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HTV-1 reentered the atmosphere / HTV-1 mission completed

HTV-1 reentered the atmosphere / HTV-1 mission completed (November 2, 2009)

Following the third de-orbit maneuver, the HTV-1 has reentered the atmosphere at around 6:26 a.m. November 2, from 120 km above New Zealand, and it concluded the HTV-1 Mission, the maiden flight of Japan's unmanned cargo transfer vehicle to the ISS.

HTV-1 performed the third and final de-orbit maneuver

HTV-1 performed the third and final de-orbit maneuver (November 2, 2009)

The HTV-1 began the final de-orbit maneuver at 5:53 a.m. November 2, while the spacecraft was passing over the Central Asia. The maneuver was completed at 6:01 a.m.

HTV-1 go for final de-orbit maneuver / reentry

HTV-1 go for final de-orbit maneuver / reentry (November 2, 2009)

Following the second de-orbit maneuver, the HTV-1 was inserted into an elliptic orbit with an altitude of 143 km perigee and 335 km apogee.

HTV-1 performed the second de-orbit maneuver

HTV-1 performed the second de-orbit maneuver (November 2, 2009)

The HTV-1 began the second de-orbit maneuver at 1:25 a.m. November 2, and completed the maneuver at 1:34 a.m. Now, the HTV-1 has just several orbits left to go.

HTV-1 performed the first de-orbit maneuver

HTV-1 performed the first de-orbit maneuver (November 2, 2009)

After the departure from the International Space Station (ISS) in the early hours of October 31, the HTV-1 continues smooth flight.

HTV-1 flies toward the end of its mission

HTV-1 flies toward the end of its mission (October 31, 2009)

After leaving the ISS orbit, the HTV-1 was successfully inserted into a planned orbit.

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