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Kappa 5


Japanese sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Kappa 4 Booster + 1 x Kappa 4

Height: 5.90 m (19.30 ft).
Diameter: 0.33 m (1.08 ft).
Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).
First Launch: 1958.04.20.
Last Launch: 1958.05.26.
Number: 2 .

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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 5-1 Solid rocket stage. 34.00 kN (7,644 lbf) thrust. Mass 200 kg (441 lb). More...
  • Kappa 6H-2 Solid rocket stage. 19.00 kN (4,271 lbf) thrust. Mass 100 kg (220 lb). More...

Kappa 5 Chronology


1958 April 20 - . 00:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 5. LV Configuration: Kappa 5 K-5-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 9.00 km (5.50 mi).

1958 May 26 - . 03:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 5. LV Configuration: Kappa 5 K-5-L.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

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