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Japanese space start-up to launch rocket on April 30 after last year's fiasco

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We had such a regrettable experience last time, so we have taken some countermeasures like getting advice from experts."

I give you credit for saying this out loud, especially here! It takes a lot of guts to openly admit that you were a bunch of amateurs.

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Maximum payload weight.... 45 lbs. These guys are about 10 years and a whole lot of funding behind private U.S. companies.

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Seems the hard-hat wearing ground control staff knew the launch was gonna be dicey.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=um1cR-b0gj0

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No, no, no, this is not missile testing, this is a rocket launch.

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seems they have appropriately lowered expectations.

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We had such a regrettable experience last time, so we have taken some countermeasures like getting advice from experts."

Something that should have been done from the very beginning instead of attempting to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Did they actually think they were doing something new or did they think NASA just faked everything. Perhaps Takafumi san should consider getting in a foreign CEO to run the company with experience, skills, knowhow and connections to the industry...oh wait...

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Fingers crossed on the 30th, for the Japanese launch, the American rocket that just went up has a a potential payload of 140,000 pounds, so still some way to go.

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waste of money. whats the point other countries have been doing these missions for years what will you do so differently that is worth millions of dollars?

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waste of money. whats the point other countries have been doing these missions for years what will you do so differently that is worth millions of dollars?

So the next time there is a press conference and some foreign reporter asks what (Insert Country Name) part did they play in the research and development, the assembled Japanese can laugh!

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We had such a regrettable experience last time, so we have taken some countermeasures like getting advice from experts."

Finally, someone admitted in public that doing "the Japanese Way" is not always the best way. It must of hit the pocketbook pretty hard.

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It's a private start up, they aren't wasting public money. I don't get why some people are so salty towards them. And they didn't say they asked for advice from foreign experts, only from experts.

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More space junk in orbit.

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I'm sure the fact that it's on April 30th is just a coincidence

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Alex80Today  01:15 pm JST

It's a private start up, they aren't wasting public money. I don't get why some people are so salty towards them. And they didn't say they asked for advice from foreign experts, only from experts.

Anybody who works in STEM fields know that collaboration is the key to success. The little success the Japanese space agency has had comes from it joint efforts or learnings from the international community. The very few Japanese experts experience would have come from working abroad.

It explains why the NHK reporter was laugh at a couple of days ago. Japan's space agency has contributed very little to the Space community.

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@Yubaru

LOL man, that’s harsh. Flight and Rocketry has had some crashes in the past. I guess the Wright brothers were a “bunch of amateurs” too.

Thats a badass looking rocket to me! The future is in space and Japan should use its expertise in becoming a leader, and most importantly, ally with the right nations to keep space PEACEFUL!

You don’t want hostile revenge seeking countries with the edge on top of you.

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LOL man, that’s harsh. Flight and Rocketry has had some crashes in the past. I guess the Wright brothers were a “bunch of amateurs” too.

Wrote that before my first cuppa this AM

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"Wrote that before my first cuppa this AM"

Cuppa or not, or post was spot on.

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