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On the second attempt it worked: The start of the solid rocket On the second attempt it worked: The start of the solid rocket “Epsilon” from the spaceport Uchinoura was originally scheduled for late August (AP photo).

Saturday 14 September 2013

first time in twelve years, Japan has launched a new rocket. She has a telescope to study the solar system on board. The missile is considered hopefuls in space. A special feature: It is equipped with artificial intelligence


Japan has successfully launched into space its new Epsilon rocket. The new solid rocket lifted by 14 00 clock (local time, 07.00 clock EST) from the Kagoshima Space Center in southwestern Japan from the universe, such as shots of the space agency JAXA showed. The Epsilon rocket is the hope of the Japanese aerospace industry. My start was the end of August already failed once.

24 meters long and 91 tons heavy rocket fired, according to JAXA one hour after the start at a height of a thousand miles the telescope Sprint-A into orbit. From a distance 950-1150 km to the earth it should observe the planets of the solar system. Sprint A represents Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere.

A breakthrough in Japan?

launch vehicle with the telescope was originally scheduled for 27 August planned, but was stopped 19 seconds before departure due to a computer error in the ground control. Later it turned out that the position had been correct.

Japan hopes that its new solid-fuel rocket Epsilon interspersed in the international space. “Epsilon is a relatively small rocket missions at lower cost enables significantly reduced in personnel and the necessary preparations by it,” said a JAXA representative.

monitor its rocket launch itself

The three-stage rocket is half as large as that operated with liquid fuel rocket Japanese H2-A and replaces the solid rocket M-5, which was decommissioned due to their high costs in 2006. According to JAXA, Epsilon is the world’s first rocket equipped with artificial intelligence, which they themselves can monitor their launch. The rocket launch on Saturday was only controlled by two laptops. Only eight people were in the service – as opposed to the 150 people who observe the start of the H2-A rocket usually


Japanese public had eagerly awaited the start. Many people watched him in Kagoshima. In front of a large screen in the capital Tokyo cheers erupted when the rocket lifted off on schedule. Japan wants to compete with its Asian neighbors South Korea and China have big ambitions in space.


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