A Japanese rocket, MOMO-2, failed to liftoff, thus, bursting into flames. The event took place in Taiki, northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, June 30, 2018.

It was a Japanese start-up company, Interstellar Technologies, which developed the MOMO-2 rocket. It should have reached as high as 100 kilometers (62 miles) into space. But the unmanned rocket crashed in a huge fireball just seconds after liftoff off.

Television footage captured Saturday’s crash on Japan’s northernmost island. Therefore, showing the 10-meter (33-foot) pencil rocket lifting only slightly from its launch pad before dropping to the ground and disappearing in a fireball.

However, the incident caused no injuries and the Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies is investigating why its 33-foot rocket failed.

“We could not accomplish what we were expected to do. I feel sorry for that,” said Takahiro Inagawa, the president of the company, according to the newspaper Mainichi.

Mr. Inagawa said he believes the rocket suffered a glitch in its main engine. Nevertheless, he said his team will collect the debris to analyze the problem and improve the rocket.

However, Saturday’s failure was the second after the rocket’s first launch last July.

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Thumbnail image: MOMO-2 rocket burst into flames after the rocket failed to liftoff on Hokkaido, Japan, Saturday, June 30, 2018. Credit: Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP