Marubeni Invests in Rocket Startup


Tokyo, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp. <8002> said Monday it has invested several hundred millions of yen in Interstellar Technologies Inc., a startup developing small rockets.

Marubeni became a major shareholder of Interstellar, based in the town of Taiki, Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, on Nov. 1. The size of equity stake Marubeni acquired was not disclosed.

Founded by high-profile entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, Interstellar successfully launched the small observation rocket Momo, the first such rocket developed solely by a private company in Japan, in May this year.

Interstellar is also developing a rocket named Zero, designed to send small satellites to space.

Marubeni concluded that the successful launch of the Momo raised business opportunities for Interstellar. The two companies concluded a business tie-up in 2016.

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