BEIJING — Full-scale development of Japan’s next major space launcher will begin on April 1, following the formal, and expected, selection of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) as prime contractor. Chosen by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), MHI will develop, build and operate the rocket, which will be based on the current H-IIA and related H-IIB series, according to MHI and JAXA. A new engine fueled by liquid hydrogen, the LE-X, has been under development as the ...

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