U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

World 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 Sciences ...

Challenge comes true for Epsilon engineer

National 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 launch ...

National / Science & Health 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 in ...

National 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 Sunday. The ...