JAPAN SUSPEND ROCKET LAUNCH

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TOKYO: Japan suspended the launch of its next-generation solid-fuel rocket on Tuesday just seconds before lift-off after engineers discovered a technical glitch, the space agency said. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) had planned to launch the Epsilon rocket from Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, using just two laptop computers in a pared-down command center. But the countdown was automatically stopped just 19 seconds before the planned blast-off “as an emergency measure because of some abnormal positioning” of the rocket, a JAXA spokeswoman said.

AFP

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