JAPAN/JAXA MAIDEN FLIGHT OF THE SMALL EPSILON ROCKET. (Delayed from August 27)
Photo By: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). All info links as well as link to LIVE streaming below.
This will be a busy week as we have at least 4 launches in 5 days, possibly 5! A few pretty important milestones and “firsts” as well, hopefully starting over in Japan.
At 0445 UTC (0045 EDT) on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from the Uchinoura Space Center (Formerly Kagoshima Space Center) JAXA will be launching for the first time, its small capacity Epsilon Rocket. Its payload will be the Spectroscopic Planet observatory for Recognition of INTeraction of Atmosphere or SPRINT-A for short (thankfully). SPRINT-A is a space telescope for observation of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter; their interactions with one another as well as the atmospheres of the said planets.
The Epsilon Rocket is a 3 or optional 4 stage expendable launch vehicle only 24.4 meters tall and 2.5 meters in diameter whose intention is to reduce the cost of placing small payloads into orbit. It will come in two versions; The Epsilon-X which we will see this month and the Epsilon-I which is scheduled to make its debut in 2017.
STAGE 1 (Boost or Core Stage) = SRB-A3 engine.
STAGE 2 = M-34C engine.
STAGE 3 = KM-V2B engine.
STAGE 4 (Optional) = Post Boost Stage.
WATCH LIVE (Link is ridiculously long): http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/epsilon/live_e.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+jaxa%2Fnew_e+%28JAXA+Web+What%27s+New%29
JAXA Epsilon & SPRINT-A site: http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/epsilon/index_e.html
JAXA Epsilon Site: http://www.jaxa.jp/projects/rockets/epsilon/index_e.html
JAXA SPRINT-A site: http://www.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/sprint_a/index_e.html
JAXA Uchinoura Space Center (USC): http://www.jaxa.jp/about/centers/usc/index_e.html
Spaceflight 101 info on the Epsilon: http://www.spaceflight101.com/epsilon-launch-vehicle-information.html