The HTV-3 Japanese cargo spacecraft has been successfully captured in orbit using the Canadarm 2 robot arm aboard the International Space Station at 1223 GMT on 27 July. Berthing with the forward facing port of the Harmony module occured at 1419 GMT with the final bolt tightening of the latching operation being completed at 1435 GMT. JAXA astonaut Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide was responsible for the control of the berthing procedure.
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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.
Care of Japan’s Fuji tv and space exploration blog Space Gizmo here is a video of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut and International Space Station crew member Soichi Noguchi tackling sushi in microgravity
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?
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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
JAXA has outlined its concept for a four-crew capsule that is part of a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB rocket launched spacecraft consisting of four modules, the Launch Escape System (LES), Manned Re-entry Module (MRM), Orbital Habitation Module (OHM) and Propulsion Module (PM)
Designed for LEO missions the JAXA’s 2025 vision includes a Japanese human spaceflight capability and the concept work has been drawn up in preparation for possible formal design cycles
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JAXA’s ISS Kibo laboratory’s Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module-Exposed Section are delivered to NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, after being shipped from Japan’s Tsukuba Space Center, in September 2008
In its NASA authorisation act 2008 the US Congress has directed the space agency’s administrator to produce an ISS resupply contingency plan
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