As a step towards putting her first artificial satellite into space. Japan launched a three-stage?
As a step towards putting her first artificial satellite into space. Japan launched a three-stage experiment rocket on April 1. Scientists said later that they planned further tests later in the month with an even more powerful rocket.
The rocket-a 40 feet tall "Kappa 9L"- was shot up at an angle of eighty degrees from Michikawa Beach in the Akita prefecture in Honshu. It went up 220 miles. Tokyo University scientists conducting the test said the engine of the third-state main rocket burned up 51 seconds after launching. But it continued its flight for another ten minutes and thirty seconds before plummeting into the Sea of Japan.
The "Kappa 9L" had gone up further than any previous Japanese rocket; and was the country's first three-stage rocket launching. Other rockets in the "Kappa series have been sold to Yugoslavia; and negotiation are now under way for the sale of later models to Argentina. They are of the solid fuel type.
The "Kappa" is a mischievous water sprite which frequently appears in Japanese children's stories.