For heaven's sake: Japan boffins fail to release paper planes in space after rice wine added to rocket fuel | 7/29/2019 | Staff
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Japanese rocket boffins' hopes of following up a successful third launch of the MOMO Sounding Rocket with MOMO-F4 were dashed over the weekend as the commercial launcher plopped into the sea after a mere 172 seconds of flight.

Longtime Register readers will be interested to note that aboard the rocket, capable of lobbing a 20kg payload to 100km, were a trio of paper aeroplanes containing the names of crowdfunding patrons.

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Castem's Takuo Toda was to press the button to release the cargo but things went wrong shortly after liftoff. Rather than release the aeroplanes into space, something Toda has hoped to do for the last decade, an emergency stop command was issued by the onboard computer at the 64.3-second mark, resulting in an apogee of just 13.3km before the rocket rendezvoused with the sea 9km downrange from the launch site in Taiki-cho, Hokkaido.

We, of course, successfully undertook our own Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) project from a lofty 89,591ft. Our intrepid Playmonaut then guided Vulture 1 to a safe landing back on Earth. Our attempts to follow up the project with the mighty rocket-powered Vulture 2 in the form of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) remain mired in red tape for the time being.

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Sadly, Japan-based rocket makers Interstellar Technologies Inc. did not see fit to tap into the tiny brains of we Vultures or the capacious craniums of our readers for tips in how to avoid a premature dunking for the folded wonders.

The failure was the fourth attempt at launching the MOMO rocket. While the first and second launches had also failed (the second dropping back on to the launchpad after a few seconds of flight) the third had managed to reach 113.4km in May, so confidence was...
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