- outer space
- 宇宙空間（高度１００キロ以上。後出 aerospace は航空宇宙の）
- Interstellar ... Inc.
- exceed ～
- Pacific Ocean
Private Japanese rocket reaches outer space for 1st time
A Japanese aerospace start-up funded by a former internet maverick successfully launched a small rocket into space on May 4, making it the first commercially developed Japanese rocket to reach orbit.
Interstellar Technologies Inc. said the unmanned MOMO-3 rocket exceeded 100 kilometers in altitude before falling into the Pacific Ocean. It was launched from the company's test site in the town of Taiki in Hokkaido and flew about 10 minutes.
The rocket, about 10 meters long and 50 centimeters in diameter, weighed about 1 ton.
The company, founded in 2013 by entrepreneur Horie Takafumi, who was a former Livedoor Co. president, aims to develop low-cost commercial rockets to carry satellites into space. Horie expressed high expectations for his new business. "I'm hoping that many manufacturers and satellite makers will come here (to Taiki) to join us," he said. (AP)