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SS-520


Japanese test vehicle. The SS-520 was a two-stage rocket, the first stage consisting of the main booster of the S-520. It had a capability of launching a 140 kg payload to an altitude of about 1,000 km, and with addition of a third stage, as a satellite launch vehicle.

The SS-520 was a two-stage rocket, the first stage consisting of the main booster of the S-520. It had a capability of launching a 140 kg payload to an altitude of about 1,000 km.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 2,600 kg (5,700 lb).
Height: 9.70 m (31.80 ft).
Diameter: 0.52 m (1.70 ft).
Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).
First Launch: 1998.02.05.
Last Launch: 2000.12.04.
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
  • 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...
  • SvalRak Sounding rocket launch site, known to have been used for 41 launches from 1997 to 2004, reaching up to 1108 kilometers altitude. This launch site, on the arctic archipelago Svalbard, provides unique conditions for rocket studies of the dayside polar cusp, cleft and cap. The site is ideal for scientific exploration of the dayside aurora and processes in the magnetospheric boundary layer. More...

Associated Stages
  • SS-520-1 Solid rocket stage. 143.10 kN (32,170 lbf) thrust. Mass 2,300 kg (5,071 lb). More...

SS-520 Chronology


1998 February 5 - . 08:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Complex: Kagoshima L. Launch Pad: K. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: SS-520. LV Configuration: SS-520 SS-520-1.
  • ENA / EPS / LAP Test / plasma mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 750 km (460 mi).

2000 December 4 - . 09:16 GMT - . Launch Site: SvalRak. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: SS-520. LV Configuration: SS-520 SS-520-2.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 1,108 km (688 mi).

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