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HIMES Rockoon


American sounding rocket.

Gross mass: 500 kg (1,100 lb).
Height: 3.50 m (11.40 ft).
Diameter: 0.70 m (2.29 ft).
Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).
First Launch: 1992.02.14.
Number: 1 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Rockoon The Rockoon (balloon-launched rocket) consisted of a small high-performance sounding rocket launched from a balloon above most of the atmosphere. The Rockoon low-cost technique was conceived during an Aerobee firing cruse of the Norton Sound in March 1949. Rockoons were first launched from icebreaker Eastwind off Greenland by an ONR group under James A. Van Allen. They were later used by ONR and University of Iowa research groups in 1953-55 and 1957, from ships in sea between Boston and Thule, Greenland. A variety of upper stage rocket stages were used. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Nissan Japanese manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Nissan, Japan. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Kagoshima Japanese launch center for solid fueled sounding rockets and satellite launchers. Limited to two months a year due to disturbance of local fisheries. More...

Associated Stages

HIMES Rockoon Chronology


1992 February 14 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Rockoon. Launch Vehicle: HIMES Rockoon. LV Configuration: HIMES Rockoon RFT-2.
  • HIMES RFT-2 - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 67 km (41 mi).

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