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SciShorts: JAXA launches the world’s smallest rocket

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has surpassed frontiers in development of space technology as it launched the world’s smallest rocket on the 3rd of February. The rocket was JAXA’s SS-520, which was about 10 meters in length and about half a meter in diameter. The rocket carried a TRICOM-1R cubesat, containing radios and cameras, as its payload. The rocket itself had to be modified into a third stage to accommodate the satellite. This success at launching the rocket comes just an year after JAXA failed at attempting the same. This rather innovative breakthrough by the Japanese space agency will prove important as the world moves towards an economical space research environment.