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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)


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HTV7 Mission

Developed and built in Japan, the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) known as "KOUNOTORI (meaning ‘white stork’ in Japanese)" is an unmanned cargo transfer spacecraft that delivers supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). With the world’s largest loading capacity of approximately six metric tons and such unique functions as the International Standard Payload Racks (ISPRs) and unpressurized cargo transport, “KOUNOTORI” plays a key role in stable ISS operations through its steadily performing systematic resupply mission.


画像:Recovered HTV Small Re-entry Capsule was opened for media at JAXA TKSCへリンク

Recovered HTV Small Re-entry Capsule was opened for media at JAXA TKSC (December 5, 2018)

Main body and components of the small r...

画像:Reentry of KOUNOTORI7 was confirmedへリンク

Reentry of KOUNOTORI7 was confirmed (November 11, 2018)

The reentry of the H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI7(HTV7) into Earth's atmosphere was comfirmed.

画像:KOUNOTORI7 finished final de-orbit maneuver for reentryへリンク

KOUNOTORI7 finished final de-orbit maneuver for reentry (November 11, 2018)

At 6:14 a.m. on November 11,KOUNOTORI7(HYV7) performed the third de-orbit maneuver for reentry into Earth's atmosphere. All maneuver were completed norminal.

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Flight Schedule

HTV7 Mission Schedule (as of November 11, 2018)
Item Schedule*1
HTV flight name HTV7 (KOUNOTORI 7) (The seventh HTV flight: HTV7)
Launch date 2:52:27 a.m., September 23, 2018
HTV7 capture 8:36 p.m., September 27, 2018
Berthing completion to the ISS*2 3:08 a.m., September 28, 2018
Departure from the ISS 1:50 a.m., November 8, 2018
Estimated re-entry*3 6:38 a.m., November 11, 2018
Estimated splashdown 6:48 a.m.-7:12 a.m., November 11, 2018
  • *1 All times are Japan Standard Time (JST. UTC + 9 hours)
  • *2 Activation of the HTV DDCU
  • *3 Altitude at 120 km

Major payload to be delivered on board HTV7

Major payload to be delivered on board HTV7 is as follows.

Cargo in the Pressurized Logistics Carrier (PLC)

  • HTV Small Re-entry Capsule: HSRC
  • Utilization/experiment-related items
    • Racks
      • Express Rack 9B
      • Express Rack 10B
      • Life Support Rack: LSR(ESA Payload)
      • Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) and LSG Launch support rack
    • Loop Heat Pipe Radiator: LHPR
  • Cargo for the onboard crew
    • Fresh Food
    • Crew Provisioning Items

Cargo in the Unpressurized Logistics Carrier (ULC)

  • ISS Li-ion battery Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs)

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