TANEGASHIMA, Kagoshima Pref. – Japan’s H-IIA rocket lifted off Wednesday afternoon on its maiden launch and released a monitoring device into orbit on schedule, putting Japan’s ambitions in the space industry back on track following two earlier failures.
The successful launch of the H-IIA was seen as crucial to the future of Japan’s space industry, following the failure of two H-II rocket launches, in February 1998 and November 1999.
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