Japan’s second rocket launch is a failure

Japan’s first privately developed rocket that was planned to reach outer space failed and crashed to the ground then burst into flames thereafter mere seconds after liftoff.


Officials of Interstellar Technologies Inc., the company that built the rocket, said the rocket, named the MOMO-2, lost thrust just after liftoff at exactly 5:30 a.m. from a test site on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido.


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There were no injuries in the aftermath of the explosion. The unmanned rocket, which was about 10 meters long and 500 millimeters in diameter and weighed 1 ton, was scheduled to reach outer space but couldn’t.


Interstellar Technologies is most disappointed at the failure as the test is the second in the row for the private company. And launching a rocket isn’t cheap either. In July of 2017, the MOMO-1 was to be sent into space to an altitude of 62 miles, but was reported as a mission abort because the rocket was lost 70 seconds after take-off.


This latest failure suggests that the company is a long way off from developing competent rockets that can equal those of NASA or Tesla.


Interstellar Technologies officials say it could not pinpoint the exact reason why the rockets are failing, they said in a press conference, while another official called it an unexpected and expensive failure.


However, Interstellar Technologies is still willing to make another attempt saying that they will launch a third rocket despite the many setbacks.


According to a spokesperson, the rocket lost thrust four seconds after liftoff, with the main engine encountering a problem, possibly overheating issues.


The launch cost is in the tens of millions of yen with the company raising approximately 28.4 million yen ($257,000) through crowd-sourcing.


Given that this is all it took to launch a rocket, it may be the cheapest on the market. NASA eats up $450 Million per launch and Tesla uses up $62 Million to $90 Million per launch.


There is progress.


Reference: Privately developed Japanese rocket fails shortly after liftoff


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