On August 24, 2015, the KOUNOTORI 5 cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station. KOUNOTORI 5 was captured by astronaut Kimiya Yui, who was on a long-duration mission on the ISS. On the ground, astronaut Koichi Wakata assisted the docking as lead CAPCOM (capsule communicator). It was the first time that the two roles were handled by Japanese at the same time.
In the meantime, the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo has been operating securely since its completion in July 2009, and its utilization is expanding with new space-based experiments and private-sector use. With plans to further extend the utilization of Kibo, JAXA’s ambition is to contribute even more to the international community. In this special feature, learn about Japan’s new activities and role on the ISS, which are enhancing the country’s presence around the world.
[ April 13, 2016 ]