TOKYO, March 7 – Specialists from the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) sent a signal to abort the flight of a new Japanese H3 rocket, launched earlier Tuesday from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, after the rocket’s second stage engine ignition was not confirmed.
The broadcast was on the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA) YouTube channel.
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According to the announcer’s announcement, the signal was sent to abort the missile’s flight “because it is impossible to predict the successful completion of the mission.”
“The signal to destroy was sent to the missile,” the announcer repeated.
Initially, the launch was scheduled for February 13, but it was postponed to February 15 due to specific problems with the flight control system. The system is responsible for changing the position of the missile depending on the wind. The launch of the missile was not allowed on February 15 due to weather conditions, after which the launch was postponed to February 17. Then the attempt also failed, as the launch of the H3 rocket was halted after the solid-fuel boosters failed due to an electronics failure, and the launch was again delayed.
The H3 missile will replace the H2A missile currently in use. The H3 is capable of carrying 1.3 times more aircraft than the H2A, and its launch costs are half that of the H2A. Development began nine years ago and cost JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 200 billion yen ($1.5 billion).
The H3 rocket will launch a new Earth observation satellite, Daichi-3, into orbit.
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