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Japanese companies fire up small-rocket missions

Businesses hone their technology as approval of commercial launches nears

The SS-520 minirocket failed after liftoff in its first launch attempt in January 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of JAXA)

TOKYO -- A number of Japanese companies have been trying, so far unsuccessfully, to get commercial launches of small rockets off the ground. But they have not given up.

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