TSUKUBA, Japan — Testing of Japan’s LE-X rocket engine technology demonstration program should be complete this month, with enough information already gathered to confirm that the country can use the simple and reliable expander-bleed operation mode for its next space launcher. Working with experience from the current LE-5A and LE-5B second-stage engines, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), prime contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and turbo-machinery supplier ...


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