Japan's H-IIA rocket returned to flight Feb. 26, launching the Multi-functional Transport Satellite-1 Replacement (MTSAT-1R) spacecraft from the Tanegashima Space Center. Launch took place at 1:25 p.m. Pacific Time, with spacecraft separation occurring 40 minutes later. A scheduled launch attempt on Feb. 24 was postponed due to weather. It was the first mission for the heavy launcher since a failure in November 2003, when flight controllers had to destroy the vehicle after it ...

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