Developed and built in Japan, the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) known as "KOUNOTORI (white stork)" is an unmanned cargo transfer spacecraft that delivers supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).
With the world’s largest loading capacity of approximately six tons and such unique functions as the International Standard Racks, “KOUNOTORI” plays a key role in ISS operations.
KOUNOTORI6 (HTV6) descended to an altitude of 120km over the east coast of New Zealand and reentered the Earth's atmosphere at around 0:06 a.m. on February 6. KOUNOTORI6 successfully completed its cargo supply mission to the ISS.
|HTV Flight Name||HTV6 (KOUNOTORI6)|
|Launch date and time||10:26:47 p.m., December 9 (Friday), 2016|
|Launch window||December 10 - 31, 2016, 2016|
|Launch site||Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC)|
|HTV6 capture||7:39 p.m., December 13, 2016|
|Berthing completion to the ISS (Activation of the HTV DDCU)||3:24 a.m., December 14, 2016|
|Departure from the ISS||0:45 a.m., January 28, 2017|
||Around 0:06 a.m., February 6, 2017|
|Altitude||Insertion Orbit: 200 km x 300 km (elliptical orbit)
Rendezvous: Approx. 400km
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