The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, on Wednesday suspended the launch of its fifth Epsilon solid-fuel rocket that is expected to carry nine small satellites, including Vietnam’s NanoDragon. In its announcement, JAXA said the suspension was due to strong wind. On October 1 morning, JAXA also suspended the launch of the rocket some 19 seconds before the scheduled lift-off time.
According to the agency, a glitch occurred at ground radar equipment that monitors the Epsilon-5’s position and speed, located near the rocket’s launching pad. It might cause a problem in tracking the rocket.
The micro-satellite designed and manufactured by Vietnamese engineers was delivered to Japan and tested at the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture in August before being officially transferred to the JAXA for launching.