JapanThe Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said today that due to poor weather forecast, the launch of the latest main rocket H3 No. 2, originally scheduled on the 15th, will be postponed, and the latest launch date is expected to be announced later.
Reuters reported that the H3 rocket No. 2 was originally scheduled to launch on the 15th of this month from Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan.spaceThe launch was launched by the Centre, but was postponed due to bad weather forecast. JAXA H3 project manager Masashi Okada said at a press conference that weather conditions at the Tanegashima Space Center appear to be improving after the 16th.
This will be Japan’s first attempt to launch an H3 rocket after the failure of its first test launch in March last year.
According to reports by the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) and “Asahi Shimbun”, H3 No. 1 was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on March 7 last year. However, because the second stage rocket engine could not ignite, the launch failed and the crew was lost. Earth observation satellite “Daichi 3”.
At the time, JAXA could not determine the direct cause of the failure of the second stage rocket engine to ignite. However, after analyzing flight data and other information from the first test launch in October last year, it concluded three possible causes related to the electrical system failure and took remedial measures.
The launch of the H3 rocket is scheduled as a “test flight” and is expected to carry a “dummy mass” in the fuel tank to avoid losing satellites like the final test flight of the H3-1. The H3 rocket will also carry two Earth observation microsatellites as secondary payloads. Both satellites belong to Canon Electronics and Seren respectively.
Developed by JAXA and major rocket contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the H3 is designed to replace the 20-year-old H-IIA rocket and halve the cost per launch to about 5 billion yen ($33.4 million).