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Japan's Space Agency Postpones Mini Rocket Launch

  • According to reports, the launch of a mini rocket which will put a satellite into space has been postponed by space agency in Japan on Wednesday due to strong wind.

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) had plans to launch the 10 metres (35 feet) long and 50 centimeters (20 inches) in diameter SS-520 rocket at its Uchinoura Space Center in southern Japan on January 11.

    The specialty of this rocket is that it is going to be the world's smallest space rocket and will be carrying a 3-kg (6.6 lb), 35-centimetre (14 inches) satellite. It will take images of the earth and also gather other important data.

    Reportedly, the agency is yet to decide the next date to launch this space rocket. Sources said it will take at least two more days to decide the next launch date.

    400 million yen ($3.45 million) have been invested by the trade ministry to build the rocket and money for various parts of the rocket were paid by some private firms.