Japan’s Interstellar Technologies wants to become a bit like the SpaceX of Asia, but the explosive failure of its Momo-2 rocket last week has set back the company’s hopes of sending the first privately funded Japanese rocket to space. The Japan Times reported that hundreds of spectators gathered for the June 30 liftoff on the island of Hokkaido. The launch was supposed to send the one ton rocket to touch the edge of space before its planned fall back down to Earth and into the Pacific Ocean. Instead, after just a few seconds of flight, the rocket’s main engine appeared to lose power momentarily; then the spacecraft plummeted back to the launch pad and exploded.No one was injured. New Space Age Rocket Lab could be the next SpaceX and it’s ready for its first big launch Elon Musk: No aliens means more planets for us Bezos’ Blue Origin launches a used rocket, and fleas, to space On Wednesday, Interstellar Technologies released the above video of the rocket’s premature fall, showing you the crash from a number of previously unseen angles, including views from onboard cameras. “Unexpected fire was found around the upper part of the engine immediately after liftoff, which… Read full this story
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