HTV-5 cargo craft unberthed and released from International Space Station for reentry

by | Sep 29, 2015 | International Space Station, JAXA | 0 comments

The empty Japanese cargo spacecraft HTV-5 (Kounotori-5) cargo craft was filled with rubbish that the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) no longer wanted.  After being unberthed from its docking station at 1120 GMT the spacecraft was released by the Canadarm 2 robot arm at 1653 GMT on 28 September 2015 after a delay caused by a robotic problem. The JAXA-owned and operated HTV-5 spacecraft, was then gently moved away from the International Space Station.

On 29 September, HTV-5 made two orbit lowering burns followed by a final braking burn at 2008 GMT to deliberately de-orbited it to a destructive fiery re-entry over the South Pacific at 2033 GMT.

Post script:  Jonathan McDowell writes on his website that the S-CUBE meteor-observation cubesat from Chiba Institute of Technology
and the SERPENS cubesat from the University of Brazilia were ejected from the J-SSOD deployer on the Kibo robot arm on 17 September 2015.

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