who previously focused on providing products and services for individual spacecraft look for ways to profit from the growing number of constellations. There is a mismatch, however, between what many traditional firms are offering and what the entrepreneurs establishing large cubesat constellations are seeking to buy. Read more

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Satellite Surveillance for Disaster Aid

When a natural disaster strikes anywhere in the world, be it a flood, an earthquake or a tsunami, scientists at the Center for Satellite-Based Crisis Information (ZKI) spring into action. Stella Hubert is one of the team leaders who help to coordinate the rescue work. The Center provides accurate satellite maps for emergency workers on

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

China Launches Remote-Sensing Satellite Yaogan XX

China sent the Yaogan XX remote-sensing satellite into scheduled orbit on Saturday. The satellite blasted off at 1:45 p.m. on the back of a Long March 4C carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the country’s northwestern gobi desert, according to the center’s statement. The satellite will be used to conduct scientific experiments,

Friday, August 8th, 2014

America’s Weather-Tracking Satellites Are in Trouble

When Superstorm Sandy nearly sank New York City two years ago, we knew it was going to happen. Same with snowmageddon in 2010: D.C. got more snow than a Saskatoon Christmas, and, again, we knew it was going to happen. Those were both devastating storms, but we were as prepared for them as we could

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Captains of Industry Explore Space’s New Frontiers

With spacecraft that can carry tourists into orbit and connect Paris to New York in less than two hours, the new heroes of space travel are not astronauts but daring captains of industry. This new breed of space pioneers are all using private money to push the final frontier as government space programmes fall away.

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