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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)

KOUNOTORI3 encapsulated

Last Updated: July 4, 2012
KOUNOTORI3 is being mated with the Payload Attach Fitting (PAF) (credit: JAXA)

KOUNOTORI3 mated with the PAF (credit: JAXA)

KOUNOTORI3 encapsulated in the H-IIB payload fairing (credit: JAXA)

From June 26 to 27, the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) KOUNOTORI3 was mated with the Payload Attach Fitting (PAF) that is used for attaching the HTV and H-IIB launch vehicle at the Spacecraft and Fairing Assembly Building #2 (SFA2).

Subsequently on July 1, the HTV on the PAF was encapsulated in the payload fairing, which covers the payload to protect it from air resistance, friction and the acoustic vibrations of launch.

KOUNOTORI3 is scheduled to launch at 11:05 a.m., on July 21, 2012 from the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC).

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