Data Glitch Identified in Aborted Epsilon Launch

Japans science minister says botched data transmission has been identified as the cause of the aborted launch earlier this week of the new Epsilon rocket.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency called off Epsilons first launch on Tuesday 19 seconds before liftoff after a sensor detected an irregularity in the rockets posture.

Hakubun Shimomura said on Friday that a ground-based computer had tried to receive data from the rocket 0.07 seconds before the information was actually transmitted.

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