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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.
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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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Re: Canon Electronics Inc. to build "Mini Rocket"
« Reply #5 on: 07/02/2018 08:46 AM »
http://www.space-one.co.jp/ Canon Electronics is one of the 4 shareholders.
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Re: Canon Electronics Inc. to build "Mini Rocket"
« Reply #6 on: 07/02/2018 11:29 PM »
Oh that "solution" press release is rather optimistic. Mid 2021 for their real launcher first flight, 20 flights per year production capability by "mid 2020's"? World's shortest lead time from contract to flight?

By 2021 LauncherOne and RocketLabs will be the main game in town for smallsat launches, pushing prices down ever closer to margins. This is not a game a company in a high overhead regime can win easily in (though the non-ITAR angle might support a niche). That's assuming they actually can secure a launch site without excessive launch restrictions (fishing cooperatives blocking out half the year, air flight corridor proximity restricting rate of NOTAMS). Plus manufacturing speed is a probable bottleneck. I believe other launch service providers are around a year or so? If the rumor of an all solid design is true, has anyone built solids at that rate outside a military missile production contract, at low cost?

Here's the PDF's, for posterity...

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