August 27, 2013

Japan will launch a new solid fuel rocket today, the three stage Epsilon

" 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 three-stage Epsilon, which is 24.4 meters long, 2.6 meters in diameter and weighs 91 tons, succeeds the M-5 rocket that was retired in 2006...the rocket will release a spectroscopic planet observatory called SPRINT-A, the world’s first space telescope for remote observation of planets, at an altitude of around 1,000 km."

Source: New rocket Epsilon set for Tuesday launch
August 26th 2013
Japan Times

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