Japan Postpones Launch of New Rocket
Japan canceled the launch of a new rocket it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of putting satellites into space this morning, saying it suffered a problem that aborted the countdown 19 seconds before it was supposed to blast off.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency official Yuko Hoshikawa says an automatic countdown for the three-stage Epsilon rocket stopped when an irregularity in the rocket posture was detected. No further details were immediately available on the scrapped launch from a space center on the southern Japan island of Kyushu.
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