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Akita



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Akita
Credit: © Mark Wade
Sounding rocket launch site for Kappa series, known to have been used for 81 launches from 1956 to 1990.

Location: Akita Rocket Range (ATC), Honshu.
Longitude: 140.0579 deg.
Latitude: 39.5715 deg.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Kappa The Kappa series represented Japan's first large post-war indigenously-developed sounding rockets. They led eventually to the Lambda and Mu solid rocket satellite launchers. More...
  • M-100 Two-stage, solid propellant, fin stabilized, unguided Russian sounding rocket, fired in greater numbers than any other. At least 6,640 of all models were fired to the edge of space before the vehicle was discontinued in 1990. 4,908 of the basic M-100 model were fired from 1957-07-11 to 1983-09-28. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Kappa 2 Japanese sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Kappa 3 Booster + 1 x Kappa 1 More...
  • Kappa 3 Japanese sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Kappa 3 Booster + 1 x Kappa 1 More...
  • Kappa 4 Japanese sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Kappa 4 Booster + 1 x Kappa 4 More...
  • K150 Japanese sounding rocket. 1/1.6 subscale test rocket used in development of the Kappa 9L sounding rockets. More...
  • Kappa 5 Japanese sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Kappa 4 Booster + 1 x Kappa 4 More...
  • K245 Japanese sounding rocket. Subscale test rocket used in development of the Kappa series of sounding rockets. More...
  • Kappa 6 Japanese sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Kappa 6 + 1 x Kappa 6 St2 More...
  • Kappa 8 Japanese sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x K420 + 1 x Kappa 8 More...
  • Kappa 6H Japanese sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Kappa 6H + 1 x Kappa 6 St2 More...
  • Kappa 9L Japanese sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x K420 + 1 x Kappa 6 + 1 x Kappa 6 St2 More...
  • M-100B Russian sounding rocket. Model calibrated with Western sounding rockets and part of the World Meteorological Network. 1,730 launched from 1976-01-07 to 1990-12-. More...

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

Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Akita Chronology


1956 September 24 - . 00:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-1.
  • K-I-S-1 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 September 28 - . 02:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-2.
  • K-I-S-2 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 September 29 - . 01:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-3.
  • K-I-S-3 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 December 3 - . 04:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-4.
  • K-I-T-1 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 December 8 - . 03:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-5.
  • K-I-T-2 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 December 11 - . 03:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-6.
  • K-I-T-3 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1956 December 13 - . 02:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 1. LV Configuration: Kappa 1 K-1-7.
  • K-I-T-4 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1957 April 30 - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 2. LV Configuration: Kappa 2 K-2-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1957 May 2 - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 3. LV Configuration: Kappa 3 K-3-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1957 June 22 - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 3. LV Configuration: Kappa 3 K-3-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1957 July 26 - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 3. LV Configuration: Kappa 3 K-3-3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1957 September 20 - . 10:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 4. LV Configuration: Kappa 4 K-4-1.
  • Chemical release mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1957 September 22 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 4. LV Configuration: Kappa 4 K-4-2.
  • Chemical release mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1958 April 8 - . 01:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: K150. LV Configuration: K150 K150S-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1958 April 20 - . 00:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 5. LV Configuration: Kappa 5 K-5-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 9.00 km (5.50 mi).

1958 April 24 - . 00:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: K150. LV Configuration: K150 K150T-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1958 April 24 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: K150. LV Configuration: K150 K150T-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1958 May 26 - . 03:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 5. LV Configuration: Kappa 5 K-5-L.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

1958 May 27 - . 03:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: K150. LV Configuration: K150 K150G.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1958 June 14 - . 01:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: K245.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1958 June 16 - . 02:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1958 June 20 - . 06:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 45 km (27 mi).

1958 June 24 - . 01:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-1.
  • TW-1 / S1 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 25 km (15 mi).

1958 June 30 - . 07:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-2.
  • S2 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 45 km (27 mi).

1958 September 12 - . 01:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1958 September 14 - . 02:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-4.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1958 September 25 - . 02:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-3.
  • S3 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 44 km (27 mi).

1958 September 25 - . 05:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-RS-1.
  • Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 51 km (31 mi).

1958 September 26 - . 03:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-4.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 58 km (36 mi).

1958 November 28 - . 03:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-CP-1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Chemical release / aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 36 km (22 mi).

1958 November 29 - . 03:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-RS-2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1958 November 30 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-CP-2.
  • Chemical release / aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 49 km (30 mi).

1958 December 23 - . 03:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-5.
  • Grenade Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1959 March 17 - . 01:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-RS-3.
  • Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1959 March 18 - . 02:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-6.
  • Grenade Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1959 March 19 - . 01:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-RS-4.
  • Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1959 March 20 - . 02:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-7.
  • Grenade Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1959 November 18 - . 05:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 7. LV Configuration: Kappa 7 K-7-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 53 km (32 mi).

1960 March 28 - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8. LV Configuration: Kappa 8 K-8D-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 July 11 - . 04:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8. LV Configuration: Kappa 8 K-8-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1960 July 17 - . 04:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8. LV Configuration: Kappa 8 K-8-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 182 km (113 mi).

1960 September 17 - . 02:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6. LV Configuration: Kappa 6 K-6-TW-8.
  • K-6-18 Grenade Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 46 km (28 mi).

1960 September 22 - . 06:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8. LV Configuration: Kappa 8 K-8-3.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1960 September 26 - . 11:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8. LV Configuration: Kappa 8 K-8-4.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 185 km (114 mi).

1960 September 29 - . 02:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 6H. LV Configuration: Kappa 6H K-6H-TW-9.
  • K-6H-1 Grenade Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1960 December 1 - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: K150. LV Configuration: K150 SP-150-1.
  • K-9L 1 / 1.6 Model test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1960 December 1 - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: K150. LV Configuration: K150 SP-150-2.
  • K-9L 1 / 1.6 Model test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1961 March 27 - . 04:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8. LV Configuration: Kappa 8 K-8-5.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 172 km (106 mi).

1961 April 1 - . 03:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 9L. LV Configuration: Kappa 9L K-9L-1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 350 km (210 mi).

1961 April 18 - . 12:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8. LV Configuration: Kappa 8 K-8-6.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1961 July 21 - . 02:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8. LV Configuration: Kappa 8 K-8-7 TW-10/ID-6.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 158 km (98 mi).

1961 October 24 - . 03:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8. LV Configuration: Kappa 8 K-8-8.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1961 October 30 - . 11:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8. LV Configuration: Kappa 8 K-8-9.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 175 km (108 mi).

1961 December 26 - . 05:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 9L. LV Configuration: Kappa 9L K-9L-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 343 km (213 mi).

1962 May 24 - . 10:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 8. LV Configuration: Kappa 8 K-8-10. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1990 January 2 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 84 km (52 mi).

1990 January 3 - . 00:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 84 km (52 mi).

1990 January 9 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 84 km (52 mi).

1990 January 9 - . 23:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi).

1990 January 16 - . 23:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 83 km (51 mi).

1990 January 16 - . 23:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi).

1990 January 23 - . 23:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1990 January 23 - . 23:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi).

1990 January 30 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 86 km (53 mi).

1990 January 30 - . 23:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 82 km (50 mi).

1990 February 6 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1990 February 7 - . 00:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 84 km (52 mi).

1990 February 13 - . 23:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 87 km (54 mi).

1990 February 20 - . 23:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 77 km (47 mi).

1990 February 27 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1990 March 6 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 86 km (53 mi).

1990 March 13 - . 02:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 84 km (52 mi).

1990 March 20 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 83 km (51 mi).

1990 March 27 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 86 km (53 mi).

1990 November 6 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 83 km (51 mi).

1990 November 13 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 83 km (51 mi).

1990 November 20 - . 22:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 87 km (54 mi).

1990 November 27 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 84 km (52 mi).

1990 December 4 - . 23:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1990 December 11 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1990 December 25 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Akita. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 82 km (50 mi).

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