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 ...

Sep 23, 2013

Launch of the Epsilon rocket

JAXA's successful Sept. 14 launch of the Epsilon, Japan's first new rocket in 12 years, represents the culmination of Japan's solid-fuel rocket technology.

New Epsilon rocket chalks up first launch

Sep 14, 2013

New Epsilon rocket chalks up first launch

The nation’s newest solid-fuel rocket lifted off Saturday and put a space telescope into orbit as planned, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said. The Epsilon, Japan’s first new rocket in 12 years, blasted off from Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture at 2 p.m. ...

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 ...