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  • [New] A drone large enough to make the trip to Iran could be easily shot down by Iran's Russian-made antiaircraft missiles. The New York Times
  • [New] Space tourism will likely remain expensive for a while, but decreasing launch costs will enable more people to fly in space, following in the Inspiration4 crew's footsteps. Wired
  • [New] SpaceX envisions up to six private flights a year, sandwiched between astronaut launches for NASA to the International Space Station. The Independent
  • [New] Once travel restrictions are lifted, Asian carriers will have to boost flying to the European Union within six weeks or risk losing slots even if demand is slow to return. Reuters
  • [New] DAA will enable Protector to operate amongst normal aviation traffic in the UK's national airspace, unlike any other aircraft in its class. sUAS News - The Business of Drones
  • [New] The recent strikes increase the risk of attacks on US assets in eastern Syria, which have previously faced rocket and drone attacks. Institute for the Study of War
  • [New] The 22-strong A400M fleet, also known as Atlas, will then be the UK's only transport aircraft able to operate by unprepared runways, a key capability in enabling distributed operations and removing the risks associated with fixed military aviation hubs. Key Publishing Ltd
  • [New] The proposed unmanned loyal wingman platform being developed for the UK's Royal Air Force (RAF) could be similar in size to the future manned Tempest fighter, with the first UK demonstration flight of the drone intended to take place in 2023. Key Publishing Ltd
  • [New] Ryanair on Thursday raised its long-term traffic forecast and said it now expects to fly 225 million passengers a year by 2026, up from 200 million previously as it eyes a strong recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Irish Times
  • [New] Around 100,000 personnel, 20,000 vehicles and 120 aircraft will join the drills, which will also involve Japan's Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces as well as a US Army landing ship. China Breaking News | Top Stories | Political | Business | Entertainment | Sport
  • [New] A Falcon 9 rocket, with a Dragon capsule at its top, will blast off from the legendary launch complex 39 A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the Apollo 11 mission once took off for the Moon.
  • [New] The Landsat 9 spacecraft that will continue an unbroken, decades-long record of observing the changes of planet Earth and a CubeSat rideshare package are mounted atop the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Blog
  • [New] Air New Zealand has a goal of net zero emissions by 2050, while Airbus has ambitions to develop a zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. Stuff
  • [New] Airlines for America says their members have set a goal to make three billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel available to operators in 2030.
  • [New] On average, airplanes generate 60 GB to 100 GB of data per flight and with more advancements, that data size could grow from 5 TB to 8 TB in the next 10 years. IoT Agenda
  • [New] The United States will continue to attempt to degrade both groups through continued drone strikes - in the case of ISIS, potentially with Taliban support. Foreign Affairs Magazine
  • [New] The low fares are set to be cheaper than a low-cost flight and could place competitive pressure on easyJet and, to some extent, British Airways.
  • [New] GULF AIR EXTENDS IATA TRAVEL PASS TRIAL TO DUBAI, FRANKFURT AND PARIS FLIGHTS Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will extend the IATA Travel Pass trial to include more routes after the initial kick-off on flights from Bahrain to Athens, London and Singapore flights. The UNWTO
  • [New] Visiting Vikarabad, Telangana to launch the pathbreaking Medicine from the Sky Project where drones will be used to transport vaccines to remote areas. NDTV
  • [New] Drones will soon be used to transport vaccines to healthcare centres that are not easily accessible by road under the Telangana government's Medicine from the Sky initiative. NDTV
  • [New] All four passengers will spend the entire missions aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, a 13-foot-wide, gumdrop-shaped spacecraft that detaches from SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket after reaching orbital speeds. CNN
  • [New] Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is due to take a trip around the Moon, presumably in 2023, aboard a Starship rocket that is still under development by SpaceX. Phys Org
  • [New] The reinsurer continues to believe that a flight to quality will be seen in global reinsurance markets, especially in the US where cedants look for reinsurers with strong capital levels. - The Catastrophe Bond, Insurance Linked Securities & Investment, Reinsurance Capital, Alternative Risk Transfer and Weather Risk Management site

Last updated: 20 September 2021