Mitsubishi Heavy Industries resets ISS mission H-IIB rocket launch for September 24

Darrell Etherington
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries resets ISS mission H-IIB rocket launch for September 24

After a setback last week due to a fire on the launch pad, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is ready to take another shot at its HTV-8 mission to deliver supplies and other payloads to the International Space Station. The investigation has now revealed that the fire, which was extinguished and resulted in no lasting damage to the rocket or its cargo, was most likely caused by built-up static electricity created by oxygen dripping from the exhaust for the rocket engine during propellant fueling. MHI has taken the steps necessary to correct for this problem, and says the rocket and launch facilities are now fully functional and ready to go for this renewed launch attempt.