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Kappa 3


Japanese sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Kappa 3 Booster + 1 x Kappa 1

Gross mass: 200 kg (440 lb).
Height: 5.00 m (16.40 ft).
Diameter: 0.22 m (0.72 ft).
Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).
First Launch: 1957.05.02.
Last Launch: 1957.07.26.
Number: 3 .

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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 3 Chronology


1957 May 2 - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 3. LV Configuration: Kappa 3 K-3-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1957 June 22 - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 3. LV Configuration: Kappa 3 K-3-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1957 July 26 - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 3. LV Configuration: Kappa 3 K-3-3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

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