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Japan's plan for midsize space rocket system faces problems, says report

Japan's plan for midsize space rocket system faces problems, says report

Japan's plan to introduce a midsize space rocket in the next five years is under review and could be delayed because of ballooning costs, a news report said Sunday.
The new GX rocket to launch satellites is being developed jointly by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and a group of companies including IHI Corp. The first launch is planned for 2011.
But the Yomiuri, Japan's largest daily newspaper, said the government has begun a review of the project, which is already six years behind schedule.
The project has been forced to look for an alternative rocket engine after a U.S. manufacturer ended production, the paper said, without citing where it got the information from. The change is expected to incur an additional 45 billion yen (US$397 million;


Updated : 2021-03-01 15:49 GMT+08:00