Japan – A New Era: Challenges in Lunar Exploration and Manned Lunar Orbital Base Development

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) is advancing the development of mankind’s lunar exploration by participating in a series of domestic and international space programs. Through the contributions of these programs, which are based on our unparalleled heritage in space technologies, built over many years of space development, MHI will help launch a new era in lunar exploration and expanding the life in space half a century after the Apollo programs.

1. Environmental control and life support system (ECLSS) development for the international habitation module (I-HAB) to be used on the Gateway crewed space station

As part of the Artemis program, an international space exploration program led by NASA, MHI is working under JAXA to develop environmental control and life support system (ECLSS) for the international habitation module (I-HAB) for Gateway, the crewed space station that will serve as a base for lunar exploration. MHI is committed to successfully developing ECLSS, the core life support capabilities for I-HAB.

The Artemis program, which unites the space agencies from the USA, Europe, Canada, Japan and other countries who developed the International Space Station (ISS), has as its principal objective of “establishing a base for human activity on the moon.” Gateway is considered the centerpiece of the program and will be built in lunar orbit to serve as a habitable transit base for astronauts heading to the moon for lunar exploration.

MHI will develop ECLSS, based on its experience of development and years of operating the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) for the ISS and HTV. ECLSS enables the creation of an environment that allows humans to live in space by supplying fresh air while removing CO2 and harmful contaminants from a confined space. ECLSS is a technology that will be indispensable also for the exploration of Moon, Mars and beyond.

2. Exploration rover development for LUPEX, the Lunar Pole area Exploration program, and Toyota’s manned pressurized rover assessment support

MHI is working on the development of an exploration rover for the Lunar Pole Exploration program (LUPEX), a collaborative program between JAXA and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The project aims to collect data regarding the quantity and quality of water resources on the moon, to determine whether such water can be used for future sustained space exploration. MHI will utilize the results from in-house research to develop off-road vehicle traveling technology that will be used to survey polar areas of the moon where water may be present.

Once completed, the rover will be loaded onto a lunar lander developed by ISRO and launched by Japan’s H3 launch vehicle in the mid-2020s.

The traveling technology and lunar data collected by the rover are expected to be used to support the manned pressurized rover development. Building on technological heritage in spacecraft integration, space environmental resistance and human space stay, MHI is supporting Toyota Motor Corporation and JAXA assessment on manned pressurized rover enabling astronauts to drive on the moon with no need to wear heavy space suits.

3. Supporting an assessment of the cargo transfer vehicle for Gateway, building on the successful flight track record of HTV

MHI has been involved in the development of all nine successful flights of the HTV (H-II Transfer Vehicle) and its successor HTV-X. Building on these heritages, MHI is supporting JAXA’s assessment of the cargo transfer vehicle to Gateway space station.

For more information, visit www.mhi.com/news/23091401.html.

About MHI Group

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world’s leading industrial groups, spanning energy, smart infrastructure, industrial machinery, aerospace and defense. MHI Group combines cutting-edge technology with deep experience to deliver innovative, integrated solutions that help to realize a carbon neutral world, improve the quality of life and ensure a safer world. For more information, please visit www.mhi.com or follow our insights and stories on spectra.mhi.com.

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Navigate the Challenges and Legal Landscapes of Parallel Trade

 SMi presents its 16th annual Parallel Trade conference on the 21st and the 22nd March 2022. As the only parallel trade conference in Europe, this event provides the perfect platform for industry experts from both sides of the coin to come together and share perspectives on the practice of parallel trade.

The 2022 event will be more significant than ever before due to the transition period after Brexit coming to an end. As such, the UK will no longer be part of the EU free market. This will mean increased medicines prices, reduced access to some specialist drugs and greater risk of supply chain shortages. In a post-Brexit environment, exhaustion of rights will cease to apply to the UK, making import and export a costly business and in a worst-case scenario could effectively kill parallel distribution.

This conference will bring together industry experts to discuss the challenges and drivers of the industry, including the EU regulatory landscape and the impact of the Brexit and the Pandemic together. The conference will also provide global insights on Parallel trade and will reflect on key takeaways for other member states.

Book on or before 28th January to receive £100 off the conference price

Register online today at: www.parallel-trade.com or call Yasmin Alsadoon, Director on +44 (0)20 7827 6164 or email yalsadoon@smi-online.co.uk.

Co-Chairs For 2022:

· Christopher Stothers, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

· Eric Noehrenberg, Vice President and Global Head of Market Access and Goverment Affairs, Corcym

Key Speakers Include:

· Martin Howe, Queen’s Counsel, 8 New Square

· Shabnam Hanassab, Engagement Manager, iQvia

· Tushar Patel, Technical Director, Key Pharmaceuticals Ltd

· Dermot Glynn, Senior Advisor, Europe Economics

· Stefan Enchelmaier, Professor of European and Comparative Law, Tutor in Jurisprudence, lincoln College, GB-Oxford

· Hynek Valerián, Group Parallel Trade Manager, Dr. Max group

· Jackie Mulryne, Partner, Arnold & Porter

· Peter Bogaert, Managing Partner, Covington & Burling

· and many more

Key Benefits of attending:

– Discover the impact of Covid-19 on Parallel trade as countries begin to release restrictions. How has the sector been influenced?

– Engage in discussions on the growth within parallel trade over the past year at the only Parallel Trade specific conference within the EU.

– Discuss the impact on UK parallel trade following Brexit, through the eyes of regulators, the pharmaceutical industry and academics

– Develop further understanding of the rules and regulation changes over the past 12 months, Parallel Trade, where are we now?

Who should attend:

Vice President/ Heads of/General Managers:

· International Trade and Relations

· Supply Chain Development – Brexit

· Brexit Implementation

· Market Access

· Supply Chain Manager

· Parallel trade reporting

· Regulatory Affairs

· IP

· Purchasing

· Policy Patent Operations

· European Affairs

· Supply and Demand

· Attorney

· Distribution

SMi Group offer direct access to key decision makers through tailored sponsorship and exhibitor packages.

Plus, Two post-conference interactive workshops

Workshop A : Parallel Trade let’s talk details

Workshop Leader: Tushar Patel, Technical Director, Key Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Workshop Overview: This workshop will discuss all of the main topics within parallel trade, looking back to understand the future. There will be highlights on the history of parallel imports and how this works with the UK. The workshop will also highlight parallel trade and Brexit, discussing where we are now and what strategies are currently being used, do they give parallel traders and advantage and how will Brexit effect parallel trade in the long term. The workshop will highlight the challenges and successes of the industry and will also allow for open discussion on the future of this industry.

This workshop will allow you to:

• Discover the future of parallel trade, based on the history we have

• Understand where we are now, how has Brexit effected the parallel

trade industry

• Interact with industry professionals with Q&A sessions.

• Speak with Tushar Patel about current trading models and the specific

challenges for different industry professionals.

Workshop B: The Case Law of Parallel Imports

Workshop Leader: Stefan Enchelmaier, Professor of European and Comparative Law, Tutor in Jurisprudence, Lincoln College, GB-Oxford

Workshop Overview: This workshop will allow attendees to discuss and build their understanding of case law within Parallel Trade. With interactive sessions, opportunities to question and learn, this workshop will discuss national IP rights and the trade of COVID-19 vaccines. There will be highlights of Professor Stefan Enchelmaier’s work and case studies, focusing on re-packaging and intellectual property.

This workshop will allow you to:

• Discover when parallel trade is permissible

• Engage in interactive sessions about case law with a focus on packaging

• Discuss potential cases with Stefan and understand develop your understanding of the movement of free goods.

Additional Contact Info:

T: +44 (0)20 7827 6088

E: rjones@smi-online.co.uk

W: www.parallel-trade.com/

LinkedIn: @SMi Pharma

Twitter: @SMiPharm #SMi #SMiParallel

About SMi Group:

Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward-thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk.

SMi Group

Richard Jones

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Greenpeace challenges FSC certification of Swedish forestry giant Sveaskog over violations of Indigenous Peoples’ rights

Greenpeace International has filed a formal complaint to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International against Swedish forestry giant Sveaskog for repeated breaches of the indigenous rights of the Muonio Sámi peoples.

“In support of the Indigenous rights of the Muonio Sámi we have lodged a complaint to FSC questioning their certification of Sveaskog. A core FSC principle is respect for the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples such as the Sámi, yet in the last 4 years Sveaskog have repeatedly breached this principle,” said Grant Rosoman, Senior Advisor Forests Solutions for Greenpeace International.

FSC Principle 3 as well as the Swedish National Forest Stewardship Standard requires companies to “identify and uphold Indigenous Peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership, use and management of land, territories and resources.” Greenpeace International has filed the complaint to FSC International via their complaints and appeals system.[1] This has come about after years of complaints by the Muonio Sámi community and public attention on Sveaskog not respecting their customary rights. 

“We cannot stand by and allow forestry giant Sveaskog to bully and disrespect the Muonio Sámi. As Sveaskog was one of the first companies in the world to be FSC certified in 1998, we expect them to know and uphold FSC’s principles. That Sveaskog remains certified until today despite years of complaints, means FSC International and FSC Sweden are indirectly supporting the company’s disregard of the Sámi indigenous rights. Because of the seriousness of the breach of rules and lack of any progress locally we have filed the complaint with FSC International,” said Rosoman.

Photo and Video available from the Greenpeace Media Library: https://media.greenpeace.org/collection/27MDHU8D7BD


[1] Muonio Sámi complaint to FSC Sweden : https://www.greenpeace.org/static/planet4-sweden-stateless/2021/09/8622c4ff-klagoma%CC%8Al-fsc-fra%CC%8An-muonio.pdf 

Greenpeace report for campaign background, Destruction: Certified. https://www.greenpeace.org/international/publication/46812/destruction-certified/

“Kingdom Challenges: HOPE for the Disquieted Soul,” the Second Book in the Kingdom Series is a Compilation of Spiritual Poems That Enlighten and Motivate, Authored by Rhoda Benjamin

“Kingdom Challenges: HOPE for the Disquieted Soul” helps bring hope to individuals challenged and damaged by difficult life events and situations. For most people, restlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness have become an integral part of everyday existence, to the extent that life seems meaningless and enshrouded in gloom and darkness. 
Some individuals are haunted and traumatized by past experiences, while others struggle with present-day issues that cause suffering and disturbance to the soul and undermine both physical and mental health and well-being. COVID-19 has also created havoc, causing suffering, death, destruction, unemployment, isolation, and major drastic changes to normal everyday living and functioning. While some say that it is a hoax, a critical question that plagues the wearisome mind is “When will it stop?” The concept of hope signifies waiting patiently, with expectation for something that we do not yet possess. We are faced with the realization that “If in this world only we have hope in Christ Jesus, we are of all men most pitiable,” (1 Cor. 15:19, NKJV). 
“Kingdom Challenges: HOPE for the Disquieted Soul” reminds us that Jesus is the real solution to our problems, and the only One who can give us an abundant and fulfilled life. He says: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10, NKJV). Despite the daily battles that confront us, God promises to hear and forgive.  An inspiring and enlightening take on poetry that will fill you up spiritually. So, own a copy today.
Book available at https://youronlinepublicist.com/product/kingdom-challenges-hope-for-the-disquieted-soul-by-rhoda-benjamin/
Kingdom Challenges: HOPE for the Disquieted Soul
Author: Rhoda Benjamin
Publisher: Your Online Publicist
Published Date:  August 2021
Genre: Inspirational, Poetry
Target Audience: Non-specific. All ages, socio-economic status, race, cultural, experience trauma and challenges, and need HOPE.
About the Author
Rhoda Benjamin was born in England and grew up in the beautiful island of Grenada, West Indies. She currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. For decades, her extensive professional background in behavioral health and nursing education has been enriched by a passion for poetry. Rhoda’s sincere desire is to transform lives with her poetic prose and arouse awareness of the everyday situations that affect human lives. Her first book, Kingdom Verses, won the 2020 Pacific Book Awards for best poetry. She anticipates that this second book, “Kingdom Challenges: HOPE for the Disquieted Soul,” will also be a winner and accomplish its true purpose—to bring hope and inspiration to those who are experiencing disquietedness of soul in this troubled and challenging times in which we live. She is happily married to Finbar Benjamin, and they are the proud parents of Esther Benjamin, a cellist and music educator.

S&T can address challenges like urbanization, health, agriculture and environment by taking them up locally: Secretary DSIR at WIGH

Science and Technology (S&T) can address challenges like urbanization, health, agriculture and environment by taking them up locally at the field level, Secretary DSIR and Director General, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Professor Prof. Shekhar C. Mande said at a lecture.

Speaking at the Prof. S. P. Nautiyal Memorial Lecture on ‘Contemporary Challenges that Science and Technology must address’ the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology, he said that S&T can play an important role in the development of any country, a provision enshrined in the constitution of India and can tackle various issues like waste management, energy and mobility.

“We have to provide honourable living in terms of drinking water, medical facilities, education and so on to the rural areas to stop the migration and this can be achieved by the advancement of the S&T”, Professor Mande pointed out at the online lecture organized to mark celebrations for the foundation day (June 29, 2021) of WIHG. Professor Mande delivered the lecture from WADIA institute.

He added that development in S&T is required for the prediction of future pandemics and the anthropogenic effect on the environment needs to be taken care of. “We all are aware about the benefits of the prediction of cyclone and therefore we have to move towards prediction to minimize the hazard of different natural calamities. It is a huge responsibility of the present generation to make the future secure. We can provide the safe and healthy future to the next generation by taking the right step in the right direction” Professor Mande stressed. He also paid a visit to the museum and various labs of WIHG.

Dr.KalachandSain, Director, WIHG highlighted the work carried out by WIHG in the last one year at the programme which was attended by several senior scientists.

Glimpses from the webinar and Museum visit.



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