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Maiden Launch of Japan’s Epsilon Rocket Targeted for Sept. 14

WASHINGTON — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has rescheduled the maiden launch of its Epsilon small-satellite launcher for no earlier than Sept. 14, JAXA said in a Sept. 9 press release.

An Aug. 27 attempt was aborted just before liftoff after a sensor reading indicated an anomaly aboard the vehicle.

The launch from Japan’s Uchinoura Space Center is intended to loft the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) scientific satellite.

Brian Berger is editor in chief of and the SpaceNews magazine. He joined in 1998, spending his first decade with the publication covering NASA. His reporting on the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia accident was...