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Japanese Rocket Launch Ends With a Glorious Explosion

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The first privately funded Japanese sounding rocket MOMO-2 launched unsuccessful and its multi-cam video was released.

Interstellar Technologies, a space venture based in Taiki on Hokkaido, launched their second sounding rocket into space on July 30; the MOMO-2 was funded and developed independently without government support.

The rocket lost its thrust slightly after lift-off, then dropped to the ground and triggered a fire for about two hours. No one was injured from the incident.

Unexpected fire was found around the upper part of the engine immediately after lift-off, which caused some malfunction. The company will continue the investigation of the cause.

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