Japan’s new H3 rocket ready for first test flight

Published by Spaceflight Now on 02/16/2023 UTC

Japan is set to test its new flagship launch vehicle, the H3, with a demonstration flight Thursday night from the Tanegashima Space Center, debuting a rocket that is less expensive, more capable, and more flexible than the country’s previous generation of launchers. Liftoff is set for 8:37 p.m. EST Thursday (0137 GMT Friday).

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