The Kakuda Space Center (KSPC) leads research and development in rocket engines, which are the hearts of the vehicles that carry satellites into outer space. Since the Kakuda Space Propulsion Laboratory (the former National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan) merged with the Kakuda Propulsion Center (the former National Space Development Agency), the KSPC has played an important role in improving rocket engines.
In addition to the research, development and testing of liquid-propellant engines for the H-IIA and other launch vehicles, the KSPC has also been playing an important role for R&D of an apogee engine for a satellite as well as of a small spherical solid rocket motor. Various research, from basics to applications related to launch vehicle engines turbo pumps, combustors, and nozzles, is also conducted at the KSPC to contribute to improving Japan’s launch vehicle engine technology.
High altitude test stand for development
High Enthalpy Shock Tunnel
Ramjet Engine Test Facility
High altitude test stand for research use
Cryogenic Advanced Turbopump Test Stand
Reseacher Interchange Bldg
Tours and Exhibits
Models of rocket engine parts, test models of ramjet engines and boards explaining research are on display in the exhibition room. A liquid-fuel rocket engine is exhibited outdoors.
|Automated External Defibrillator(AED)|
|Barrier-free Handicapped stall|
|Open||10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|Closed||Saturday, Sunday, national holidays (November to March), and New Year Holidays (Dec. 29 to Jan. 3)|
|Entrance of pet||Guide dog, hearing dog and care dog are permitted.|
- Free parking lot for 25 passenger cars, and four large-sized cars
- Baby strollers and wheel chairs: Two rental wheel chairs are available (free of charge.)
- You can bring your own lunch to eat outside of the building. (No eating is allowed in the building.)
Important Notice for Tours
Space Development Exhibition Room
There are exhibits of rocket and ram jet/RBCC engine components in the exhibition room. There are panels that explain each research and development activity. Free brochures are available in exhibition room. Free admission.
There are DVDs about activities of JAXA, space, and rocket.