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Kappa 10


Japanese sounding rocket. 2-3 stage vehicle consisting of 1 x K420H + 1 x K420(1/3)

Gross mass: 1,800 kg (3,900 lb).
Height: 9.80 m (32.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.42 m (1.37 ft).
Apogee: 742 km (461 mi).
First Launch: 1965.11.08.
Last Launch: 1980.08.26.
Number: 15 .

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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
  • 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
  • Kappa 10S-1 Solid rocket stage. 110.00 kN (24,729 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,200 kg (2,646 lb). More...

Kappa 10 Chronology


1965 November 8 - . 05:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-1.
  • Test / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 228 km (141 mi).

1966 December 10 - . 11:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-2.
  • Aeronomy / solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 253 km (157 mi).

1967 March 7 - . 11:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-3.
  • Far ultraviolet Stellar photometer Ultraviolet astronomy / solar x-ray mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 248 km (154 mi).

1969 January 14 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-4.
  • Langmuir probe Infrared / x-ray astronomy / solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 229 km (142 mi).

1969 February 13 - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 PT-420-001.
  • TVC test (1-stage) test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1969 September 6 - . 11:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-5.
  • Zodiacal light Ionosphere / astronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 247 km (153 mi).

1971 August 20 - . 12:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-7.
  • Optical astronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 274 km (170 mi).

1971 September 1 - . 02:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-6.
  • Solar ultraviolet Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 228 km (141 mi).

1972 September 12 - . 11:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-8.
  • Fiberglass Casing Infrared astronomy / x-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 259 km (160 mi).

1973 February 19 - . 00:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-9.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere / solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 236 km (146 mi).

1973 September 22 - . 09:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-10.
  • X-ray astronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 242 km (150 mi).

1975 September 24 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-11.
  • X-ray astronomy / solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 196 km (121 mi).

1976 January 18 - . 05:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-12.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 350 km (210 mi).

1977 September 14 - . 12:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-13.
  • Ultraviolet astronomy / extreme ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 204 km (126 mi).

1980 August 26 - . 11:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 10. LV Configuration: Kappa 10 K-10-14.
  • GIR / GXV / STS X-ray astronomy / infrared astronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 219 km (136 mi).

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