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Raumfahrt - Start-Vorbereitung von JAXA´s H-IIB Trägerrakete mit HTV-5 KOUNOTORI5 Cargo zur ISS

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10.06.2015

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
National Research and Development Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the National Research and Development Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to launch the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 5 (H-IIB F5) with the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI5" (HTV5, a cargo transporter to the International Space Station) onboard in the following schedule.
Scheduled date of launch:August 16 (Sunday), 2015 (Japan Standard Time, JST)Launch time:around 10:01 p.m. (JST)*1Launch windows:Aug. 17 (Mon.) through Sept. 30 (Wed.), 2015 (JST)*2Launch Site:Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center
(*1) Time will be determined by the updated orbit of the International Space Station (ISS). 
(*2) The launch day and time during the launch windows shall be decided by the international coordination for ISS operations.
Quelle: JAXA
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Update: 2.07.2015
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JAXA cargo vehicle unveiled ahead of August mission to space station
TANEGASHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--Japan’s space agency unveiled the Kounotori 5 (HTV5) unmanned transfer vehicle July 1 that is being readied for a mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) cargo vessel will be carried by an H-2B rocket that will be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on Aug. 16. It is expected to dock with the ISS around Aug. 22, the agency said.
The vehicle will bring supplies, such as food and water, as well as the equipment and materials for experiments, to the ISS.
“We have successfully launched four previous Kounotori transport vehicles," said Kaneaki Narita, who heads the HTV Technology Center. “We hope to steadily carry out our mission, relentlessly tackling each task.”
The Kounotori 5 is 10 meters long, 4.4 meters in diameter and has a maximum cargo capacity of 6 tons.
Japan, the United States and Russia are responsible for cargo deliveries to the ISS.
Quelle: The Asahi Shimbun
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Update: 7.08.2015
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Quelle: JAXA
 
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Update: 13.08.2015
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Station Power Back Up as Crew Trains for Japanese Cargo Mission

ISS044E033352 (08/05/2015) — NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (left) assists Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Kimiya Yui (right) with measurements for the ongoing Ocular Health study.
The International Space Station experienced a temporary power loss Tuesday night while backup systems maintained power to critical systems. Power was restored quickly and there were no impacts to station operations and the six-member crew was always safe.
Astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui are training for the robotic capture next week of Japan’s fifth “Kounotori” HTV cargo ship (HTV-5). The HTV-5 will launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center Sunday morning and take a four day trip to the station. The duo will be inside the cupola Aug. 20 to capture the HTV-5 with the Canadarm2. Lindgren also checked on U.S. spacewalk tools while Yui cleaned and inventoried gear inside the Japanese Kibo lab module.
Cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko are cleaning up after Tuesday’s 5-hour, 31-minute spacewalk. The cosmonauts also talked to Russian spacewalk specialists on the ground Wednesday about the previous day’s external activities.
Quelle: NASA
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Update: 15.08.2015 
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Launch Postponement of H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 5
with H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI5” (HTV5) Onboard
August 14, 2015 (JST)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
National Research and Development Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to postpone the launch of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 5 with the H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI5” (HTV5) onboard from the Tanegashima Space Center, which was originally scheduled for August 16, 2015 (Japan Standard Time), as unfavorable weather is forecasted.
The new launch date is set for August 17 (Mon.), 2015 (JST).
Please note that the launch date may be delayed further due to weather conditions.
Quelle: JAXA
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Update: 17.08.2015
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Bad Weather Again Delays Launch of Japanese Cargo Ship to Space Station

This artist's concept shows the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) H-II Transport Vehicle-5 separating from its H-IIB launch vehicle.
Credits: JAXA
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has postponed the launch of its H-II Transport Vehicle (HTV)-5 to the International Space Station to 7:50 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 19. NASA Television will carry live coverage of the event beginning at 7 a.m.
JAXA is delaying the launch from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan due to an unfavorable weather forecast at the launch site for the next two days, which may delay the launch date further.
Loaded with more than 4.5 tons of supplies, including water, spare parts and experiment hardware for the six-person space station crew, the unpiloted cargo craft, named Kounotori, Japanese for “white stork,” will travel five days to reach the station.
Rendezvous and grapple of the HTV-5 now is scheduled for approximately 6:55 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24. NASA TV coverage will begin at 5:15 a.m. Installation coverage will now begin at 9:15 a.m. for installation at approximately 9:45 a.m.
Quelle: NASA
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Update: 18.08.2015 / 23.45 MESZ
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Quelle: JAXA
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Update: 19.08.2015 / 8.10 MESZ
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KOUNOTORI 5 has arrived at the launch pad

Quelle: JAXA
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