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NAL-16


Japanese test vehicle. Single stage vehicle.

Status: Retired 1969.
Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 4.00 m (13.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.16 m (0.52 ft).
Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).
First Launch: 1965.11.17.
Last Launch: 1969.09.20.
Number: 5 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • S Series of Japanese single-stage sounding rockets designed for low-cost observations of the ionosphere. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • STA Japanese agency overseeing development of rockets. Science and Technology Agency, Japan. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Niijima Sounding rocket and test vehicle launch site, known to have been used for 18 launches from 1963 to 1965, reaching up to 150 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Tanegashima Japan's main launch site for he larger N and H launch vehicles. In use for sounding rockets from 1967 and orbital launches from 1975. As of 2007 over 140 major launches had been made from the site. More...

Associated Stages
  • NAL-16-1 Solid rocket stage. 10.00 kN (2,248 lbf) thrust. Mass 100 kg (220 lb). More...

NAL-16 Chronology


1965 November 17 - . 06:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Niijima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: NAL-16. LV Configuration: NAL-16 NAL-16TR.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 45 km (27 mi).

1967 - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima T. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: NAL-16. LV Configuration: NAL-16 NAL-16TR.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 45 km (27 mi).

1968 September 19 - . 07:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima T. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: NAL-16. LV Configuration: NAL-16 NAL-16H F1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1969 January 30 - . 01:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima T. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: NAL-16. LV Configuration: NAL-16 NAL-16 31D.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1969 September 20 - . 01:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima T. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: NAL-16. LV Configuration: NAL-16 NAL-16H F2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

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