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JAXA’s H-X Launcher Family Would Be Tailored To New Tasks
If it is important to have the right tools for the job, then if the job changes so must the tools. Since the size of Japan's satellites is evolving away from the capabilities of its current launchers, the country's space agency is drawing up plans for a new family of medium to heavy rockets.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) also thinks it can build launchers that are cheaper than its H-IIA workhorse. And the requirement for new development is emerging as the country moves toward its first manned space missions (see p. 48).