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Kappa 1


Japanese sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle.

Height: 2.70 m (8.80 ft).
Diameter: 0.13 m (0.42 ft).
Thrust: 10.00 kN (2,248 lbf).
Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).
First Launch: 1956.09.24.
Last Launch: 1956.12.13.
Number: 7 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Kappa The Kappa series represented Japan's first large post-war indigenously-developed sounding rockets. They led eventually to the Lambda and Mu solid rocket satellite launchers. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • ISAS Japanese agency overseeing development of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Akita Sounding rocket launch site for Kappa series, known to have been used for 81 launches from 1956 to 1990. More...

Associated Stages

Kappa 1 Chronology


1956 September 24 - . 00:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-1.
  • K-I-S-1 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 September 28 - . 02:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-2.
  • K-I-S-2 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 September 29 - . 01:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-3.
  • K-I-S-3 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 December 3 - . 04:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-4.
  • K-I-T-1 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 December 8 - . 03:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-5.
  • K-I-T-2 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 December 11 - . 03:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-6.
  • K-I-T-3 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 December 13 - . 02:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-7.
  • K-I-T-4 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

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