Japanese space startup developing LNG-powered rocket

By Mirza Duran Japanese private company Interstellar Technologies is working on a liquefied natural gas-powered orbital rocket as it is looking for ways to lower costs of reaching space.

Image courtesy of Interstellar Technologies

The small startup will use LNG for the main engine on its micro satellite launcher named Zero, currently under development.

The company aims to use the launcher to transport small satellites to various orbits from its Taiki launch site.

Interstellar said it conducted tests on a wide variety of fuels including methane, kerosene, and ethanol with the latter currently used in its sounding rocket “Momo”.

However, it selected LNG engines for its Zero project

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