U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

Oct 30, 2014

U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what made an unmanned U.S. supply rocket explode in a fireball moments after lifting off from a launchpad in Virginia, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital ...

Jul 23, 2014

FAA bars U.S. airlines from Israel for 24 hours amid Gaza crisis

The Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airlines Tuesday from flying to and from Israel for at least 24 hours amid safety concerns sparked by the ongoing crisis in Gaza. The FAA said its prohibition applied only to U.S. air carriers, and that “updated instructions” ...

Dec 27, 2013

Rain gauge satellite slated for launch from Tanegashima in February

An H-IIA rocket will be launched from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Feb. 28 carrying a satellite to gauge rainfall, according to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The rocket is slated for liftoff within a two-hour ...

JAXA plans to test new large rocket from 2020

Dec 25, 2013

JAXA plans to test new large rocket from 2020

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to launch a new large-scale test rocket in fiscal 2020 and another the following year. The rocket, provisionally dubbed H-III, is a successor to JAXA’s H-IIA launch vehicle. According to JAXA’s plan, reported to a science ministry panel ...

Rocket blasts off for ISS carrying Olympic torch

Nov 7, 2013

Rocket blasts off for ISS carrying Olympic torch

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States bound for the International Space Station successfully lifted off on a rocket Thursday from a launch site in Kazakhstan. The 50-meter-high, three-stage rocket with the spacecraft carrying Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, 50, ...

Challenge comes true for Epsilon engineer

Oct 1, 2013

Challenge comes true for Epsilon engineer

by Yuko Fukaya

Having vowed to “revolutionize the rocket world,” aerospace engineer Yasuhiro Morita saw his promise fulfilled with the recent takeoff of Japan’s new solid-fuel rocket Epsilon, utilizing an innovative mobile launch control system. Morita felt a rush of exhilaration on Sept. 14 while watching the ...

Aug 28, 2013

Programming error suspected behind scrubbed rocket launch

Experts suspect a computer programming error and lax preliminary checks were among the reasons Japan’s newest rocket didn’t get off the ground Tuesday. The computer controlling the launch of the three-stage Epsilon rocket at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture detected an abnormality ...

Aug 26, 2013

New rocket Epsilon set for Tuesday launch

The state-run Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will hold the first launch of its new solid-fuel rocket Epsilon from Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. The Epsilon is Japan’s first new rocket since the H-IIA was launched in 2001, JAXA said ...