The H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI2" (HTV2) was successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) at 3:34 a.m. on January 28 (Japan Standard Time, JST.)
The HTV2 started its final approach to the ISS, and was captured by the ISS robotic arm at 8:41 p.m. on January 27 (JST). After being maneuvered by the arm, the HTV2 was berthed to the ISS at 3:34 a.m. on January 28 (JST).
Upon this successful berthing to the ISS, unloading of internal and external cargo by the onboard crew will begin and continue for several weeks.
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HTV2 Berthing Successful
The H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI2" (HTV2) Flight, launched by the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 2 (H-IIB F2) on January 22, 2011 from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center, was successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) at 3:34 a.m. today, on January 28 (Japan Standard Time, JST.)
The HTV2 cargo, which is required for the ISS system operations and utilizations are now ready to be unloaded at the ISS.
With the successful berthing to the ISS, the HTV2 overcame the most critical point of the mission. We will do our utmost to successfully complete all the tasks of the mission, including cargo transfer, departure from the ISS, and re-entry to the atmosphere.
January 28, 2011