Japanese Cargo Craft Launches To ISS

Posted: Aug 19 2015, 7:47am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Japanese Cargo Craft Launches to ISS
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  • ISS hopes for a successful Japanese rocket launch

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NASA is broadcasting the launch of the Japanese rocket to the ISS carrying supplies and ESA sponsored student designed satellite.

Ever since the failure of SpaceX's failure in June in resupplying the astronauts at the International Space Station, the space agencies have been hoping for a successful mission. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies disintegrated in space. The Russians came to aid by supplying by a robotic Progress spacecraft in July. The astronauts are well replenished.

A Japanese rocket launch awaits to be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in south Japan space station. After many high-profile failures of cargo resupply missions within the past year, this rocket launch’s success is essential.

The un-crewed vehicle is named H-II Transport Vehicle (HTV)-5 cargo craft. It is carrying more than 4.5 tons of food, water, spare parts, and other equipment for the ISS crew members. It is also carrying a student-built satellite called the AAUSAT5 to the station, as part of the European Space Agency's ‘Fly Your Satellite from the ISS!’ education program.

The fifth Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) is set to launch on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 and will deliver nearly five tons of experiment equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. Credits: JAXA

AAUSAT5 is a CubeSat satellite. After reaching the ISS, the AAUSAT5 will be deployed into orbit, making it the first ESA student satellite mission to launch from the station. The satellite is designed to track ships moving through remote waters

The launch is scheduled for 7:50AM ET today, with live coverage of the event beginning at 7:00AM ET. NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 8:15 a.m. 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. . If the mission is successful, the cargo capsule will dock with the ISS at 6:55AM ET on Monday, August 24th. The HTV-5 launch was originally scheduled for Sunday, August 16th, but bad weather conditions at the launch site pushed back the mission.

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