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Japanese private firm sends first rocket into space | News | DW



The unmanned rocket named MOMO-3 took off from a test site in Taiki on the northern Japanese island of Hokkiado.

Japanese aerospace startup Interstellar Technology said its 10-meter (32-foot) craft reached an altitude of about 100 kilometers (60 miles) before splashing down into the Pacific Ocean.

The successful flight lasted about 10 minutes, and came after two failed launches by the same company in 2017 and 2018.

"We proved that our rocket "Interstellar Technology CEO Takahiro Inagawa told a news conference in Hokkaido.

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 The MOMO-3 rocket takes off from a test site in Taiki

The MOMO-3 rocks only 50 centimeters wide and 10 meters long [1 9659009] The MOMO-3 rocks weighs about 1.15 metric tons and is capable of carrying up to 20 kilograms (44 pounds).

The Japanese firm is working to develop cheap commercial rockets that can carry small satellites into space. Elon Musk's SpaceX, leading the field.

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nm / rc (AP, dpa)

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