Japan Destroys Rocket Following Ineffective Launch

Following a launch on Tuesday, a rocket’s second stage engine failed to fire, forcing Japan’s space agency to destroy it. The rocket known as the H3 is 60 meters tall. It is the first new rocket from Japan in over 20 years. The agency’s second rocket issue in the last three weeks was the misfire.¬†From a launch pad at the Tanegashima Space Center, located on an island in southern Japan, the H3 rocket took off. But there was an issue with the rocket’s second stage. According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the rocket would not have reached orbit if the second stage’s ignition had failed.


The rocket was destroyed, according to the JAXA agency, because it was unable to continue its journey after 14 minutes. The director of the JAXA launch is Yasuhiro Funo. At that moment, he stated, the rocket was hazardous and needed to be destroyed. It plummeted into the ocean near the Philippines’ eastern shore. ALOS-3, an Earth observation satellite, was launched by the rocket. It included a unique infrared sensor that could track military maneuvers like missile launches. An engine issue caused a two-year delay in the H3 rocket launch. Further research is required, according to JAXA authorities, to avert future issues.


JAXA is led by Hiroshi Yamakawa as president. According to him, his organization must “determine what we should do to successfully achieve the next launch.” The H3 is JAXA’s first new rocket in 22 years, having cost the agency more than $1 billion. It comes after the H-2A, which will be retired following its 50th launch. Although the H3 rocket is smaller, it has a greater payload capacity and costs less to launch. At Osaka University, Hirotaka Watanabe teaches. He researches space policy. He discussed the future with Reuters. “This will have a serious impact on Japan’s future space policy, space business and technological competitiveness,” he stated.

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