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Fraser
2003-Dec-01, 08:57 PM
SUMMARY: The Japanese space program suffered a setback on Saturday when a booster failed to detach from an H2-A rocket. Operators forced the rocket to self destruct, as it wouldn't be able to reach its intended orbit with the additional weight of the booster. The rocket was carrying two spy satellites which were intended to keep an eye on North Korea's rocket program. Prior to Saturday's failure, the H2-A rocket had launched five consecutive times safely, but insurance companies will probably require six safe launches before covering commercial launches.

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Victoria
2003-Dec-02, 02:57 AM
:blink: Insurance. Another mission, perhaps.

David
2003-Dec-05, 03:55 PM
<_< Why is it that normally when a rocket is destroyed the news shows the wreckage and this time it is all very quite? Conspiracy Theorist of the world unite&#33;&#33;&#33; :unsure: