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Japanese test vehicle.

Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 2002-07-14. Last Fail Date: 2002-07-14.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 4,700 kg (10,300 lb).
Height: 10.00 m (32.00 ft).
Diameter: 0.74 m (2.42 ft).
Apogee: 18 km (11 mi).
First Launch: 2002.07.14.
Last Launch: 2005.10.09.
Number: 2 .

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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
  • ISAS Japanese agency overseeing development of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Woomera After World War II British government recognized the need for a large range to test the incredible array of long-range missile systems then planned. After considering sites in Canada, it was decided that Australia would best meet the projected needs. The Long Range Weapons Establishment was created on 1 April 1947 as a joint British/Australian enterprise. 23 days later the name Woomera (an aboriginal word of axtlaxtl, or spear thrower) was selected for the new town to be built as its administrative center. Woomera town peaked at a population of 6,000 in the 1960's. Thereafter the progressive cancellation of British missile and space projects put Woomera went into sustained decline. However it played a key role in the history of rocketry, including orbital launches or launch attempts by Black Arrow, Sparta, and Europa boosters. More...

Associated Stages
  • NAL-735-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 4,700 kg. Thrust 250.00 kN. More...

NAL-735 Chronology

2002 July 14 - . 01:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: NAL-735. FAILURE: Failure.
  • National Experimental Supersonic Transport NEXST-1 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NAL. Apogee: 0 km ( mi). Summary: The intention was that an 11.5-m-long, one tenth scale model of the aircraft would be propelled by the NAL-735 solid rocket booster to Mach 2 at 18 km altitude. Instead the vehicle lost stability and crashed near the launch point..

2005 October 9 - . 21:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: NAL-735.
  • NEXST-1 F2 - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NAL. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

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