JAXA unveils mini-rocket
NHK -- Jan 10
Japan's space agency has unveiled a relatively cheap mini-rocket that can launch microsatellites into orbit.

The new device is less than 10 meters long and about 50 centimeters in diameter.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch it on Wednesday from Uchinoura Space Center in the southwest of the country.

The SS-520 rocket will carry a 3-kilogram, 35-centimeter long satellite that will capture images of Earth and beam data back to ground control.

JAXA developed the rocket and the satellite for about 3.5 million dollars, a fraction of the cost of one of its conventional satellites.

News source: NHK
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