Press Release

Implementation of the S-520-33 Sounding Rocket Experiment

September 28, 2023 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

 The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) hereby announces the following regarding the implementation of the S-520-33 Sounding Rocket experiment:

Experiment Period : November 24, 2023 (Friday) - December 31, 2023 (Sunday) (Including a backup period)
Experiment Location : Uchinoura Space Center (Kimotsuki-cho, Kimotsuki-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture)
Scheduled Launch Sounding Rocket : S-520-33
Scheduled Experiment Date : November 24, 2023 (Friday) 16:00 - 16:30 (Japan Standard Time)
Experiment Overview : JAXA will conduct a demonstration experiment of advanced space engineering technologies for next-generation rockets and spacecraft. In this experiment, the sounding rocket will carry the following four devices:

 1. The "Reentry and recovery module with deployable Aeroshell Technology for Sounding rocket experiment - L" (RATS-L) which is an inflatable data collection system that can separate from the rocket, splash down, and be recovered.
 2. The "Inflatable Extensible Platform" (IEP) featuring a deployable and extendable structure.
 3. The "PI Data Collector" (PDC) that efficiently gathers data from experimental equipment.
 4. The "New Advanced NAvigation sensor" (NANA) which enables small-sized rockets to achieve high-precision navigation.