Japan’s first orbital satellite launch this year did not go as planned and the rocket was destroyed.
Epsilon-6 missile left the Uchinoura Space Center launch pad at 7:50 a.m. on October 12 (Hanoi time) on a mission called Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration 3. Initially, everything went well, with the rocket’s first two stages functioning normally, as commentators described during the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) launch report. .
Epsilon-6 rocket launches from Uchinoura space center
The Epsilon-6 rocket was launched from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan, on October 12. (Photo: Kyodo News/AP)
However, it appears that the problems emerged just as the third stage was supposed to begin operating. As a result, mission control personnel activated Epsilon’s flight abort system, causing the rocket to be destroyed.
“We ordered the rocket to be destroyed because if we can’t get it into orbit as planned, we don’t know where it will go. This causes security concerns at the crash site.”“, explained JAXA expert Yasuhiro Funo, in charge of the project. He added that after the mission was canceled, parts of the rocket would fall into the East Philippine Sea. JAXA is investigating the cause Specific causes leading to the incident.
During yesterday’s launch, the Epsilon-6 rocket, approximately 26 meters long, is expected to deliver Satellite LEVER 3 in orbit. This satellite weighs 110 kg, integrates 7 technological test devices including two test thrusters (one of which is designed to use water as fuel), a “sail” to help the orbiter land, a membrane structure producing energy that can be used as an antenna, a telecommunications device, a high-speed receiver and a commercial graphics processing unit. Additionally, 5 other small satellites are also flying with RISE 3 on the Epsilon-6 rocket.
This is Japan’s first major launch failure in nearly two decades, and the only failed launch to date for Epsilon, a solid-fuel rocket design that has completed 5 successful missions since its first launch in 2013. The last time JAXA failed to launch a rocket into space was the launch of the H2A rocket in 2003. Meanwhile, the only time JAXA sent an order to destroy a rocket, other that today’s launch was in 1999.
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Japan’s first orbital satellite launch this year did not go as planned and the rocket was destroyed. The Epsilon-6 rocket leaves the launch pad of…