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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)

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SSRMS Captures KOUNOTORI4

SSRMS Captures KOUNOTORI4 (August 9, 2013)

KOUNOTORI4 was grappled by the station's robotic arm (Space Station Remote Manipulator System: SSRMS) at 8:22 p.m., August 9.

KOUNOTORI4 Reaches 10m Below the ISS

KOUNOTORI4 Reaches 10m Below the ISS (August 9, 2013)

KOUNOTORI4 arrived at a point 10m below the ISS at 8:10 p.m., August 9. Ground controllers confirmed that KOUNOTORI4 is positioned within the "Capture Box." KOUNOTORI4's thrusters have been disabled.

KOUNOTORI4 arrived at 500m below the ISS (RI point)

KOUNOTORI4 arrived at 500m below the ISS (RI point) (August 9, 2013)

KOUNOTORI4 arrived at 500m below the ISS (RI point) at 6:07 p.m. August 9. From the RI point, KOUNOTORI4 will slowly and accurately move closer to the ISS, at the approach speed of 1 to 10 meters per minute, while adjusting its position using the Rendezvous Sensor (RVS).

KOUNOTORI4 Resumes Approach to the ISS

KOUNOTORI4 Resumes Approach to the ISS (August 9, 2013)

KOUNOTORI4 completed its maneuver to leave the AI point and resumed its approach toward the ISS at 5:05 p.m., August 9. KOUNOTORI4 will move closer to the ISS.

KOUNOTORI4 Reaches 5km behind the ISS

KOUNOTORI4 Reaches 5km behind the ISS (August 9, 2013)

KOUNOTORI4 arrived at 5km behind the ISS, called the Approach Initiation (AI) point, at 2:31 p.m., August 9.

KOUNOTORI4 Completes Third Height Adjustment Maneuver

KOUNOTORI4 Completes Third Height Adjustment Maneuver (August 9, 2013)

KOUNOTORI4 completed its third Height Adjustment Maneuver (HAM2) at 1:44 p.m.,August 9.

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