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Japanese Startup Gears Up for Its Fourth Rocket Launch

11 Jul 2019, 21:53 UTC
Japanese Startup Gears Up for Its Fourth Rocket Launch
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Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies Inc. (IST) gears up to conduct another rocket launch on Saturday, July 13, just about two months after it successfully sent the MOMO-F3 sounding rocket into space. The upcoming mission, designated MOMO-F4 is slated to take to the skies at 11:05 JPT (2:05 GMT) from a launch pad in Taiki, on the island of Hokkaido.MOMO-F4, similar in size to MOMO-F3, stands 33-feet tall, is about 1.64 feet in diameter and weighs approximately one metric ton. It is a liquid-propellant sounding rocket capable of reaching an altitude of over 100 kilometers - the so-called Karman line, defined as the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and outer space.One of the most interesting goals of the MOMO-F4 mission will be the releasing of three origami paper airplanes into space.“MOMO-F4 will carry them to an apogee over 100 kilometer, and from that point, paper planes will be ejected from the rocket into space through the special cylinder whose diameter is 2 centimeter [0.79 inch], developed by Interstellar Technologies. Castem Co., which developed the origami paper airplanes expects that they will slowly fall in the microgravity state in the suborbital area, then descend from the atmosphere to the ground,” IST told Astrowatch.net.Moreover, ...

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