[Global Network Military Report] According to Kyodo News Agency on September 11, a fire broke out at the launch pad of the Japan Aerospace Research and Development Agency (JAXA) Seed Island Space Center (Kagoshima Prefecture) around 3:05 a.m. on November 11. The platform is equipped with H2B rocket of JAXA unmanned cargo spacecraft Stork 8 carrying materials to the International Space Station. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries cancelled its planned launch at 6:33 a.m. that day to confirm whether the airframe was affected. The next launch window is expected to be as early as 14 days later.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said the fire occurred at the bottom of the launch pad, near the hole where the rocket fired and smoked. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no fuel leakage has been found. At present, there are no open fires and smoke, but it is not clear whether the fire has been completely extinguished. JAXA said it was the first time the fire had delayed the launch.
Last November, Japans Cosmic Activities Act, which promotes the participation of private enterprises in space development, came into force. Since the launch, responsibility for implementation has been transferred from JAXA to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Mitsubishi Heavy Industrys launch executive director and vice-minister of cosmology, Tamura Tujun, said solemnly: I feel responsible.
The Stork 8 cargo spacecraft originally planned to transport about 5.3 tons of materials such as food and experimental equipment. According to JAXA, it was scheduled to arrive at the space station as soon as 14 nights, but it is expected to be delayed.
Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026