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Japan's H3 rocket launch aborted after booster fails to ignite

Space agency hopeful fresh attempt can be made in March

The launch of Japan's H3 rocket was called off due to technical issues on Feb. 17 at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. (Photo by Tomoki Mera) 

TANEGASHIMA SPACE CENTER, Japan -- Japan's space agency is confident it can attempt another launch of its next-generation H3 rocket within weeks following a failure to lift off as scheduled on Friday.

The inaugural launch, which had already been delayed three times this week due primarily to the weather, was aborted shortly after the main engine ignited, dealing a blow to Japan's space and national security programs, as well as its ambitions of expanding in the commercial launch market.

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