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The Gazette Weekly

November 2, 2015

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Canada in Space

Financing woes and contracts that aren't contracts: MDA conference call

In an October 28 conference call, Daniel Friedmann, CEO of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., talked about financing problems for subsidiary Space Systems/Loral, and a contract with satellite-constellation company OneWeb that isn't really a contract.
Read the story at SpaceNews

McGill launches Space Institute

McGill University in Montreal has created the McGill Space Institute (MSI) under the direction of astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi.

McGill is hoping that MSI will become a hub for space research in the Montreal area.
Read the story at the Toronto Star

Will the new government finally move on Canadian launch capability?

video with story (2:33)

With the growth of commercial space, even agencies like NASA are looking to use private rockets for launching satellites. Will the new Canadian government step up and consider Canadian launch capability?
Read the story at the Commercial Space Blog

Canadian space business announcements

COM DEV International's Products Division received a Best Performer Award at the Airbus Defence and Space Supplier Conference in Bremen, Germany, on September 17, 2015.

Space Systems/Loral (SSL) signed a 5-year contract with Orbital ATK for propellant tanks.

Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has announced it is opening an office in Dubai to support satellite and space system developments in the Middle East.

Space Beyond Our Borders

Commercial spaceports and 'Field of Dreams' business models

videos (4:01; 2:27)

It seems like everyone wants to have their own spaceport now, but too many of them seem to have a "build it and they will come" business model.

That model worked well for the 1989 Kevin Costner film Field of Dreams, but as Spaceport America in New Mexico has found, it doesn't work so well in real life.
Read the story at the Commercial Space Blog

Thumbsat Inc: The one-stop shop for launching research projects

Satellites have been getting smaller and smaller. It should be no surprise that a company called ThumbSat Inc. is making them smaller still (Theirs aren't quite as small as a thumb, but it's getting there.)

ThumbSat wants to do more than just provide a tiny satellite. They want to be a one-stop shop for flight management so that researchers can concentrate on their experiments and not spend time on logistics.
Read the story at Discovery News

'Rocket-on-a-rail' prepares to launch satellite

video with story (9:23)

The U.S. Department of Defense is about to launch a rocket called Super Strypi along a 41-metre-long rail. The rocket will carry a small satellite into orbit.
Read the story at Nature

Tractor beam moves objects with sound

video with story (0:38)

Researchers in Europe have developed a tractor beam that uses high-amplitude sound waves to move tiny beads of plastic.

Hey, it's a start.

You can download the research paper (PDF - 7 pages) from a link in the article.
Read the story at NBC News
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