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Uchinoura Space Center, Kimotsuki-cho

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The Uchinoura Space Center is a space launch facility close to the Japanese town of Kimotsuki, in Kagoshima Prefecture. Before the establishment of the JAXA space agency in 2003, it was simply called the Kagoshima Space Center. All Japan's scientific satellites were launched from Uchinoura prior to the M-V launch vehicles being decommissioned in 2006. It continues to be used for suborbital launches, and has also been used for the Epsilon orbital launch vehicle. Additionally, the center has antennas for communication with interplanetary space probes.HistoryEstablished in February 1962, the Kagoshima Space Center was constructed on the Pacific coast of Kagoshima Prefecture at Uchinoura for the purpose of launching large rockets with probe payloads. Prior to establishment of KSC, test launches of the Pencil Rocket, Baby Rocket and Kappa Rocket had been performed at the pioneering Akita rocket test facility from the mid-1950s to the 1960s. However, progress in rocket development and larger launch vehicles required a site with more expansive down range than the narrow Sea of Japan. After consideration of various candidate sites, Uchinoura in Kagoshima Prefecture, fronting the Pacific Ocean, was selected. At 31° 15' north latitude and 131° 05' east longitude, and situated in hilly terrain, the site at first glance does not appear to be exceptional; however, landscape engineering resulted in a launch facility which maximizes the unique terrain features of the site.
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  • Though it was going to go to Kanoya, arrived by ferry from Osaka shibushi knew the existence of this facility on road signs, has a big detour is to inspect the facilities, staff was wonderful. I think osumi peninsula east of must-see tourist destination, enjoy fantastic views staff.
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  • Had wanted because it was the place where spaceport of Tanegashima island until the rocket base in Japan as the centerpiece, the Hayabusa was launched came from old, cherished and visited with family. Existence of a parabolic antenna and launch pad will consciously the space enough. Also in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu is disappointing and environment is the difficulty of access, the Antelope is much more to this Uchinoura Space Center something special has given us. Great views from the 衛星ヶ丘 Observatory. If you inspect observation Office, official of passing people talk to me, explained daughter was also like a picture postcard. It would be unbearable that space enthusiasts.
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  • After a closer look at every corner and I thought at first would be about 30 minutes, in a brochure 1-found signs of it takes two hours. I like see move the points in the car.
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  • If you was put in by car or motorbike. Very good views. Interpretive Center. It is good to go. Free of charge.
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  • Until there's nothing but scenery is Tamron's science staff 🎵 there where 🎵🎵 hyped up with you can also visit the site free of charge. Next is 🍀 want to go when you launch a rocket.
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  • Almost empty during the week. Once the rocket wants to look! It is seems to be terrible ROAR.
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  • Traffic convenience, great Hall of this scale and Museum materials, free
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  • Contents are quite old, but in 2016, now current solid rocket launch; If you offer at the reception desk (resumed), put in in the car.
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