february, 2018

03feb05:03SS-520 Re-Flight • TRICOM-1R

Event Details

Launch Date: February 3, 2018
Launch Window: 05:03-05:13 UTC
Launch Vehicle: SS-520-5 (SS-520-4 Re-Flight)
Launch Operator: JAXA
Launch Site: Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Payload: TRICOM-1R (3U CubeSat)
Mission Type: Technology Demonstration
Spacecraft Manufacturer: University of Tokyo


The smallest Orbital Launch Vehicle ever flown is aiming for a re-flight mission in December 2017 after an initial launch attempt failed in January of the same year due to a design flaw on the beefed up sounding rocket that explores the feasibility of launch vehicle capable of placing individual CubeSats into orbit. The three-stage SS-520-4 was developed by JAXA to act as a pathfinder for a future Small Satellite Launch Vehicle, conducting a data-gathering exercise to validate the approach of using low-cost sounding rocket technology and simplified launch procedures for a future operational vehicle capable of placing small satellites into orbit.

Delayed from December 25 and 28


Mission Resources:

Launch Preview & Live Webcast


(Saturday) 05:03 UTC


Uchinoura Space Center

Uchinoura Space Center, Japan, 〒893-1402 Kagoshima-ken, Kimotsuki-gun, Kimotsuki-chō, 肝付町Minamikata, 1791−13