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Japan’s new H3 rocket forced to self-destruct

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s second attempt to launch its next-generation H3 rocket failed after liftoff on Tuesday, with the spacecraft forced to self-destruct after the command centre concluded the mission could not succeed. The failure is a blow for Japan’s space agency JAXA, which has billed the rocket as a flexible and cost-effective new flagship.

More details in Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin.