Japanese Privately Developed Rocket Fails to Reach Space (News)


Taiki, Hokkaidō, July 30 (Jiji Press)—A small observation rocket launched by Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies Inc. on Sunday failed to reach space.

The first Momo rocket, developed by the company, based in the town of Taiki in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaidō, was launched from a site in the town.

The company aimed to bring the rocket to an altitude of 100 kilometers or higher in outer space. But its engine was stopped as communication with the rocket was disrupted about 80 seconds after liftoff, company officials said.

The rocket is believed to have risen to an altitude of 30–40 kilometers, the officials said, adding that it did not reach space.

The rocket was about 10 meters in height and some 50 centimeters in diameter, and weighed about 1,000 kilograms. The single-stage rocket used ethanol as liquid fuel.

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