Japan’s new H3 rocket fails first test flight, satellite lost

Japan’s newest rocket failed its first test flight.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) new H3 rocket lifted off from Tanegashima Space Center on Monday, March 6 at 8:37 p.m. EST (01:37 GMT and 10:37 Japan Standard Time on March 7). 5 minutes and 27 seconds after liftoff, a command was sent to the rocket for stage separation and second stage ignition. Just after seven minutes into the flight, launch commentators on JAXA’s YouTube live stream noted that the rocket’s speed was decreasing and second-stage ignition could not be confirmed.

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