First Launch in Months: Japan's Epsilon Launcher and Its Evolution

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The development of the Epsilon launch vehicle, Japan's next generation solid rocket launcher, has just moved to the final stretch for its first launch scheduled in the summer of 2013 to carry the planetary telescope satellite SPRINT-A. The JAXA appreciates the advantages of combined benefits of the standardized small satellites and the Epsilon's highly efficient launch system in order to increase the level of space activities. The primary purpose of Epsilon is to provide small satellites with a responsive launch that means "<i>Small, Low cost, Fast and Reliable</i>". The attention should be directed toward the innovative design concept of <i>Epsilon</i>, which aims at developing the next generation technologies such as the highly intelligent autonomous checkout system and the mobile launch control. Now that the full-scale development is about to be finished, the most important is what the next step should be beyond the Epsilon. This paper deals with the significance of the Epsilon launch vehicle and how it contributes to the possible evolution of future space transportation systems.

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  • TRANSACTIONS OF THE JAPAN SOCIETY FOR AERONAUTICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES, AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY JAPAN

    TRANSACTIONS OF THE JAPAN SOCIETY FOR AERONAUTICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES, AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY JAPAN 12(ists29), Tg_21-Tg_28, 2014

    THE JAPAN SOCIETY FOR AERONAUTICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES

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