TOP STORIES: October 2020
Each month we round up some of the top stories in space, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and technology.
Here’s our round-up for October:
TOYOTA’S LUNAR LANDER DESIGN FOR JAXA SHARES THE LAND CRUISER’S MOTTO OF COMING BACK ALIVE!
While most automakers are designing electric vehicles for the Earth, Toyota is taking it to the next level by designing vehicles for lunar exploration missions! The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota have been working together to develop a manned, pressurized vehicle for exploring the moon using the power of next-generation hydrogen fuel cells. The lunar vehicle is called ‘Lunar Cruiser’ after Toyota’s famously rugged Land Cruiser and it fits perfectly because the Land Cruiser’s motto is ‘come back alive’ which I am sure will be the motto for the Lunar Cruiser as well! Read more.
3 ways to leverage geospatial insights for the SDGs
From monitoring and protecting nature, to delivering precision public health, and measuring development progress, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge of interest in satellite imagery to track changes on the ground from a distance. Read more.
Planet, KSAT And Airbus Awarded First-Ever Global Contract To Combat Deforestation
Norway’s Ministry of Climate and Environment today awarded an international contract to Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT), who, together with Planet and Airbus, will provide universal access to high-resolution satellite monitoring of the tropics in order to support efforts to stop deforestation and save the world’s tropical forests. Read more by Planet.
Axiom Space finalizing first commercial ISS mission
Axiom Space hopes to soon finalize its first commercial mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for late 2021, as it continues development of a commercial module for the station. Read more at SpaceNews.
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