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An electrical circuit problem may have led to the recent failure of the launch of the world’s smallest rocket capable of placing a satellite into orbit, Japan’s space agency said Monday.

The No. 4 vehicle of the SS-520 series lifted off from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s space center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Jan. 15. But the agency aborted ignition of the second stage after it lost communication with the rocket 20 seconds after liftoff.

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