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Japan Epsilon Launch of SRINT-A

Category: Aeronautics and Astronautics

Topic: Launches

Event Format: Rocket Launch

Date: September 14, 2013

Location: Uchinoura Space Center, JP

The first Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) onboard is determined to be launched on August 27.

Also, the design of the Epsilon 1 was decided! It expresses the tradition and future of the solid-fuel launch vehicle. We are now incorporating your messages in to the design. They were collected through the "Epsilon-1 support message campaign", which ended on May 7. We received 5,812 messages in total. Thank you very much for your participation.

Scheduled launch day: September 14, 2013
Scheduled time: 1:45 a.m ET (1:45 p.m JST)
Scheduled launch time window: 1:45 a.m. ET
Launch window: between 1:45 thru 2:30 a.m. ET


Updated August 8, 2013: The launch date was pushed back from August 22nd. JAXA found an incorrect line routing in the signal relay equipment for checking the launch vehicle functions, and it has been fixed.

Updated August 25, 2013:The launch time has been updated.

Updated August 27, 2013: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) cancelled today's launch of the first Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) onboard from the Uchinoura Space Center, because an automatic stop alarm was issued as an attitude abnormality was detected approximately 19 seconds prior to the liftoff time during the automatic countdown sequence. The launch had been originally scheduled for 1:45:00 p.m. today (Japan Standard Time). JAXA is currently investigating the cause. No new launch date has been set.

Updated September 10, 2013:The launch time has been updated to September 14th..

Web Site Address: http://www.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/sprint_a/index_e.html

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