Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), manufacturer and operator of Japan’s H-II family of rockets, has traced the cause of a launchpad fire that grounded a cargo run to the International Space Station and rescheduled the flight for no earlier than 12:30 p.m. EDT Monday from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center. “There was a high possibility that the fire spread due to the static electricity generated by oxygen dripping from the engine exhaust port during the propellant filling ...


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