The United States has by far the most rich and diverse commercial aerospace industry in the world, but that doesn’t mean companies in other countries aren’t giving it a go as well. One of those companies is Interstellar Technologies, which began as a group of hobbyists in 1997 and became a corporation in 2003.
After more than a decade of engine and booster development, Interstellar is poised to make its first launch attempt—and the first launch of a private rocket from Japan—this weekend.
As early as Saturday, the company will attempt to launch a sounding rocket named Momo from the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
The launch window opens from 10:20 to 12:30 local time.
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