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article imageJapan launches 'affordable' Epsilon space rocket

By Dragos Ilca     Sep 16, 2013 in Technology
Yesterday, Japan launched the first in a new type of space rockets particularly designed to make future space missions more affordable.
The new features of the Epsilon type space rocket include a size decrease (about half the size of its predecessors) and the artificial intelligence software used in safety checks.
According to BBC, the costs of the entire operation were $38 million, almost half the previous missions. However, this comes nowhere near as a NASA space mission, where the costs of a launch is $450 million.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) informs the launching procedure went according to plan and the satellite is currently in good health.
The Epsilon space rocket was carrying a telescope that will now allow Jaxa to observe planets such as Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn from Earth's orbit.
Because of its AI software, the Epsilon rocket was launched easily. The staff consisted of eight people, compared with 150 for previous missions.
According to BBC, crowds of Japanese gathered to witness the launch, which was also broadcast on Internet
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