Almost 7 years ago, while going through some personal issues, I made a terrible mistake and ended up being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of California. It was a dark period in my life, but I have moved on and learned my lesson. This spring, however, my intoxicated driving conviction […]
They’re tall and there’s nothing they can do about it except learn to live with their crazy tallness. For this reason, we respect them and think they’re cool. If you’re really, really tall, you feel it, because this is your life: •Everyone hates you at movies and concerts. Sure, you get a decent sightline, but […]
Seasons two and three of ‘FLCL’ are coming to Adult Swim this summer.
Jamali Maddix explores how a Native American tribe is battling environmental racism on ‘HATE THY NEIGHBOR.’
A New York judged ruled that Trump isn’t immune to civil lawsuits in state court as a sitting president.
Gaming in your underwear has never been easier with this new wearable that combines high scores and pelvic floors.
The “professional shitposter” who goes by the name Count Dankula could wind up behind bars for up to six months.
Health Canada wants you to know that “cannabis can be addictive” but is that true?
“I don’t need to know every detail, but if it’s big enough to lie about it, then it probably shouldn’t be happening.”
Pence’s rabbit, Marlon Bundo, falls in love with a boy bunny in the ‘Last Week Tonight’ version and now it’s at the top of Amazon’s bestseller list.
David Cole writes:Prior to pancaking, Diversity Bridge had been championed as “an engineering feat come to life.” One of the geniuses who accomplished this “feat” is an engineer who was hailed by President Obama in 2015 as a “champion of change”: Atorod Azizinamini (…)Needless to say, the day after the collapse, damage control needed to […]
These Lemon Shortbread Squares with Homemade Lemon Curd are simple and so delicious! They taste like little bites of lemon tart, but so much easier to make! Plus 18 more delicious spring recipe ideas. Today I’ve joined a talented group of bloggers, and we are sharing 19 delicious spring recipes with you! All perfect for spring gatherings, Easter and Mother’s Day! Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing. Make sure to check out all the delicious recipes in the links at the bottom of this post! xo Spring is the time of year when desserts get more light, fresh and […]
Because let’s be honest: most people are pretty stinking awful at rolling a ball the size and weight of a human head perfectly straight down a sixty-foot lane. There are gutters on both sides, you’re slipping around in torn-up shoes that look like they’ve been through a war and a washing machine,and every time you […]
As covered many times in this blog, our largest space and aerospace companies tend to go bankrupt and get picked over by others (Toronto, ON based Avro Canada and Brampton, ON based Spar Aerospace, for example), or reincorporate as US based firms in order to take advantage of the American market (Richmond, BC based MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates) or they get purchased by large, American based corporations (Cambridge, ON based COM DEV International).
|The front cover of the March 2018 Impact Report on “Measuring Canada’s Scaleup Potential” along with an estimate of companies per one million population in Canada, the US, the UK, Germany and France. Canada’s ability to to create companies is average when compared to the other countries on the list. Graphic c/o Impact Group.|
They don’t generally stay operational or remain Canadian. This is usually perceived as not being a good thing, but the situation persists and not just in aerospace (remember Nortel? Or Research in Motion?).
|A quick reminder that Canada has been obsessing over research and development initiatives for a very long time. As outlined in the April 7th, 1967 Globe and Mail post, “Ottawa hopes to spur research and development through five programs,” Canadian industry was “being wooed into research and development as never before,” over fifty years ago and not a lot has changed since then. Original graphic c/o Globe and Mail.|
As outlined in the March 19th, 2018 Impact Centre post, “Measuring Canada’s Scaleup Potential,” Plant and his colleagues at the Impact Centre have put together a useful, eighteen page study, under the same title, which attempts to measure Canada’s startup and scaleup rate and compare that to other countries around the world.
According to the Impact Centre, “there seems to be a shift away from focusing on startups to focusing on those companies in Canada that are scaling. This appears to have been predicated on the premise that Canada has become good at starting companies but is challenged at scaling them to world-class size. “
We have a higher startup rate than Germany and France but trail the UK on the same metric.
We lead all European jurisdictions in terms of scaling rates.
We report a rate of startup and scaleup that is dramatically lower than the US and, in particular, Massachusetts, California and New York.
We have lower rates of both startup and scaleup than Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Georgia.
The report also identified a series of potential high growth companies capable of growing to “world class” size:
Based on additional analysis of revenue and employee growth and financing in public or private markets, we identified businesses with the potential to grow to world-class size, but only if they maintain current growth trajectories.
In total, we identified 50 Canadian companies with over $10Mln CDN of invested capital that were growing at more than 20% a year. This represents 12% of all of the 423 Canadian companies above $10 M in capital.
The executive summary, for those of us who are too lazy to read the full report, is available online at http://www.impactcentre.ca/research/measuring-canadas-scaleup-potential/.
In recent weeks, two space firms have made public their plans for deploying satellite servicing spacecraft within the next two years. These plans highlight another emerging market for the burgeoning commercial space industry. While one of these firms is UK based and the other US based, Canada has a connection with a third player, albeit a flimsy one.
On March 12th, 2018 the London, UK-based Effective Space Solutions (ESS) announced a $100Mln USD ($131Mln CDN) deal with an unnamed customer to dispatch two spacecraft to service two orbiting communications satellites in 2020.
As outlined in the March 12th, 2018 Space News post, “Effective Space reserves ILS Proton rideshare for two satellite servicers,” the spacecraft, dubbed ‘space drones,’ will be launched into geostationary orbit on a Russian Proton Breeze M rocket where they will attach themselves to the two satellites.
The space drones, using their on-board fuel, will then take over from the communication satellites near-empty on-board propulsion, enabling them to remain in orbit and extend their lives.
The ESS Space Drone is a 400 kilogram spacecraft (measuring 1m x 1m x 1.25m) that uses a universal docking connector to attach itself to a host satellite and then engages its on-board electrical propulsion to take over the station keeping and attitude control maneuvers from the host’s propulsion system. In this role, the space drone’s duties can include station-keeping, relocation, deorbiting, orbit correction and inclination correction.
ESS also has other roles in mind for space drones. After the launch of the first two space drones in 2020, the company intends to launch up to six new drones annually, servicing low Earth orbit satellite constellations, cleanup of space debris and performing other logistical services.
On March 13th, just a day later, the SpaceLogistics subsidiary of Dulles, VA based Orbital ATK, announced at the Satellite 2018 conference in Washington, DC that its satellite servicing spacecraft, called Mission Extension Vehicle 1 (MEV1), had just passed a critical design review and will be able to launch by the end of 2018.
As outlined in the March 14th, 2018 Space News post, “Orbital ATK unveils new version of satellite servicing vehicle” as part of a deal signed with satellite communications giant Intelsat, the MEV1 will attach itself to Intelsat-901, a communications satellite in geostationary orbit for nearly 15 years that is running out of fuel.
The MEV1 will use its six-foot-long extender to connect to Intelsat-901’s liquid apogee engine nozzle, a standard component, to refuel the satellite. Intelsat has also agreed to lease MEV2, expected to be completed by mid-2020.
Intelsat is leasing MEV 1 for five years, with an option for two more years. With an expected lifespan of 15+ years, MEV 1 can detach itself from Intelsat-901 after the initial five-year lease and service other customers for ten or more years due to its large store of fuel. In geostationary orbit, this would comprise a large market of military and spy satellites. Orbital ATK intends to build five MEVs.
Also revealed at the same conference was the company’s next-generation satellite-servicing concept, dubbed Mission Extension Pods (MEPs). It envisions a spacecraft carrying ten to twelve fuel pods that can be placed on aging or failing satellites with a robotic arm. Each pod could then move its host into a new orbital position or provide it more fuel to extend its life. After the mother spacecraft dispenses all of its pods, it would then become an MEV able to attach itself to other satellites for up to fifteen years.
Orbital ATK aims to deploy MEPs by 2021.
Finally, San Francisco based Maxar Technologies (formerly Macdonald Dettweiler and Associates of Richmond, BC), via its Space Systems Loral (SSL) subsidiary, has entered into a partnership with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and a second partnership with NASA (via its Restore-L program), to develop a robotic servicing spacecraft for geosynchronous satellites.
These partnerships will likely be the slowest moving, despite the current Restore-L tentative 2020 launch date, because of the government connections through DARPA and NASA, and the paperwork and oversight those connections engender. Of course, they are also likely to be the most lucrative, because of the cost-plus government contracts provided to SSL in order to fulfill the contracts.
Those partnerships and contracts spurred Orbital ATK to sue DARPA in 2017 on the grounds that the US government was unfairly competing with the private sector for the same service.
But as outlined in the July 17th, 2017 post, “Orbital ATK, DARPA, MacDonald Dettwiler, DigitalGlobe & Unleashing the Lobbyists,” that lawsuit was ultimately dismissed even though, as can be seen here, there were and continue to be, at least two private companies (ESS and Orbital ATK) currently competing against the DARPA and NASA funded projects.
And while, as outlined in the December 16th, 2016 post, “MDA says No Sale of Canadarm Technology to the US Government in NASA RESTORE-L, DARPA RSGS or “Any Other” Project,” this blog finds that claim dubious, so we concede a very slight Canadian connection with Maxar.
Of course, none of the benefits from SSL or from any other on-orbit satellite servicing program currently gearing up, are likely to benefit Canadian taxpayers, no matter what the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) might have promised as recently as 2013.
While on-orbit servicing of satellites is expected to be another lucrative market that can foster the growth of the commercial space industry, it also appears to be another market where Canada has fallen behind.
While US and UK firms prepare to service the heavens, Canada seems ready to miss the boat.
Despite a court-ordered injunction barring anyone from coming within 5 meters (approximately 16.4 feet) of two of its BC construction sites, opponents of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion sent a clear message Saturday that they would not back down.
Twenty-eight demonstrators were arrested March 17 after blocking the front gate to Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby, BC for four hours, according to a press release put out by Protect the Inlet, the group leading the protest.
I was recently asked by Terra (OSG’s editor extraordinaire) how I came up with this recipe and after explaining my process to her, we both agreed I should share my fun little kitchen story with you on the blog! I often think this stuff is going to be boring so I don’t tend to get […]
zzzzzzzzzz soooo sleeeeepppppy….It is imperative to ask why and how this obscure Canadian academic, who insists that gender and class hierarchies are ordained by nature and validated by science, has suddenly come to be hailed as the West’s most influential public intellectual. For his apotheosis speaks of a crisis that is at least as deep […]
After doing a science fair project on disposable coffee cups, classmates Mya Chau, left, and Eve Helman decided to start a petition to encourage Starbucks to move to a recyclable option. (Photo: Gina Ko)
Mya Chau and Eve Helman don’t drink coffee, but they know that for many Canadians, swinging by Starbucks to grab a morning joe to go is practically a reflex. They also know that most of those white and green coffee cups get tossed in the trash, unable to be recycled with regular paper because of their plastic lining. The Calgary 6th-graders can tell you that more than a million trees are cut down each year to make the 1.4 billion Starbucks cups that are used once and then sent to landfills in Canada alone. And they want that to change.
Jim Goad writes:It is quite clear that not only do the post-WWII cosmopolites who comprise the modern British managerial elite not only have no compassion for England’s poor and abused whites—rather, they actively hate them.(…)To my knowledge, England’s citizens were never consulted about their deliberate replacement, and I highly doubt that if they were, they […]
A few weeks ago my 11 year old daughter’s math teacher brought in a scale and weighed her Grade 5 class in front of one another in the context of learning about volume.
I’m sure it was well intentioned.
And for some of her students, I’d venture it was their worst day of the school year.
Given weight has been found to be far and away the number one source of childhood bullying, it should have been predictable that there’d be snickers when the heaviest kids in the class were weighed.
The lightest kids’ weights elicited snickers too.
11 year olds’ teachers ought not to be contributing to their students being self-conscious, embarrassed, or ashamed of their bodies.
So here’s my very simple request.
Teachers, schools, coaches, educators of all sorts – please, unless it’s essential (and it’s difficult to imagine many circumstances when it would be), never weigh your students, and if you do, do so privately.
And this goes for so called BMI report card programs as well, whereby children are weighed at school and notes are sent home to parents as to their child’s BMI. While here in Canada these programs are fewer and further between, in the US, 25 states have legislated that schools weigh kids, and 11 of those have legislated that BMI report cards be sent home to parents. The legislation arose consequent to a 2005 recommendation from the National Academy of Medicine that such programs be implemented as part of a childhood obesity prevention strategy.
The issue with these report cards aren’t their intentions, but rather their efficacy and potential risks. To date, the evidence is equivocal as to whether BMI report cards affect children’s weights. It’s also equivocal as to whether or not they might increase weight-based stigmatization, unhealthy weight control behaviours, and/or body dissatisfaction (though we ought to know more in the next year or so as the results from this trial get reported).
If schools and teachers want to have a positive impact on kids’ health, I’d encourage instead them instead to focus on the one thing well within their control to change – food. And there are ample targets for improvements including in-class rewards, class parties, chocolate milk programs, pizza programs, school fundraisers, holiday celebrations, vending machines, cafeteria fare, planting and tending to school gardens, and using (or establishing) school kitchens to teach children how to cook healthy meals, to name just a few.
Cold, wet, and clammy. That pretty much sums up the state my feet are in after walking around in thin, sweaty socks and tight shoes all day. They’re aching and sore and full of flattened toe hair, crispy corns, and dry, flaky skin. Yeah, it’s a real horror show in the hallway every night when […]
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The Motley Fool has been advising investors on “How to Profit From the Re-Emergence of Canada’s Crude-by-Rail Strategy.” But what makes transporting Canadian crude oil by rail attractive to investors?
When I was six years old my math skills suddenly took a steep tumble, so my parents whisked me off to the eye doctor who twiddled a bunch of knobs and eventually concluded that this L’il Squinter couldn’t see the blackboard. Unfortunately, instead of asking me to drink a glass of carrot juice every morning […]
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Dominic Green:It was only Seven Days in Entebbe, but it felt like an eternity. The rescue in July 1976 by Israeli commandos of 102 Jewish and Israeli hostages from Palestinian and German terrorists at Entebbe airport in Uganda was a scriptwriter’s dream: a three-act drama of crisis, complication and resolution, in which the good guys […]
Jason Fagone, in Highline, with an incredible story about math, and the folks who used it to successfully game the lottery.
Sophie Gilbert, in The Atlantic, with an inconvenient story about Nazi-looted art.
Jon Michaud, in The New Yorker, tells the story of the creation of my very favourite album of all time – Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks.
You know how it is: you walk into the elevator, you press your button, and just as the door is about to fully close, a hand appears out of nowhere and pulls it back open. Then a stranger walks in and presses the same button you already pressed, going to the same floor you were […]
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Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar dropped a major climate clanger in Washington this week, when boasting about intervening with Irish planning authorities on behalf of Donald Trump. The incident occurred in 2014, prior to Trump’s presidential run and when Varadkar was then Irish tourism minister.
Trump phoned him in a bid to thwart plans for a wind farm to be located near his newly purchased golf resort in Doonbeg, on Ireland’s western seaboard. Varadkar then phoned the local county council and “endeavoured to do what I could do about it”, he told a lunch event in Washington this week to mark St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s national holiday.
Permission for a nine turbine wind farm close to Doonbeg was subsequently refused. “I am very happy to take credit for it if the president is going to offer it to me”, Varadkar said this week.
As the US coal industry winds down, does it have enough money set aside to clean up the vast pits, walls and broken mountains left behind?
A Climate Home News investigation has found the answer is no. Particularly in Appalachia, the land, water and health of mining communities have been put at risk by a critically underfunded system supposed to clean up after mines close.
Natural causes and human factors cover over sites for archaeologists to find
A disturbance in the Earth’s core is weakening our magnetic field.
Physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku talks about his new book “The Future of Humanity.”
In the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, citizens with radiation detectors so they can collect their own data
Remembering Professor Stephen Hawking with a commentary and an interview
As outlined in the March 9th, 2018 Lexology post, “A Radical New Way of Thinking about our Innovation Economy: Canada’s IP Strategy and the 2018 Budget,” last year’s 2017 budget included reference to a Canadian National IP strategy, in order to facilitate an “innovation ecosystem” where commercialized IP (including patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, trade secrets and other items) assist Canadian firms to grow to scale.
This year’s budget allocated financing for the strategy, with “an overall commitment” of $85.3Mln for:
As outlined in the March 1st, 2018 post, “‘Patent Boxes, our Canadian Space Agency and the Lack of Real Innovation in the 2018 Federal Budget,” IP management is a critical component of growing Canada’s innovation economy.
It’s good to know that others feel the same. At least some of this message seems to be getting through to the Federal Liberal party.
Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer
I’ve voted New Democrat in all Federal elections since 1972 with membership since 1981. With the woeful inexperience and bad judgement of the current Leader, I don’t feel comfortable in the Federal Party anymore. Under his short leadership, major Par…
Hey everyone, I hope you’re enjoying a fun March break if you’re off this week! We finally decided to book a quick trip to Arizona to visit my parents…even though after our December holiday travel shenanigans I vowed I wouldn’t fly with Arlo again until he’s older and less squirmy…lol. Spoiler alert: he is at […]