Japanese Startup’s Rocket Explodes After Takeoff- Video

Space One Co., a Japanese startup backed by Canon Inc., failed to send its first rocket to space, a major setback in efforts to join a booming market for commercial launches. 

The lightweight Kairos rocket exploded in flames just seconds after taking off around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning local time from Space Port Kii, about 420 kilometers (260 miles) southwest of Tokyo. Live footage showed a plume of smoke surrounding the fiery wreckage, which was extinguished soon after.

A self-destruct order was sent to the vessel about five seconds after launch, Space One Chief Executive Officer Masakazu Toyota told reporters. “A panel will be formed to investigate what happened,” Toyoda said, adding that no one was injured and all fragments fell within the compound.. “Until then, its difficult to determine what will happen regarding future launches.”

Canon Electronics Inc. shares dropped almost 13% immediately after the explosion. The day before the launch, the Canon subsidiary traded at its highest level since April 2018.คำพูดจาก สล็อตเว็บตรง

“While it is unfortunate, we’re glad the self-destruct device operated quickly and nobody was injured,” Wakayama Governor Shuhei Kishimoto told reporters.

Kairos, which in ancient Greek means “the right moment,” was carrying a government satellite, according to Space One. คำพูดจาก สล็อตเว็บตรง

The launch was scheduled for March 9 but operators were forced to delay it after a vessel was found offshore in what was supposed to be an evacuated area.

The company, founded in 2018, is supported by investors including Canon Electronics Inc., IHI Aerospace Engineering Co., real estate contractor Shimizu Corp. and the Development Bank of Japan. Previous launches were delayed by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, according to Chief Executive Officer Masakazu Toyoda.

At 18 meters (59 feet), the Kairos is shorter than the Japanese national space agency’s 24meter-tall Epsilon and the 63-meter-tall H3, which JAXA launched in February. 

Still, the size of Kairos should help it fill a niche in the local market by offering competitive prices and frequent missions, Toyoda told reporters on March 1.

Space Port Kii is the nation’s first launch complex for commercial missions, offering companies an alternative to the site that JAXA uses in southern Japan.

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