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Japan's low-cost rocket fails at first launch

Data communications lost minutes into flight

TOKYO -- In a blow to Japan's efforts to develop low-cost satellite launch vehicles, the country's space agency was forced to abandon one such vehicle in midflight Sunday due to a communications problem.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said it was unable to receive data from the rocket. It was Japan's first failure to launch a rocket carrying a satellite into space since 2003.

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