View Full Version : Japanese Rocket Destroyed Shortly After Launch

2005-Sep-23, 08:18 AM
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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