Japan's largest sounding rocket was fired successfully into space by scientists of Tokyo University's Institute of Space and Aeronautical Science at Cape Uchinoura, Kagoshima Prefecture, extreme southern tip of Kyushu Island.
L.S. Cape Uchinoura, Kagoshima Prefecture, extreme southern tip of Kyushu Island where the launching site for Lambda 111-2 is set.
M.S. Scientists check the rocket finally.
M.S. The map of Cape Uchinoura.
M.L.S. The Lambda 111-2 is seen in the distance.
M.S. The control room of the Tokyo University laboratory.
L.S. The Lambda 111-2 is all set for launching.
C.S. The time counter " before 5, 4. 3. 2. 1. 0. Ignition.
L.S. The Lambda 111-2 is launched into the air.
M.S. The Parabora anthena chases the rocket in the air.
M.C.S. Scientists of the Tokyo University announces that the rocket was fired successfully reaching an altitude of they expected and dropped in the sea of Mariana Islands nearby, in the Central Pacific Ocean.
M.C.S. Scientists of Tokyo University announces.
Those who watch the trace of Lambda 111-2.
A scientist reports the data to the professor of the University.
L.S. Tokyo University Space Center at Uchinoura. Kagoshima Prefecture.
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Background: Japan's largest sounding rocket was fired successfully into space by scientists of Tokyo University's Institute of Space and Aeronautical Science at Cape Uchinoura, Kagoshima Prefecture, extreme southern tip of Kyushu Island.
The three stage Lambda 111-2 rocket, 19.1 meters long and weighing seven tons, was launched at an angle of 79 degree at 2:01 p.m.at Tokyo University's Kagoshima Space center.An hour later the launching, space center scientists announced that the rocket's third stage reached an altitude of 1,040 kilometres,
This height broke the altitude record set last Summer by the rocket prototype, Lambda 111-1.
Sunday's rocket trip into the outer space lasted 18 minutes and half.The previous flight record was 17 minutes, 20 seconds, Scientists at the launching site reported that all instruments aboard the Lambda 111-2 functioned according to plan during the flight.The rocket reported data on refractions on light, conduction of electronic waves and noise-causing radio waves in the atmosphere,
A team of Tokyo University scientists tracked the rocket visually for 86 seconds until it reached an altitude of 150 kilometres,
Sunday's launching was the second in the university's third series of launchings scheduled for the current fiscal year.The scientists revealed that the Lambda 111-2 rocket fired Sunday was the largest in the world built specially fro space sounding purpose.
Findings from the Lambda 111-2 flight will be part of Japan's contribution to the International Quiet Sun Year (IQSY) programme, Data collected Sunday will be made available to scientists throughout the world, a Tokyo University spokesman said.
The Tokyo University authorities had confident that Japan will be able to launch an artificial satellite into orbit in 1967.