JAXA's Epsilon Launch Officially Set for Saturday

JAXA's Epsilon Launch Officially Set for Saturday

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has formally set Saturday, September 14, for its second attempt to launch the new Epsilon rocket.   Launch time is 1:45 pm Japan Standard Time (12:45 am Eastern Daylight Time).

JAXA announced earlier this week that the launch would take place on September 14 “or later.”  Today’s announcement confirms Saturday is launch day and provides the launch time.  The launch window is open until 2:30 pm JST (1:30 am EDT).

The first launch attempt was scrubbed 19 seconds before liftoff on August 27 due to a computer programming error.  The new rocket, which replaces the M-V, will launch from Uchinoura and carries the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) spacecraft to study planetary magnetospheres, especially Jupiter’s.

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