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Lambda 2


Japanese test vehicle. 3-4 stage vehicle series.

Payload: 180 kg (390 lb) to a 500 km altitude. Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1963-08-24. Last Fail Date: 1963-08-24.

Gross mass: 6,300 kg (13,800 lb).
Payload: 180 kg (390 lb).
Height: 15.50 m (50.80 ft).
Diameter: 0.74 m (2.42 ft).
Thrust: 970.00 kN (218,060 lbf).
Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).
First Launch: 1963.08.24.
Last Launch: 1963.12.11.
Number: 2 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Lambda All solid-propellant vehicle, Japan's first satellite launcher. The L-4S project simulated the procedures and demonstrated the capabilities required for orbital satellite launch essential to the follow-on Mu project. 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
  • Lambda 2-2 Solid rocket stage. 110.00 kN (24,729 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,400 kg (3,086 lb). More...
  • Lambda 3-1 Solid rocket stage. 410.00 kN (92,172 lbf) thrust. Mass 5,000 kg (11,023 lb). More...
  • Mu-3C-0 Solid rocket stage. 95.00 kN (21,357 lbf) thrust. Mass 500 kg (1,102 lb). More...

Lambda 2 Chronology


1963 August 24 - . 02:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Complex: Kagoshima L. LV Family: Lambda. Launch Vehicle: Lambda 2. LV Configuration: Lambda 2 L-2-1. FAILURE: Failure. Failed Stage: U.
  • Ionosphere / test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 51 km (31 mi).

1963 December 11 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Complex: Kagoshima L. LV Family: Lambda. Launch Vehicle: Lambda 2. LV Configuration: Lambda 2 L-2-2.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 410 km (250 mi).

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