The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Tuesday sent an order to self destruct your H3 rocket minutes after it took off for its maiden flight for a apparent failure in its secondary engines, after a previous failed launch attempt last February.
“It seems that the speed is falling”said the narrators on the JAXA live broadcast, after which the command center announced that “the ignition engine of the second stage has not been confirmed.”
The live broadcast was briefly interrupted, with a message saying: “We are currently reviewing the situation. Please wait”.
When the transmission resumed, the command center announced the destruction of the rocket.
“The destruction order was transmitted to H3 because it had no chance to complete the mission,” the control center said.
Developed jointly by JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the rocket took off from the Tanegashima Space Center, in Kagoshima (southwest), at 10:37 in the morning on Tuesday (1:37 GMT), however, minutes after takeoff, her secondary engines failed to ignite so JAXA sent the order to self-destruct the device.
In the previous attempt, on February 17, Japan’s new flagship rocket failed to make its maiden flight after its supplementary boosters failed to fire for which reason it did not take off, although the main engines of the first phase of it did ignite correctly.
The launch of the H3 rocket, delayed several times in recent years, generates great expectation for its weight in the Japanese aerospace program and the next generation of space development.
The first flight of the rocket was originally scheduled for the end of March 2021, but the date was pushed back about two years due to engine problems of its first phase LE-9, recently developed, and for the replacement of parts.
The H3, which is called to replace the H2-A and H2-B models used by JAXA to put satellites into orbit, is the first space rocket to use in its first phase an engine (the aforementioned LE-9) that works with an expanding cycle, a system that improves the efficiency in the use of fuel.
The rocket, marking the first renewal of the country’s flagship launch vehicle in two decades, is due to launch the DAICHI-3 Earth observation satellite into orbit, which will be used to monitor the situation in disaster-affected areas.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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