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S-B


Japanese sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle.

Status: Retired 1971.
Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 2.80 m (9.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.16 m (0.52 ft).
Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).
First Launch: 1964.07.17.
Last Launch: 1971.09.11.
Number: 12 .

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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
  • Mitsubishi Japanese manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Mitsubishi Electric Corp, 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
  • S-B-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 100 kg. More...

S-B Chronology


1964 July 17 - . 07:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Niijima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B S-B1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1964 July 19 - . 03:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Niijima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B S-B2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1964 July 23 - . 03:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Niijima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B S-B3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1965 June 15 - . 02:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Niijima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B S-B4.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1965 June 16 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Niijima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B S-B5.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1965 November 18 - . 06:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Niijima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B SB-II F6.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1965 November 19 - . 01:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Niijima. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B SB-II F7.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1969 September 9 - . 06:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima T. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B SB-III F11.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1971 February 3 - . 01:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima T. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B SB-III A12.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1971 February 3 - . 06:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima T. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B SB-III A13.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1971 September 6 - . 01:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima T. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B SB-III A14.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1971 September 11 - . 01:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima T. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-B. LV Configuration: S-B SB-III A15.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

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