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HTV supply ship successfully berthed at space station– Spaceflight Now

Japan’s ninth HTV cargo craft is seen berthed to the International Space Station’s Harmony module after arriving Monday. Credit: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now The last of Japan’s current series of HTV cargo freighters arrived at the International Space Station Monday with a fresh set of lithium-ion batteries, ready for installation on the research lab’s solar power…
Japan’s ninth HTV cargo craft is seen berthed to the International Spaceport station’s Consistency module after arriving Monday. Credit: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now

The last of Japan’s existing series of HTV freight trucks got to the International Spaceport Station Monday with a fresh set of lithium-ion batteries, ready for installation on the research lab’s solar power truss after the set up docking of a two-man crew on a SpaceX Dragon spaceship later on today.

The automated supply ship was caught by the station’s Canadian-built robotic arm at 8: 13 a.m. EDT (1213 GMT) Monday, while the cars soared some 260 miles (418 kilometers) over Tanzania.

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, commander of the space station’s Expedition 63 team, managed the robotic arm for Monday’s capture of Japan’s ninth H-2 Transfer Automobile. Ground teams then took control of commanding of the robotic arm to berth the HTV to the space station’s Consistency module, where it’s due to stay up until July.

The objective marks the final flight of Japan’s existing HTV spacecraft design, which first reached the space station in2009 The Japan Aerospace Expedition Firm is developing an updated freight lorry called the HTV-X, which is slated to fly to the space station for the first time in 2022.

Unlike the HTV, which is grappled by the robotic arm and berthed with the space station, Japan’s HTV-X is designed to directly dock with the orbiting outpost, utilizing the exact same docking ports as SpaceX’s Team Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner team capsules.

” It was an honor for Expedition 63 to be part of the final HTV objective, a car that has actually contributed so significantly to the International Spaceport station program. Congratulations to our buddies and associates in Tsukuba,” Cassidy said Monday, referring to JAXA’s spaceport station nerve center in Tsukuba, Japan.

During its self-governing rendezvous Monday, the HTV was expected to evaluate a brand-new wifi information relate to the space station. The wifi link will permit video transmission in between the future HTV-X automobiles and the spaceport station throughout docking.

Japan’s ninth and final HTV cargo ship has been recorded by the International Space Station’s robotic arm, under the control of astronaut Chris Cassidy.

This the final in this series of HTV supply trucks. Japan quickly prepares to debut a brand-new freight vehicle. https://t.co/AhgELaVJrt pic.twitter.com/Bq0aoFhSqg

— Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) May 25, 2020

JAXA provides resupply services to the space station to assist pay for Japan’s share of the research lab’s operating expense. In addition to space station missions in low Earth orbit, Japanese officials say the HTV-X spacecraft might haul logistics to the future Gateway mini-space station near the moon.

The ninth HTV spacecraft lifted off Wednesday, May 20, from Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan atop an H-2B rocket.

The HTV spacecraft is nicknamed Kounotori, which is Japanese for “white stork,” and extends around 33 feet (10 meters) long and 14 feet (4.4 meters) broad. The ninth HTV mission, or Kounotori 9, is loaded with more than 13,600 pounds, or 6.2 metric loads, of freight, products and experiments in its pressurized module and on its external payload bay, according to JAXA.

The unpressurized freight consists of the six new lithium-ion batteries stowed on a pallet inside the HTV’s external payload compartment.

The Japanese truck also provided hardware for government, university and industrial experiments.

Among the payloads packed inside the ninth HTV mission is a module to support a Japanese combustion experiment. The investigation will “scientifically figure out the role of gravity in various modes of combustion, such as ignition of strong materials and spreading of flames on various solid materials in the ISS’s environment,” JAXA stated on its website.

The HTV is likewise carrying a cam developed by a Spanish business called Satlantis, which aims to demonstrate the efficiency of the imaging system on a platform outside the spaceport station’s Kibo lab. Comparable video cameras might become a standard for future Earth-imaging CubeSats and microsatellites, according to Satlantis.

Japan’s area company is likewise delivering brand-new science racks for to the spaceport station NASA and the European Area Company, plus a water tank and fresh food for the research study laboratory’s team.

Presuming it launches May 27, the Team Dragon is scheduled to dock with the spaceport station May 28.

The arrivals of the HTV and Crew Dragon in fast succession will make for a hectic few days on the spaceport station, which is operating with a restricted crew of three, and just one NASA astronaut accountable for the U.S. sector of the orbiting station.

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will fly to the space station on the Demo-2 flight. Their stay at the station might last one-to-four months

Hurley and Behnken will assist Cassidy– the sole NASA team member currently on the station– with experiments and spacewalks. Behnken and Cassidy are slated to carry out a number of spacewalks as early as June to install the lithium-ion batteries to be provided by the HTV mission.

Inside the station, Hurley will operate the research study lab’s robotic arm to move Cassidy and Behnken around throughout the spacewalks. The batteries on the ninth HTV flight will be installed on the spaceport station’s outboard S6 segment on the far starboard side of the craft’s 356- foot-long (1085- meter) truss structure.

Once the battery spacewalks are complete, old nickel-hydrogen batteries replaced by the brand-new lithium-ion units will be packed into the HTV’s external freight pallet and disposed throughout the cargo ship’s damaging re-entry at the end of its mission.

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