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First private Japan launcher to recover payload after space trip

Interstellar Technologies pushes boundaries with maverick founder Takafumi Horie

Founded by maverick entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, Interstellar Technologies is working on reducing the cost of rocket launches. (Photo courtesy of Interstellar Technologies)

SAPPORO, Japan -- Rocket startup Interstellar Technologies will attempt to launch a robotic payload into space and recover when it falls back to earth this summer, in hopes of becoming the first privately owned Japanese company to do so successfully.

"This challenge is extremely meaningful," Interstellar founder Takafumi Horie told reporters on Tuesday. "There are many things we are developing for the first time. We hope to ensure certainty and make the launch a success."

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