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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)

HTV-1 performed the second de-orbit maneuver

Last Updated: November 2, 2009

The HTV-1 began the second de-orbit maneuver at 1:25 a.m. November 2, and completed the maneuver at 1:34 a.m. Now, the HTV-1 has just several orbits left to go.

The HTV-1's third and final de-orbit maneuver is scheduled to begin at 5:53 a.m.

With this final de-orbit burn, the HTV-1 will slow its velocity by 89m/sec., and will drastically decrease its orbital altitude. The HTV-1 is expected to enter the earth's atmosphere at around 6:25 a.m., at an altitude of 120 km above New Zealand.

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