Pencil Rocket

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Pencil Rocket
Pencil Rocket.jpg
Pencil Rocket. Exhibit in the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, Japan.
Function Technology demonstration
Manufacturer Avionics and Supersonic Aerodynamics
Country of origin Japan
Height 23 cm (9.1 in)
Diameter 1.8 cm (0.71 in)
Mass 200 g (7.1 oz)
Stages 1
Launch history
Status Retired
Total launches 29
First flight 12 April 1955
Last flight 23 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.


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