Uchinoura Space Center

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Coordinates: 31 ° 15 ′ 8.2 "  N , 131 ° 4 ′ 42.3"  E

Map: Japan
Uchinoura Space Center
MV rocket in Uchinoura Space Center (February 2000)

The Uchinoura Space Center ( Japanese 内 之 浦 宇宙空間 観 測 所 , Uchinoura Uchū Kūkan Kansokusho , German "Uchinoura Space Observatory") is a spaceport founded in 1962 near the Japanese city ​​of Kimotsuki (formerly Uchinoura ) in Kagoshima Prefecture . Before JAXA was founded in 2003 , the spaceport was called the Kagoshima Space Center ( 鹿 児 島 宇宙空間 観 測 所 , Kagoshima Uchū Kūkan Kansokusho ) and was run by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science(ISAS) operated. The entire facility is embedded in the landscape on various terraces and flattened mountain peaks.

There is an assembly hall for the final assembly of rockets, a clean room for satellites and a launch pad for Epsilon rockets . Another facility is for launching sounding rockets of the type SS-520, S-520 and S-310 .

There is an administration building, a control center for take-off and a telemetry center for tracking the flight path. For the start there is a radar antenna for tracking the ballistics. A 20-meter and a powerful 34-meter parabolic antenna can communicate with satellites in orbit as well as with deep space missions in the S and X bands. The two antennas can serve as a backup for the 64-meter antenna of the Usuda Deep Space Center in an emergency . There is an Epsilon Control Center (ECC) for launch control and an Epsilon Support Center (ESC) for preparing Epsilon missiles for launch.

For the public there is a museum with various rocket stages, prototypes, test models, satellites and scientific instruments as well as a press center. A memorial commemorates the launch of the first Japanese satellite Ōsumi and a statue has been erected in honor of the Japanese rocket pioneer Itokawa Hideo .

The Uchinoura Space Center mainly launches scientific satellites .

See also

Web links

Commons : Uchinoura Space Center  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Uchinoura Space Center | ISAS. Retrieved on August 26, 2017 .