Next generation Unmanned Space Experiment Recovery System (USERS)


Kawasaki was responsible for developing the structure and heat shield system for the recovery capsule of the USERS, which successfully made the first reentry from orbit and safe landing on earth in the history of Japanese space exploration.

    Launched in September 2002
    Made reentry and was recovered in May 2003
    Dimensions of recovery capsule: approx. 1.5 m in diameter, 1.3 m in height

Structure and heat shield of recovery capsule
The collected recovery capsule