Japan launched a rocket «Epsilon 3» with commercial satellite on Board

© RIA Novosti / KyodoСтарт Japanese rocket Epsilon. Archival photoJapan launched a rocket «Epsilon 3» with commercial satellite on Board© RIA Novosti news Agency / Kyodo

Japan launched a compact missile solid fuel «Epsilon-3» with the first commercial satellite on Board, the Japanese space Agency JAXA led the live broadcast from the spaceport Uchinoura.

Compact rocket was third in his class. Its main advantages are expressed in three principles, based on which Japanese scientists for 12 years it designed: saving time, saving equipment, saving human resources.

The three-stage Epsilon two times more compact than the currently used missiles Н2А and much more economical for financial, time and human costs. «Epsilon» is equipped with devices with the function of artificial intelligence, due to which the verification and monitoring of readiness to start automatically and require human intervention.

The launch can be controlled from two computers, while running Н2А was doing about 80 people. Since the installation on the launch pad before launch Н2А required month, «Epsilon», only one week. The result has been achieved almost threefold decrease of the cost of launch — it is now about 4 billion yen ($36 million), this is more than three times less than the cost of running Н2А, which exceeded the 12.8 billion yen (116 million dollars).

On Board the rocket will carry the first commercial satellite company NEC «ASNARO-2», which will monitor the Earth’s surface. High-tech satellite is able to discern and accurately convey the image of objects with a size of 1 meter and do it in the dark and fog. The satellite can be used in case of natural disasters.

The first launch of Epsilon was held in 2013, the next in late 2016. Japan plans to use small missiles for commercial purposes, in particular for launching satellites, developing countries that do not have large funds for this.

The third Epsilon is an improved model: the improved technology of separation of the satellite, which reduces the load on it, and also provides the possibility of adjusting its position.