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H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV)


Last Updated: January 28, 2017

KOUNOTORI6 being released by the ISS robotic arm
(Credit: JAXA/NASA)

Grappled by the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS), KOUNOTORI6 was moved to the releasing point below the ISS and was released at 0:45 a.m., January 28.

KOUNOTORI6 initiated separation maneuvers to leave the ISS proximity.

Later, for about seven days until its reentry into the atmosphere, "Kounotori Integrated Tether Experiment (KITE)" that intends to establish the removal technology of space debris will be demonstrated using KOUNOTORI6.

Please refer to the Research and Development Directorate website for experiment details.

Kounotori Integrated Tether Experiment (KITE)


KITE experiment (this image is for illustrative purposes only.)

After the experiment is over, KOUNOTORI6 will perform deorbiting maneuvers and reenter into the atmosphere on February 6, at around 0:06 a.m.

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

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