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Second Terran Orbital-developed lunar satellite LunIR launches successfully

Satellite-based solutions provider Terran Orbital, successfully launched Moon-mapping satellite, LunIR (Lunar Infrared Imaging). This is the second Terran Orbital-developed lunar satellite to launch this year after CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment). CAPSTONE entered a Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbit around the Moon just days ago after its launch in June. Both spacecraft support NASA’s Artemis program.

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NASA’s Artemis I mission successfully launches Orion to Moon

NASA successfully launched Artemis I, comprising its Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, with the uncrewed Orion spacecraft aboard, which is on its way to cislunar orbit as part of the Artemis program, NASA said. During its 25.5-day space trip, Orion will travel approximately 64,000 km beyond the Moon before returning to Earth.

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CAPSTONE successfully enters NRHO around the Moon

The Terran Orbital-developed CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment) spacecraft successfully arrived in a Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO) around the Moon, the satellite product manufacturer said. The successful orbit insertion is the first step of the pathfinding lunar mission’s next phase.

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Morpheus Space partners with Kayhan Space to provide collision avoidance system

Spaceflight safety software-as-a-service provider Kayhan Space, and spacecraft electric propulsion systems provider Morpheus Space, entered into a strategic partnership to offer satellite operators and missions a mobility-as-a-service collision avoidance solution, Kayhan said.

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Apple launches Emergency SOS via satellite on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro

Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund invested US $450 million in critical infrastructure supporting Emergency SOS via satellite for iPhone 14 models in the US and Canada. The new service will be available later this month, making the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models capable of connecting to a satellite directly. The connection in turn, will allow for messaging emergency services even without cellular or Wi-Fi coverage.

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UNOOSA and UK Space Agency release report on space-related climate action efforts

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), with support from the UK Space Agency has published a report on the use of space technology to support climate action at the global level, the United Nations Information Service said. The report demonstrates how selected stakeholders use space technology in support of climate action.

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