JAXA and Mitsubishi abort cost-cutting H3 rocket at T0

Published by NASASpaceflight on 02/16/2023 UTC

JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries planned to debut the H3 launch vehicle early Friday. However, the launch was aborted at T0 when the main engine shut down before the Solid Rocket Boosters were to ignite. For its maiden flight, the rocket will launch the ALOS-3 optical satellite into a 669-kilometer Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

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