KOUNOTORI3/H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.3 Special Site


September 18, 2012 Updated

i-Ball aboard KOUNOTORI3 acquired atmosphere re-entry data

The i-Ball, re-entry data recorder, aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI3" (HTV3, a cargo transporter to the International Space Station) re-entered the atmosphere at 2:27 p.m. on September 14 (Japan Standard Time), and was confirmed to make a splashdown around 3:03 p.m. (JST) at 129.017 degrees West Longitude and 51.867 degrees South latitude (in the west offshore area of Chile in the South Pacific Ocean.) The scheduled data acquisition was successfully performed, and we are now analyzing the data in detail.
Photo: Part of the KOUNOTORI3 shot by a rear camera on the capsule (at around 70 km in altitude) (Photo provided by JAXA/IHI Aerospace)