MADRID, 11 Sep. –
The Japanese unmanned cargo ship 'Konotori8' has seen its launch suspended at the International Space Station after a fire was reported near a launch pad in Tanegashima, in southwest Japan.
The H-2B space rocket, which carries the cargo ship, was scheduled to be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center at 6.33 in the morning (local time), as stated in a statement by the Mitsubishi company, which helped develop the rocket and operates the launch.
The fire has been detected at 3.05 hours. “It also takes time to detect the cause and effect of the flames on the rocket and the facilities, so Mitsubishi has decided to suspend the launch at the moment,” the company said in a statement.
The cargo ship would carry about 5.3 tons of supplies to the International Space Station, including water, food, clothing and electronic devices necessary to carry out experiments.