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.