Japanese First Private Rocket MOMO Launched
by Staff Writers
Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) May 05, 2019
Japanese space company Interstellar Technologies successfully launched the country's first private rocket dubbed MOMO-3, the NHK broadcaster reported on Saturday.
The previous two launches, in July 2017 and in June 2018, failed.
The rocket safely reached an altitude of 100 kilometers (62 miles), which was the aim of the launch, the broadcaster said.
The length of MOMO is 10 meters (32.8 feet), diameter is 50 centimeters (19.7 inches). It can carry surveillance devices weighing up to 20 kilograms (4 pounds). However, MOMO cannot put satellites into orbit, but the company plans to create a rocket capable of launching satellites and conduct the first launch by 2023.
Source: RIA Novosti
Firefly Aerospace advances toward late 2019 launch
Melbourne, FL (UPI) Apr 29, 2019
Texas-based Firefly Aerospace said Monday it successfully test-fired the second stage of its Firefly Alpha rocket in a five-minute hot fire to prepare for a planned launch later this year. The company called the test a "milestone" in its quest for flight qualification of the launch vehicle. The company is building a rocket plant near Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Its upcoming launch is set to occur at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. "The length of the test successfully demo ... read more
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