Japanese venture firm's rocket launch fails
NHK -- Jun 15
A rocket developed by a Japanese venture firm has failed to reach space.

Interstellar Technologies, which is based in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, launched the 5th version of its "Momo" rocket at 5:15 a.m. on Sunday from a site in the town of Taiki.

The company says the rocket's engine made an emergency stop about one minute after liftoff and the rocket fell into the sea.

The company's preliminary analysis shows the rocket reached an altitude of about 11 kilometers.

Footage shows the craft tilting during the ascent before falling toward the sea.

The "Momo-5" measures 10 meters in length and 50 centimeters in diameter -- the same as its predecessor launched in July last year.

The company postponed the launch of the "Momo-5" in January due to trouble with its communication equipment. It has since resolved the issue with new parts.

This was the fifth launch of the "Momo" rocket. The third rocket launched in May last year was the only one that reached the target altitude of 100 kilometers.

ホリエモンこと堀江貴文さんらが関わる民間ロケットが14日朝、北海道大樹町で打ち上げられましたが、宇宙空間には届きませんでした。  午前5時15分、大樹町で堀江さんらのベンチャー企業が観測ロケットMOMO5号機を打ち上げました。しかし、打ち上げの36秒後にエンジンから火花が出て、その後、機体の姿勢が崩れたため手動でエンジンを緊急停止させました。ノズルの破損が原因だということです。ロケットは高度11.5キロまでしか上がらず、宇宙空間には届きませんでした。  インターステラテクノロジズ・堀江貴文さん:「着実にチームの打ち上げ実施能力は上がっている。自分たちのロケットだと思って今後も応援して頂ければ」  今回の打ち上げは、新型コロナウイルスの影響で無観客で行われ、インターネットでライブ配信されました。  毎回観覧している上田茂輝さん:「現地で観たい。
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