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Kappa 8L


Japanese sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Kappa 6H + 1 x Kappa 8L

Payload: 25 kg (55 lb) to a 200 km altitude.

Gross mass: 350 kg (770 lb).
Payload: 25 kg (55 lb).
Height: 7.30 m (23.90 ft).
Diameter: 0.25 m (0.82 ft).
Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).
First Launch: 1962.08.23.
Last Launch: 1966.12.10.
Number: 12 .

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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 8L Chronology


1962 August 23 - . 07:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Complex: Kagoshima TMP. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 173 km (107 mi).

1963 December 12 - . 08:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-2.
  • Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1964 April 1 - . 03:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-3.
  • Aeronomy / fields mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1964 July 26 - . 09:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-4.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 124 km (77 mi).

1964 July 26 - . 10:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-5.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 112 km (69 mi).

1964 November 2 - . 09:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-7.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 156 km (96 mi).

1964 November 10 - . 02:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-8.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 145 km (90 mi).

1964 November 12 - . 03:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-6.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1965 October 6 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-9.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 141 km (87 mi).

1966 August 11 - . 12:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-10.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

1966 October 18 - . 09:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-11.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1966 December 10 - . 02:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8L. LV Configuration: Kappa 8L K-8L-12.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 147 km (91 mi).

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