The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun
JAXA conducts engine firing test on H3 rocket
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) conducted an engine ring test on its new H3 rocket at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Monday. JAXA aims to conduct the rst launch of an H3 rocket before the end of this fiscal year. The space agency will spend about two weeks analyzing data from the latest test to determine whether it was successful.
Two rst-stage engines were red for about 25 seconds during the test, causing smoke to billow from the base of the rocket toward the sea.
“If the test was successful, the completion of the H3 rocket is just around the corner,” JAXA project manager Masashi Okada said.
e H3, a successor to the agship H2A rocket, is 57 meters long and 5.2 meters in diameter.
e rst launch of an H3 rocket was scheduled for scal 2020, but it was delayed due to the discovery of cracks on the engine, among other issues. (Nov. 9)