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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Hong Kong – FEHD’s Lunar New Year fairs concluded successfully (with photos)

FEHD’s Lunar New Year fairs concluded successfully (with photos)


     The 2023 Lunar New Year (LNY) fairs concluded successfully at 2am today (January 22). The fairs were held at 15 locations for seven days from January 16, attracting over 1.14 million visitors. Yesterday (January 21) was the peak, with more than 100,000 visitors in the LNY Fair at Victoria Park on a single day.

     A spokesman for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) said that the community is moving gradually forward along a path to normalcy. The department is pleased to resume organising the LNY fairs this year for members of the public to buy New Year flowers, and is even more pleased to see them enjoy the fairs which operation has been smooth. 

     This year, the FEHD has increased the size of the stalls, widened the passageways, and applied technology for crowd management, with a view to providing members of the public a more comfortable and safer venue to purchase New Year flowers. The FEHD has also offered assistance to stall vendors in various aspects such as security, illumination and refuse collection to ensure the smooth running of the LNY fairs.

     The department adopted various waste reduction and recycling measures. In addition to the collection of general recyclables including waste paper, plastics and metals, the department also arranged contractors to collect bamboo sticks, wooden pallets, polyfoam and wilted or unsold flowers with reusable value. From opening of the LNY fair sites up to the site clearance operation today, about 85.6 tonnes of materials with reusable value were collected in the 15 LNY fair sites in order to enhance recycling of resources.

     Moreover, the department also gathered some 150 unsold pots of flowers and plants donated by the vendors in the fairs. They were delivered to 30 elderly homes/residential care homes for persons with disabilities and two public hospitals by six volunteer teams made up of FEHD staff.

     With the LNY fairs concluded successfully, the department deployed 170 staff members, 24 refuse collection vehicles and street cleaning vehicles to clean up the Victoria Park venue. The other 14 LNY fair sites were cleaned up by the department’s cleaning contractors. All site clearance work was completed at about 6.30pm. After thorough cleaning, the venues were restored to their original state.

     The 2023 Che Kung Festival fair and the Fong Ma Po New Year Fair at Lam Tsuen in Tai Po will be held until February 5. The spokesman reminded members of the public planning to visit the two fairs that they may browse information including the opening times and queuing situation of the fairs at the FEHD’s dedicated webpage (www.fehd.gov.hk) in advance.

Lunar Method Launched Its Artisan Crafted Jewelry Bag Made from Cactus

 On July 27th 2021, Lunar Method launched its new Travel Jewelry Bag design on Kickstarter. After receiving a lot of positive feedback from the current clients on their first design, Lunar Method developed their new design, which is not only made from sustainable cactus vegan leather, but also with unique handmade artisanal fabrics, sourced directly from artisan women in Chiapas, Mexico.

Lunar Jewelry Bag is handmade with vegan cactus leather and designed by women for women. It is comprised of the following features:

It holds ten earrings

At least a dozen rings

Minimum eight necklaces

Has two pockets for backlets or anything else you’d like to keep safely stored

It’s sleek design can fit in most backpacks, carry ons, and duffel bags. Beyond just a travel jewelry holder, that keeps your beautiful things organized, Lunar Bags tell a story. Lined with hand sewn fabrics sourced directly from Mexican artisans combined with cruelty-free cactus leather, Lunar Method advocates two important issues: women’s rights and animal rights.

By providing women artisans with a fair wage and job security, Lunar Method honors the work and dedication they put into making the beautiful linings. Lunar Method uses 100% vegan, cactus leather, one of the most sustainable alternative leather options available on the market. The plant-based leather helps to prevent hundreds of unnecessary animal deaths per year.

Available in 4 colors like beige, green, black and red, each with unique artisan fabric, bags will be available for backers at Kickstarter page.

Images of the new Lunar Travel Jewelry Bag, logos and all information you may find helpful can be found in the Media Kit available here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yh_a3X3THXYvRg4a41sJJUTNSPj0QTif?usp=sharing

Kickstarter project page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lunarmethod/the-lunar-bag-artisan-crafted-jewelry-bag-made-from-cactus?ref=user_menu

For more information, visit Lunar Method at lunarmethod.com

About Lunar Method

Launched by Karine Ponce Fediay in 2021 Lunar Method makes luxury jewelry organizers made from durable cactus leather and Mexican artisanal fabrics. Designed by women who travel, for women who travel.

About Cactus Leather

Cactus leather used for our bags is made by Desserto (desserto.com.mx). Launched in 2019 Desserto’s new material was met with overwhelming enthusiasm and was noted due to its flexibility, softness, handle and colours it is a perfect choice for the luxury markets. It has been appreciated by Vogue Italia and Vogue Paris, amongst others.

USDA Organic, PETA certified cruelty free and free of toxic plastic chemicals, this is a new kind of vegan leather for a conscious customer.

Lunar Method

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