H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), KOUNOTORI3, will make the second operational flight to the International Space Station (ISS). KOUNOTORI3 delivers the followings:
KOUNOTORI3 will be unberthed from the ISS and reentered into the atmosphere after being loaded with trash and discarded items on the ISS.
KOUNOTORI3 (HTV3) reentered Earth’s atmosphere at 2:27 p.m. on September 14, over the east coast of New Zealand. KOUNOTORI3 successfully completed its cargo supply mission to the ISS.
For its continuous and effective supply to the ISS in the future, KOUNOTORI3 adopts domestic products for its primary equipment such as main engine. In addition, development and improvement have been made to flexibly meet the operations requirement of the ISS. Under the cooperation between JAXA and private sector, KOUNOTORI3 carries an i-Ball to acquire data during the reentry into the atmosphere. KOUNOTORI3 will also attempt to capture the state of breakup of the vehicle.
The Japanese payload cargo manifest includes: AQH that accommodates small fishes such as Medaka, Japanese killifishes, Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment (MCE) which mounts 5 payloads, and J-SSOD that releases CubeSats with its platform grasped by the Kibo's Remote Manipulator System (RMS).
|Item||Details and Plans|
|HTV Flight Name||KOUNOTORI3 (The third HTV flight: HTV3)|
|Launch Time||11:06:18 a.m., July 21, 2012|
|Launch Site||Launch Pad2 (LP2), Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC)|
|KOUNOTORI3 Capture||9:23 p.m. July 27, 2012|
|Berthing to the ISS||0:22 a.m. July 28, 2012|
|Separation from the ISS||0:50 a.m. September 13, 2012|
|Reentry||2:27 a.m. September 14, 2012|
|Altitude||Insertion Orbit: 200 km x 300 km (elliptical orbit)
Rendezvous: Approx. 400km
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