H3 Rocket, Japan’s biggest project shattered, minutes after the launch. The project’s hope was to compete against the ultimate SpaceX. Scientists discovered the rocket’s engine failure the reason to their failed launch.
Left: JAXA Space Headquarters
Jaxa Space Agency have planned on constructing their new rocket, H3, in order to compete against SpaceX. However, it has been the biggest failure as the space agency had to force themselves to send a self-destruct command to their rocket when the second-stage engine failed, minutes after the rocket launched. The government described this failure as “extremely regrettable “. After it’s launch, fans and local residents from southern Japan cheered as the rocket soared into the blue sky. The cheer turned into disappointment by space fans after it’s failure.
The aim was to send the 187ft rocket into space with a monitoring satellite board. Also, the missile is said to have not just amazing feature, but a key tool to disaster management efforts. It is known as Advanced Land Observation Satellite-3 (ALOS-3). This satellite observes Earth and collects data for disaster response an map mapmaking. Jaxa President apologized for this failed mission. Fourteen minutes after the launch, engineers were told to send a self-destruct command as the H3 rocket lacked velocity.
This is not the first, but the second rocket launch failure. The first failure was back in February. What failed the first attempt of this magnificent rocket launch was an electrical glitch after the main ignition aborted the launch, just before the rocket’s lift-off. University professor at Osaka University, Hirotaka Watanabe told Reuters
Unlike the previous cancellation and postponement, this time it was a complete failure. This will have a serious impact on Japan’s future space policy, space business and technological competitiveness.
ABOVE: JAPAN SCIENCE MINISTER KEIKO NAGAOKA
Would Jaxa give up their project H3 rocket launch after their humiliation?
Jaxa is aiming to not to give up and would continue to invest and spend time and effort in order for their mission to succeed. Science minister Keiko Nagaoka came up with a resolution about authorities would thoroughly investigate the cause of engine failure. They are planning to launch the H3 at least six times in the next two decades.