Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Another failure of Japan's next-generation H3 rocket; destruction order given

Japan's next-generation H3 rocket fails again, destruct command issued

 TOKYO: The failure of the JAXA space agency's H3 rocket after liftoff on Tuesday was yet another setback.

The primary stage division seemed to go according to plan, yet soon a while later, difficult situations arose. After the first stage was separated, signs of trouble appeared, and the command center issued a destruct command.

The ALOS-3 disaster management satellite and an experimental infrared sensor were being carried by the H3 rocket, which was developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and launched from the Tanegashima space port. It was 57 meters (187 feet) tall.

On the JAXA live feed, announcers said, "It seems that the velocity is coming down," and the command center then said, " We are still verifying the situation and the second stage engine ignition has not yet been confirmed.

The rocket failed to take off on its first attempt last month, putting an end to JAXA's ambitions.

The rocket was envisioned as a potential rival to SpaceX's Falcon 9 and was intended to launch an observation satellite.

The failure cannot currently be explained in any way.

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