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KOUNOTORI4/H-IIB Lifts Off

KOUNOTORI4/H-IIB Lifts Off (August 4, 2013)

The H-IIB launch vehicle lifted off at 4:48 a.m., August 4. The H-IIB launch vehicle continues ascent toward orbit carrying KOUNOTORI4.

H-IIB/KOUNOTORI4 Launch Preparation Update

H-IIB/KOUNOTORI4 Launch Preparation Update (August 4, 2013)

At the Launch Pad 2 of the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), the H-IIB launch vehicle's final launch preparation continues which is scheduled for 4:48 a.m., August 4. Launch countdown is scheduled to begin at 3:48 a.m., from one hour before launch.

KOUNOTORI4/H-IIB F4 launch time has been set

KOUNOTORI4/H-IIB F4 launch time has been set (August 2, 2013)

The launch time of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 4 with KOUNOTORI4 has been set for 4:48:46 a.m. on August 4, 2013.

Late cargo accessing to the HTV4 completed. The hatch was closed.

Late cargo accessing to the HTV4 completed. The hatch was closed. (August 2, 2013)

In the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) of the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), late cargo accessing to the Pressurized Logistics Carrier (PLC) was done twice from July 31-August 1 for the cargo that needs to be loaded just prior to the launch, which includes experiment samples and space food.

KOUNOTORI4 was moved to the VAB

KOUNOTORI4 was moved to the VAB (July 24, 2013)

On July 20, the encapsulated KOUNOTORI4 was transported from the Second Spacecraft and Fairing Assembly Building (SFA2) to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB).

KOUNOTORI4 encapsulated

KOUNOTORI4 encapsulated (July 19, 2013)

On July 11, the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) KOUNOTORI4 was mated with the Payload Attach Fitting (PAF). Subsequently from July 13-18, the HTV was encapsulated in the payload fairing.

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