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Launch pad fire scrubs Japanese ISS launch
Space News ^ | September 11, 2019 | Jeff Foustó

Posted on 09/11/2019 8:41:18 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said the fire broke out on the platform carrying the H-2B rocket about three and a half hours before the 5:33 p.m. Eastern scheduled launch of the HTV-8 cargo spacecraft. The statement didn’t identify the cause of the fire or what damage it caused to the platform or the rocket.

Neither MHI nor the Japanese space agency JAXA set a new launch date for the mission. Industry sources said they expect the launch to be delayed by at least several days in order to make any repairs to the launch platform and inspect the rocket itself for any damage incurred by the fire.

The HTV is carrying 5.4 metric tons of cargo, 3.5 tons of which in the pressurized part of the spacecraft in the form of experiments and supplies. The remaining 1.9 tons, in an unpressurized platform, includes a new set of batteries for the space station’s power supply, to be installed in a series of spacewalks this fall. A delay in the launch is unlikely to affect ISS operations, although an extended delay would push back the spacewalks for installing the batteries.

The launch will be the first this year for the H-2 family of rockets, which includes the H-2A rocket used for most satellite launches and the H-2B for HTV cargo spacecraft launches.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; elonmusk; falcon9; falconheavy; fire; iss; japan; lunchpad; science; spacex

1 posted on 09/11/2019 8:41:18 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Where did this happen?


2 posted on 09/11/2019 9:19:50 AM PDT by Blennos
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To: Blennos

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanegashima_Space_Center


3 posted on 09/11/2019 9:22:02 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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4 posted on 09/11/2019 9:22:36 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: Blennos

Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, very southern Japan


5 posted on 09/11/2019 9:22:46 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: BenLurkin

Thank you.


6 posted on 09/11/2019 9:23:21 AM PDT by Blennos
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To: BenLurkin
the platform carrying the H-2B rocket

Shouldn't it be India to call its rockets H-2B?

7 posted on 09/11/2019 9:26:06 AM PDT by Moltke (Reasoning with a liberal is like watering a rock in the hope to grow a building.)
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To: SunkenCiv

*ping*


8 posted on 09/11/2019 2:18:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Who will think of the gerbils ? Just say no to Buttgiggity !)
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