JAXA - Epsilon Rocket - Launch Rehearsal Begins

JAXA - Epsilon Rocket - Launch Rehearsal Begins


Yesterday, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), for the first time, unveiled their Epsilon rocket and began launch rehearsal in preparation for a scheduled August 27th launch.

Epsilon is a low-cost, high-performance, solid-fuel rocket co-developed by JAXA and IHI AEROSPACE Co.,Ltd. and designed to launch scientific satellites.

Epsilon features the world's first innovative launch system called "Mobile Launch Control" which allows for built-in checks to be conducted autonomously within the rocket's system.  This allows staff to focus on high-level monitoring, making overall performance very smooth.

A spokesman joked that it is so easy to control that staff could monitor the rocket on their laptops while at Starbucks.