H3 Returns to Flight, Achieves Milestones

Published by on 02/21/2024 UTC

Following a failure with the second stage engine in March 2023 during its maiden flight, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched its second H3 rocket on January 16th, 2024. The vehicle lifted off at 9:22:55 AM local time, carrying a variety of demonstration payloads, finally certifying the long awaited launch vehicle for flight. With its first flight in the books, H3 now aims to compete on a global stage in the launch market, with broader goals of contributing to the Artemis program and beyond.

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