Japanese Experiment Module's (Kibo's) elements which have been collected in Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) will be transported to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, USA for launch by the Space Shuttle.
The transportation procedure for Kibo is being studied considering the followin point;
Under those conditions, transportation procedures, methods and routes for transportation are being studied.
Once Kibo is transported to the US, it will not be easy to return it to Japan. To make sure that Kibo has been properly completed, a test review meeting will be held when the series of tests being conducted in TKSC is completed. When all criteria have been satisfied Kibo will be loaded into containers.
Kibo Pressurized Module (PM) was shipped from TKSC in April 2003 and arrived at KSC in June 2003. In the timeframe from December 2006 through March 2007, Kibo Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section (ELM-PS), JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) and Kibo Payloads (SAIBO rack and RYUTAI rack) have been shipped from TKSC to KSC.
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