SS-520 (3 stg) (TRICOM 1) [ISAS]
The SS-520 is a two-stage rocket, the first stage of which comes from the main booster of the S-520. It has a capability for launching a 140 kg payload to an altitude of about 800 km.
The SS-520 aims at reaching 800 km altitude, and at the same time, carrying out technological experiments concerning the development of a mini-satellite launch vehicle by adding the third stage atop. The first stage is stabilized aerodynamically by use of tail fins like the S-520.
As the second stage is heavier than the head of S-520, the aerodynamic margin is secured more than ever. The whole motor case of the second stage is made of CFRP. The spin generated in the first stage is succeeded by the second stage, and it is utilized in the Rhumb-line control and spin stabilization.
The SS-520 debuted in January 1998 from Kagoshima, and ISAS also flew it from Svalbard, Spitsbergen, Norway, to send a payload into the cusp region of the geomagnetosphere.
The fourth vehicle, SS-520-4, has been modified with an small third stage to create a modest picosat launcher, which can put a 4 kg 3U CubeSat into a 180 km × 1500 km orbit with an inlination of 31°. It is a technology demonstration with so serial production planned. The mission failed due to a burned-through cable chanel. A repeat of the failed mission, SS-520-5 was successfully launched in February 2018. It was apparently partially funded by the industry, possibly Canon Electronics, who builds the avionics.
|Launch Vehicle||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3|
|SS-520 (3 stage) (SSS-520)||S-520||?||?|
|SS-520 (3 stage) (SSS-520)||~4||-||-||-||-||-|
Nr TypeNr Vehicle Serial Date LS Suc Payload
23 1 SS-520 SS-520-1 05.02.1998 Ka LP-KS * ENA/EPS/LAP 24 2 SS-520 SS-520-2 04.12.2000 Sva * Ion Outflow 33 1 SS-520 (3 stg) SS-520-4 14.01.2017 Ka LP-KS F TRICOM 1 34 2 SS-520 (3 stg) SS-520-5 03.02.2018 Ka LP-KS TRICOM 1R Planned: xx 3 SS-520 SS-520-3 xx.xx.2018 Sva * Ion Outflow Launch sites: Ka = Kagoshima Space Center / Uchinoura Space Center, Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan Sva = Svalbard Rocket Range (SvalRak), Ny Ålesund, Svalbard, Norway