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KOUNOTORI2 Completes First Height Adjustment Maneuver

KOUNOTORI2 Completes First Height Adjustment Maneuver (January 26, 2011)

KOUNOTORI2 performed the first Height Adjustment Maneuver (HAM1) at 6:26 a.m., January 26, 2011.

KOUNOTORI2 Continues Nominal Rendezvous Flight

KOUNOTORI2 Continues Nominal Rendezvous Flight (January 25, 2011)

KOUNOTORI2 maintains nominal orbital rendezvous flight. KOUNOTORI2 is now flying in an elliptical orbit at an altitude of 320km (apogee) x 312km (perigee).

KOUNOTORI2 Continues Smooth Flight

KOUNOTORI2 Continues Smooth Flight (January 24, 2011)

Following the completion of the first phase maneuver (PM1) at 10:13 p.m., January 22, KOUNOTORI2 has reached the planned orbit to perform initial height adjustment maneuvers at 0:36 a.m., January 23. KOUNOTORI2 has been continuing a smooth flight. The next HTV2 mission status update will be posted on Tuesday afternoon, January 25, 2011.

KOUNOTORI2 Completes the First Phase Maneuver (PM1)

KOUNOTORI2 Completes the First Phase Maneuver (PM1) (January 22, 2011)

The KOUNOTORI2 completed the first Phase Maneuver (PM1) at 10:13 p.m., January 22. Next HTV2 mission status update will be posted on Monday morning, January 24, 2011.

KOUNOTORI2 Establishes Three-Axis Attitude

KOUNOTORI2 Establishes Three-Axis Attitude (January 22, 2011)

The KOUNOTORI2 has successfully established three-axis attitude at 3:36 p.m. January 22. KOUNOTORI's system self-checks are ongoing in preparation for its first phase adjusting maneuver (Phase Maneuver1: PM1) scheduled at 10:08 p.m. January 22.

KOUNOTORI2 Initiates Communications with Tsukuba (HTV MCR)

KOUNOTORI2 Initiates Communications with Tsukuba (HTV MCR) (January 22, 2011)

The KOUNOTORI2 has successfully established communications with the NASA's TDRS, and initiated communications with the HTV Mission Control Room (HTV MCR) at the Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC). The KOUNOTORI2 also established two-axis attitude.

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