Japan’s maiden launch of its new flagship space rocket ended in failure today when controllers issued a destruct command just 15 minutes after liftoff according to the country’s space agency.
Japan was forced to blow up its new rocket during a failed launch today, setting back efforts to crack a market led by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration space agency had to send a self-destruct command to the H3 rocket when its second-stage engine failed minutes after lift-off as the government called the test failure “extremely regrettable”.
The engineers today, aimed to send the 57m (187ft) rocket into space with a monitoring satellite on board. The ALOS-3 system is capable of detecting North Korean missile launches.
However, Japan’s science minister Keiko Nagaoka noted that the authorities would investigate the cause of the engine failure.