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The outsider entrepreneur's space rocket fails due to the blast



Tokyo (AFP) – A rocket engineered by a headstrong Japanese businessman and condemned cheater exploded shortly after launch on Saturday, in a heavy blow to his bid to send Japan's first privately-supported rocket into space.

Interstellar Technologies, founded by The popular Internet service provider Livedoor's creator Takafumi Horie, launched the unmanned MOMO-2 rocket at around 5:30 pm (2030 GMT Friday) from a test site in Taiki, South Hokkaido.

But television recordings showed the 10-meter film (1965.0004) No injuries were reported in the spectacular explosion

The launch was to send the missile, which carried observation equipment, to a height of over 100 kilometers

Failure follows a previous setback in July last year when engineers lost contact with a rocket about a minute after launch. It would continue its missile development program after analyzing the recent failure.

The strange, Ferrari driving Horie – who pushed Japan's shift to an information-based economy in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but later spent nearly two years in jail for accounting fraud – founded Interstellar in 2013.

However, private Supported efforts to explore space from Japan have so far failed to compete with the government-run Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.


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