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S-160


Japanese sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle.

Status: Retired 1972.
Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 4.00 m (13.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.16 m (0.52 ft).
Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).
First Launch: 1964.07.28.
Last Launch: 1972.04.16.
Number: 23 .

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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
  • Nissan Japanese manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Nissan, 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...
  • Syowa Base Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 54 launches from 1970 to 1985, reaching up to 222 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages

S-160 Chronology


1964 July 28 - . 02:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 PT-160-1.
  • Propellant test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 44 km (27 mi).

1965 July 21 - . 02:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 ST-160-1.
  • Spin test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 9.00 km (5.50 mi).

1965 July 21 - . 05:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 ST-160-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 14 km (8 mi).

1965 August 25 - . 00:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 BT-160-1.
  • Booster test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1965 August 25 - . 02:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 BT-160-2.
  • Booster test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 9.00 km (5.50 mi).

1965 November 1 - . 02:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 PT-160-2.
  • Propellant test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi).

1965 November 4 - . 07:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 DS-160-1.
  • Despin test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 35 km (21 mi).

1966 April 25 - . 04:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 IT-160-1.
  • Instrument test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 68 km (42 mi).

1967 January 24 - . 08:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 MT-160-001.
  • Meteorological Test Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 86 km (53 mi).

1967 January 27 - . 02:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 IT-160-2.
  • Instrument test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 86 km (53 mi).

1968 September 10 - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 ST-160-F-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1968 September 10 - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 ST-160-F-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1968 September 12 - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 SO-160-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1968 September 14 - . 01:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160-1.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 82 km (50 mi).

1968 September 14 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160-2.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 82 km (50 mi).

1969 August 25 - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 IT-160-3.
  • Instrumentation Test Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 78 km (48 mi).

1970 January 23 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160 MT-160-2.
  • Meteorological Test Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1970 February 10 - . 12:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160JA-1.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 87 km (54 mi).

1970 February 17 - . 12:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160JA-2.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1971 April 30 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160JA-3.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 83 km (51 mi).

1971 September 29 - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160-3.
  • Parachute test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1972 February 21 - . 02:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160-4.
  • Fields mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

1972 April 16 - . 23:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-160. LV Configuration: S-160JA-4.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 86 km (53 mi).

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