JAXA Studies Small Reusable Orbiter

JAXA's Type 5 (left) and Type 6 design concepts for a small reusable orbiter.
Credit: JAXA

SYDNEY—Japanese space researchers are studying concepts for a reusable orbiter with a mass of up to 5 metric tons for deployment by the Epsilon light space launcher. At one end of the range of concepts, the spacecraft would be a payload carried to orbit in the rocket fairing, like a satellite. At...

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