Private launch companies seeking to reduce the coast to reach space continue to develop new vehicles, and the latest to attempt space travel is Interstellar Technologies (IST), a Japanese private launch company called 2003 Was established in The company first launched a vehicle in 2017. , But the launch was not planned at all and failed to reach space – in 2019, its MOMO-3 sounding rocket broke the Kerman line, though just barely, and unfortunately its MOMO-5 sounding rocket launched today Did not make space. As employed, it is instead clearly suffering from some type of malfunction and loss of control around the time, which is the point of maximum QR or maximum aerodynamic pressure before exiting the Earth’s atmosphere.
MOMO-5 flew at 8:15 PM UTC (4:15 PM EDT) and the liftoff began to go smoothly. This demonstration launch was done to build IST’s existing development program, and was placed close to installing a new, cheaper rocket option to reload small payloads into orbit using a smaller, cheaper rocket , Which the company describes as a “family sedan” for the stars. “
The IST’s approach is interesting in that it does not claim to be cutting-edge; Instead, the company says it focuses on leveraging Rocketry’s “legacy methods”, as well as advances in innovative manufacturing and more modern materials, including the ability to reduce costs and serve a wider range of customers. Focuses on lowering the bar. To some extent, this is similar to the approach taken by SpaceX And Rocket Lab, but compared to some of its operational competitors, IST’s approach is less focused on modernization, and more intent on efficiency, which theoretically should be followed by companies starting service with regular commercial launches Can give cost advantage.
The MOMO-5 was launched from Hokkaido, Japan, in a mission to be celebrated in the country since late 2019 and earlier this year due to several delays including COVID-19 and the May holidays. The MOMO-5 is more than 30 feet long, and weighs around 2,200 pounds, which is smaller than the Rocket Lab. Electron.
The IST says that MOMO-5 already terminated its flight due to a manual “emergency stop” order given from the command center and later safely fell to the sea surface. More information about the reason for early termination will be released later.