This combination of photos shows the launch of a privately-developed Japanese rocket, MOMO-2, from left to right, failed in Taiki, northern Hokkaido Island, Japan, Saturday, June 30, 201
8. According to Kyodo News, the launch was failed on Saturday, when the rocket went up in flames shortly after takeoff and went up in flames, the developer said. (19659002) TOKYO (AP) –
A rocket engineered by a Japanese startup company exploded in the northern part of Japan just seconds after launch and burst into flames.
The MOMO-2 rocket, developed by Interstellar Technologies, was launched early this Saturday in Taiki City on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island. It should reach a height of up to 100 kilometers.
TV recordings showed that the ten-meter-long pencil rocket only slightly lifted off its launch pad and then dropped to the ground and disappeared a fireball
The blast caused no injuries.
Takahiro Inagawa, president of Interstellar Technologies, said he believes the missile suffered a glitch in its main engine.
The failure of Saturday was the second after the rocket first start last July.