M-V is the next generation satellite launcher of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (IS AS) expected to be a work horse for Japanese scientific missions beyond late 1990s. It is a three staged, solid propellant rocket with 2ton class launch capability into LEO. Its development is underway toward the revised first launch date in 1996. This paper describes the back ground and the design philosophy of M-V along with vehicle characteristics featuring new technology to be introduced. Also given are the development status and the launch schedule.
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- Aerospace Engineering