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Kibo PM departure for USA


Departure from Yokohama Harbor

The Kibo Pressurized Module (PM) departed from Japan for NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 6:00 p.m. JST, May 2, 2003.

The PM completed a series of tests in Japan including a total systems test and was confirmed to satisfy requirements for its transfer to the US through a pre-shipment review conducted on March 18 and April 7, 2003. The NASA-NASDA PM pre-shipment review conducted on April 7 also confirmed that KSC was ready to receive the Kibo PM.

The Multi-Element Integration Test-III (MEIT-III) will be conducted after the arrival of the PM at KSC.

PM departure from Japan on May 2
The ocean-going ship departs from shore. The ocean-going ship departs from shore.
The ocean-going ship departs from shore.

Today, test equipment was loaded into an ocean-going ship and the ship departed from Yokohama Harbor, Japan at 6:00 p.m. JST.

The PM is scheduled to arrive at KSC in early June.

PM on the ship Cargo compartment closing at 5:00 p.m. Cargo compartment closing at 5:00 p.m. Cargo compartment closing at 5:00 p.m.
PM on the ship Cargo compartment closing at 5:00 p.m.
The ship The ship The ship
The ocean-going ship
Departure from Yokohama Harbor at 6:00 p.m. JST Departure from Yokohama Harbor at 6:00 p.m. JST Departure from Yokohama Harbor at 6:00 p.m. JST Departure from Yokohama Harbor at 6:00 p.m. JST
Departure from Yokohama Harbor at 6:00 p.m. JST
Departure from Yokohama Harbor at 6:00 p.m. JST Departure from Yokohama Harbor at 6:00 p.m. JST
Departure from Yokohama Harbor at 6:00 p.m. JST



PM loaded into an ocean-going ship on May 1

The PM was transferred to an ocean-going ship from a domestic ship that had arrived at Yokohama Harbor on April 25.

PM transfer from the domestic ship to the ocean ship PM transfer from the domestic ship to the ocean ship PM transfer from the domestic ship to the ocean ship PM transfer from the domestic ship to the ocean ship
PM transfer from the domestic ship to the ocean ship
PM transfer from the domestic ship to the ocean ship PM transfer from the domestic ship to the ocean ship PM transfer from the domestic ship to the ocean ship Security boat
PM transfer from the domestic ship to the ocean ship Security boat



PM departure from Tsuchiura New Harbor in Japan on April 23
The PM departed from Tsuchiura New Harbor at 6:25 a.m. JST.
The PM departed from Tsuchiura New Harbor at 6:25 a.m. JST.
The PM departed from Tsuchiura New Harbor The PM departed from Tsuchiura New Harbor The PM departed from Tsuchiura New Harbor The PM departed from Tsuchiura New Harbor
The PM departed from Tsuchiura New Harbor



PM departure from Tsukuba Space Center on April 22
PM moving inside TKSC PM moving inside TKSC PM moving inside TKSC
PM moving inside TKSC
PM departing from TKSC PM departing from TKSC PM departing from TKSC PM departing from TKSC
PM departing from TKSC



PM loading into the container on April 15 and 16
PM EM being moved (*) PM EM being moved (*) PM EM being moved (*) Preparation for loading
PM EM being moved (*) Preparation for loading
Preparation for loading Preparation for loading Preparation for loading Preparation for loading
Preparation for loading
Preparation for loading Preparation for loading Preparation for loading Preparation for loading
Preparation for loading
PM ready for loading PM PFM being moved Clean room after PM PFM transferred PM loading into the container
PM ready for loading PM PFM being moved Clean room after PM PFM transferred PM loading into the container
PM loading into the container PM loading into the container
PM loading into the container

*: Engineering Model (EM) was moved in order to make space for the PM Proto Flight Model (PFM) loading. Click here for more about EM.




Press conference

The PM was viewed by the press on April 11 before its departure for the US.

News media News media News media News media
News media
News media News media Interview Questions and answers
News media Interview Questions and answers



PM PFM (March 18, April 7)
Exterior view
 
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Airlock and windows covered
Airlock and windows covered
Marking
Marking
Interior view
 
View from the hatch side
View from the hatch side
TV camera above Airlock
TV camera above Airlock
Airlock
Airlock
Zenith side
Zenith side
Common Berthing Mechanism (Hatch stow configuration)
Common Berthing Mechanism (Hatch stow configuration)
Coolant connector to Node 2
Coolant connector to Node 2
Nadir side
Nadir side
 




Future plans

At KSC, the PM will be checked for damage during its transfer, and then MEIT-III will be conducted.

MEIT-III configuration (plan)
MEIT-III configuration (plan)

The MEIT is conducted on the Earth to confirm the interfaces between International Space Station (ISS) modules before each ISS module launch. The MEIT is conducted three times for a group of modules whose launch dates are near. An interface test will be conducted between Kibo PM and Node 2 during the MEIT-III.

PM will be launched in a space shuttle from KSC following the final launch check completed after MEIT-III.

Future plans
Early June PM will arrive at KSC and be set up.
Aug. to Sept. MEIT-III


Last Updated : May 19, 2003

 
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