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KOUNOTORI6 initiates communications with Tsukuba (HTV MCR)

KOUNOTORI6 initiates communications with Tsukuba (HTV MCR) (December 9, 2016)

KOUNOTORI6 has successfully established communications with the NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) and then initiated communications with the HTV Mission Control Room (HTV MCR) at the Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC).

KOUNOTORI6 separates from the H-IIB Second Stage

KOUNOTORI6 separates from the H-IIB Second Stage (December 9, 2016)

Separations of the Solid Rocket Booster (SRB-A), the Fairing, and the H-IIB First Stage occurred as planned. The H-IIB Second Stage burned out approximately 15 minutes after the launch, and KOUNOTORI6 was successfully separated from the H-IIB Second Stage. Then, the KOUNOTORI6 was inserted into the planned initial orbit.

KOUNOTORI6/H-IIB Lifts Off

KOUNOTORI6/H-IIB Lifts Off (December 9, 2016)

The H-IIB launch vehicle lifted off at 10:26 p.m., December 9. The H-IIB launch vehicle continues ascent toward orbit carrying KOUNOTORI 6.

H-IIB/KOUNOTORI 6 Launch Preparation Update

H-IIB/KOUNOTORI 6 Launch Preparation Update (December 9, 2016)

At the Launch Pad 2 in the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), the H-IIB launch vehicle's final preparation continues toward the scheduled launch time of 10:26 p.m., December 9. Launch countdown is scheduled to begin at 9:26 p.m., one hour before launch.

KOUNOTORI6 has arrived at the launch pad

KOUNOTORI6 has arrived at the launch pad (December 9, 2016)

The encapsulated KOUNOTORI6 was transferred from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to the Launch Pad 2 (LP2) in the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC).

ISS batteries loaded into KOUNOTORI6

ISS batteries loaded into KOUNOTORI6 (July 26, 2016)

From June 1-2, the operations for loading the ISS battery Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) into the H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI6 and filling the water bags were unveiled to the press at the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC).

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