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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)

HTV7 media briefing at Tanegashima Space Center

Last Updated: July 28, 2018

(Credit: JAXA, photograped in the TNSC SFA2)

On July 28th, the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV7) "KOUNOTORI7" was unveiled to media at JAXA's Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC) along with the briefing of its upcoming mission. Many journalists gathered to take the opportunity to see the flight vehicle before launch with their eyes.

In the briefing of HTV7 "KOUNOTORI7" mission before the release of the HTV7's main body, explanations were given in the following: the mission overview, past operation history of HTV, improved points for the mission, the current preparation status for launch, its delivery of largest number of International Standard Payload Racks (ISPRs) ever, also largest weight, and Japan's first attempt to samples return from the ISS by using small re-entry capsule.


  • Overview briefing
    • Hirohiko Uematsu, Director of HTV Technology Center, JAXA
  • Explanation of HTV Small Re-entry Capsule (HSRC)
    • Kota Tanabe, Manager of HTV Technology Center, JAXA

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