In the early morning of June 14th, local time in Japan, a rocket of the Japanese private company "Interplanetary Technology" tilted after its launch and crashed 4 kilometers away from the launch site. This is the company's fifth launch. Only the "MOMO III" in May 2019 successfully entered space.
From the current news, it is known that the MOMO 5 rocket was launched this time at the Taikicho launch site in Hokkaido. About 1 minute later, when the rocket entered an altitude of 11 kilometers, the rocket suddenly Unable to maintain the correct flight attitude, in order to avoid a more serious accident, the ground control center had to manually turn off the rocket engine, and then fell to the sea, which also means that the launch mission failed, and the relevant crash pictures have been exposed by Japanese TV.
MOMO 5th aircraft 10 meters, the same size as the MOMO No. 4 aircraft launched in 2019. It was originally planned to launch in January. The launch time had to be postponed due to problems with communication equipment. The launch was scheduled for June 14 after replacing new parts.
This is also the fourth failure of the MOMO rocket project. MOMO No. 1 was launched in 201Launched in 7 years, it crashed due to insufficient strength to take off 10 kilometers; on 30 10th, 2018, MOMO 2 plane suddenly fell out of control four seconds after it lifted off and exploded; MOMO 4 plane was launched and reached 13 kilometers in the air Fall.
Up to now, only MOMO III has successfully launched, flying to an altitude of 100 kilometers from the surface, and smoothly entering space. This is also the first time that a Japanese private company has made a rocket into space.
In response to the failure of the launch of MOMO No. 5, Takata Inagawa, the president of Interstellar Technology, said that the results were regrettable, but during the entire launch process, except for the damaged engine part, the rocket had no major failures; The founder of Interstellar Technology, Horie Guiwen, believes that MOMO 5 has been perfect from launch to halfway.
Compared with other aerospace companies, Interplanetary Technology rarely uses more advanced technology in the rocket R&D, design and construction process, but instead focuses on traditional methods, trying to use alloy manufacturing and more Modern materials reduce the cost of rocket construction and provide high-quality services to customers around the world.
Interstellar Technology has not been established for a long time. It was established in 2005. Its MOMO rocket project, which is vigorously promoted, is mainly aimed at the launch of ultra-small artificial satellites. It was originally planned to officially undertake the satellite launch mission in 2020. But according to the current project progress, if you want to undertake a commercial projectIt may also need more stable launch results, so as to convince the outside world.
For As far as space development is concerned, the emergence of the MOMO rocket project conforms to the development of the times. As space launches are becoming more common, all countries are seekingA low-cost space launch, such as the recoverable medium-sized launch vehicle "Falcon 9" launched by SpaceX in the United States, is to reduce launch costs through the recovery of rocket components. The continuous success of SpaceX has also led to the emergence of private airlines in other countries around the world like mushrooms, but at present, there are still relatively few companies that can do very well in the high-tech field of aerospace. Japan’s future It remains to be seen whether it can join the ranks of "a few countries".