SpaceX historic vertical landing, MMS early results and a startup securing a contract with Canadian Space Agency


SpaceX rocket in historic vertical landing

The Falcon-9 craft touched down late on Monday night, about 10km from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

It is not the first spacecraft to land a booster vertically; that feat was claimed by the much smaller New Shepard rocket in Texas last month.

Nonetheless the Falcon-9 flight, which also went twice as high as New Shepard, is a milestone towards reusing rockets.

SpaceX aims to slash the cost of private space operations with such reusable components – but the company has not launched a rocket since one exploded in June.

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MMS delivers promising initial results

NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale is delivering promising early results on a process called magnetic reconnection – a kind of magnetic explosion that’s related to everything from the northern lights to solar flares.

The unprecedented set of MMS measurements will open up our understanding of the space environment surrounding Earth, allowing us to better understand what drives magnetic reconnection events. These giant magnetic bursts can send particles hurtling at near the speed of light and create oscillations in Earth’s magnetic fields, affecting technology in space and interfering with radio communications. Scientists from the Southwest Research Institute, NASA, the University of Colorado Boulder and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory presented an overview of MMS science and early results on Dec. 17, 2015, at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

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Mission Control Space Services Inc. announces contract with Canadian Space Agency

2015-12-21-12-18-15-37dd9e6b-77cf-422f-b15b-905516ad7848The nine-month-old Mission Control Space Services will lead a $500,000 deal to design software to improve the efficiency of the CSA’s autonomous rovers. For instance, the startup’s technology will help ensure the rovers won’t get stuck in new terrain.

Ewan Reid, the company’s founder and CEO, says the “fundamental objective is to see this technology on a rover on Mars or on the moon in the next five or 10 years.”

The 38-year-old had a successful career in the space industry before deciding to venture out on his own, helped in large part by Carleton University’s Lead to Win incubator program while he was pursuing a master’s degree in technology innovation management at the school.

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A job opening for a Software Engineer – Web Application / UX Developer, BAE Systems (USA). Software developer for the Air Vehicle Planning System (APS), a large software application which performs the force level mission planning for air breathing vehicles. The application consists of 2.4M lines of executable code. This position will support the modernization effort of this application using Agile methodologies.  This job requires software development skills with a focus on UX Development/Design or Java Backend Development building and maintaining Web applications. More information

NASA is hosting the workshop to collect proposals for locations on Mars that would be of high scientific research value while also providing natural resources to enable human explorers to land, live and work safely on the Red Planet. Maybe you have your own ideas and proposals for landing sites? Look at all the available resources and share your insights to contribute to your space career resume. More information


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