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Japanese company rocket explodes shortly after launch

This Wednesday (13), a shocking event shook the hopes of Space One and the rocket industry in Japan. The Kairos rocket, developed by the Japanese company, exploded less than five seconds after launch, leaving behind a cloud of smoke and uncertainty regarding the future of private space launches in the country.

An unexpected setback

The Kairos, an 18-meter-tall solid-fuel rocket, was promised to become the Japanese pioneer in placing a satellite into orbit. However, what was witnessed was a premature explosion, throwing the Space One team into disappointment and technical obstacles.

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The Kairos explosion not only results in a considerable financial loss for Space One and its investors, but also raises questions about the sustainability of private ventures in Japanese space exploration. Amid growing demand for commercial satellites and national security concerns, the Kairos failure highlights the pressing need to improve launch technologies and procedures.

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Implications and future expectations


Kairos rocket explosion moment

Moment of the Kairos rocket explosion (Photo: reproduction/Kyodo News/AP)

Furthermore, Space One, which had scheduled the launch of the Kairos rocket for Saturday, had to postpone the mission due to the presence of a vessel in the nearby restricted maritime area. This incident highlights the logistical and operational challenges faced by space launch companies, especially in regions with high maritime traffic.

The rocket explosion also sheds light on international competition, with Space One looking to take on the likes of Rocket Lab, which has launched more than 40 Electron rockets since 2017. This fierce competition in the satellite launch market highlights the importance of innovation and efficiency to ensure a prominent position in the sector.

Despite this situation, Space One proved resilient by committing to a thorough investigation into the explosion and also by reaffirming its commitment to future missions.

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Featured Photo: less than 5 seconds after launch, Kairos rocket, from the private Japanese company Space One, explodes (Reproduction/ Space Port Kii Area Regional Council/EPA-EFE)

Japanese company rocket explodes shortly after launch

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