Japan Successfully Launches Smallest Satellite-Carrying Rocket (News)
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Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Pref., Feb. 3 (Jiji Press)—The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, successfully launched one of the world's smallest satellite-carrying rockets on Saturday.
The fifth rocket in the SS-520 series released a microsatellite developed by the University of Tokyo into geocentric orbit about seven and a half minutes after the liftoff at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, at 2:03 p.m.
In January last year, JAXA launched the fourth SS-520 but failed to receive data from the rocket.
For the 9.5-meter-long fifth launch vehicle, less than one-fifth of the length of Japan's mainstay H-2A rocket, JAXA changed the electrical wiring design to prevent a power cable for its data transmitter from causing a short circuit.
"I'm happy and relieved," Habu Hiroto, associate professor at JAXA in charge of the development of the rocket, told a news conference.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]