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JAXA scrubs launch of Epsilon rocket

The launch of a Japanese Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center in Japan has been aborted just second prior to liftoff.

The four-stage launch vehicle was scheduled to blast off from the spaceport on Friday morning, October 01, 2021 at 00:51 UTC / 09:51 JST (local time), carrying the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) RAISE-2 satellite, as well as eight rideshare payloads into a 560 km high Sun-synchronous orbit.

About 19 seconds prior to the ignition of the rocket’s solid-fueled SRB-A3 first stage however, the launch attempt was scrubbed due to a ground station malfunctioning.

The agency will announce a new launch date as soon as it is determined.

The Epsilon launch would have been the first Japanese rocket launch of 2021 and the first launch of an Epsilon since January 18, 2019.

Epsilon seen at the launch pad at the Uchinoura Space Center in Japan. Image Credit: JAXA.
Epsilon seen at the launch pad at the Uchinoura Space Center in Japan. Image Credit: JAXA.

Sources:

https://global.jaxa.jp/press/2021/10/20211001-2_e.html

https://www.kenkai.jaxa.jp/kakushin/kakushin02.html

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