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Japanese private rocket fails to take off

  • July 19, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 11:53 p.m.
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Taiki, Hokkaido, July 19 (Jiji Press)–A small observation rocket of a Japanese startup failed to take off on Sunday, as its engine did not ignite and the system stopped automatically.


The launch of the Momo7 rocket was postponed, and Interstellar Technologies Inc., based in the town of Taiki in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, will look into the cause of the trouble and replace components.


Data on temperature rises for the ignition of the rocket’s main engine became unavailable two seconds before the scheduled launch time, and the system ceased to operate with the engine failing to ignite, the company said.


It seems that there was something wrong with the ignition, it added.


Interstellar Technologies launched its Momo5 small observation rocket on June 14. After the liftoff, however, the nozzle of its engine broke, and the engine was stopped.


As a result, the rocket did not reach outer space, or 100 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, flying to an altitude of only 11.5 kilometers.

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