Japan's new space rocket

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Japan's new space rocket

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Japan's new Epsilon rocket was launched yesterday and carried space telescope Sprint-A that will remotely observe Venus, Mars and Jupiter from earth-orbit.
The telescope was successfully inserted into an orbit about 1,000km ( 620 miles ) high.
The Epsilon rocket was designed to reduce costs and is only half the size of its retired predecessor the M-5 at half the cost ( £23m ).
The new rocket uses artificial intelligence to make safety checks and only needs eight people at the launch site, compared to 150 people for earlier launches.The Epsilon is the first of a new generation of lower cost Japanese rockets: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24090322 .
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