Not a big shock, particularly when so much advertising is rinding on a launch. But when the Sony rocket project page says:
And then, a few weeks later, it comes out that the rocket failed to recover the first stage and had a motor failure on the upper stage, it feels a bit confusing. It is particularly shameful that the Sony launch video was edited to cut out the motor failure later in the flight.
Under the video, a comment explains why this was such a short edit.
"Over the coming days and weeks we will be sifting through the hundreds of hours of footage from this journey. We wanted to give you guys, the fans who have stuck with us through the past few months, a quick update. Stay tuned as there will be more to come and more stories from the launch!"
Is that really why it was cut right before the multiple failures?
Flicker images showing multiple launch failures.
There is nothing easy about a rocket like this, and it may take 5 tries to get it right, and I certainly hope this team keeps on trying. There is nothing wrong with failure. We learn as much from failure as we do from a good flight, sometimes more. But lying about a flight, no matter how much your Sony sponsors demand it, is not right. Do us all a favor and be open and honest. Model yourself after NASA rather than the Soviet Space program.
On the plus side, I finally got confirmation that this was a 3xP to P configuration, which is pretty huge! Try again soon guys, and maybe next time get a better sponsor.