NASA TV Coverage Set for Japanese Cargo Craft Launch to Space Station
JAXA will transmit a live launch report of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.5 with the KOUNOTORI5 (HTV5) onboard from the Tanegashima Space Center and the docking of the HTV to the International Space Station through the Internet.
The launch of a Japanese cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station will be broadcast live on NASA Television on Sunday, Aug. 16, followed by live coverage of its arrival at the orbiting research laboratory Thursday, Aug. 20.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch its H-II Transport Vehicle (HTV)-5 at 8:58 a.m. EDT (9:58 p.m. local time in Japan) from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 8:15 a.m.
Loaded with more than 4.5 tons of provisions, including spare parts, water and experiment hardware for the six-person space station team, Kounotori ,the unpiloted cargo craft, Japanese for “white stork,” will blast off for a four-day journey to the station.
On Aug. 20, the HTV-5 will approach the station from below and slowly inch its way toward the orbital complex. Expedition 44 Flight Engineers Kimiya Yui of JAXA and Kjell Lindgren of NASA will operate the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm to reach out and grapple the 12-ton spacecraft and install it on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module, where it will spend five weeks. Flight Engineer Scott Kelly of NASA will monitor HTV-5 systems during the rendezvous and grapple.
NASA TV coverage of the rendezvous and grapple of the HTV-5 on Aug. 20 will begin at 5:30 a.m. Capture is scheduled for approximately 7:10 a.m. Coverage of the final installation of the cargo craft to Harmony will resume at 9:30 a.m.
About H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI” (HTV)
The International Space Station (ISS) represents a global partnership of fifteen nations. The ISS is a versatile research institute and a large observation platform in the unique environment of outer space. In this international project, Japan participates with its first manned space facility, Japanese Experiment Module “KIBO”. “KIBO” means “hope” in Japanese.
Since 2009, six astronauts are always living in the ISS. For their prolonged stay there, it is imperative to ship food, clothes, and various experiment devices. To date, cargo transport has been carried out by the American Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz and Progress. Lately, the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) of the ESA (European Space Agency) was launched, and a Japanese transporter, the H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI” (HTV),is also going to start playing a transportation role.