Japan Rocket Engine Explodes During Test, Officials Say

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Japan Rocket Engine Explodes During Test, Officials Say

A rocket engine developed by Japan’s space agency, JAXA, exploded during a test on Wednesday, officials said. The engine was being tested at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

The explosion occurred at around 10:30 a.m. local time, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

The engine was being tested for a new rocket called the H3, which is scheduled to launch in 2023. The H3 is designed to be Japan’s next-generation rocket, and it is expected to be used to launch satellites and other spacecraft into orbit.

The explosion is a setback for JAXA, but the agency said that it is still committed to the H3 project. “We will continue to work hard to ensure that the H3 rocket is a success,” said a JAXA spokesperson.

Japan rocket engine explodes during test: Official

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