Japan Successfully Launches 4th Epsilon Rocket with 7 Satellites

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Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Pref., Jan. 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency successfully launched on Friday its fourth Epsilon solid-fuel rocket carrying seven satellites, including one to produce an artificial meteor shower.

It is the first time for an Epsilon rocket to carry multiple satellites, according to the state-backed agency, better known as JAXA.

At 9:50 a.m. (12:50 a.m. GMT), the fourth Epsilon was launched from JAXA's Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kagoshima.

About 50 minutes after its liftoff, the rocket put the primary payload, the Rapid Innovative Payload Demonstration Satellite 1, or RAPIS-1, into an orbit at an altitude of about 500 kilometers.

After that, the remaining six satellites were also successfully injected into respective orbits.

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