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Ariane 6, the new heavy-lift launch system being developed by the European Space Agency (ESA), will make its inaugural flight as soon as the fourth quarter of 2023. Briefing media, Director General Josef Aschbacher said sufficient progress had been made over the past several months to anticipate a Q4 2023 first flight, pending the realisation of three key milestones before April next year.

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We have now discovered 30 039 near-Earth asteroids in the Solar System – rocky bodies orbiting the Sun on a path that brings them close to Earth’s orbit. The majority of these were discovered in the last decade, showing how our ability to detect potentially risky asteroids is rapidly improving.

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At Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, a test model of the Ariane 6’s central core has been assembled for the first time. Ariane 6 is the first Ariane rocket to be assembled horizontally, which is simpler and less costly than more traditional vertical assembly.

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The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites representatives of industries from Romania to attend the TRUTHS Industry Day, which will take place at Airbus Defence and Space, Stevenage, United Kingdom and online on Tuesday, 11 October 2022, starting at 09:30 (11:30 Romania local time).

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On 27 September, 2:14 Romania local time, NASA's DART component of the international AIDA mission was confirmed to have intentionally collided with the smallest asteroid in the Didymos binary system. ESA will send its own mission to the two asteroids. The Hera mission, in which Romania is involved, will observe what happened after the impact.

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