Japanese aviation agency JAXA did not consider the failure to launch the H3 rocket a failure
TOKYO, February 17 – RIA Novosti. Chief project manager Masashi Okada said at a press conference that Japanese aerospace agency JAXA does not consider the failed launch of the new H3 rocket a failure.
“We don’t see this as a failure,” he said, adding that the agency “sees the cancellation of the launch as a very serious matter.”
Okada explained that the rocket systems detected a malfunction and that the signal was not given for the launch of the solid propellant booster.
“It’s not a failure, it’s an annulment,” “as the decision to terminate was made before launch,” the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, which oversees the space industry, told the Sankei newspaper.
As expected, a new launch could happen before the end of March.
The launch of the new rocket was scheduled for 10:37 local time (4:37 Moscow time). After the countdown ended, ignition occurred in the main engine, but the solid fuel boosters did not work.
The launch was scheduled for February 13, but was delayed to February 15 due to problems detected in the flight control system. The system is responsible for changing the position of the rocket depending on the wind. On February 15, the launch of the rocket was hampered by weather conditions.
The H3 missile will replace the currently used H2A. The H3 is capable of carrying 1.3 times more cargo than the H2A, and the launch cost is half that of the H2A. Development began 9 years ago at a cost of 200 billion yen ($1.5 billion) to JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
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