Space One’s Kairos Explodes on Maiden Flight

Published by on 03/14/2024 UTC

It has been a tough start for the fledgling private aerospace industry in Japan. On March 13th 2024, private aerospace company SPACE ONE aimed to perform the first private satellite launch from Japan. Launching from the company’s Space Port Kii, the Kii-based Advanced & Instant ROcket System (KAIROS) rocket carried a payload for the Japanese government, a satellite that would’ve acted as a temporary contingency incase of malfunctions aboard active intelligence satellites. This satellite however would not be deployed, or even delivered to space, as about five seconds after the rocket launched, the rocket detonated.

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