Pencil Rocket

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Pencil Rocket
Pencil Rocket.jpg
Pencil Rocket. Exhibit in the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, Japan.
FunctionTechnology demonstration
ManufacturerAvionics and Supersonic Aerodynamics
Country of originJapan
Height23 cm (9.1 in)
Diameter1.8 cm (0.71 in)
Mass200 g (7.1 oz)
Launch history
Total launches29
First flight12 April 1955
Last flight23 April 1955

The Pencil Rocket was developed by the Avionics and Supersonic Aerodynamics (AVSA) research group in the early days of Japan's space development. A prominent engineer on the project was Hideo Itokawa. The rocket was first launched on 12 April 1955. The dimensions were 23 cm in length by 1.8 cm in diameter, weighing 200 grams.


  • Matogawa, Yasunori (21 May 2005). Pencil Rocket Story: The Dawn of Japanese Space Development. JAXA.

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