Japanese Cargo Ship Flying To International Space Station

Posted: Dec 10 2016, 6:30am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Japanese Cargo Ship Flying to International Space Station
Japan’s H-IIB rocket launches on time from the Tanegashima Space Center. Credit: NASA TV
  • Japanese Cargo Spacecraft all Set to Reach the ISS

A Japanese cargo spacecraft is all set to reach the ISS. This is an important milestone for Japan.

JAXA’s H-IIB rocket launched yesterday from Southern Japan. The ISS was 250 miles above the Philippine Sea at this time. About 15 minutes after the launch, the cargo spacecraft on board the rocket split off from it and began its four-day long link with the ISS.

On the upcoming Tuesday, it will come close to the ISS and creep up to it for docking. The robotic arm of the ISS will catch this 12 ton spacecraft and conjoin it with the station’s main body.

The spacecraft will spend more than five weeks attached to the ISS. Peggy Whitson of NASA will monitor it all. She is the flight engineer. NASA will furthermore give full coverage of the event.

This robotic Japanese spacecraft rose into the empyrean heights from Tanegashima Space Center. It has 4.5 tons of supplies on board which include odds and ends of scientific equipment, spare parts, important supplies and thirst-quenching water for the astronauts.

Also there are half a dozen novel lithium ion batteries on board the spacecraft. Adaptor plates are there to boot. These will be substitutes for the nickel-hydrogen batteries which had been utilized on board the ISS up until now.

The equipment will be installed in its rightful place via spacewalks once the appropriate time comes. The freighter of a spacecraft has been called Kounotori 6 which is the Japanese word for white stork.

Later on upon the return of this cargo spacecraft, it will burn up in the atmosphere of the earth. Nearly all similar spacecraft follow the same pattern upon coming back from space. The only exception is SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule.

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