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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)

Final preparation for KOUNOTORI3 launch continues

Last Updated: July 18, 2012
Loading late access cargo (Credit:JAXA)

Loading late access cargo (Credit:JAXA)

At the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) of the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), final preparation for KOUNOTORI launch continues.

On July 9, final inspection was performed, and no NG was found from the vehicle. From July 13 to 15, a rehearsal was conducted simulating the launch operation.

Late access cargo loading will continue until July 19. Then the hatch will be closed, and H-IIB/KOUNOTORI3 will be carried to the launch pad.

The target launch date and time for KOUNOTORI3 is 11:18 a.m., July 21, 2012.

*All times are Japan Standard Time (JST. UTC + 9 hours)

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