Japan’s small-class space launcher Epsilon Booster together with one satellite is gearing up to take off today from Uchinoura Space Center. On Tuesday, the upgraded Version of Epsilon Booster with a satellite will fly off to the space to study the sources of powerful geomagnetic hurricanes, strong and intense natural phenomena that set off pictorial polar auroras but could interrupt communications and also hamper electric matrices. The satellite will take the orbit of Earth’s radiation belt, and will present its sensors to the particles and electrons caught inside the magnetosphere of the Earth. To recall, the magnetosphere is a bubble that shields Earth from the worst of cosmic radiation and solar flares.
The mission named as “Exploration of Energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG)”, will blast off from Uchinoura Space Center at 1100 GMT (6 a.m. EST; 8 p.m. Japan Standard Time) on 20th December 2016, today. During the opening of a one-hour launch window, the launcher will soar up the satellites to space. The ERG spacecraft, weighs around 365 kilograms (804 pounds), will be launched on the ship of an upgraded version of the Epsilon launcher. To summon up, back in September 2013, the Epsilon launcher had a successful maiden flight and this will be the second mission of the launcher.
After the maiden flight of Epsilon in 2013, Japanese engineers have upgraded the missile to generate an “improved and seamless” version of rocket with the ability to carry about 30% more weight into orbit.
The Epsilon rocket is scheduled to be dispatched from Uchinoura Space Center, a launch base operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), located on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Both the ERG mission and the Epsilon 2 rocket are designed and developed by JAXA and are intended to explore secrets, origins, and intensity of the Geomagnetic Storms.
IHI Aerospace is the chief service provider the Epsilon launcher. Epsilon launcher is a light-class inoculation sized launcher which is intended to set out tiny space probes, basically for the scientific missions for Earth observation. Epsilon Mission is outlined with a three-stage operation under which, the Epsilon Rocket will burn up all frozen propellants. The launcher has previously been used for the take-off mission of Japan’s M-5 rocket family.