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Rocket launched by start-up firm reaches outer space for first time


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hip hip horray! I admit I was one of the doubters. Good job rocketmen!

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Anything Kim can do... we can do better.

It sounds quite hazardous for fishermen these days, with rockets falling into the sea.

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They should expand their business so that more Japanese engineers and scientists can be employed. Creating job opportunities is a good thing for the economy.

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Finally a private company does it in Japan. It's a small step but significant in that the project does not use any tax payers money. And it is more significant in that this is done by Takafumi Horie, who, like Ghosn, was arrested by Tokyo Prosecutors for unreasonable charges. A good job, Horie san.

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“Interstellar Technologies” hardly; I suspect delusions of grandeur overcame them when naming the company.

They will need something with considerably more power to reach orbit, but it might serve as a sounding rocket to generate some income while they developed more powerful engines.

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The story states that it's the first commercially developed Japanese rocket to reach orbit, and then it says it flew for 10 minutes. I think someone at Associated Press needs to google "orbit".

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I just hope, that when launching these rockets, they can advise shipping within the area to be aware of their potential crash sites - sure the Pacific Ocean is large - but, it takes just one mistake, such as landing on a Commercial Cruise liner, and sinking it... to be of concern.

As an example, our Neighbouring Rocketeering friends in China have their own issues:


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The story states that it's the first commercially developed Japanese rocket to reach orbit, 

I think they misinterpreted a Japanese word "宇宙空間" ("uchu-kukan"), which Japanese media used. "宇宙空間" ("uchu-kukan") is "outer space", not "orbit".

According to Wikipedia:

Outer space does not begin at a definite altitude above the Earth's surface. However, the Kármán line, an altitude of 100 km (62 mi) above sea level, is conventionally used as the start of outer space in space treaties and for aerospace records keeping.

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Korea would make the face deep red and feel frustrated.

A Korean is insisting that best in the world is excellent.

However, even the Korean government can't launch an artificial satellite.

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You made three mentions of Korea, Travelmaster, but there is no mention in the article.

I wonder what the propellant was? It did not seem to be the usual smoke and flame we see with launches elsewhere.

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