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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)


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KOUNOTORI2 Separates from the H-IIB Second Stage

KOUNOTORI2 Separates from the H-IIB Second Stage (January 22, 2011)

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 launch, and the KOUNOTORI2 was successfully separated from the H-IIB Second Stage. Then, the KOUNOTORI2 was inserted into the planned initial orbit.


KOUNOTORI2/H-IIB Lifts Off (January 22, 2011)

The H-IIB launch vehicle lifted off at 2:37 p.m., January 22. The H-IIB launch vehicle continues ascent toward orbit carrying the KOUNOTORI2.


KOUNOTORI2 "Go" for Launch Today/ 60 Min. Before Launch (January 22, 2011)

Sixty minutes before launch, JAXA gave the H-IIB launch vehicle "Go" to launch today. The KOUNOTORI2/H-IIB will take off from the TNSC launch complex shortly.

KOUNOTORI2 Live Launch Coverage Begins

KOUNOTORI2 Live Launch Coverage Begins (January 22, 2011)

Live launch coverage* of the KOUNOTORI2/H-IIB began (*Japanese only). Launch countdown is scheduled to begin at 1:37 p.m., from one hour before launch.

H-IIB/KOUNOTORI2 Launch Preparation Update

H-IIB/KOUNOTORI2 Launch Preparation Update (January 22, 2011)

At the Launch Pad 2 of the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), the H-IIB launch vehicle's final launch preparation continues. The H-IIB remains on track for launch at 2:37 p.m. January 22, 2011.

KOUNOTORI2 Set to Launch on Saturday

KOUNOTORI2 Set to Launch on Saturday (January 20, 2011)

JAXA has decided launch date of the KOUNOTORI2 (HTV2). The KOUNOTORI2 is now set to launch at 2:37:57 p.m. on January 22, 2011.

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