Sounding rocket program in Japan and its international collaboration

Koh Ichiro Oyama, Mamoru Yamamoto, Naomoto Iwagami, Sho Ichiro Fukao

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One or two single stage sounding rocket(s) is (are) currently launched every year in Japan. Recent campaign is summarized as follows. WAVE 2000 was conducted to study the striation of the airglow emissions at the height of 85-90 km. Two major aims were (1) to find the mechanism of the airglow striation, (2) to triangulate the airglow height. The instrument on board were atomic oxygen density instrument, Langmuir probe, three photometers to obtain height profiles of the airglow emissions, and chaff ejection system to measure the wind below 90 km, Ground based observations were MF radar, MU radar, and CCD imagers of three colors at three locations. The wave length of the waves which appeared in airglow striation was not consistent with ground based observations. In order to obtain further information, WAVE2004 is planned in January 2004 by adding the sodium Lidar which supplies the height variations of the layer. SEEK-1 experiment was carried out in 1996 in order to understand quasi periodic echo which is very often related to Es layer. SEEK-2 was conducted in summer in 2002 and the data obtained are being analyzed. NTV-2 experiment (follow on experiment of NTV-1, 1997) was conducted in January 2002 to measure the vibrational and rotational temperatures, and density of molecular nitrogens. NTV-3 campaign is now being proposed to study the dynamics and energetics in the high latitude auroral region, at the earlist in January 2005 at Andoya Rocket Range.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-595
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number530
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventProceedings of the 16th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research - Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
Duration: 2003 Jun 22003 Jun 5

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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