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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)

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KOUNOTORI5 Completes the First Height Adjustment Maneuver

KOUNOTORI5 Completes the First Height Adjustment Maneuver (August 24, 2015)

KOUNOTORI5 completed its first Height Adjustment Maneuver at 2:55 a.m., August 23 (5:55 p.m., August 22 UTC).

KOUNOTORI5 Completes the First Phase Maneuver

KOUNOTORI5 Completes the First Phase Maneuver (August 20, 2015)

The KOUNOTORI5 completed its first Phase Maneuver at 4:25 a.m., August 20. Our next update will be August 24.

KOUNOTORI5 Establishes Three-Axis Attitude

KOUNOTORI5 Establishes Three-Axis Attitude (August 19, 2015)

The KOUNOTORI5 has successfully established three-axis attitude at 21:48 p.m. August 19. KOUNOTORI's system self-checks are ongoing in preparation for its first phase adjusting maneuver (Phase Maneuver1: PM1).

KOUNOTORI5 Initiates Communications with Tsukuba (HTV MCR)

KOUNOTORI5 Initiates Communications with Tsukuba (HTV MCR) (August 19, 2015)

The KOUNOTORI5 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).

KOUNOTORI5 separates from the H-IIB Second Stage

KOUNOTORI5 separates from the H-IIB Second Stage (August 19, 2015)

Separations of the Solid Rocket Booster (SRB-A), the Fairing, the H-IIB First Stage occurred just as planned. The H-IIB Second Stage burned out approximately 15 minutes after the launch, and KOUNOTORI5 was successfully separated from the H-IIB Second Stage. Then, the KOUNOTORI5 was inserted into the planned initial orbit.

KOUNOTORI5/H-IIB Lifts Off

KOUNOTORI5/H-IIB Lifts Off (August 19, 2015)

The H-IIB launch vehicle lifted off at 8:50 p.m., August 19. The H-IIB launch vehicle continues ascent toward orbit carrying KOUNOTORI5.

 
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