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Kagoshima K
Part of Kagoshima Family
Kappa Pad.

First Launch: 1980-01-18. Last Launch: 2014-08-20. Number: 54 . Longitude: 131.0785 deg. Latitude: 31.2523 deg.



Launch Vehicles: S-310, S-520. Launch Sites: Kagoshima.

2007 September 2 - . 10:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Complex: Kagoshima K. Launch Pad: Kagoshima LCK. Launch Vehicle: S-520.
  • WIND - . Nation: Japan. Agency: JAXA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2008 August 2 - . 08:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Complex: Kagoshima K. Launch Pad: Kagoshima LCK. Launch Vehicle: S-520.
  • Microgravity - . Nation: Japan. Agency: JAXA. Apogee: 293 km (182 mi).

2011 December 20 - . 08:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Complex: Kagoshima K. Launch Vehicle: S-310.
  • Nation: Japan. Agency: JAXA. Apogee: 180 km (110 mi).

2014 August 4 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Complex: Kagoshima K. Launch Vehicle: S-310.
  • Cryo tank flow test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: JAXA. Apogee: 117 km (72 mi). Engineering study of cryogenic fluid flow for future rocket stages..

2014 August 20 - . 10:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Complex: Kagoshima K. Launch Vehicle: S-520.
  • Sporadic E study - . Nation: Japan. Agency: JAXA. Apogee: 243 km (150 mi).

2017 January 14 - . 23:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Kagoshima K. LV Family: S-520. Launch Vehicle: SS-520.
  • TRICOM-1 - . Nation: Japan. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. COSPAR: 2017-0F01. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). Perigee: -6,340 km (-6,340 mi). Inclination: 30.0000 deg.

    Japan attempted to launch a single cubesat into orbit with a launch vehicle massing less than 3 tonnes. The SS-520 sounding rocket was furnished with a 78 kg third stage which was intended to orbit a 3U, 3 kg cubesat, TRICOM-1. The mission was flight SS-520-4 (SS-520-1 and 2 were normal sounding rocket flights; 3 has not yet flown.) However, telemetry was lost 20 seconds into flight, during first stage burn. Following range safety rules, the command to ignite stage 2 was not sent and the vehicle flew a suborbital path to about 200 km altitude and then splashed down in the ocean. The record smallest successful orbital launch vehicle remains the 9.4-tonne Lambda 4S, also Japanese, which was retired in 1979.



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