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14.07.2018

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Launch Schedule of the H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI7
aboard the H-IIB Vehicle No. 7

July 13, 2018 (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) will launch the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 7(H-IIB F7) which carries aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7), the cargo transporter to the International Space Station (ISS). Details are as follows:

Scheduled Date of Launch: September 11, 2018
Scheduled Time of Launch: 7:32 a.m. (Japan Standard Time, JST) *1
Reserved Launch Period: September 12 through October 31, 2018 *2
Location: Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center

 

*1: The launch time is subject to change as the ISS orbit is updated.
*2: Launch time and date during this period are pending, determined by the ISS operations and other status.

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HTV7 Mission

Developed and built in Japan, the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) known as "KOUNOTORI (meaning ‘white stork’ in Japanese)" is an unmanned cargo transfer spacecraft that delivers supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). With the world’s largest loading capacity of approximately six metric tons and such unique functions as the International Standard Payload Racks (ISPRs) and unpressurized cargo transport, “KOUNOTORI” plays a key role in stable ISS operations through its steadily performing systematic resupply mission.

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Major payload to be delivered on board HTV7

Major payload to be delivered on board HTV7 is as follows.

Cargo in the Pressurized Logistics Carrier (PLC)

  • HTV Small Re-entry Capsule: HSRC
  • Utilization/experiment-related items
    • Racks
      • Express Rack 9B
      • Express Rack 10B
      • Life Support Rack: LSR(ESA Payload)
      • Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) and LSG Launch support rack
    • Loop Heat Pipe Radiator: LHPR
  • Cargo for the onboard crew
    • Fresh Food
    • Crew Provisioning Items

Quelle: JAXA

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Update: 29.07.2018

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JAXA’s Kounotori 7 cargo ship unveiled

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has unveiled the Kounotori 7 unmanned cargo transporter, which is scheduled to be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Sept. 11.

The cargo ship will be loaded onto the Japan-made H-2B large rocket, and carry about 6.2 tons of food, clothing and other daily commodities to the astronauts at the International Space Station.

The cylinder-shaped Kounotori is about 10 meters long and 4.4 meters in diameter. It is the same type as its predecessor, the Kounotori 6.

The Kounotori will also carry a small capsule designed to collect test samples, the first of its kind, and bring protein crystals and other materials back to Earth from the ISS.

Quelle: The Japan News

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Update: 7.09.2018

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NASA Television to Air Launch, Capture of Japanese Cargo Ship to Space Station

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) unpiloted H-II Transport Vehicle-6 (HTV-6) makes its final approach to the International Space Station Dec. 13, 2016.
Credits: NASA

A Japanese cargo ship loaded with more than five tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiments is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station at 6:32 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 10 (7:32 a.m. Sept. 11 in Japan). Live coverage of the launch and capture will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

 

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) unpiloted H-II Transport Vehicle-7 (HTV-7) is scheduled to lift off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan nine years to the day after the flight of the first HTV cargo spacecraft. Live coverage will begin at 6 p.m.

 

HTV-7 will arrive at the space station Friday, Sept. 14. Live coverage of spacecraft rendezvous will begin at 6 a.m. Expedition 56 Commander Drew Feusteland Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA will operate the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm to capture the spacecraft as it approaches from below. Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) will monitor HTV-7 systems during its approach to the orbiting complex. Capture is scheduled for around 7:40 a.m. After a break, NASA TV coverage will resume at 11 a.m. for spacecraft installation to the space station’s Harmony module by ground controllers operating Canadarm2 remotely.

 

Named Kounotori, White Stork in Japanese, the unpiloted cargo spacecraft is loaded with six new lithium-ion batteries and adapter plates to replace aging nickel-hydrogen batteries that make up part of the station’s electrical power system. The batteries will be replaced through a series of robotic operations and two spacewalks planned for Sept. 20 and 26.

 

Also aboard HTV-7 is a small reentry capsule designed by JAXA that will be assembled by the station crew prior to HTV-7’s departure this fall. The cone-shaped capsule, measuring 2 feet high and 2.7 feet wide, is an experimental technology demonstration designed to test JAXA’s ability to return small Japanese science payloads from the station for expedited delivery to researchers. Following HTV-7’s departure from the station and several deorbit maneuvers, the capsule will be ejected from the spacecraft’s hatch for a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of Japan, where a JAXA ship will recover it.

 

Additional experiments and equipment in HTV-7 include a new sample holder for the Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (JAXA-ELF), a protein crystal growth experiment at low temperatures (JAXA LT PCG), an investigation that looks at the effect of microgravity on bone marrow (MARROW), a Life Sciences Glovebox, and additional EXPRESS Racks.

 

HTV-7 will reenter Earth’s atmosphere after its deorbit maneuvers to burn up harmlessly over the South Pacific Ocean this fall.

Quelle: NASA

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Update: 10.09.2018

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Launch Postponed H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI7
aboard the H-IIB Vehicle No. 7

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
National Research and Development Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have postponed the launch of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 7(H-IIB F7) which carries aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7), the cargo transporter to the International Space Station (ISS) from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center. In Guam, where there is one of JAXA's tracking stations, adverse weather including strong winds caused by a typhoon is predicted for the day before and launch day. The launch was originally scheduled for September 11, 2018.

New launch date will be informed when determined.

Quelle: JAXA

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Update: 15.09.2018

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JAXA launch of ISS supply ship delayed again, this time by equipment flaw

A rocket launch to resupply the International Space Station was delayed again on Saturday by a “serious” equipment problem, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said.

“We faced a rather serious issue,” Koki Nimura, senior chief engineer at MHI, which developed the rocket, told a news conference.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was scheduled to launch the H-IIB rocket with the Kounotori7 cargo ship from Tanegashima Space Center, Kagoshima Prefecture, early in the morning following a delay on Tuesday caused by bad weather.

The decision follows a problem in the valve used to adjust pressure in a fuel tank. It may take more than a week to fix the flaw, JAXA said.

The cargo ship will carry food and other necessities to the ISS. The delay will not immediately affect the space station, JAXA said.

Quelle: thejapantimes

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Today's Launch Cancellation, H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7"
aboard the H-IIB Vehicle No. 7

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September 15, 2018 (JST)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
National Research and Development Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have cancelled launch of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 7(H-IIB F7) with aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7), the cargo transporter to the International Space Station (ISS). The cancellation is because additional investigation became necessary of the H-IIB F7 propulsion system. The launch was scheduled for September 15, 2018, from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center.

Launch schedule updates will be informed when determined.

Quelle: JAXA

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Update: 22.09.2018

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Quelle: JAXA

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Update: 23.09.2018

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Japanese Rocket Blasts Off to Resupply Station

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apan’s H-IIB rocket with the HTV-7 resupply ship on top blasts off at 1:52 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 22 (2:52 a.m. Sept. 23 Japan standard time) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s H-IIB rocket launched at 1:52 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 22 (2:52 a.m. Sept. 23 Japan standard time) from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. At the time of launch, the space station was 254 miles over the southwest Pacific, west of Chile.

A little more than 15 minutes after launch, the unpiloted H-II Transfer Vehicle-7 (HTV-7) cargo spacecraft successfully separated from the rocket and began its four-and-a-half rendezvous with the International Space Station.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the HTV-7 will approach the station from below and slowly inch its way toward the orbiting laboratory. Expedition 56 Commander Drew Feustel and Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA will operate the station’s Canadarm2robotic arm to capture the spacecraft as it approaches. Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) will monitor HTV-7 systems during its approach. Robotic ground controllers will then install it on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module, where it will remain for several weeks.

NASA TV coverage of the Sept. 27 rendezvous and grapple will begin at 6:30 a.m. ET. Capture is scheduled for approximately 8:00 a.m. After a break, NASA TV coverage will resume at 10:30 a.m. for spacecraft installation to the space station’s Harmony module.

In addition to new hardware to upgrade the station’s electrical power system, the HTV-7 is carrying a new sample holder for the Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (JAXA-ELF), a protein crystal growth experiment at low temperatures (JAXA LT PCG), an investigation that looks at the effect of microgravity on bone marrow (MARROW), a Life Sciences Glovebox, and additional EXPRESS Racks.

Quelle: NASA 

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