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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.For Uchinoura Space Center and beyond, use our Kimotsuki-cho road trip planner to get the most from your Kimotsuki-cho vacation.
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EvagundamSeptember 4, 2017
宇宙開発関連施設に興味が有るので、内之浦宇宙空間観測所に行きました。残念なことに、フェリーの乗船時間が迫っていたので、約40分しか時間が取れませんでした。それでも、夢が一杯膨らむ体験をしました。 初めに、入口受付で入館手続きをして許可証を受け取ります。これは、退去時に返却します。敷地がとても広いので、車で移動することになります。見学場所は、大きく二ヶ所になります。時間の関係上、Ｍ(ミュー)セン... more »Have an interest in space development facilities, so went the Uchinoura Space Center. Unfortunately approached the ferry ride, so I couldn't time is only about 40 minutes. Still, balloon Cup dream experience. At the beginning, and admission procedures at the reception entrance, receives a permit. This is returned when you leave. Site is so wide that to go by car. Hall is in 2 places. On the relationship of time to just m. (MEU) Center. This is the first, plainly, a giant M type rocket launcher. Overwhelmed by the enormity. Next to the lying, the m-v rocket. Just looking at another, the excitement. It was a very happy time. I think tour time is 2 hours or more required when you visit here. Have a plan.
mireille0220August 30, 2017
宮崎市内でレンタカーを借り、２時間半ほどのドライブで内之浦宇宙空間観測所に行きました。宮崎から海岸線に沿って志布志市を経由し、山道に入って行くと山の頂に大きな白いパラボラアンテナが視界にはいると、大きな感動を覚えました。予約はしていませんでしたが、ゲートで受付を済ませた後、ルールに従って自由に構内を車で移動できます。入場して直ぐの所に、日本の宇宙開発の父、糸川英夫の銅像と日本で初めての人工衛星「お... more »Rent a car in Miyazaki city, went on a two and a half hours drive to Uchinoura Space Center. Miyazaki through the shibushi city along the shoreline and go into the mountain has sight big white satellite dish antenna to the top of the mountain, and learned to leave a big impression. After reservation was not that the admission at the gate, according to the rules can move in the car yard free. Entrance location next to the statue Hideo Itokawa, the father of Japan's space development and Japan's first artificial satellite "ohsumi" model was displayed. I would also to experience at least once scattered and parabolic antenna for satellite tracking and radar there meter Center and observation rocket launch site, control center, m. (MEU) Center, Epsilon air traffic control center, 34 m and 20 m in diameter, such as the tour just look good. You could finally enjoy in the space science museum, history of rocket development.
Ｋくん７７号August 12, 2017
ロケットと言えば種子島ですが、鹿児島の本土にも施設があるとは知らず、興味津津で行きました。山中に観測施設や発射台が点在しています。内部の見学は、自分の車で決められたルートをまわり、最後に資料館を見学するという流れです。観測施設の巨大さは圧巻で、宇宙のスケールに少しだけ触れたような感じがしました。近くにきたら必見だと思います。 more »Knowing and have facilities on the Mainland of Kagoshima and rocket Tanegashima is interested in very interesting, went. Observation facilities and launch pads are scattered in the mountains. It is a tour inside the route determined by their car around and visit the Museum in the last movement. Is the enormity of the Observatory, was like only slightly touched on the scale of the universe. I think if you come near a must-see.
門川貴信May 10, 2017I remembered the scary impression. ... Thank you so much for the future. Students felt like in dreams. Now the Kokura high school sophomore. I want ❗ to pass the University of Tokyo.
Keisuke NinomiyaMay 13, 2017This is wonderful! Facility and Museum admission! Closer distance to the universe. Rocket launch, I saw with my own eyes!
地元民 HOODMay 20, 2017In passable by car, bike, and also all Museum staff ✨ would enjoy for the first time how to / (* ́ω ' *) / ✨ requires attention not just nearby shops ('-ω-be)
ぺんぎん太郎May 1, 2017Barrier-free information: in the spiral-shaped Museum, visitors in wheelchairs is impossible. Other buildings is the closest wheelchair approaching.
まえたくDecember 27, 2016If 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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