Launch of private rocket backed by Horie fails off Hokkaido

/ Jul 30, 2017

Launch of private rocket backed by Horie fails off Hokkaido

The launch of what would have been Japan's first privately developed rocket to reach outer space failed Sunday off Hokkaido after telemetry was lost, forcing it to be aborted, the Hokkaido-based developer said. Officials from Interstellar Technologies Inc., founded by former Livedoor Co. President Takafumi ...

Fog delays private space venture's rocket launch in Hokkaido

Jul 29, 2017

Fog delays private space venture's rocket launch in Hokkaido

The launch of a small rocket privately developed by a Hokkaido-based space venture was delayed by fog Saturday and pushed back to Sunday, the company said. Interstellar Technologies Inc., founded by former Livedoor Co. President Takafumi Horie, plans to make its 10-meter sounding rocket, called ...

Jan 9, 2017

JAXA to launch small rocket Wednesday to put microsatellite into orbit

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to fire a small three-stage rocket Wednesday that will place a microsatellite in orbit in a test project aimed at promoting Japan's space business with inexpensive satellite-launching technology. The 9.5-meter SS-520-4 rocket, only one-fifth the length of an H-IIA ...

Akita Prefecture carves niche in small-scale rocketry

/ Nov 6, 2015

Akita Prefecture carves niche in small-scale rocketry

A small prototype observation rocket roared skyward from the shore in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, in March. It was an early step in a program that hopes to produce larger rockets to survey smog, a niche sector with few rivals. Weighing about 17 kg and measuring ...