- Japan downed its own rocket
- The rocket was carrying the satellite
- was not in the correct position to orbit
Japan Rocket Launch: Japan’s space agency said a rocket carrying eight satellites had to be shot down shortly after its launch on Wednesday. For the first time in the country’s 20-year history of rocket launches, this failed mission has led to a rocket destruction order. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) President Hiroshi Yamakawa gave this information in an online press conference.
He said the Epsilon-6 rocket was not in the right position to orbit the Earth and had to be aborted less than seven minutes after launch from the Uchinaura Space Center in the southern Japanese province of Kagoshima. Yamakawa said that “we apologize for not meeting the expectations” of local officials and those involved in the development of the satellite.
reasons to be investigated
He expressed his resolve to assist in the investigation into the cause of the flight failure. JAXA officials said that it had to be ordered to be destroyed after it was determined that the rocket was not capable of taking off safely and entering the designated orbit. JAXA said the rocket and satellite are believed to have fallen into the sea east of the Philippines. The agency said the reasons for the failure of the space mission were being investigated.
The Epsilon rocket was flying with eight satellites, two of which were developed by a private company based in Fukuoka. This was the first time that the Epsilon rocket was carrying a commercially developed satellite. Yashuhiro Uno, who directed the launch of Epsilon-6, acknowledged that the failure could affect Epsilon’s potential launch business in the future.
A commercial launch for a Vietnamese satellite is being planned next year under Epsilon-S, an improved version, by IHI Aerospace, a Japanese company. “Our first and foremost mission is to investigate the cause and remediate strongly,” Uno said.
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