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An open and informative discussion - At the CASI ASTRO 18 conference SpaceQ had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the state and future of Canada’s military space component with Brigadier-General Kevin G. Whale. Listen to the podcast. (SpaceQ)

More SpaceQ coverage of CASI ASTRO 18: - ISED Minister Bains announced the latest round of funding from the Canadian Space Agency's Space Technology Development Program. $26.7M in funds were allocated through several announcement of opportunities. We'll have more coverage on some of the contracts awarded in the coming weeks. (Government of Canada) 

- President Trump has signed Space Policy Directive -  2. The new policy is intended to strengthen the U.S. commercial space market. (NASA Watch)

- The Commercial Space Blog seems to have confused a few facts and figures in discussing recent developments by startup Maritime Launch Services (MLS). The Blog stated that "Matier has stated previously that he was committed to funding the Canso space port with private financing and had already 'secured commitments' of nearly $400Mln CDN in 'series A' financing for the project." (Commercial Space Blog) Editors note: MLS had in fact previously said it had commitments of nearly $400M through Letters of Intent to use the facility. Matier had also stated that they were close to closing a Series A round of funding without disclosing the actual amount. If they had closed $400M in a Series A round, well, that would be impressive. As it is, the startup is experiencing some delays as many startups do as it tries to execute its business plan. Their next hurdle is getting a positive response on their environmental review from the Province of Nova Scotia once they submit it. They they have to close that first Series A round of funding. (SpaceQ)

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- Rocket Lab has announced that it's next launch window will open on June 23 and that it has additional payloads for the launch. (Rocket Lab) 

- Natural Resources Canada wants to hear from stakeholders about ideas for space mining to be included in the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan. (Natural Resources Canada via LinkedIn)

- Is NASA serious about the moon? You bet. A press release issued yesterday started like this "As NASA shifts human exploration back to the Moon, U.S. commercial partnerships will be a key to expediting missions and building a sustainable presence on the lunar surface." (SpaceRef)

- China's private space industry is just getting started but with State support new Chinese companies could be a factor in the future. (Space News)

- Four companies who had been trying to win the Google Lunar X Prize are moving forward with their commercial plans for the moon. (Space News)

Marc Boucher, Editor-in-Chief

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