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Syowa Base



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Syowa Base
Credit: © Mark Wade
Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 54 launches from 1970 to 1985, reaching up to 222 kilometers altitude.

Location: Syowa Base, East Ongul Island, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.
Longitude: 39.5800 deg.
Latitude: -69.0000 deg.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • MT-135 The MT-135 was a small single-stage sounding rocket designed to collect data on the middle atmosphere, such as ozone layer depletion. More...
  • S Series of Japanese single-stage sounding rockets designed for low-cost observations of the ionosphere. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • S-160 Japanese sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle. More...
  • S-210 Japanese sounding rocket. Single stage ionospheric sounding rocket used for research from Japan's Antarctic base. More...
  • S-310 Japanese sounding rocket. The S-310 was a mid-sized single-stage sounding rocket designed to reach an altitude of 200 km. More...

Syowa Base Chronology


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 June 24 - . 01:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-4.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

1971 July 21 - . 21:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-3.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 131 km (81 mi).

1971 August 10 - . 02:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-1.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 139 km (86 mi).

1971 September 13 - . 21:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-5.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 115 km (71 mi).

1971 September 24 - . 21:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-2.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 138 km (85 mi).

1971 December 3 - . 12:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-6.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 131 km (81 mi).

1972 February 11 - . 12:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-12.
  • Mass spectrometer Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 108 km (67 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).

1972 May 13 - . 23:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-9.
  • Aurora / ionosphere / fields mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 129 km (80 mi).

1972 May 15 - . 23:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-10.
  • Aurora / ionosphere / fields mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 115 km (71 mi).

1972 August 7 - . 01:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-11.
  • Aurora / ionosphere / fields mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 126 km (78 mi).

1972 August 11 - . 01:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-8.
  • Ionosphere / fields mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 127 km (78 mi).

1972 December 13 - . 21:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-7.
  • Aurora / ionosphere / fields mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 126 km (78 mi).

1973 February 14 - . 20:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-16.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1973 March 25 - . 17:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-14.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 114 km (70 mi).

1973 April 22 - . 18:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-17.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 124 km (77 mi).

1973 June 10 - . 17:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-13.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 123 km (76 mi).

1973 June 11 - . 18:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-15.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 125 km (77 mi).

1973 July 15 - . 16:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-19.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 131 km (81 mi).

1973 August 22 - . 21:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-18.
  • Auroral arc Aurora mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 129 km (80 mi).

1976 January 25 - . 23:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-22.
  • NO / Ne Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 127 km (78 mi).

1976 February 13 - . 09:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-310. LV Configuration: S-310JA-1.
  • VLF / HF Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 216 km (134 mi).

1976 June 24 - . 23:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-20.
  • VLF / HF / ne Aurora mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 118 km (73 mi).

1976 July 26 - . 00:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-21.
  • VLF / HF / ne / ISIS-2 Aurora mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 116 km (72 mi).

1976 August 16 - . 23:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-24.
  • E / B / ne Aurora mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 118 km (73 mi).

1976 September 1 - . 00:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-25.
  • E / B / ne Aurora mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 125 km (77 mi).

1976 September 13 - . 04:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-23.
  • NO / Ne / ISIS-2 Aurora mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1977 February 10 - . 00:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-310. LV Configuration: S-310JA-2.
  • VLF / HF Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 212 km (131 mi).

1977 March 27 - . 03:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-28.
  • NO / O3 / Ne Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 106 km (65 mi).

1977 April 11 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-26.
  • NO / O3 / Ne Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 105 km (65 mi).

1977 July 12 - . 16:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-29.
  • E / B / ne / ISIS-2 Aurora mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 118 km (73 mi).

1977 July 26 - . 15:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-310. LV Configuration: S-310JA-3.
  • VLF / plasma / B Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 221 km (137 mi).

1977 August 10 - . 12:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-27.
  • NO airglow Aurora mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1978 January 28 - . 20:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-30.
  • Aurora mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 125 km (77 mi).

1978 February 6 - . 18:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-210. LV Configuration: S-210JA-31.
  • Aurora mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 116 km (72 mi).

1984 April 4 - . 19:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-310. LV Configuration: S-310JA-8.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 201 km (124 mi).

1984 May 3 - . 22:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-310. LV Configuration: S-310JA-9.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 204 km (126 mi).

1984 May 28 - . 23:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-310. LV Configuration: S-310JA-10.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 209 km (129 mi).

1985 January 30 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135JA. LV Configuration: MT-135JA-1.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1985 March 26 - . 14:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135JA. LV Configuration: MT-135JA-2.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1985 May 29 - . 00:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-310. LV Configuration: S-310JA-11.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 212 km (131 mi).

1985 June 28 - . 13:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135JA. LV Configuration: MT-135JA-3.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 61 km (37 mi).

1985 June 28 - . 16:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135JA. LV Configuration: MT-135JA-5.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 71 km (44 mi).

1985 June 28 - . 18:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135JA. LV Configuration: MT-135JA-6.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 73 km (45 mi).

1985 June 28 - . 20:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135JA. LV Configuration: MT-135JA-7.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 69 km (42 mi).

1985 June 28 - . 21:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135JA. LV Configuration: MT-135JA-4.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 69 km (42 mi).

1985 July 12 - . 19:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: S-310. LV Configuration: S-310JA-12.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 222 km (137 mi).

1985 September 25 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135JA. LV Configuration: MT-135JA-9.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 71 km (44 mi).

1985 September 25 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135JA. LV Configuration: MT-135JA-8.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 71 km (44 mi).

1985 September 25 - . 18:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135JA. LV Configuration: MT-135JA-11.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 72 km (44 mi).

1985 September 25 - . 20:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Syowa Base. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135JA. LV Configuration: MT-135JA-10.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NIPR. Apogee: 73 km (45 mi).

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