Japan Launch Space Station Resupply Mission

James Marshall
May 23, 2020

NASA - the space agency has chose to make the live launch coverage of the Japanese cargo spacecraft carrying more than around four tons of supplies including water, spare parts and experiment hardware that is necessary for the expenditure 63 crew aboard the global space station.

An H2B rocket blasted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan at 2:31 a.m. on Thursday, Japan time. The latest model, the ninth to date, is on its final mission. The spacecraft is expected to rendezvous with the space station on Monday, May 25 at 12:15 UTC.

It was developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, to carry supplies to the ISS.

This new mission will be docked automatically to the station's global docking adapters with the first flight schedule during 2022.

The H-II, Kountouri (white stork) in Japanese, has flown nine missions since its 2009 debut and proved a handy workhorse capable of lifting around 6,000kg to the ISS, the only destination it has visited.

The Kounotori 9 will capture images of the ISS in its orbit about 400 kilometers above Earth to test communications technology created to determine the vessel's location and status.

After docking with the ISS for a number of weeks, the Konotori 9 is scheduled to leave the space station with unnecessary items and burn up by reentering the atmosphere.

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