Image: A Japanese Edo-period wood block print showing a gunner firing a hiya-zutsu (flame arrow gun) loaded with a bo-hiya (Japanese fire arrow). Japanese Edo period (1603-1868) wood block print book, unknown artist. Public domain.
Unknowns of the Japanese launchpad fire. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
I’ve embedded below the fold the video of the launchpad fire on September 10 that forced Japan to scrub
the launch of its H-2B rocket carrying its HTV unmanned cargo freighter to ISS.
I set up the video to start just prior to the appearance of the fire, at 10 minutes in. Its appearance is quite dramatic. The video then continues for about twenty more minutes, showing the fire-fighting effort that brings the fire under control.
Japan’s space agency, JAXA, has still not released any further information about what caused the fire, the damage, or when they might reschedule the launch. [Shocking vid. At 25:00, can see massive amounts of water being shot on to the fire --ed.]