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Japan Launched The World's Tiniest Satellite-carrying Rocket

Engineers used home electronics and smartphones to help build the rocket.
Posted at 10:52 AM, Feb 04, 2018

Japan's space agency successfully launched an experimental rocket Saturday. It's the tiniest rocket ever to carry a satellite into orbit.

The rocket is only about 30 feet long and less than 20 inches across. And it was made, at least in part, with stuff you can find around the house, like home electronics and smartphones.

The launch is part of a movement within the aerospace industry to use smaller rockets for smaller payloads in an attempt to keep the cost of going to orbit lower.