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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)

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The H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) "KOUNOTORI", developed and built in Japan, is an unmanned cargo transfer spacecraft that delivers supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Its first, "technical demonstration flight" was launched in September, 2009. HTV is scheduled to launch about once a year to contribute to the ISS operations.

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Transfer of the Exposed Pallet (EP) begins

Transfer of the Exposed Pallet (EP) begins (December 14, 2016)

The Exposed Pallet (EP) with the new ISS battery Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) onboard was pulled out from the Unpressurized Logistics Carrier (ULC) of KOUNOTORI6

KOUNOTORI6 Hatch Opening and Crew Ingress

KOUNOTORI6 Hatch Opening and Crew Ingress (December 14, 2016)

The ISS Expedition 50 crew opened the hatch of KOUNOTORI6 and entered the Pressurized Logistics Carrier (PLC) at 4:44 a.m., December 14.

ISS Crew concludes KOUNOTORI6 berthing operations

ISS Crew concludes KOUNOTORI6 berthing operations (December 14, 2016)

All cables between KOUNOTORI6 and Harmony were connected. The berthing operations of KOUNOTORI6 were completed at 3:24 a.m., December 14.

*All times are Japan Standard Time (JST)

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