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Rocket bursts into flames after the launch in Japan

A privately developed rocket in flames after the rocket failed to launch on Hokkaido, Japan, Saturday,

(Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)

An unmanned rocket crashed in a massive fireball just seconds after launch in Japan.

TV footage recorded Saturday crash on Japan’s northernmost island.

Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies examines why the 33-foot rocket failed.

“We could not achieve what we were expected to do. I feel sorry for that,” said Takahiro Inagawa, the president of the company, according to the newspaper Mainichi.

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Saturday’s failure was the second after the rocket’s first launch in July last year.

The project was started in 2005 by maverick entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, founder of internet service provider Livedoor, who was accompanied by science journalists and other space fans in an attempt to develop a small, lightweight and low-cost rocket to send information from satellites in space.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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