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Japan: Start-up rocket flies into pieces after failed launch attempt 01:18

Japan: Start-up rocket flies into pieces after failed launch attempt

Japan, Taiki
July 1, 2018 at 07:48 GMT -00:00 · Published

A start-up company rocket burst into flames as it crashed into earth seconds after its lift-off in Taiki town on Hokkaido.

Developed by Interstellar Technologies, the 10-metre MOMO-2 pencil rocket was supposed to reach 100 kilometres into the orbit but its journey was short-lived as managed to ascend only slightly.

According to Interstellar Technologies president Takahiro Inagawa, the failure was most likely caused by a technical glitch making it the second unsuccessful attempt since the rocket's first launch in July 2017.

Japan's private rocket sector is yet to make a breakthrough as the country is still dependant on its governmental space organisations for putting information satellites in the orbit.

Japan: Start-up rocket flies into pieces after failed launch attempt 01:18
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A start-up company rocket burst into flames as it crashed into earth seconds after its lift-off in Taiki town on Hokkaido.

Developed by Interstellar Technologies, the 10-metre MOMO-2 pencil rocket was supposed to reach 100 kilometres into the orbit but its journey was short-lived as managed to ascend only slightly.

According to Interstellar Technologies president Takahiro Inagawa, the failure was most likely caused by a technical glitch making it the second unsuccessful attempt since the rocket's first launch in July 2017.

Japan's private rocket sector is yet to make a breakthrough as the country is still dependant on its governmental space organisations for putting information satellites in the orbit.

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