Suborbital launch of MOMO-2 ends in explosive failure

by | Jul 3, 2018 | Launches, Seradata News, Suborbital

Interstellar Technologies’ plans to build a privately financed Japanese small launch vehicle have suffered a setback. At 2030 GMT on 29 June, a suborbital flight attempt of its MOMO-2 rocket ended in failure as it crashed back onto its launch pad at Taiki, Hokkaido, Japan, four seconds after lift-off and the rocket exploded. It had an apparent engine shut-down. This was the second flight failure. In July 2017, contact was lost 66 seconds after the launch of MOMO-1, which triggered an engine shutdown. For footage of the crash click here.

MOMO-2 meets an explosive end. Courtesy: Interstellar Technologies

 

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