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Japan's Epsilon-3 solid-fuel rocket stands on the launch pad during a launch rehearsal at Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, early on the morning of Jan. 10, 2018. The three-stage rocket is scheduled for launch on Jan. 17, carrying the ASNARO-2 (advanced satellite with new system architecture for observation). Originally the launch was scheduled for Nov. 12 last year, but it was delayed due to an electrical system issue. The Epsilon-3 is about 26 meters tall and has a maximum diameter of 2.6 meters. It weighs roughly 95.6 metric tons. During the rocket's flight, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) aims to demonstrate a new low-shock separation mechanism that doesn't use an explosive for the parting of the satellite. (Mainichi)

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