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Honda to enter satellite launch business by 2030

Honda Motor is entering the small satellite launch business and is aiming to launch a test rocket by 2030, the Japanese car company announced. As the car industry shifts to electric vehicles and the demand for satellites grows, they will apply their automotive technologies to space. Honda claims that their satellite launch costs will be small due to reusable rockets.

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Space Café Radio: On Tour in Geneva – UK Ambassador Aidan Liddle, UK Mission Geneva

In this Space Café Radio - on tour in Geneva, SpaceWatch.Global Publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament at the UK Mission Geneva Aidan Liddle during the UNIDIR Outer Space Security Conference 2021 about the UNGA Resolution 75/36. For more background of the resolution, please find useful information here and here:

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Airbus shows European Service Module for Artemis Moon missions

A glimpse in the cleanroom: Airbus plans to demonstrate the European Service Module for NASA´s Orion missions to the Moon. The company invited media to join a virtual visit to the cleanroom on Wednesday, 6 October, watch the delivery of ESM-2 and look at ESM-3. The modules are key parts of Europe’s contribution to NASA´s Artemis missions to the Moon.

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China loses satellite after launching twice in 2 hours

The Shiyan-10 satellite suffered an abnormal function and the spacecraft was lost after a normal flight, Xinhua News Agency reports. The satellite launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on a Long March 3B rocket. The reasons for the anomaly and loss of spacecraft are still unknown, investigation of what happened exactly is still ongoing.

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U.S. FAA clears Virgin Galactic for further flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has cleared Virgin Galactic to resume launches, Virgin Galactic said. The FAA carried out an investigation as the rocket plane deviated from its course while descending during July’s flight. The FAA barred Virgin from flying SpaceShipTwo until the investigation to determine the issues would not affect public safety was over.

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