Successful berthing of the H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI5” (HTV5)
to the International Space Station (ISS)
August 25, 2015 (JST)
National Research and Development Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
The H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI5” (HTV5) started its final approach to the International Space Station (ISS), and was captured by the ISS robotic arm at 7:29 p.m. on August 24 (Japanese Standard Time, JST). Being captured and maneuvered by the robotic arm, the HTV5 was successfully berthed to the ISS at 2:28 a.m. on August 25 (JST).
Once after berthing of vehicle, the internal and external cargo will be unloaded by the on board crew.
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Comment by JAXA President
Successful berthing of the H-II Transfer Vehicle
“KOUNOTORI5” (HTV5) to the International Space Station (ISS)
The H-II Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI5” (HTV5), launched from Tanegashima Space Center by the H-IIB launch vehicle 5 on August 19, 2015, has successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS).
Firmly operated by a joint Japan and US ground control team, KOUNOTORI5 arrived at the ISS at the appointed time and was captured by Astronaut Yui’s precise robotic arm operation with Astronaut Wakata’s well-experienced communication from NASA Mission Control Center. Combined these efforts, we could satisfy the global expectation for the mission success.
As a member of this international project, I am proud that we could successfully deliver the cargo indispensable for ISS operation using Japan’s accumulated capabilities of the robotics technology, stable operation technology and our astronauts.
From now on, the crew will unload the cargo and experiment devices, and transfer them to the ISS. We will continue making efforts to complete the mission until its departure from the ISS and re-entry into the atmosphere scheduled in the end of September.
August 25, 2015
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Naoki Okumura, President