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Offline Asteroza

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Canon Electronics Inc. to build "Mini Rocket"
« on: 12/02/2016 01:44 AM »
Article by Nikkei shinbun (in japanese)

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXLASDZ01HUF_R01C16A2MM8000/

Looks like those rumors were true after all.

Canon Electronics Inc., a Canon group company, is developing a small satellite launcher to expand their Space Technology Laboratory's offerings, possibly chasing a vertical integration approach from smallsat parts to launch services. Looks like they are doing the avionics, while the rocket body itself (looks like a solid rocket) is being built by IHI Aerospace.

Plan is to offer launch services in 2023?

Looks like released info is still limited.
9.5m length
0.5m diameter (probably applies to payload fairing as well)
2.6 metric tons gross weight

Performance/payload not listed yet.


This probably ties into other recent comments and work, such as the SS-520-4 nanosat launcher being a one-off informing design of other launchers. There were also rumors Canon Electronics Inc. was involved in TRICOM-1 that will be riding the SS-520-4 soon.

Canon Electronics Inc. is not exactly what one would normally call a space startup since it has big money and is self-financed, but it isn't old-school like MHI and IHI aerospace either.
« Last Edit: 12/19/2016 10:30 PM by Asteroza »

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Re: Canon Electronics Inc. to build "Mini Rocket"
« Reply #1 on: 12/09/2016 01:43 AM »
Wait a sec, those dimensions and weight match the SS-520-4.

But SS-520-4 had been publicly declared a one-off, feeding design work for another rocket. So is this Canon rocket as written in the article (to be commercially available in 2023) a direct derivative of SS-520-4, or something else? Maybe the writer crossed wires and is describing something else?

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Re: Canon Electronics Inc. to build "Mini Rocket"
« Reply #2 on: 12/09/2016 02:16 AM »
Wait a sec, those dimensions and weight match the SS-520-4.

But SS-520-4 had been publicly declared a one-off, feeding design work for another rocket. So is this Canon rocket as written in the article (to be commercially available in 2023) a direct derivative of SS-520-4, or something else? Maybe the writer crossed wires and is describing something else?
unless they are creating a commercial version using a different name (reference being the Japanese versions of the THORAD/Delta family of rockets.

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Re: Canon Electronics Inc. to build "Mini Rocket"
« Reply #3 on: 12/09/2016 08:06 AM »
Wait a sec, those dimensions and weight match the SS-520-4.

But SS-520-4 had been publicly declared a one-off, feeding design work for another rocket. So is this Canon rocket as written in the article (to be commercially available in 2023) a direct derivative of SS-520-4, or something else? Maybe the writer crossed wires and is describing something else?

according to this
http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Canon-joins-Japan-s-new-space-race
Canon is helping JAXA building it's new micro launcher...
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Re: Canon Electronics Inc. to build "Mini Rocket"
« Reply #4 on: 12/10/2016 03:42 PM »
Most importantly Canon have financial resources to develop this LV. That said the project leaders will still have same issues as everybody else, convincing Canon's board to cough up more money when development goes over budget schedule slips.
« Last Edit: 12/10/2016 03:45 PM by TrevorMonty »

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