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Kappa 6


Japanese sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Kappa 6 + 1 x Kappa 6 St2

Payload: 20 kg (44 lb) to a 70 km altitude. Failures: 2. First Fail Date: 1958-11-28. Last Fail Date: 1958-11-29.

Gross mass: 270 kg (590 lb).
Payload: 20 kg (44 lb).
Height: 5.61 m (18.40 ft).
Diameter: 0.25 m (0.82 ft).
Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).
First Launch: 1958.06.16.
Last Launch: 1960.09.17.
Number: 18 .

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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 6 Chronology


1958 June 16 - . 02:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1958 June 20 - . 06:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 45 km (27 mi).

1958 June 24 - . 01:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-1.
  • TW-1 / S1 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 25 km (15 mi).

1958 June 30 - . 07:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-2.
  • S2 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 45 km (27 mi).

1958 September 12 - . 01:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1958 September 14 - . 02:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-4.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1958 September 25 - . 02:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-3.
  • S3 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 44 km (27 mi).

1958 September 25 - . 05:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-RS-1.
  • Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 51 km (31 mi).

1958 September 26 - . 03:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-4.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 58 km (36 mi).

1958 November 28 - . 03:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-CP-1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Chemical release / aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 36 km (22 mi).

1958 November 29 - . 03:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-RS-2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1958 November 30 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-CP-2.
  • Chemical release / aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 49 km (30 mi).

1958 December 23 - . 03:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-5.
  • Grenade Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1959 March 17 - . 01:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-RS-3.
  • Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1959 March 18 - . 02:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-6.
  • Grenade Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1959 March 19 - . 01:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-RS-4.
  • Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1959 March 20 - . 02:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-7.
  • Grenade Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1960 September 17 - . 02:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-8.
  • K-6-18 Grenade Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 46 km (28 mi).

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