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Japan Successfully Launches H3 Space Rocket a Year After Initial Failure

Japan’s space agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has achieved a successful launch of its flagship H3 space rocket, marking a significant milestone after a failed maiden attempt a year ago. The H3 rocket lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan at 9:22 a.m. local time on Saturday.

JAXA confirmed the completion of the second-stage engine combustion and the rocket reaching its intended orbit. The H3 rocket is designed to be more cost-effective by incorporating commercial off-the-shelf products, departing from exclusive aerospace components used in its predecessors, H-2A and H-2B.

As a successor to previous models, the H3 is expected to undertake a range of missions, including both government and commercial launches. JAXA plans to conduct up to six launches per year for the next two decades if the rocket continues to prove successful.

The successful launch comes after the H3’s initial attempt last March ended in failure due to a second-stage ignition issue, leading to the destruction of the rocket just 15 minutes after liftoff. JAXA addressed and resolved the problems encountered during the maiden launch, leading to the recent achievement.

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