Japan launches world's smallest rocket with the ability to put micro-satellite into orbit
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the world's smallest rocket with the ability to put a micro-satellite into orbit, following a failed attempt and several postponements over the last year.
The launch of the low-cost rocket with a height of 10 meters and 53 centimeters in diameter took place from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture.
The rocket, an improved version of JAXA's SS-520, was carrying a micro-satellite weighing three kilograms and was developed by the University of Tokyo to capture images of the Earth's surface.
JAXA had launched the first of these rockets on January 2017, which fell into the sea after launch due to short-circuit caused by vibrations during take-off.
Japan Capital: Tokyo, Currency: Japanese yen, Prime minister: Shinzō Abe
JAXA -Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is Japan's national aerospace agency. Founded: 1 October 2003, Headquarters: Chofu, Tokyo, Japan
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