Launch of the world's smallest carrier rocket ended in failure
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said that in the Sunday, January 15, at 02:30 Moscow time the launch of the smallest in the world rocket from the Baikonur Utinoura. On board the rocket SS-520 was a telecommunications satellite. Initially, the launch was scheduled for January 11 but had to be postponed due to bad weather, which could spoil the launch. Unfortunately, postponed to January 15 launch failed. JAXA experts have stopped receiving data from the rocket after a few minutes, and later recorded a drop in rocket with satellite on board in the sea.
The launcher was really very tiny: its length is only 9, 5 meters, diameter - 52 cm, weight - 2, 6 tons. TRICOM1 satellite that she had to be put into orbit, too, was a small, weighed a little more than three kilograms with a height of 35 centimeters. Running cost the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency about 3, 5 million dollars.
Manufacturing and launching a small rocket are significantly cheaper than the creation of large missiles, so the Japanese probably will soon repeat the launch, taking into account pre mistakes made today.