Last weekend, Japan held its breath while witnessing a major event in the history of space traveling. A mini-rocket took its flight during a testing process. However, the mission failed to achieve its simple goal of reaching the orbit. Despite the rocket failure, this event represents a step closer to a future where companies will be able to accept cheap services to launch their own satellites into space.
Last Sunday, the SS-540 F4 mini-rocket was finally scheduled for an epic launch after many efforts from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA. The device succeeded to complete a launch without any trouble from the pad at Uchinoura Space Center. However, several minutes after the takeoff, something bad happened. The spacecraft was unable to send important data back to the offices. The details in question were crucial for managing a successful flight and regarded aspects such as temperature and position. This incident was important enough for an operation abort. Ultimately, JAXA had to watch how both aircraft and satellite dived into the sea.
According to CNN, this recent rocket failure cost JAXA substantial private funds that would have backed up the ambitious project. However, this was just a test mission and JAXA is still under the increasing attention of the world. The market is starting to receive more demands for cost-effective ways to launch satellites into space. The tiny rockets created by AJAX seem to be the only viable solution for this demand at this hour.
Satellites can initiate a company into the communication market with a focus on Internet, GPS, and television. Such traditional services are still struggling with spreading their services to all corners of the Earth, but with no major success. The developing countries are still trying to connect to the rest of the world. While demand for telecommunication services is increasing, more companies are trying to enter this market with their own satellites.
The SS-520 spacecraft from JAXA remains the perfect fit for this issue despite recent rocket failure. This is because it has the smallest possible measures for a functional rocket, meaning 35 feet long, 20 inches wide, and weighs almost 220 lbs. While usual space missions for satellite launch cost hundreds of millions of dollars, the JAXA mission would cost only $4.3 million. This means smaller production costs, thus smaller telecommunication prices for consumers.
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