JAXA’s H-II Transfer Vehicle arrives at launch site

by | Apr 24, 2009 | Seradata News | 3 comments

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) H-IIB Transfer Vehicle has finally arrived at JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC) on Tanegashima island

It arrived on 23 April but in bits, broken down into its constituent parts, the pressurized logistic carrier, unpressurized logistic carrier, the avionics module, and the propulsion module

The HTV is to be launched in September to the International Space Station by JAXA’s new Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB rocket, designed with a new first stage to launch the HTV. The September mission will also be the rocket’s maiden launch

Now the HTV’s modules are all at TNSC they will be assembled into the final vehicle and then undergo checks before mating with the H-IIB rocket

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