Cargo Spacecraft Launch Postponed Due To Fire

Cargo spacecraft launch postponed due to fire

A Japanese unmanned cargo spacecraft will remain on the ground for longer than planned after a fire broke out near the launch pad.

The Kounotori 8 had been due to lift off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan at 6:33 a.m. on Wednesday, Japan Time, to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries says the fire started shortly after 3 a.m. but has now been put out.

The company has not set a new launch date. It will hold a news conference to give an update on the situation.

The Kounotori 8 will deliver 5.4 tons of daily supplies, batteries and a satellite developed by a university.