TOKYO, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Japan on Tuesday postponed again the launch of its new type of solid-fuel rocket Epsilon due to an abnormality detected in the rocket 19 seconds before the planned liftoff, according to local media.
The launch was scheduled to be carried out at 1:45 p.m. local time at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima prefecture and it is unknown when the launch will be re-planned, said Japan's Kyodo News.
The detection of the bug automatically halted the countdown and stopped the launch, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
The Epsilon, a three-stage rocket with 24.4 meter in length, 2. 6 meters in diameter and 91 ton in weight, is a successor of the M- 5 rocket that was retired in 2006.
The new rocket is planned to carry a telescope named SPRINT-A, world's first space telescope for remote observation of planets and originally scheduled to be launched on Aug. 22 but postponed until Tuesday due to wrong wiring in communication equipment.