Satellite Successfully Placed in Orbit

From Times Wire Reports

Fifteen months after a launch ended in a fireball, a Japanese rocket blasted off successfully and placed a satellite into orbit.

Domestically designed and built, the 174-foot H-2A rocket is the centerpiece of Japan’s space program, and Saturday’s liftoff from the remote island of Tanega Shima was a breakthrough.

In November 2003, controllers had to detonate a rocket and its payload of two spy satellites after a booster failed to detach.