Japan’s unmanned freighter spacecraft, HTV-3, was successfully detached from the International Space Station as planned on 12 September at 1550 GMT . However, shortly after detaching and gently moving away, the craft made an unexpected emergency retreat from the station – a mode of operation that is only supposed to kick in when the on-board systems indicate that the craft is in danger of striking the space station. Engineers from the Japanese space agency JAXA are now investigating why this abort proceedure was triggered. The craft is expected to be de-orbited after an engine firing at 0451 GMT on 14 September to a safe burn up re-entry, with any remainng debris planned to land in the Pacific.
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The Japanese cargo craft HTV-3, which is to be docked with the International Space Station, was successfully launched at 0206 GMT on 21 July from the Tanegashima launch site in Japan. The spacecraft was launched by an H-2B launch vehicle. Also aboard the flight were five scientific/experimental cubesats: RAIKO, FITSAT 1, WE WISH, F-1 and TECHEDSAT.
Has the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency given the game away with this diagram from an International Astronautical Congress 2009 JAXA International Space Station plans presentation?
Either way it is a countdown now to the start of the 60th International Astronautical Congress and the space agencies’ plenary session, so expect pictures and pithy comment from this blog as the week unfolds with everything from grand human exploration visions to suborbital tourism
Hyperbola is launching to the Oort cloud for a week’s R&R from today and will be returning via Daejeon, Korea from the 12 October. In Daejeon Hyperbola will be blogging from the International Astronautical Congress, where the world’s space community meets
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB ground test vehicle participated in a ground test at its Tanegashima Space Center launch site on 11 July.
A former employee of the Japan Exploration Aerospace Agency Misuzu Onuki, now an aerospace business consultant, spoke to the Space Access Society conference about space activities in Japan and Japanese space tourism
This week Hyperbola is coming from the US of A and in particular two spacefligt conferences. The Space Foundation National Space Symposium, usually at the beginning of which there are protesters outside the center so one wonders if that will happen again this year, I might even do a quick audio interview to find out what they think. Then from Thursday evening I’ll be in Phoenix to cover the Space Access Society conference
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released infromation about the latest meeting for the global exploration strategy, agreed in 2007. Its International Space Exploration Coordination Group met for the third time in Yokohama, Japan from 10-12 March
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