Interstellar Technologies Inc has begun trying to figure out what happened to the first stage engine on the MOMO 2 rocket that failed seconds after liftoff on Saturday: Privately developed Japanese rocket fails shortly after liftoff – The Mainichi.
The company was founded in 2013 by Takafumi Horie, who had made a fortune from the sale of the web design and Internet portal Livedoor Co. The initial response was muted but it appears they will make another launch attempt:
“I could not immediately understand what happened,” Interstellar Technologies President Takahiro Inagawa told a press conference, while venture founder Horie called it “an unprecedented failure.”
“We could not accomplish what we were expected to do. I feel sorry for that,” Inagawa said.
While noting that nothing has been decided regarding another launch, he said, “I feel that I would like to keep giving it a shot.”
Horie also showed willingness to make another attempt, saying, “We have to find ways to improve” ahead of the launch of a third rocket.
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