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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)

KOUNOTORI5 Mission Completed

Last Updated: September 30, 2015

KOUNOTORI5 (HTV5) reentered Earth's atmosphere at 5:33 a.m., September 30 (8:33 p.m., September 29 UTC).

KOUNOTORI5 successfully completed 42 days of cargo supply mission to the ISS.

Estimated Reentry* Time 5:33 a.m. September 30 (8:33 p.m., September 29 UTC)
Estimated Splashdown Time 5:47 - 6:13 a.m., September 30 (8:47 - 9:13 p.m., September 29 UTC)

* Altitude at 120km


For the KOUNOTORI's capture and berthing, Astronaut Yui, in charge of the robotic arm operation, the Flight Control Team at the Tsukuba Space Center, and Astronaut Wakata, lead CAPCOM cooperated to make the operations successful. Such Japan's technical strength and reliability received much attention from the world.

KOUNOTORI5 provided ISS crew with fresh fruits by making use of "late access" (express delivery) service, one of the features of the HTV. Late access service also enabled acceptance of an urgent delivery request for delivering replacement parts of the Water Recovery System, a dispensable system for the ISS operations.

KOUNOTORI5 also delivered new experimental devices as represented by the Mouse Habitat Unit (MHU), Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF), and CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET). Utilization of the Kibo's new experiment environment is hoped to yield a lot of results to us.

*All times are Japan Standard Time (JST. UTC + 9 hours)

 
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