Japan Suffers First Epsilon Rocket Launch Failure

The Epsilon-5 rocket lifts off from Uchinoura Space Center in 2021.
Credit: Newscom/Alamy Live News
SINGAPORE—The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ordered the Epsilon-6 rocket to self-destruct on the morning of Oct. 12 after the launch vehicle deviated from its intended path. The malfunction meant the Epsilon was unable to place its payload of eight satellites into orbit. After the rocket...

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