Japan to launch first Epsilon rocket with SPRINT-A satellite on August 22 from Uchinoura Space Center

epsilonThe Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch Japans new solid-fuel rocket Epsilin-1 ) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) satellite onboard on Aug. 22, (Thursday, Japan Standard Time). The launch time is between 1:30 thru 2:30 p.m. (JST), and the launch site is the Uchinoura Space Center.

The satellite’s mission is to observe Venus and Mars while orbiting Earth. The three-stage rocket is the successor to the M-5 rocket which was retired in 2006.

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