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Dash is a Japanese (ISAS) technology demonstration microsatellite that was launched by a H-2 rocket from Tanegashima Space Center at 02:32 UT on 4 February 2002. The 89 kg satellite was to release a 19 kg capsule to test viability of hypersonic re-entry. The capsule is thermally protected by a carbon phenolic ablation shield to endure heating rates of 10 MW/square-meter. Dash failed to separate from the rocket and the capsule release could not be commanded. Another micro-object named VEP 3 is also reported to have been released from the rocket, but no information is available on it.

Alternate Names

  • 27368

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2002-02-04
Launch Vehicle: H-2
Launch Site: Tanegashima, Japan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Japan)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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