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Japan destroys new medium-lift rocket after second-stage engine failure



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By Tim Kelly

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan said it had destroyed a new medium-lift rocket it launched toward space on Tuesday after the vehicle’s second-stage engine failed to ignite.

The 57-metre (187 ft) tall H3 rocket lifted off from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Tanegashima space port, following an aborted launch last month. It was carrying the ALOS-3, a disaster management land observation satellite that is also equipped with an experimental infrared sensor designed to detect North Korean ballistic missile launches.

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